Violent, vehicle-based action game with sex and swearing.
Common Sense Media
23 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Driver: Renegade is one of the rare Nintendo 3DS games that is M-rated because of its violence, blood, sexual themes, and strong language. It isn't for kids or young teens. The mature themes involve killing kingpins and their henchmen in and around New York City, primarily through driving-based missions, which show loads of violence and blood-splatter. Cussing is heard throughout the dialogue and some scenes are sexually suggestive.
Conclusion: Marred by some clumsy mechanics, making terrible use of the 3DS’s central selling point, and featuring a half-hearted structure, Driver Renegade 3D is unenjoyable to play and does virtually nothing to encourage you to soldier on through its monotony.
Excerpt: I never felt the urge to jump out of a moving vehicle before. If Driver: Renegade were real-life and not just a video game, I might reconsider. This game for the Nintendo 3DS crashes and burns. Good thing that there's an ejector seat, too, in the form of the power button.
Excerpt: Driving is a genre that benefits a lot from the 3D capabilities of the 3DS. Ridge Racer 3D and now Driver Renegade 3D use the depth capability of the 3D to enhance the immersion in the game and they are very good showcases for the technology. Driver Renegade 3D is also immediately accessible and fun, but over time suffers from a lack of unique content and runs out of steam after six or seven hours.
Excerpt: There’s a rather alarming trend I’ve begun noticing with a lot of Nintendo 3DS – that some of them actually play rather well, but simply don’t last enough or run out of gas very quickly after first playing them. Then there’s games that simply aren’t good at all.
Excerpt: “FRAG!” exclaims Tanner as he, almost inadvertently, collides with another car, causing it to explode in a ball of pixelated flames. Of course, this only occurs if the car is crucial to the mission, if it’s one of five other cars currently cruising New York then you’ll just bounce off it, normally ending up frustratingly facing a fence, unable to turn unless you invoke the painstakingly slow reverse gear. In the meantime, your target has sauntered off towards whatever...
Pros: Nice visuals, at times., Handling is fine.
Cons: It’s far too swear-heavy., Throwaway story mode is much too short.
Summary: Driver Renegade 3D is an average title overall. Qualities such as smooth driving controls and an impressive open setting are let down by inconsistent levels of challenge, a city lacking in population, repetitive gameplay and, unfortunately, an irritating and clichéd main character. It is a pity, as there are moments of enjoyment when the opposition are on the chase and the sensation of chaotically driving through New York is intoxicating.
Driver Renegade 3DS Review – A hit ‘n run and a miss
16 December 2011
Excerpt: We haven’t seen too many racing games released this year, but it seems that the gaming industry emphasised quality over quantity this year. One of those games was the superb Driver San Francisco , an open-world racing game with a twist, that saw players engage in astral projection shenanigans as they took control of other vehicles.
Summary: My time with Driver Renegade 3D started so well. I was impressed that it was trying to be something different to the recently released and highly rated Driver San Francisco , I was delighted with the look of the menu system and how well it showed off the 3D capabilities of the device and I really enjoyed the opening cut scene to the story mode. It was stylish and showed how 3D could add to a tired storytelling system with great effect.