Test Drive 5

Test Drive 5
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation
Publisher: Accolade, Inc.
Developer: Pitbull Syndicate Limited
Genres: Racing / Arcade Racing
Release Date: 1998
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

Test Drive 5 has the longer pedigree and so it has less of an excuse for being so banal. It’s clear how cheesy the game will be from the opening cinematic. Beware of any game that begins with a music video of a generic grunge band. It’s refreshing to see some older classic and muscle cars mixed in with the usual suspects: a Viper, Corvette, Jag, Mustang, and an obligatory Nissan. Civilian traffic during street races is a nice touch, but it’s not dense enough to make a difference.

13Some first person shooters are restricted to boxy interiors and are dubbed “corridor shooters.” Test Drive 5 is a perfect example of a “corridor racer” where you’re not so much driving on a track as you are a ribbon with walls on either side. Weather and nighttime effects are workaday, although it’s entertaining to see the beaded rain-on-the-windshield effect stuck on your external views: this is probably from the same school of thought that brought us lens flare. Visually the game has been upgraded, but not by much.

Your car’s relationship to the ground is tentative at best, so there’s no telling when you’ll lose grip and careen into the walls at 150mph to no ill effect. Slight bumps will send you aloft in Carmageddon-sized jumps. Odd bugs will sometimes shoot you into orbit where you’ll get a perfect view of the entire corridor, err, track.

Buggy LAN games in Test Drive 5 feature disappearing opponents, but this puts all players in first place so they can feel good about themselves. While consulting the manual about this phenomenon (which is not mentioned), you’ll find a reference to “beating the pants off grandma.” That’s a visual you probably didn’t need. Likewise, this is a game you probably don’t need.


System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win95

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9 Comments

  1. Titas21 says:

    When I start Install It doesnt start it says error please put disc in CD rom Drive and try again. Im using Windows 2000. The real Question is why I can install and play Test Drive 4.

  2. try the other version i just added.

  3. Titas21 says:

    It works but if you have a normal iso file just tell me. i would like to install this game on my “old school games laptop”.

  4. Czirejd says:

    I can’t run the CD version. With or without nGlide, patch, race won’t start. I can walk through game menu, but race won’t start. I have black screen and exit to windows for few seconds. I have win10. Any ideas?

  5. Try the patched version, I managed to play it (on xp). if it doesn’t work then run it on the XP virtual machine

  6. Czirejd says:

    Patch instaled, trying to open, error message – “No proceed entrance found ?ReceiveHostPad@DXPlay@@SAHPAKPAM@Z in library C:\TD5\TD5_D3D.exe”

  7. Rimantas says:

    You use new Windows and still can’t understand, why old game does not work on it?? I don’t have words for you…

  8. Czirejd says:

    @Rimantas, on win7 I was able to run it.

  9. Rimantas says:

    Win7 is same as Win10?

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