• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2006
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. AceGamez
    It's a compelling tale, which is more than backed up by some fly graphics, cool soundtracks and smooth gameplay.
  2. The story isn’t much, but the game itself is always fun to play - providing a strong, but fair challenge as you progress, while delivering the most thrilling car chases in gaming.
  3. It’s fun to drive round a city far too fast. There’s an imperfect framework in which to do that here, but it’s a vast improvement on its predecessor.
  4. Don’t let the sour taste left by "Driv3r" put you off. Parallel Lines doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but what it does, it does very well.
  5. Play Magazine
    Driver: Parallel Lines is a slice of the '70's done right. [Apr 2006, p.63]
  6. 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.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    This once-great series goes back to its roots in fine and tan style. [May 2006, p.89]
  8. PSM2 Magazine UK
    Where "San Andreas" has size, variety and freedom, DPL has size, physics and handling. The mission design prevents the content from truly impressing. [Apr 2006, p.44]
  9. Pelit (Finland)
    A game that tries to be every major street driving game you can imagine. At the end of the day, Driver: Parallel Lines feels a bit dated and jaded. Some fun car chases and over-the-roof-top racing, though. And yes, good music. [Apr 2006]
  10. It’s an overall solid effort, but there are some aspects of the game that should have gotten a bit more work. Maybe next time.
  11. 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.
  12. The game is actually better to listen to than play, but the point still is: Don't come a knockin' if this game is rockin'.
  13. 75
    The new innovations to the genre are likely to be copied by other games. Ultimately Driver Parallel Lines is definitely worth trying out.
  14. Trimming the unnecessary features and focusing on a very specific style of gameplay, it appears to be aimed at a slightly more sophisticated audience than GTA - the oft mentioned "we know what we want" crowd.
  15. Worth a purchase for fans of the original or great car chases.
  16. Parallel Lines at least shows that the studio is on the right track.
  17. It could piss off fans of both Driver and GTA due to the unoriginal gameplay and shift in direction but there's no reason the average gamer can't have a ball with this game.
  18. 72
    The improved out-of-car experience, better gun handling, added driving-and-shooting mechanic, and the slew of changes all culminate in this being a much better outing that "Driver 3."
  19. The good driving mechanic and excellent presentation found in Parallel Lines are only let down by some rather mundane missions.
  20. The world is drab in this fourth Driver game and the missions are just plain boring, and with about 15 to 20 hours of gameplay, at least it's not excruciatingly long (nothing makes a mediocre game worse than making you trudge through it for 40+ hours to feel like you accomplished something).
  21. Edge Magazine
    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]
  22. While Parallel Lines is a decent offering, it feels very much like a watered-down Grand Theft Auto, with a more linear storyline and fewer random fun things to do outside of missions.
  23. 70
    With a dash of humor and inspiration -- the two things Parallel Lines desperately needs -- this might have been a minor classic. Instead, it merely shows that attention to detail is nothing without a flash of life to drive the effort.
  24. Overall this is a big improvement over "Driv3r"...Now, if only they'd make the next game 100% driving. As it stands, Parallel Lines can't help but come across as a pale imitation of "GTA: San Andreas."
  25. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    It's a shame you have to wade through so much rubbish to reach the good stuff, but the second half of Parallel Lines is a blast. [Mar 2006, p.78]
  26. 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.
  27. The Driver franchise isn't quite ready for a bullet in the head, but it's definitely tired. Atari needs to let the series take some time off until there's a compelling non-financial reason to produce another installment, and Reflections should do some soul-searching to figure out which parts of the game work.
  28. Game Informer
    Aside from the obvious problems, the real problem is that nearly every part of the now-aged Driver formula has been done better elsewhere. [May 2006, p.98]
  29. Driver: Parallel Lines is a mostly competent GTA clone, but the dull storyline and remedial gameplay prevent it from being recommendable.
  30. There were a few moments of intensity, and a few minutes of excitement, but it’s not what it should be.
  31. 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.
  32. Computer Games Magazine
    Parallel Lines proves that effective story-telling sometimes makes up for mediocre gameplay. [July 2006, p.87]
  33. 60
    Sure, it's derivative as hell, but there's nothing getting in the way of actually enjoying the game now.
  34. While this is definitely a solid improvement on its dreadful predecessor, it needed to achieve a basic level of competence and build upon it, and it only does that to a very limited extent.
  35. games(TM)
    Parallel Lines is a stylish game; everything from the cut-scenes and dialogue to the excellent soundtrack has been constructed meticulously to produce an almost Tarantino simulacrum of 1970s Americana. [Apr 2006, p.108]
  36. 60
    Where GTA used humor, masses of distractions, OTT violence, and a giant game world with a real sense of space and depth to mask the unimpressive visuals, Driver is the opposite, using an impressive physics engine and city to hide repetitive and languid gameplay that's becoming increasingly difficult to enthuse about.
  37. PSM Magazine
    Overall, Parallel Lines is a step in the right direction for the series, but it ultimately feels like it's setting its ambitions way to low. [May 2006, p.73]
  38. Pity the game lacks GTA's mischievous sense of humour and fun distractions.
  39. Play UK
    Arse controls. Feels like driving a trolley. [Issue#139, p.88]
  40. 55
    Driver: Parallel Lines is better than it's predecessor but far too much of a Grand Theft Auto clone to be anything other than an average game.
  41. I get the impression that far too much effort was put into locking up a great soundtrack.

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#38 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 77
  2. Negative: 19 out of 77
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2016
    Driver: Parallel Lines is an underrated games that is awesome ! This is epic must play game !
    Game was released in 2006 ... what means that
    Driver: Parallel Lines is an underrated games that is awesome ! This is epic must play game !
    Game was released in 2006 ... what means that graphic of this game was next gen for other games of 2006 .
    This game needs more attention from gamers !
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  3. Aug 31, 2011
    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. Full Review »