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  • Summary: DRIV3R is an action-packed driving adventure game that recreates the excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster and plays like an interactive movie. DRIV3R stays true to its roots, incorporating the cinematic gameplay and gritty street crime of its predecessors with ground breaking graphics and three mammoth wide open city environments. Featuring Hollywood-level production values and a gripping, narrative story line, DRIV3R casts players once again as Tanner, a jaw breaking, no-holds-barred undercover cop and master "Wheelman" who does whatever it takes to bring the bad guys down. Tanner, alongside his longtime partner, Tobias, must infiltrate a global car theft ring in tire squealing chases and fierce on-foot firefights while tailing gangsters, chasing witnesses, stealing cars and unloading massive clips of ammo to bring the criminals to justice. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 51
  2. Negative: 11 out of 51
  1. The graphics are divine, with vast urban locales and spectacular crashes. The cars handle well, and each vehicle has its own characteristics. Yet this is no easy driving game — one of the reasons why, subject matter aside, it carries a 16+ rating.
  2. This is the first game to successfully mix death-on-the-freeway antics with a plot you might actually care about, and it's worth a shot for that alone.
  3. If you’re looking for a racing or action game, you’re better off buying a title more focused on those genres.
  4. The character controls are pretty standard to both third person and FPS titles, but they are very stiff and slow. Not the kind of thing you want in a shoot-out or high-speed chase.
  5. While the PS2 version of Driver 3 doesn't have quite as many glitches and problems as the Xbox release, the game still feels like a buggy, unfinished product. What's more, much of the gameplay is uninspired, frequently frustrating, and boring.
  6. Rockstar take three years to produce masterpieces, benchmarks of game design, but Reflections have taken almost double that time and give us an unfinished, unpolished mess.
  7. Only a masochist would have the patience and stamina to finish it. I was on one of the game's final missions when, after what was at least my twenty-fifth re-start, I impulsively hit the OFF switch on my television. I'd had enough. I opened a beer, then sat in the darkness, enjoying the sudden silence and the fact that this game, which had been vexing me for days, was once and for all out of my life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 13 out of 32
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    The best game i have ever played, such big city's (for its time) and wonderful variation of cars. The soundtrack is amazing, the story is fantastic and just the overall feel of the game is entertaining. Despite a few bugs this game is perfect. Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2012
    8
    I loved playing this game, the free roam portion of it at least, I didn't like the singleplayer as it was too hard back in the days when I played it, the glitches and police AI were pretty bad, but that just made it that much funnier/fun to play, loved doing stunts and watching the police crash their cars while attempting to follow me. Expand
  3. Feb 6, 2011
    6
    Driv3r is a good but glitchy sandbox-style game. You play as Tanner, an undercover cop who infiltrates into a gang trying to sell illegal cars or something like that. Basically you work for both sides: the cops and the gang. First thing you notice is how good the game looks. The cars you drive look good and based on real life cars, the 3 cities Miami, Nice and Istanbul are detailed and look identical to their real life counterparts: The Driv3r team actually went to these 3 cities and took over 70,000 photos and using the data, built the roads, landmarks and other things into the game. The games cut scenes are great as well and I like the way they used motion capture for these scenes and they look like your watching a movie and have a cinematic feel to them. The story is interesting, dark and full of twists. Some of the voice acting is great (especially Tanner's voice actor) and fits the characters well. Driv3r car damage model is probably the best I've seen in a video game: The cars that you drive can take realistic damage. These cars have been built with up to 20 detachable panels and things like doors, bumpers and bonnets can come off your car if your damage your car by smashing it into traffic or a wall. There are a good number of vehicles to drive like sports cars, sports bikes and go karts! There's a campaign to complete and a Take a ride mode which allows you to drive and have fun around the 3 cities and getting into trouble with the police which can throw some good chases at you. There's even a Film Director where you can take a replay that you saved from a mission or a take a ride moment and edit it with camera angles, slow motion and in car views which is awesome; you could make a movie out of a recorded chase! Driv3r sounds great doesn't it? Sounds like the best game in the world. A lot of problems really ruin the game. I encountered loads (and I mean loads) of glitches in the game ranging from cars driving constantly forward with a dead driver inside, pedestrians getting caught on walls and discovering a deserted unfinished Ghost Town in Miami. The glitches may seem funny but some are annoying. Another thing is the AI: The Police are so dumb. If you go into a building (say your safe house), and there's a wall separating you from a policeman, he won't follow you. He'll just either stand and look at the wall or just walk into it constantly and get stuck. Also the police cars that pursue you always seem to keep up with you regardless on how fast your vehicle is. Despite the graphics looking good, Tanner's walking animation is ridiculous: He walks like a crab! Tanner can't fall from a great height either, probably 4 or 5 feet and a chunk of health is gone from your life bar. I mentioned that the Film Director is great but sometimes the game corrupts your movies; sometimes something happens in your movie which actually didn't happen it when you were recording it and that can screw up your movie. Also the Film Director starts recording your game play the minute you start the game. It would have been nice to pick a time to start recording. At times, Driv3r is a poor version of Grand Theft Auto because there are shooting sections and walking sections in the campaign which are pretty poor. What? This is supposed to be a Driving game! Anyway, you have a selection of guns from the usual rifles, shotguns and handguns and in some sections you have to shoot your way through enemies. The shooting mechanics are poor but at least the driving sections are nice. As well as the Take a ride mode, there are some driving games but to be honest, I couldn't be bothered with any of them other than Survival which can be a laugh at times seeing supercharged mental Police cars flying around the place trying to damage your car. The voice acting maybe good but the audio isn't: Tanner sounds like cow when he gets hit or falls from a great height (HUUUUUMMMMM) and the Police chatter is very repetitive. They only say a few lines of dialog. Also the music in the game itself is repetitive and poorly composed. There isn't much to do in Take A Ride mode other than find hidden cars, kill 10 hidden men known as Timmy Vercetti's in the cities or just mess around with the police.To wrap this review up then: Driv3r is a glitchy game that people like to play if you want a laugh but if you want a serious action game, just buy one of the Grand Theft Auto's instead. If this game was given a few months more to iron out the glitches and take out the on foot sections, maybe this game could have been special. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2011
    4
    Great driving. Good cutscenes. Good music. Everything else is dreadful. And it's very difficult.
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    3
    This game is possibly the single glitchiest, buggiest, most boring and pointless GTA rip off ever released. It is so unbelievably mediocre that I actually took to switching the PS2 off after the first mission. The graphics look lame, the cutscenes look like rejected scenes from a Pixar movie and the voice acting is terrible. The one good reason to play this game though is the excellent driving mechanics and car chases. There is a wide range of vehicles to drive including sedans, sports cars, convertibles, vans, trucks, police cars and even a go kart! But apart from that, its a terrible game. Seriously, just a waste of time and money. Expand

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