Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Driver: San Francisco Review

Driver: San Francisco is without a doubt a homage to Hollywood movies. Not a moment goes by whilst you drive around the sunny bay of San Francisco you can’t see anything that would not be in a Hollywood movie. The game is full of classic U.S. Muscle cars, with the odd truck thrown in, which all make you want to smash into the speed limit signs and glide over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The amazingly (mostly) realistic city is built for car chases. The ups and downs of the roads are perfect for car jumps and the long stretches of the highway make you want to put your foot down on the pedal and just relax as the world fly’s by. This on it's own makes the game almost worth buying.

Driver: San Francisco starts off with John Tanners old enemy, Charles Jericho, taking over his own prison van and driving it full force into Tanners classic Dodge Challenger R/T which leaves Tanner comatose in hospital. Miraculously however Tanner wakes up without a scratch on him or his car and with his partner Tobias Jones in the passenger seat. Since the crash, somehow John is now able to takeover any car in the city by inhabiting the people who are driving them.

You soon find yourself speeding across the city crashing into scaffolding and other structures just to see them come crashing to the ground behind you as you speed off in pursuit of the bad guys. Missions include things like inhabiting the body of a teenager and speeding around to raise your driving instructors heart rate to 180bpm and helping people win races so they can pay off their college tuition (although they eventually get addicted to gambling so you help these guys out a number of times).

Although the story itself is rather on the short side, you can easily forgive it as you have plenty of things to do on the side including dares, stunts, races and of course pursuits.

The game gets a bit repetitive later on and the story is not the best you will ever play, but Driver: San Francisco has both its good and bad points, but mainly good. If you are a fan of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, or anything of the like, and have not yet picked this game up then go do so now. The mixture of both driving and the scenery makes this game what it is and that is quiet something of an achievement on Ubisoft Reflections part. Driver: San Francisco deserves a definite 70/100.

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