Driver: San Francisco
A Mixed Bag
Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to see someone make a game about movies that had cars as stars. Driver: San Francisco is as close as anyone has come. Aside from the main story are 13 movie challenges inspired by movies like "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Bulitt", and even "The Blues Brothers". There is also a secret "Back to the Future" reference that leads to something from the first Driver game, but I'll let you find that one. Driver: SF also features the idea of "Shifting" from car to car, and believe me, there are a LOT of cars to pick from. Muscle cars tend to drift, AWD cars accelerate instantly, and hatchbacks can barely move. My only gripe about the cars is that you can't pick the color you want, you have to keep going back into the garage and hope the color you want shows up next. Now the single player is fun, but multiplayer is where the game falls flat. You're given the city of San Francisco to play in and yet there is NO ONLINE FREE ROAM MODE!!!!!! And don't say it's not possible, you and the guy next to you can play localy over splitscreen in a free roam mode. This game had the potential to be my favorite game, but comes in about the top ten. This is a good game, just not online.
Good But...... Gets Really Boring In The End
i am a first time driver player. i would say the game is really good. like all others games its get really boring that you will end up trading in which i did. cars are really good, and needs a little bit more good graphics.
"At first when I got this for christmas, I thought I wouldn't like it THAT much since it's not a game I usually play (NFS, Burnout, TDU2 etc). Anyway, when I started I kept going off course from the freeway where I was supposed to go (Start of game), then I thought I was going to be driving a challenger rt the whole game, when I saw a challenger srt8 I was crossing my fingers for someplace to get a car. Well the garage answered my question in a big way. There's lots of cars to choose from, Even those 200mph exotics! But it's sort of weird when I'm at about 130, because I'm feeling like I'm going so fast. Now the split screen is pretty good when I have my friend over. Even though he's not very good (He dosen't own a PS3 yet). Online is very good as well, you're able to choose several challenges such as Takedown, your either a cop or robber and it's pretty obvious to know what to do. I can't remember all of it, (I haven't played it in a while.) Well I don't have much left to say." ^_^ -Teh street rac0r
Best Driving game
This is by far the best driving game I have ever played... its a great mix between burnout paradise and NFS hot pursuit... I would defiantly recommend this game.
Great Racing Game That Is Not NFS
This game knocked the socks off of my expectations. They gameplay is very addicting, because it plays like no other racing game. You play as a cop who is trying to capture a very genius escaped convict. Circumstances lead the cop into some grave danger and out of it comes the incredible part of Driver: San Francisco. This game is the only game that I am aware of that allow the player to teleport from vehicle to vehicle. I played Vin Diesel's Wheelman which sort of did it but only on a small scale. This game will let you go from a vehicle on one side of town to another on the complete other side in mere seconds.
Actually driving the cars is a whole other topic. This games handling mechanics are challenging. That is coming from someone who grew up playing racing games. These cars are not easy to handle but in a good way. Its nice to know you cannot take turns at 150 mph like in some games. It feels more realistic. Also, there is a damage allowance meter that allows a certain amount of damage before a car crashes out. Normally, I would find it annoying, but you can teleport immediately into a nearby vehicle. So it is not a big deal.
This brings me to the vehicles. There is a plethora of vehicles in this game available for unlocking. By buying garages, you can then unlock vehicles. Vehicles range from the cop's classic Dodge Challenger to big rigs to Lamborghinis to minivans to school buses. There are well over 100 vehicles in total.
The map is huge and unlocks as you progress through the story. I have no idea if it actually looks like San Francisco, because I have never been there. It includes highways, iconic hills, alleyways, and dirt roads. There are challenges or as they call them in the game "Dares" scattered all over the map as well as other game modes, one of which is helping two brothers raise money for college by illegal street racing. They were funny and amusing. You can also chase criminals as cops or escape the cops as criminals. I cannot emphasize enough how much there is in this game.
The story itself and its characters are put together fairly well. I never lost interest in the story and was always interested. It was a little corny at times, but it felt like it was supposed to be and actually made the game better in my opinion. The story is no Uncharted or Last of Us, but is solid through and through.
The sounds of the game are where this game truly shines. The cars all have unique engine sounds. The sounds of burning rubber never get old and there is also a soundtrack that brings back a retro feel in which the game aimed to do. When you teleport into a car or truck, sometimes there would realistically be someone else in the car. Ubisoft made sure to account for this and I praise them for how thorough they were in driver conversations. When you teleport into a vehicle you may also find yourself jumping into a conversation. They range greatly from humorous things to concerning things. They amused me a lot, because I went through the entire story (and at a very leisurely pace) and even after I was finished with it, I was still hearing new things come out of my passenger's mouths. It is very impressive considering many games give characters one line and they will just repeat it over and over and over. This game made sure to avoid that.
