Test Drive 6

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Test Drive 6
Test Drive 6.jpg
Developer(s)Pitbull Syndicate
Publisher(s)
SeriesTest Drive
Platform(s)PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast
ReleasePlayStation
  • NA: 31 October 1999
  • EU: 30 June 2000
Game Boy Color
  • NA: 16 November 1999
  • EU: July 2000
Microsoft Windows
  • NA: 17 November 1999
  • EU: 15 March 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA: 30 November 1999
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Test Drive 6 is a racing video game developed by Pitbull Syndicate for PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows and Dreamcast. In the United States the game was published by Infogrames North America, while in Europe the game was published by Cryo Interactive.[1] The game featured 37 licensed cars, plus four police car variants. The soundtrack featured industrial rock and techno music from artists such as Fear Factory, Lunatic Calm and Cirrus.

As of 2019, the PC version of the game has compatibility issues preventing it from being played properly on modern computers. The game's soundtrack no longer plays due to the removal of Windows' CD audio compatibility for games. The installer does not work on Windows Vista and newer, necessitating a drag-and-drop install. Use of the dgvoodoo wrapper allows the game to be played somewhat accurately on newer systems, though music is still missing.

Gameplay[edit]

Test Drive 6 is an arcade racing game similar to previous titles in the series. The game features Single Race, "Race Menu" (career) mode and a splitscreen multiplayer mode.

Single race allows players to choose a car and track and play it without any of the requirements or repercussions of career mode. Likewise, this mode has a small selection of cars from all classes available even if the player has not unlocked or purchased them in Race Menu.

The Race Menu career mode allows the player to purchase a vehicle from the Tier 1 dealership and provides them with tournaments to race in, limited by tier. The player wagers in-game currency on each race in the tournament and can receive an extra bonus payout for overall finishing position. Tournaments increase in length, difficulty and payout amounts by tier. The mode also features Stop The Racers and Stop The Bomber modes wherein the player drives a police car in pursuits.

Game Boy version[edit]

Test Drive 6 was released on a black cartridge for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The handheld version of the game is a RC Pro Am clone. It features a limited selection of licensed vehicles from the main game and tracks named after real world cities. A sequel was released exclusively for the Game Boy Color in 2000, called Test Drive 2001.

Reception[edit]

Test Drive 6 received "mixed" reviews on all platforms except the PC version, which received "unfavourable" reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[2][3][4][5]

The writers of IGN gave many different opinions to each of the game's system releases. First, David Zdyrko said of the PlayStation version: "After six tries, they still haven't gotten it right".[25] Arun Devidas said of the PC version: "It's not the best racer in town, but Test Drive 6 still has a few redeeming qualities".[24] Craig Harris said of the Game Boy Color version: "Cruising along city streets in real cars should be more fun than this Game Boy racing title".[23] Matt White said of the Dreamcast version: "Infogrames struts their stuff, showing us that they have what it takes to slaughter an innocent game".[22] Nick McElveen of Computer Games Strategy Plus gave the PC version two-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, "While it is not as good as the last two Need for Speeds, Test Drive 6 nevertheless succeeds to some extent at being an enjoyable arcade-style driving game that gets the heart racing, so to speak."[32]

Matt Sammons of NextGen said of the same Dreamcast version: "This strange mix of bumper cars and sports cars is stunningly mediocre. Test before driving."[26]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "Test Drive 6 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 27 May 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  6. ^ Licata, Jonathan. "Test Drive 6 (DC) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  10. ^ Goble, Gord (April 2000). "Still Not Ready for Prime Time (Test Drive 6 Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 189. Ziff Davis. p. 76. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  12. ^ EGM staff (December 1999). "Test Drive 6". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 125. Ziff Davis.
  13. ^ "Test Drive 6 (DC)". Game Informer. No. 82. FuncoLand. February 2000.
  14. ^ McNamara, Andy; Fitzloff, Jay; Reiner, Andrew (December 1999). "Test Drive 6 (PS)". Game Informer. No. 80. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on 21 May 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Mosquera, Fernando "Lagi" (24 November 1999). "REVIEW for Test Drive 6 (DC)". GameFan. Shinno Media. Archived from the original on 26 January 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Uncle Dust (2000). "Test Drive 6 Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on 22 November 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ iBot (16 November 1999). "Test Drive 6 Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on 20 February 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  19. ^ Bannister, Paul (7 December 1999). "Test Drive 6 Review (PC) [date mislabeled as "May 2, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Lopez, Miguel (1 December 1999). "Test Drive 6 Review (PS) [date mislabeled as "May 2, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ Fragmaster (6 January 2000). "Test Drive 6". PlanetDreamcast. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ a b White, Matt (21 December 1999). "Test Drive 6 (DC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ a b Harris, Craig (30 November 1999). "Test Drive 6 (GBC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ a b Devidas, Arun (14 December 1999). "Test Drive 6 (PC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ a b Zdyrko, David (22 November 1999). "Test Drive 6 (PS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ a b Sammons, Matt (March 2000). "Test Drive 6 (DC)". NextGen. No. 63. Imagine Media. p. 88. Retrieved 11 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  28. ^ Rybicki, Joe (December 1999). "Test Drive 6". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Vol. 3 no. 3. Ziff Davis. p. 142. Retrieved 11 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ D'Aprile, Jason (March 2000). "Test Drive 6". PC Accelerator. No. 19. Imagine Media. p. 83. Retrieved 14 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ Mahood, Andy (March 2000). "Test Drive 6". PC Gamer. Vol. 7 no. 3. Imagine Media. p. 118. Retrieved 14 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ Bottorff, James (2000). "Test Drive 6 way off track (PC)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. ^ McElveen, Nick (17 December 1999). "Test Drive 6". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Strategy Plus, Inc. Archived from the original on 9 July 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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