Posted: June 27
I really enjoyed Driver San Francisco as it took a rather unique approach to many aspects of traditional driving/racing games.
The basic plot overview is that while chasing an escaped convict (Jericho) the main character (John Tanner) gets hit by a large truck and end up in a coma. While in your coma you relise that you have a few extra powers or senses that you don't have in the real world, the main one being the ability to shift into any other person and control them and their speech (not thoughts or memories though).
Using you powers, you help people and also track down Jericho and his associates. Initially Tanner is unaware he is in a coma and uses his power to stop Jericho's plans. In the real world however, Jericho is getting away with his plans as no one is able to stop him.
Eventually Tanner wakes up and realises he's been in a coma and uses his knowledge from the coma to help fight Jericho in the real world.
In the final act Jericho's true plans are revealled and after a chase he gets finally stopped and presumably arrested.
I enjoyed the parrallel of the coma with the real world and watching as everything unfolded. I thought the overall plot was perhaps a tiny bit excessive however it was still incrediably fun to play.
There were a few loose ends such as what happened to Jericho's associates and how the city recovered which was a slight dissappointment.
It was fun learning about other side-stories (such as the two Japanese students) and how the main stories merged together into one exciting grand finale.
The driving felt really good using a controller and each car behaves slightly differently. Being able to 'shift' into other people you are able to try out any vehicles you see (almost) ranging from the heavy slow trucks to smaller fast sports cars and even smaller smart cars to off roading buggies. You can also buy most cars from a garage and have them available to you whenever you visit a garage.
There are fun interactable vehicles too such as massive articulated trucks whose trailer you can drive under is most standard vehicles, car carriers which you can ramp over and get 40m or so air and recovery trucks which can hook onto other vehicles.
You can also drive police cars and SUVs which open the possibility to do randomly generated police chase missions which are a fun distraction from the main story.
There are a huge amount and variety of miscellaneous side missions to partake in. There are fairly standard racing missions such as checkpoint races or escaping the police or the much more unique missions where you have to defend an item from people by shifting into other vehicles and destroying the attacker's vehicles. Even the standard missions become exciting when you can shift into a lorry up ahead so you can crash into an opponent head-on whilst an intelligent A.I. keeps your car in the race for you.
Uplay caused me no trouble activating the game. It was downloaded using Steam and on first launch the supplied code was entered to Uplay and the game began.
This has been one of my favourite games to play and probably my favourite racing game of all time and I intend to play it again sometime. I completed the main story in just over 10 hours - that's with doing some side missions - but there are still many more side missions to complete.
All in all a very good game and I definately recommend picking it up if you get the opportunity.