Driver: Parallel Lines
I LOVED THIS GAME ITS THE BEST DRIVER GAME EVER
MY BEST PART OF IT WAS PIMP OUT CARS AN CHOOPERS AN
Driver: Parallel Lines is Better, Than Driver 3
The action opens in 1978. You play an 18-year-old named TK who have moved to New York City in search of excitement. You're pretty good behind the wheel of a car, and you quickly catch on with a crew of criminals looking to make it big. This being the late '70s, "making it big" eventually turns out to mean, "Start a cocaine empire." But, as these things normally go, stuff doesn't pan out quite so well for TK, and he gets locked up for 28 years. This fast-forwards the game to present day. TK gets out of the joint in 2006 with revenge on his mind, and the story picks up from there.
Game Play: Driver puts you in a big open city that's broken up into three areas by bridges. All the missions are mostly driving around to pick up loans from people that owe money to other people. When collecting the money you are rewarded based on how easy or hard the mission is. There are missions using a toe truck with a time limit where you have to pick up cars from gang members that owe people money. It’s pretty fun, but sometimes can be hard because you have gang members shooting at you and the tires on the car. The car you picked up has a damage meter so you have to be careful at times. Muscle cars, sports cars, big rigs, motorcycles over 80 vehicles to drive. You also have a garage where you can improve the handling of your ride (e.g. performance parts, bullet proof windows, tints, bullet proof tires); it's all there. You'll get into races, collect packages, and even steal a car, fit it with a bomb, and then drive it back to where you found it so the owner can get an explosive surprise. Some missions require you to do things on foot, which forces you to deal with the game's lackluster targeting system, which is often skittish and more difficult to manage than it should be. You can target and fire forward out of vehicles, too, but this is only useful when you're chasing someone, which isn't often. Considering you get into some pretty hot spots with lots of bullets flying your way, and most of your enemies are crack shots, fumbling with the targeting gets very annoying.
Police cars drive around the world, and you can see them on your minimap. Doing stuff like speeding, running a red light, or causing a collision while in a cop's vision cone activates them and raises your heat level. You actually have two different types of heat to deal with. Normally, cops just see your car and the heat meter for your current vehicle rises as you speed away. But if the cops see you get out of that car, the heat is all on you, and they'll chase you regardless of which vehicle you're driving. But the cops really aren't very difficult to avoid, and they aren't very smart. Usually, turning down an alley in plain view is enough to completely confuse them and cause them to give up the chase. Overall, the police presence is more of a hassle than anything else, since it forces you to drive slow, stop at stop signs, and other "realistic" stuff that isn't entertaining in the least.
Graphics: are well done and could be a little bit sharper, but overall it's an improvement from the past driver series. Frame rate is smooth and looks pretty good overall. There are some interesting visual tricks here and there, too, like the way the entire HUD gets redesigned and modernized when you switch from '78 to '06, or the way TK's walk animation changes from a ridiculous swaggering strut in '78 to a toned down, more normal-looking walk in the present day.
Sound: on the sound side, the game doesn't sound very good. There's a noticeable audio quality difference between the cut scenes and the in-game action, with the in-game voices just sounding much lower in fidelity. Music plays when you're in a vehicle, and there's a decent array of tunes here, though as you might expect, the '70s music is a little more entertaining than the also-ran and out-of-date-sounding stuff you hear in the game's 2006 setting.
Overall this game is worth checking out if your a fan of the series or you like shooting guns while you drive your American Muscle car down the road, you will be amazed and surprised how much fun you can have in a day with a game such as Driver Parallel Lines.
Old, but good.
it been a LONG time since i've played this. from what i can remember, this game was better than any gta in its time. overall, it was a good game, would reccomend ths to ps2 players, but if ur on ps3, just get GTA IV, complete edition. CANT WAIT FOR NEW DRIVER
im a fan of the driver series, this one is good but its second to last on my list. Driv3r is the worst.