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.
yes: I recommend this product