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  • Summary: Driver: Parallel Lines is the next installment of Atari's legendary franchise action driving game. As the only game that offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience, Driver: Parallel Lines features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge. Set in a photorealisticDriver: Parallel Lines is the next installment of Atari's legendary franchise action driving game. As the only game that offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience, Driver: Parallel Lines features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge. Set in a photorealistic interpretation of New York City, players take on the role of a notorious 18 year old who, free from conscience and rules, is the most sought after driver-for-hire in town. Get down and dirty in cars of all kinds. Modify and juice up cars before engaging in Hollywood-style car chases. Features over 40 diverse missions, online multiplayer options, realistic driving physics, and a brand new story with an unforeseen twist. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. It's a compelling tale, which is more than backed up by some fly graphics, cool soundtracks and smooth gameplay.
  2. While the pseudo-sand box nature of this game does give it more than a passing resemblance to some of the best bits of the three GTA titles we all know and love, it has enough original content to save it from being accused of too much plagiarism.
  3. But it can't match San Andreas' scope, and as good as the game is, I found myself treading between boredom and frustration more than I'd like.
  4. Sure, the improvements to the heat level are fantastic, and it’s great to have a game that has really solid handling and physics, but it would have been nice to see the series break a little more new ground.
  5. Driver has escaped near-death with a captivating and colourful return, and one where everything from systems to cinematics is of a quality build. As surprises go, it’s a juggernaut. [Apr 2006, p.84]
  6. 60
    How badly do you want to play another GTA rip-off? Driver: Parallel Lines is better than most, but it still can't hold a candle to Rockstar's flagship series.
  7. I get the impression that far too much effort was put into locking up a great soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    10
    Driver: Parallel Lines was a game, what I needed. I can feel like a real driver. New York, two eras, freedom and awesome cars - these factorsDriver: Parallel Lines was a game, what I needed. I can feel like a real driver. New York, two eras, freedom and awesome cars - these factors are the best in this game. It's better than Driver 3. It's not an another copy of GTA - this made me very happy. If you like driving games - I recommend you this one. Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    Driver Parallel Lines is an amazing driving game from reflections, This game has a brilliant storyline and character development. The drivingDriver Parallel Lines is an amazing driving game from reflections, This game has a brilliant storyline and character development. The driving is so smooth and enjoyable in this game that i can just sit back and cruise 1970s New York listening to amazing songs. That brings me to my next point, the soundtrack. The soundtrack in this game is phenomenal, with the likes of David Bowie and War in the 1978 soundtrack plus the Audio bullys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the 2006 soundtrack. The cars are brilliant in this game, they are all easy on the eye (especially the Cerrano, Zartex and the Andec) Overall this game is brilliant, it derserves praise. so called 'PRO' reviewers like Gamestop sicken me with thier review calling the story "flat" Expand
  3. JonnyC.
    Mar 13, 2006
    9
    Basicaly if you liked GTA San Andreas you'll like this. Its basically the same principle apart from the control system which is immense Basicaly if you liked GTA San Andreas you'll like this. Its basically the same principle apart from the control system which is immense in Driver. The new shooting system is better than Driv3r and with 80+ cars with more cars on each road(varies with parts of New York) it has a more realistic feel. Expand
  4. AdamB.
    Apr 9, 2006
    7
    When comparing the game to GTA, as the critics seem to do, one immediately notices better graphics, physics, story, and police AI. But the When comparing the game to GTA, as the critics seem to do, one immediately notices better graphics, physics, story, and police AI. But the GTA series has many more diversions and much more humor, which keeps it from being more than the pizza delivery mission game it's been since the original. Parallel Lines, having no such redeeming qualities other than being able to pimp out a school bus or ambulance, loses audience interest fast. In the future, Reflections should focus on differentiating itself from GTA such as including online multiplayer modes, custom character, city, and / or vehicle creation, and so on. Too many games today are too comfortable simply copying GTA's original formula, including the GTA series itself. Still, if you are a GTA or Driver fan, this game offers beautiful graphics, ultra-fast loading, a funky old-school style in the 70's era, and a score of collectable cars for your garage (yes, including the requisite invincible, grenade launching tank). Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    7
    Don't let the awful Driv3r put you off this. It's got nice graphics, good selection of cars, all with much better handling than the arcadeDon't let the awful Driv3r put you off this. It's got nice graphics, good selection of cars, all with much better handling than the arcade physics found in the PS2 GTA games. The shooting is decent, and the drive-bys are better than GTA due to a lock-on and you can still control the car well. Melee combat is practically non-existent. Story-wise, it's again nowhere near the monster that is GTA but it's a pretty good story of revenge, characters are average but i did like the protagonist, TK. He's got more personality than Tanner anyway. It has some decent car mods and missions are fine. All around good game but it doesn't have the depth of GTA. Expand
  6. Apr 29, 2011
    6
    This game is alright. Sure, it was doomed being a sequel to one of the worst games of all time and it didn't look much better in the trailersThis game is alright. Sure, it was doomed being a sequel to one of the worst games of all time and it didn't look much better in the trailers but hey, its still a fun game. The graphics and textures are still lame. The cutscenes actually look really good, but it shows that Atari spent more money developing the cutscenes than improving the game. The game is set in 1970s NYC, and has an awesome soundtrack and a realistic representation of the city. There aren't as many weapons to choose from unlike the typical GTA game, but the grenade launcher is a LOT of fun. One unique aspect of the games story is that one portion is set in the 70s and the final portion of the game is set in the 2000s, so the vehicles are a mixture of vintage and new, which is fine by me. The AI is still insanely dumb, which makes for some very easy missions. All in all, a slightly better version of Driv3r. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 14, 2006
    1
    Most of the Missions are the same and to many timed missions. cant swim on the game, its not what I expected to be. Driver 3 is Better.

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