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  • Summary: Dual Time Periods – Experience New York’s gritty underworld as the most lethal wheelman for hire in the both the 70’s of the past and the modern times of today. Experience White Knuckle Steering – Features realistic steering and 80 cars and motorcycles including old school classics and modern day marvels. Replicate Real Gun Movements – Shoot, smash and steal your way through New York City’s underground using an arsenal of short and long range assault weapons. Fully Customizable Vehicles – Build your perfect ride with custom body work, engine upgrades, tunable suspensions, custom paints and accessories like bullet proof glass and tinted windows. Mini-Games and Side Missions – Earn extra cash to upgrade your vehicles by completing side missions and mini-games like Hitman, Street Racing, Motocross and Demolition Survival. High Speed Hollywood Action – The perfect combination for high speed driving - fast cars, open level missions with no loading time, realistic physics and destructible environments. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Parallel Lines is an energetic driving/action/shooter with loads of personality and twice the depth of its underperforming predecessor. [Nov 2007, p.76]
  2. For 20 quid, it's a half-decent ride while it lasts. [Sept 2007, p.73]
  3. Driver: Parallel Lines looks seriously outdated on the PC. Its dull story and gameplay prevent it from being recommendable.
  4. A comprehensive lesson in how to make a mediocre "GTA" clone. [Oct 2007, p.62]
  5. Empty-souled, dated GTA clone. [Aug 2007, p.84]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    9
    It's almost comical the way Gamespot bashes this game. It sounds so amateuristic to compare it to Gta just because its an open world game where you can kill people and drive cars. Far Cry? True Crime? The Getaway? Scarface, The Godfather, Mercenaries... C'mon people, this is a concept that is used over and over again, and by the way, I think gta is overrated, there, I said it! Gta is not as fantastic as everyone makes it out to be! First off, When San Andreas came out (Probably the most praised video game on the ps2.) the graphics and frame rate were substantially less than what the ps2 was capable of puting out. I was seeing games that came out before that with better textures and smoother gameplay. The controls of gta are clunky and reminiscent of the kind of fighting and shooting that makes your character look like a drunk three year old. But this is not a gta review. I found driver 2, 3 and 4 to all be pretty good games. Where 4 is concerned, it made its predecessors look boring. The graphics are surprising to say the least, sharp texurs and shadowing give a very open, atmospheric feel to the cityscape. The framerate was smooth and while the controls were, under par, I never found myself rolling a semi because i hit a speedbump (Gta physics reference...). In fact, with a little practice, I got to the point where I realized that the controls were mapped to the controller rather well. Unlike gta, the storyline had DEPTH. I felt like there was actually a point to what I was doing, instead of taxying prostitutes to and from destinations for a person who's supposed to be my enemy (For some reason, I found CJ from San Andreas to be quite a tool.). Anyways, I like the gta series but it gets old when everyone and their dog compares any open world game to it. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    8
    Realy fun game. I love the story, and the realy nice cutscenes.
    I cant see why meny reviews are rating down this game ... I had meny good
    hours with this game. It is worth 9,99 euros on steam. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    8
    The music chosen for this game was perfect. Every single track is excellent. Pure hits! The soundtrack alone is worth what I paid for this game. At least for the 70s era part. The 00s era's music they chose is 95% garbage, but it does make it funny sometimes. New York has been created and rendered exceptionally well. The streets, the alleys, the cars, and all other parts of the environment are nicely done. The day and night cycles also look very nice. The cinematics are also done in a film-like fashion, that involves the player from the very beginning. All characters portrayed are quite interesting, and their voice acting is outstanding. Driver: Parallel Lines has the perfect mood, atmosphere, setting, sounds, and interactions to make you feel like you are truly in the game. Controlling any of the vehicles can be close to impossible without crashing them and eventually making them a complete loss. You will lose control of the vehicles easily. This makes the idea of spending money to upgrade cars you own almost completely wasteful and pointless. The game is extremely difficult. I've had to do missions many, many, many times over until I was successful. The untamable vehicle controls are to blame, in conjunction with the sometimes necessary simultaneous shooting. Repeating many of the missions over, and over, and over gets frustrating, repetitive, and extremely annoying. Often, it is infuriating how unforgiving the game is, with its control and handling issues. The speedometer keeps track of the total amount of miles you have traveled in-game, which is not useful, but pretty cool. Mouse sensitivity in the menus is horrible. Making changes in the settings will do little to make the menus useable by your mouse. Expect to choose menu options with the keyboard. The save system is based on completed missions. So, if you quit during the second part of a five parts mission, for example, you will be forced to start the mission from the very beginning next time you load the game, which is ridiculous. All vehicles take visible damage as you drive around the city like a complete lunatic, with very little care for public safety or your own. The chases and crashes are intense and look straight out of a Hollywood movie. The missions are diverse, challenging, exciting, and agitated even though this is primarily a driving game. Investing money into your owned vehicles and altering them is not forced upon the player, with the exception of one mission. Certainly, if you do buy upgrades, your driving will be temporarily made easier and better, but this is totally optional. Especially because money is hard to come by, and the upgrades or parts are expensive. Spend your money on ammunition instead. Several missions involve precision vehicular platform gaming. This means that you will have to slowly and carefully steer your car on ramps and other on ground structures. There are often hilarious AI controlled accidents that occur throughout the game. Because the missions are so difficult to complete successfully, you will develop hate for your enemies and the police. When you finally defeat them, you will rejoice in glory and relief. If you have much patience, and can forgive the game's excessive difficulty and problematic controls and handling, this is a great game. You will experience excitement, variety, and lots of fun. After the campaign is beaten, several vehicles are unlocked and put into your garage. You are also free to roam New York in both eras and do the money making side missions. It took me about 22 hours to complete. Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    7
    Famous reviewers make me laugh, this is definitely NOT a GTA clone, just because it has a free-roaming city and missions to choose across the map doesn't mean it's somethign to avoid if this is not called GTA.
    Although this game doesn't really feel like the older Driver games (even if it has the same dark and gritty atmosphere), it's worth a shot. I'll give it a 7 out of 10 because this game lacked features, especially when you finish the story, but you can get a couple of hours by beating it 100% and drive/customize your cars. Also, there is no film director, it was something special for the Driver series, but they've deleted it to improve the AI and other stuff.
    But let's think positive now, even if the on-foot gameplay isn't that enjoyable, it's still better than in its predecessor, and the storyline is simple but very decent, cutscenes included. Whenever you are watching the cutscenes or driving during a high-speed chase it's like you are watching a movie.
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  5. Aug 4, 2013
    3
    Mislim 70-te godine, pokušalo se na taj fazon, ali fizika automobila i motora je očajna, kao i samih likova........................................... Expand

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