The online part of this game was the only let down for me, solely because people are hard to come by. The modes are fun and some are similar to those in the solo part of the game. Once you find people to play with it becomes a blast to play. I do recommend trying to find at least two other people though. Online is not as much fun with only two people. Most racing games aren't. I hope I informed you on how impressive this game is. It is still $25 used for a reason. It is a true gem, especially in a starving racing genre.
Driver San Francisco is Awesome!
I recommend this game to lots of people. This is the best driving game I have ever played. I suggest for anyone likes cars, this is your video game! Driver San Francisco Rules!!!!!!!
My Old Time Driving Series Finally Returns!
Since I was but a 3 year old (or so), and I had my PS1, I've played Gran Turismo 2 and Driver (at least for the racing/driving cat.) Driver was one of the best driving games on that console, and I'm glad it'll make a soon return on the PS3 with "real" cars, a large city, better graphics and more action than ever. I can't wait; Ubisoft, please don't disappoint, as I anticipate you won't.
Revolutionary, fun, & just plain AWESOME!
PS1's Driver was revolutionary, being the first driving game that let you roam free within a city, and the car took visual damage. It was so accurate that real car companies refused to let the game makers base the cars off of real car models for fear of simulating real damage to one of their vehicles. That did not stop Driver from being one of the greatest racing games of its time. Driver 2 was revolutionary for being the first game to introduce curved city streets, a changing landscape, 2-player games like "capture the flag" and breakable objects. Dumpster problems? Driver 3 introduced shooting a gun while driving ( It was not GTA from what I've read, but I might be wrong ). Now Driver San Francisco is also revolutionary in the fact that you can swap cars quickly by having Tanner's spirit hovering over the city, and choosing any car at will, while in motion, and possess the driver to make them your unsuspecting weapon of chaos! The most awesome thing about this game is that you cannot die at all, and if your car is wrecked and flipped over, you don't have to worry about crawling out of the car and getting shot by bullets, or having to carry around ANY guns at all. This game has nothing to do with guns, so this is the kind of criminal pursuit game that would be excellent for gamers who like driving, but hate shooting at the same time. So those that find GTA too violent finally have something to play. Each car handles and sounds differently, and realistically, and the way you would expect that type of car to handle. And finally, every car is modeled after a real vehicle, something that the original Driver couldn't do for licensing and permission purposes. The cars all handle excellently, and yes, turbo is easily available, and refills over time. The way you can sneak up behind a car, charge up and slam your opponent super hard is a great help in taking down bad guys and other racers. There are plenty of huge jumps, long straightaways for gaining top speed, curves to challenge your handling skills and items to collect. Each driver you possess has his or her own story, and Tanner talks with his passengers, resulting in hilarious and embarrassing moments. Become a cop at any moment, and take down bad guys by just tagging a car with the appropriate chase icon. The cops are also easy to avoid. You can speed and wreck into things, and they won't chase you - unless you crash into them, so it's much easier to complete missions and races without having the cops on your tail constantly. You can have more fun just driving around freely, doing races, collecting money and helping people out than doing the standard story missions. The story is simple, and it isn't the strongest point of the game, nor do you have to only focus on the missions one right after the other. This freedom to take the game at your own pace allows you to have fun without having the stress of not being able to complete a task to advance further in the game. I've played a lot of PS3 racing games, and found that most of them are horrible. Even Need For Speed has lost its way. If you want a game that incorporates action, racing, outstanding graphics, awesome game play, outrageously high replay value, freedom to choose your own path through the game, and have hours of fun and stress relief, this is the game to get. I give it more than 500 stars, and all-fingers up from everyone in my family and all my friends, because10 stars and 2 thumbs is just not a high enough rating for this incredibly fun game!
Great Fun Driving Game
The last Driver game i played was about 10 years ago which was Driver 3 so I saw a lot of improvement t with this game. Only thing I didn't like about it is that you can't get out of your car and walk around, BUT you can be the driver in any car. It's all a DREAM though. The character you play has powers and he can't change to any driver in a car by floating in the air and selecting the driver. It's fun and easy. There's other powers too. You can get money very easily and buy any car in any of the many garages. you can just free drive and just speed, drift, and overtake vehicles simply for money. It's a fun game, but some parts are challenging and when you beat the game you unlock some cool challenges.
The best DRIVER out the franchise!
I've been a fan of DRIVER since the 1st game was released back in 90's for the PS1. And i happy that Driver was not dead. Best part what i liked about is that it was going back to SF. At first i didn't like the Idea of Ubisoft of being in charge of the project. Even though Reflections Interactive was still part of it. But that really change anything. But after seeing it at E3, i gave a chance. And i was not dissapointed. The driving was really smoothed and reallyfun. Especially the drifting. Seeing Tanner and Jericho up to no good again, got me cheering like a little camper. What i liked about SF was the ability to jump into any car was unique.