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- What's Free - Play game for 100 minutes.
- File Size - 95.8 MB
- Play It On - Win XP
DFG Exclusive Review Summary
A superior game, one of the very best in its category.
- Free roam allows exploration of the map.
- Customizable controls let each player fine tune for their preferred style.
- Several different areas to explore keeps the game interesting.
- Main menu isn't clear about the options available.
- No difficulty settings.
Driving, Hollywood style!
Do you think you have what it takes to outrun the police? Driver delivers the same kind of clutch-your-seat, adrenaline-charged action of a heart-stopping, Hollywood-style car chase!
Fly along on a high-speed thrill ride through the wild streets of four major U.S. cities. Driver's true-to-life modeling of automobile physics, ultra-realistic environments, and replay mode allow users to experience an extremely interactive driving experience and one that is a nice change from the typical driving game.
What the pros are saying:
- "Driver's core game design is so strikingly original and fun that it can be enjoyed without embellishment." - Gamespot, 85/100
- "Driver taps into our deep-rooted love of speed, cars, cops and polygonal damage, and the boys at Reflections have really outdone themselves." - IGN, 8.9/10
Review by Mick
In Driver you play the wheel man for hire in various missions around cities such as Miami and San Francisco. An expansive free roam map lets you drive around the city causing destruction and mayhem at will, but watch out because the police will soon be on your tail. Driver is reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto in the early years but focuses on the driving aspect only.
Several Thuggish Game Modes
Driver offers several ways to experience the game such as missions, free play, or undercover (the story mode). In mission mode you are allowed to select from a variety of missions including pursuit, getaway, and destruction. In destruction mode your goal is to cause as much damage to the surroundings as you can in the allowed time. Missions are received on your answering machine in story mode and can be accepted or saved for later.
If you just want to drive around causing havoc then free play is the choice for you. Free play allows you to pick a city and just roam the streets at will without timers or missions. In all modes your car does have a limit to how much damage it can take before you must start over so keep that in mind when you're deciding whether or not to ram the car in front of you.
It's a Challenge Outrunning the Cops
The large size and variety of maps mean there will be plenty of exploring for you to do in free play. Running from the police can be a game in itself. Using high speed maneuvers in an effort to “lose your tail” is one of the most challenging aspects of this game. In addition to practicing your getaway skills, you can also become better acquainted with the map. Knowing the map can make missions easier during the story mode.
Lack of Instructions are a Bummer
Driver does have a few drawbacks. The game doesn't make this clear, but the first screen you come to is the main menu and has the options tab to make any adjustments to controls, sound, video and so on.
At first the game can be frustratingly difficult if you are unfamiliar with the terms used (slalom, speed, brake check) . You are given a list of actions to perform with your car before you can continue and a one minute timer in which to complete them. No other instructions are given so the player is left to their own devices to figure out what to do. Once you have completed the assigned tasks in your one minute timer you can be assured that you are now a professional driver worthy of any of the game's challenges.
Conclusion - Story and Freeplay are Where It's At
Driver offers an experience full of high speed chases, precision driving techniques and lots of destruction. Storyline missions and free roam play make a winning combination. So as long as you stick to a combination of storyline and free play this game will provide nearly unlimited entertainment.
- Driver was released in June 1999
- The game was developed by Reflections Interactive, Limited.
- It was published by GT Interactive Software
- Driver was originally released for PlayStation and Windows
- Versions were released for the Mac and Game Boy Color in 2000
- Mobile-friendly versions of Driver were released for the iPhone (2009) and PS Vita (2012)
- The game is the first in a series of driving simulations. Other games in the series include Driver 2 (2000); Driv3r (2004); Driver: Parallel Lines (2006); Driver '76 (2007); and Driver: San Francisco (2011)
- Inspiration for the game came from two movies; The Driver (1978) and Driver (1993)
- Additional inspiration came from the '70's classic TV series Starsky and Hutch
- Antonio Fargas, who played Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch, took part in the UK advertising campaign for Driver
- PC Gamer (Germany) awarded Driver the 'Best Racing Sim' award for 1999
- The physics engine occasionally produces glitches which lets cars fly hundreds of feet into the air!
- Reflections Interactive was founded in 1984. It's most famous for the Destruction Derby and Driver series. Ubisoft acquired the studio in 2006
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