Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since Ubisoft published the original Driver game and with it a fresh approach to an action driving game, incorporating 3D open world gameplay with a tantalising storyline that was addictive, fun and tough all rolled into one. Since then, however, certain spin offs of the original have come to fruition via Atari and Infrogames and let’s face it, has made a mockery of the series.
Excerpt: Holy cats, this turned out so much better than I expected! Driver: San Francisco is a perfect example of how far personality can get you in a videogame. This open-world driving game is nowhere near as technically proficient as, say, Midnight Club: Los Angeles. I never thought I’d see the day when San Francisco seemed so washed out and bland compared to Los Angeles.
Summary: Tanner’s comeback isn’t perfect, but this is the best Driver game in a decade. If you can ignore the mediocre soundtrack and frequent loading, then you’ve got a game which looks good, runs better, and has some genuinely interesting mechanics that remove a lot of the frustrations of this kind of driving game, without resorting to flashbacks. The multiplayer is also pretty strong.
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 actually refreshingly original.
Excerpt: I could go on and on about how the VW Scirocco sounds just right and the dashboard gauges are actually modeled on their real-world counterparts, but I think I’ve made my point. If you’re a petrol-head, then you’ll be pleased with the selection and treatment of the cars in Driver San Francisco . Multiplayer is well-represented as well.
Pros: Car selection, focus on driving over realism
Cons: You’ll need to accept the disconnect from reality
Conclusion: I think the best way to describe Driver: San Francisco is to say that it is the perfect game to crack open a beer ,put your feet up and just enjoy the experience. The story is one of the most ridiculous I have seen in years but it doesn’t seem to matter much. I am shocked to say this but Driver: San Francisco is a great game that is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good arcade racing experience.
Excerpt: After the abysmal and controversial Driver 3 , Ubisoft Reflections’ high-speed Driver series took a drastic fall from the gaming limelight. Its stylish world of brutish muscle cars, Bullitt inspired car chases and emphasis on unadulterated 70s style driving went from being a jewel of the PlayStation era to a distant, forgettable, and often painful memory.
Excerpt: The post-GTA III sandbox game revolution left the Driver series in tatters. While the first two entries were heralded for their ambition and pushing of the PSOne’s tech and pioneers of 3D sandbox games, its third entry failed to satisfy fans and wound up feeling like a low-rent GTA game, while the fourth attempted to right some wrongs, but still fell victim to falling behind the times.