Test Drive Unlimited 2 is not a good game. Graphically, it’s mediocre with drab environments and obvious texture pop issues. The racing is piss poor. The non-driving sections are pointless with hysterically poor voice acting. There’s only two radio stations in the whole game. And, worst of all, there’s no compelling overall goal.
I know this because I bought TDU2 when it came out in February last year. And, for the longest time, I let it sit on the shelf collecting dust. Recently, though, I finished Mass Effect 3 and found myself needing something to play. So, I popped TDU2 back into my console. It’s still really bad. But this time, I find that I can’t stop playing. No matter how much I want to stop, it’s become my go-to game over the last month. I’ve let other, better games fall by the wayside. I’ve lost hours trying to best yet another challenge. And that’s because, in its own stupid yet genius way, TDU2 is actually fantastic.