Driver San Francisco Review (Playstation 3)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Sep 30, 2011 18:35

When I first fired up Driver: San Francisco and started playing I thought it was cool. Then the weirdness happened because the game puts your character in a sort of coma and then has his spirit flying around possessing other drivers to use their cars to accomplish something. Driver San fran logoSure, that’s normal right? Then, on top of that, your character is in this strange dream world doing things like trying to convince his partner he can shift from person to person and catch the crime lord Charles Jericho.

Here’s what THQ had to say about the shifting:

As Tanner recovers from a terrible crash, he realizes he has acquired a new ability, SHIFT, enabling him to instantly change vehicles and take control. Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity and freedom; SHIFT into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies and even take control of your opponents’ car to force their demise. SHIFT also allows for thrilling new Multi-player modes within the game.

Right, except for that whole, his body is still out doing stuff in the real world which sort of made me scratch my head. So he’s in the hospital and in the car at the same time? How’s that work?

tanner and jones in driver san fran

After the initial weirdness wears off over the out of body experience that is the crux of the game, Driver San Francisco settles into a sort of standard action driving title where you are required to take on missions, chase down bad guys, jump over stuff, crash into stuff and push the story along by unlocking the Tanner missions. Yes, Tanner is back, of course, he’s the Driver.

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Our Rating for Driver San Francisco Review (Playstation 3)
9.0 Replay
There are lots of things to do in the single player and the multiplayer is highly enjoyable which could keep me coming back for a good long time.
8.0 Graphics
There’s a sort of hazy dream-like quality to some of the graphics and the people are just silly because who needs so many people wandering about if you cannot run them down?
9.0 Sound
Excellent sound all around. Each car has its own rumble or whine depending on the type and size of engine and the
9.0 Gameplay
Across the board, while sometimes irritating, the game is great fun in both single and multiplayer.
9.5 Multiplayer/Online Content
The multiplayer is awesome. Loads of options and modes and it is genuinely fun, though, to paraphrase, hell is other players, which is true here as well.
9.0 Overall
Wide open driving experiences are hard to balance and keep interesting yet Driver San Francisco has kept my interest, offered a wide range of modes and maintained a good game experience and level of interest. This is one I will probably play for some time to come.

Rating: 5.0, votes: 1

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