Driver: Parallel Lines PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2006
  • Also On: PC
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 77
  2. Negative: 19 out of 77
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  1. 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 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 anThis 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
  2. 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 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 isDon'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
  3. 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 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 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

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#57 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#40 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. AceGamez
    90
    It's a compelling tale, which is more than backed up by some fly graphics, cool soundtracks and smooth gameplay.
  2. I get the impression that far too much effort was put into locking up a great soundtrack.
  3. 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.