Summary: Driver has been around for a long time, despite never really enjoying the kind of mainstream success that other open-world games such as Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto have. Of course, it doesn't help that the series has had a very poor critical history. The original Driver was well received, but it all went downhill from there. In the face of some massive open-world titles on the market, Driver: San Francisco definitely needed a drastic overhaul in order to stand out.
Excerpt: We’re careening at breakneck speed through downtown San Francisco, and things are getting a bit hairy. At the moment, we’re in the driver’s seat of a ZR1 Corvette, in hot pursuit of a criminal on the loose. Traffic is heavy and pedestrians are everywhere, which makes this high-speed chase pretty complicated. Despite our best efforts to weave through oncoming vehicles at 105 mph, we smash headfirst into a fire truck, sending glass and metal flying across the boulevard.
Pros: Shift mechanic is amazing, Tons of mission variety, Loads of real-world cars
Cons: Cars get magically repaired, Some storylines don’t resolve, Have to unlock online modes
Conclusion: always driving during gameplay. Once the game gives you full control, you'll have missions available to you spread all over the map. Complete a certain number of missions and the game allows you to continue the main story. Every mission begins with a cutscene (unless it's a blue marker which is more of an extra mission). Some scenes are just there to spice things up while others are important.
Excerpt: Madness. I can think of no other word to describe the latest installment of Driver . Whoever had the idea of designing a racing game that takes place in the roving, cascading, crowded streets of San Francisco should be commended...then immediately committed. Every facet of Driver: San Francisco -from the story missions to the multiplayer-is a journey into insanity filled with airborne cars, intense traffic dodging and mind-shattering stunts.
Summary: Wide open driving experiences are hard to balance and keep interesting yet Driver San Francisco has kept my interest, offered a wide range of modes and maintained a good game experience and level of interest. This is one I will probably play for some time to come.
Summary: Driver franchise disowns latest flops; refocuses on the racing
Pros: Strong focus on the actual racing; solid multiplayer lobby; innovative "shift" mechanic revitalizes multiplayer racing; 120+ real cars with full damage modeling; great presentation, soundtrack and cinematics.
Cons: Very weak and disconnected story; lackluster single player mode; dated graphics; low to moderate replay value.
Excerpt: For as revolutionary as the Grand Theft Auto series was to the open world genre, itâ€™s fair to say that much of the seriesâ€™ success was thanks, in no small part, to the Driver franchise. While it took the hardware of the Playstation 2 to create the massive 3D open world of Liberty City, Driver: [...
Excerpt: It’s been a while since I had as much fun with a sandbox-style game as I did with Driver: San Francisco. This title is a brilliant return to form for the long-running series that debuted in 1999. Driver is this time a more focused and intelligent game than the last couple of entries in the franchise, and its lengthy development cycle (around five years) paid off with regards to the wealth of worthwhile and exciting content it makes available to players.
Summary: Gamers play as Detective John Tanner on a relentless manhunt for crime lord Charles Jericho through the hills of the City by the Bay. With its timeless setting, unique car handling and renewed playability, and over 100 licensed vehicles, Driver San Francisco will revitalize the classic free-roaming, cinematic car chase experience.