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: In Driver: San Francisco, the series returns to its roots and gives fans a driving experience that is dynamic, kinetic, and above all else, fun. While some of the previous Driver installments veered away from the driving aspect, in this game you’re always behind the wheel. This is great news, as the driving is fine tuned and is a pleasure to experience.
Open world racer with mild adult themes and a novel twist.
Common Sense Media
14 November 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Driver: San Francisco is an open world action racing game that puts players in the shoes of a police officer hunting down an escaped criminal maniac. While the majority of the game is presented as fantasy -- the action occurs inside a coma patient’s dream -- car accidents happen frequently and rarely show the sort of consequences typically involved in high speed chases.
Excerpt: 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. But that’s more a testament to Rockstar world-building prowess than a criticism of Driver developer Reflections.
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.
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 Driver series has had its ups and downs but never has it been as crazy as the latest game in the series, Driver: San Francisco . This is a Driver game that is once again all about the driving, removing the on-foot sections and going completely back to its roots, but who’d have thought that the series was ever going to get so strange as it has done here. Am I complaining? No, I’m most certainly not.