Metascore
40

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 11 out of 15
  1. The bitter taste I had since the beginning of the game is still there.
  2. It’s not that it’s that bad of a game, it’s just that most of what’s under the hood on this one has been done before.
  3. 54
    Almost all of the much-touted style evaporates as soon as the introductory movie is over and we're met with stiff animation, blurry textures, popping geometry, a dated engine, underwhelming vehicle sound, a stale world, kryptonite light poles, bouncing parked cars, forgettable on-foot action and only passable vehicular dynamics.
  4. Driv3r's broken gameplay mechanics are just too significant to overlook. Ultimately, they turn this high-budget vehicular shooter into a mediocre "GTA" clone with two flat tires. [June 2005, p.69]
  5. The driving physics are pulled from "Carmageddon 2," the on-foot control is pulled from "Ultima Underworld," the driving was pulled from the Sega Genesis version of "OutRun." There is a reason why all the games I’ve listed are five, ten, fifteen years old. . .because Driv3r plays like a game from a past generation.
  6. The cities are huge and beautiful, with country-appropriate cars, and while the gameplay is muddy, it’s easy to see how it could have been better. But as it is, DRIV3Ris all flash and little substance.
  7. There is no excuse for this--no excuse at all. Driver 3 was a disaster. It was boring. It was sluggish. It was thoroughly buggy. Basically, it was as enjoyable as spending an evening smashing your fingers into pulp with a large hammer.
  8. Proof that not everything made in nine months is a bundle of joy. [Aug 2005, p.78]
  9. Just about as broken as it was on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 last year, and thanks to the ill-conceived introduction of a mouse and keyboard into the mix, it manages to be even worse, overall.
  10. You might be more interested to know what Driv3r isn’t though – a good game.
  11. This game's no fun to play at all. And it's frustrating, too, in a bad way. It's as simple as that.
  12. Unfinished and rotten to the core.
  13. While the story-based gameplay is a did, the free-roaming modes and mini-games are pretty entertaining. [June 2005, p.60]
  14. Atari should be shamed and ashamed for having the sheer gall to release something this broken. To do it twice is inexplicable. [PC Gamer UK]
  15. A huge, horrible, gut-wrenching car crash, with blood-soaked teddy bears. [June 2005, p.100]
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 12 out of 15
  1. Jan 3, 2014
    1
    Awful and buggy graphics awful and weird physics
    Despite it's got an interesting story and continues the first two games' story it still
    can't be playable Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2012
    4
    I was so hyped about this game after the success of Driver 1 and 2. But what a letdown. It did not felt like a driver game anymore. They made this look like another GTA clone, but worse in every possible way. Only cutscenes were amazing though. Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2012
    1
    It is only a joke I think! The graphics are extremely bad. The controlling is much worse. The main menu is a big crap. The whole game is very boring. It's a big bull crap, don't buy it. Full Review »