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.
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: 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
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.
Review: "Driver: San Francisco" is Quantum Leap, With Cars
10 September 2011
Excerpt: In a genre as saturated as racing, it takes something remarkable to make a game stand out. It seems these days it’s impossible to have a successful release without some sort of gimmick highlighting the game. Be it Split/Second’s collapsible world or Blur’s car-to-car combat, if simulation isn’t the intent there’s got to be something extra to spice it up.
Conclusion: Driver: San Francisco is available to purchase from Play.com . At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.
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.
Excerpt: In the latest of the series, Driver: San Francisco , the basic premise is that the city’s biggest baddie is on the loose: Charles Jericho – and there’s only one man who can stop him. That’s you, by the way. You reprise your role as John Tanner, driving over a 100 different licenced vehicles in the usual free-roaming way with cinematic car chases.
Conclusion: Who can explain exactly why something is fun? The feeling it gives you when you’re in the midst of it? The anticipation that comes when you are about to begin? Or maybe the sense of fulfilment you get from completion? Well, all of these are crucial in making it fun, but there is no other game on the market that gets you thinking and smashing stuff up like this one does. It's a combination that adds up to quite the funfest!!!