Excerpt: Some folks don't remember that before the GTA craze, there were other driving games. Free-roaming they mostly weren't, and there wasn't much to do on foot. Back before the new millennium, we liked our driving games heavy on driving. That amounted to watching a car on a street with other cars on the street. Real cities with real landmarks were a staple. Sure, the cities looked mostly the same, but so did the cars.
Excerpt: It is unavoidable. Driver 76 will face continual comparison to the most famous of headline-grabbing crim-sims, Grand Theft Auto. But before you turn it down as another hopeful joining the long list of games that have attempted to ape Rockstar's premium brand, remember this: it was Driver that was the first 3D, free roaming, high octane adventure that followed the rise of a small time crook as he climbed the underworld ladder.
Summary: It's official; Driver has officially become irrelevant in the world of video games
Pros: Large rendition of New York and New Jersey; decent 70's era soundtrack; comic book style cut-scenes are entertaining and well drawn.
Cons: Missions are the same rinse/lather/repeat missions you've played in dozens of games; lousy frame rate, even with deserted New York streets; on foot sections are severely limited; controls are atrocious; far too easy; awful load times; the lock-on aiming is almost as pathetic as the AI.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Maybe when it stops trying so hard to impersonate GTA and the technical issues are put to bed then the series will claw back some of the reputation it had once, a long time ago. But for now, all we have is a thoroughly average game.
Excerpt: Another year, another set of Grand Theft Auto clones. Sometimes I wonder how so few companies have been able to recreate the fun and atmosphere of GTA , but after playing Driver 76 on the Sony PSP, I think I understand why. Driver 76 is another attempt from Atari to bring the faltering Driver franchise back to life.
Conclusion: All hope of Driver making a fresh start and recapturing the spirit of its PSone debut had pretty much vanished after just an hour or two behind the wheel of this solid, but ultimately very repetitive and dull, crime caper.