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.
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.
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
Excerpt: There's a lot to be said for offering something new. While Driver San Francisco might look like just another entry in the long-running open-city driving series, in which you nip about in a variety of cars, evade cops and generally cause all-manner of vehicular-based carnage, what we've got here is...
Summary: This is the first Driver game I’ve played since the original that made me feel the way the original did. The cars all handle well and the story is cheesy or whatever, but I like the care and attention to details that went into the game.
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.
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.
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.