Posted: December 12
A reboot of the series rather than a true sequel, Driver SF brings something pretty much brand new to a driving/ racing game. It may not suit the series if you think of this game like its predecessors, but this installment of the Driver franchise has a much more lighter tone to it, therefore this new 'shift' feature fits in pretty well. 'Shift' allows you to jump from one vehicle to another that are cruising around on the streets of San Fran (this replaces 'on- foot'). If you get fed up of a car you're driving in, tap one button to shift out of the vehicle, float around the game world, choose a car that's driving about, then tap one button again to enter the vehicle. Simple. The game brings back the Hollywood film driving handling, allowing you to 'drift' or slide around corners in your favourite film car. Whether it be a classic Dodge Charger, Fiat 500, Nissan Skyline, or a Lamborghini I would say there's a car for everyone in this game, which there should be, since there's about 140 to choose from.
The story is about Detective 'John Tanner' once again, and takes place 6 months AFTER Driver 3. Jericho, also from Driver 3, is about to be sent to prison, yet he escapes in a prison van which he then uses as a weapon against Tanner causing a massive crash that sends Tanner in to a coma. The game, 99% of the time, is in Tanner's coma hence why you have this ability to shift and take over a persons body/ vehicle. The story is odd, but makes sense. In the real world Tanner is in a hospital bed, where a TV in is room is switched on and he can hear everything that is being said on the news about Jericho. So, in Tanner's coma dream he is trying to track down Jericho in a made up San Fran world.
There are main story missions that can range from finding info about Jericho, to chases and to learning about shift. Then there's side missions/ activities/ challenges, which there are a lot of. This could range from races, chases, smashing cars, or doing awesome stunts and jumps. There are also movie challenges which are based on classic car films, like Bullit for example. There is also free- drive which you can do pretty much at any point in the game, missions are found driving around in free drive.
Things I like:
The range of missions/ activites- chases, races, etc
The cars- A nice range of vehciles. Whether it be muscle, sports, super. (Even buses and trucks etc)
In- car cam- Nice details and steering movements, one of the best I've seen in a driving game.
Free roam or free drive- Means you can just mess about in your favourite car, causing cop chases and chaos!
Graphics- The graphics aren't too bad for it's time, they're much better on the cars rather than the San Fran itself.
Multiplayer- Both split screen & online are good, but good luck finding people who play on it.
Film director- It's a bit basic, but it just about does the job to take a look back at a cool crash or chase you just did.
Things I don't like:
AI- Suffers some bad rubber banding, sometimes they'll destroy you, then the next they will be nice as pie.
Customisation on cars- Can't choose what colour you want from the garage, it chooses for you! Also, boost is something the game makes you have and they put it on the steering control, so I advise changing control options.
Story- It's a bit weak, it works in the game, but it's just too short.
HUD- Things flashing up on screen quite often and they don't let you have the option to turn any of it off.