Platform: Xbox 360
First and foremost, the game encompasses a lot more than just racing. The player creates a custom avatar that other players will see driving his vehicle the same way a Massively Multiplayer online game. The idea is that the developers wanted the player to be able to put him- or herself into the game, so you can select your clothes, head model, glasses, etc. to create an avatar that looks like yourself, sort of along the lines of what you can do in a lot of recent football and basketball games. Then, when you go out driving, you will see this model in the car driving around in impressive detail.
At home you can change your character's clothes and other attributes to better match your personality. You can even take a spin down to the local clothing store and pick up some new gear. If you've grown tired of your surroundings, you can buy a new house as well.
Further continuing the customization aspects, players will be able to set up their own house and even decorate it with your own car photographs on the walls. The main options: not only saving points; ability to buy a bigger house and garage, with swimming pool, view, etc. That's where you get the news, store your car collection, tweak and tune your cars etc. Other locations include private clubs, public places such as car parks where you meet up with other inline players.
Feel like you need a change in your ride? No problem. Take a spin down to the car dealership and pick up a new car to add to your garage. You can fully customize all of your vehicles and then make a living by selling them online via the in-game auction system. It is very similar to eBay in that other players are able to see what you're selling and buy it via a stock exchange related system. If you set your price too high, you won't get many buyers, but set the price just right and you'll bring home the bacon.
All items you can buy use in-game credits, so don't think you'll be spending any real cash. New aftermarket parts, cars, bikes, clothing and apparel will become available via downloadable content every month.
All set up with trendy gear and clothes, tweaked and tuned dream supercar, membership in a top notch club? Your next officially sanctioned inter-club competition is still 2 hours away? Why don't you just drive down the alley and look for a challenger among the other online players driving now over the island?
ONLINE COMPONENTS: OFFLINE IS ONLINE
Imagine what you would do in your car fanatic fantasy world. That's what TDU delivers online: