Driver - PC

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GT Interactive's new game, Driver, puts gamers right into the middle of the action and squarely behind the wheel of the most wanted getaway car. Assuming the identity of an undercover cop named Tanner, players sell their services as drivers-for-hire to the highest bidder in order to infiltrate a powerful crime ring spanning four of the nation's largest cities--New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. Driver delivers the clutch-your-seats, adrenaline-charged action of a Hollywood-style car chase, propelling players along a high-speed, all-out thrill ride. Driver's true-to-life modeling of automobile physics, ultra-realistic environments, cutting-edge graphics, and revolutionary replay mode allow users to experience an elaborate, realistic interactive driving experience.

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Like many console-to-PC ports, Driver suffers from being translated verbatim and taking little advantage of the more powerful PC platform. However, Driver's core game design is so strikingly original and fun that it can be enjoyed without embellishment.

As its name implies, Driver is a game about driving - at dangerous speeds through densely populated city streets. The game was designed by the makers of the Destruction Derby series and casts you as an undercover 1970s policeman motoring your way into the heart of mob territory through the criminal application of your cop-honed driving skills. Rather than focussing on racing as in Microsoft's recent city-cruising game Midtown Madness, Driver is all about the interactive re-creation of classic car-chase movies like Bullitt and Freebie and the Bean. Pursuit, evasion, survival, and the judicious implementation of all-out vehicular mayhem compose the core of the action.

Most car games that dispense with racing replace it with predictable hood-mounted gunplay. Not so with Driver: You pilot an array of big bazooka-less American muscle cars that belch exhaust and run great on regular gas - the most dangerous thing shooting out of these wheeled hellhounds is an illegal mix of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon pollutants. To succeed in Driver, you must master the art of driving like a maniac with precision and control.

Those skills are developed in Driver's main game, a mission-based trek through the streets of Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The missions are presented as job offers left on an answering machine in a three-dimensional rendering of your character's sleazy apartment, which also acts as the in-game option screen. Your car has two basic attributes: damage and felony. Damage is simply a reverse life bar - when it reaches its upper limit, the car is trashed and the mission ends in failure. Felony is a measurement of police interest in your current activities. It increases if any police cruiser witnesses your vehicle operating illegally. As it rises, the cops will begin to actively pursue you, eventually taking such drastic measures as establishing roadblocks and calling in reinforcements. This gauge introduces a rather original play concept: To win, you must sometimes drive within the limits of the law. Crawling through a busy intersection at a soul-deadening speed while making a rare appearance on the correct side of the road and hoping to God the cop stopped at the light doesn't notice the black smoke pouring out of your crumpled hood is an exciting experience unique to Driver.

You'll also enjoy discovering the many creative ways in which Reflections has used the relatively simple components of its gameworld to concoct a wide variety of interesting scenarios. The missions range from timed trips across town, aggressive pursuits of other vehicles, and eluding the fuzz, to unusual and surprising tasks such as scaring the hell out of an informant by taking him on a wild ride, and sending a message to another gang by smashing through the plate-glass windows of its legitimate businesses. Saving the game is only permitted between missions, but it's a testament to the game's success that this fact never becomes a liability. Playing Driver is such great fun and the levels are designed with enough common-sense brevity that restarting a mission almost never becomes frustrating. Car physics are definitely more arcade-like than realistic, but they make for a thrilling mix of impossible, hubcap-flinging turns and stomach-dropping jumps, especially when careening through the streets of San Francisco.

Once you've completed the game's nearly 50 missions, you can keep yourself occupied with Driver's skills-testing bonus games. Seven are included, the best being survival, in which you must escape a pack of kamikaze police cruisers for as long as possible. Even with an entire city to drive through, the cops are incredibly difficult to elude. But for the average minute, or the extraordinary two minutes, that it takes them to capture you, it's a real blast. Better yet, true to Driver's cinematic roots, a full replay facility is available, complete with a wide variety of camera placement features.

Although undeniably enjoyable, Driver isn't without noticeable flaws. The graphics are good but not up to the standard set by Midtown Madness. The cities are somewhat blocky, and the building textures are often blurry and repetitive. The soundtrack is forgettable, generic '70s funk, and the in-game movies are pretty awful. Driver's mission-loading times, though not unbearable, actually seem to be longer than on the console version. Restarting a mission on the PlayStation was an instantaneous process, but on the PC, the level must be reloaded from scratch. Finally, aside from some graphical enhancements, nothing significant has been added to the game since its console debut. Most sorely missing is any kind of multiplayer mode.

However, none of these drawbacks should deter you from picking up Driver. It is addictive, intuitive, and fun, which are qualities sometimes overlooked in the industry's myopic pursuit of purely technical innovation. With Driver, Reflections has produced the definitive re-creation of the classic urban car-chase movie and has quite possibly introduced a new genre of driving game.--Erik Wolpaw

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Platform:PC  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B00001W0J2
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By A Customer on December 21, 1999
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This game is great. This is one of the many games where the objects you hit can either damge your car, or fly into the air. Hours of fun playing over 40 missions. Many types of games you can play. The cops are smart. You can be a good driver and they wont do anything or be a horrible driver and chase you down with road blocks. Graphics are great. This game is a must buy!
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This game is the best game I have ever played. Its graphics, controls, objectives, and challenge, make this the best game I have. I am not usually one to like driving games, but this one is different. Cops are smart and challenging to out run. The story line is absolutely amazing. The game is challenging, but at the same time fun. People in this game actually try to run out of the way of cars. Choose your route to get to your objective. This game has provided me hours of fun. Even after I beat the game I still wanted to go back and play it again. This game took me a long time to beat so you won't get bored of it. After playing missions you get used to the city and learn where to ditch cops, also the fastest routes to get to places. THIS IS A MUST GET GAME
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Driver is a brilliantly executed all-action racer. There are literally many routes by which one can tackle and complete each mission.
The Police chases are excellent, with just the right level of difficulty for the average driving game addict. I highly recommend that you download the cheat that enables you to skip the training mission though- I found that part of the game to be extremely frustrating!
Once you 'get into' this game, you won't be able to 'put it down'- guaranteed!
I prefer the graphical detail of Driver to Midtown Madness, as Midtown tends to look a little too artificial at times. Driver is more of a hardcore-gamer's title than Midtown in my opinion.
The 70s retro music is great and so too the in-game speech. The missions are interesting, and the night-time/early morning sky, is literally 'breath-taking'! Great atmosphere through out the game.
Get this game if you love high-speed chases, and you're bored with normal racing games.
I'm using a PIII 500MHz/128Mb/GeForce 2 GTS/Sound Blaster Live! Player 1024, and I've encountered no game-play problems. Incidentally, the game also runs very well on a TNT2.
A spectacular game!
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"Driver" is one of those rare games that comes along once every 5 or so years. A game that makes your blood rush through your veins. It seems to be consistantly interesting, as you choose where to go, and the cops react differently every time. Speeding down the wrong side of the Miami freeway at 95 mph with 3 cops right behind you is pretty darned exiting. The cars come out of no-where and you have to zone out everything else to swerve out of their way. You start to feel as though you ARE the person in the car, out-running the cops. Some of the most exiting moments in the game are when you can look behind you and see the accidents you've caused by screaming throught the city streets. This is a GREAT game.
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Many racing simulations simply don't have the real thrill in themselves, because their drivers can be turned into complete beginners, which can't even sit behind the wheel. Driver is different. You have to qualify for the game and then the fun beginns. From driving around the city and getting acquainted with it up to full adrenaline challenges against the cops - over 40 missions will surely be enough for quite a while. And the police certainly isn't so stupid as it could be presumed - you'll have to give your best to outrun them. Graphics and sounds are near perfect. Oh, and DO CRASH at least once - the crashes are so nice...
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This sure brought back memories and good ones. It was sure difficult for me to get through the training first few times but once I got past it, it all came rushing back. The chase, being able to take a ride instead of doing missions – love this game! It works well and being able to change the deafult controls for driving on the keyboard was a plus since I can't buy a controller right then. Definitely focused on getting through the missions and while a challenge, determined to beat this again!
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This is a very nice game the graphics on this game aren't that good but what can you expect from the game that was made back in the six generation gaming console there's over about a 70 different missions over the span of four cities Miami, Florida, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY which you have to do. The job can range from stealing cars, a giveaway driver, picking up hit men and then driving them to the spot to complete the hit and so many others. The game has a 70s look and the cites you drive in our perfectly done this game started the entire driver series with the latest when being driver: San Francisco the damage on the cars are well done and if you run into something like say a tree for the car you will take damage for it, if you're tired of playing the career mode the game as a free ride mode which allows you to drive through any of the cities you've unlocked. There's also a few driving games which range from driving on a dirt track to escaping the cops, too damaging vehicles to rack up CTS, and checkpoints racing. If you manage to beat a career mode you will be rewarded cheat to codes and in the free roam you will get the chance to drive every single car in the game some of which you haven't driven before will also be available. Overall this is a good game for your teenagers to play, it rated T for Teen for a reason. There is a few unpleasant words that are said in the game some of which have been beeped out.
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