Test Drive: EoD is the newest entry into the "Test Drive" family and, keeping in stride with the rest of the series, is pretty standard fare. You are given two option upon start up: action mode and career. If you want a quick race around the track, or you want to face off against a friend, you'd pop into action mode, do your business, get bored after a few rounds and quickly swap into another game. If you want to go the distance with the game, then you'd go into career mode and wade through track after track in your quest for derby immortality. You start off with nothing but a meager car and the hopes and dreams of your trailer park riding on your back. Career mode is lengthy and will please derby fans who wanted their money's worth.
The graphics are acceptable, but nothing to write home about. There are racing games out there that look better, but plenty that look worse. If you bought this game, it will not be because you thought it looked pretty. The sound is equally average. EoD does feature a soundtrack with some modern rock bands, but there's only a few songs, meaning you'll be hearing them over and over again. Thankfully, the Xbox version has the Custom Soundtrack option which you can fill with heavy metal, or whatever else takes your fancy.
In the end, the game caters to only the Derby faithful. Xbox Live mode would have made the game much better than it is, and the lack of it is pretty baffling. There isn't even an option for leaderboard scores, which is unacceptable! Almost every Xbox game being released features SOME working online feature. The game feels like it could have been so much more, but the developers just didn't have the time or the willingness to tack on everything that could have made the game exceptional. Tack on an extra point to the score if you're from a red state.