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  • Summary: Developed by Ubisoft Reflections under the direction of the creators of the original title, DRIVER San Francisco marks the return of the established video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Gamers will play as Detective John Tanner on a relentless manhunt for crime lord Charles Jericho through the hills of the City by the Bay. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly "shift" between well over a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. With its timeless setting, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER San Francisco will revitalize the classic free-roaming, cinematic car chase experience for the current generation of gaming platforms. Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. If you've ever wanted to drive through a chain link fence. If you've ever accelerated towards a speedhump instead of slowing down for it. If you've ever thought going through a corner sideways would look a hell of a lot cooler than bumbling through it like a normal schmuck. If you've ever thought any of those things, play this game without delay. [October 2011 p69]
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    The car's handling is great, San Francisco is nearly perfect and the progression system and on-line modes are great. There is so much to do in the new Driver.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    Driver: San Francisco continues a great series in a worthy manner.
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    Driver: San Francisco's inspired shift mechanic and wealth of action-packed content make it an absolute blast that revives the franchise.
  5. Exhilarating, cinematic and dripping in Steve McQueen cool. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  6. Sep 8, 2011
    Aside from some minor issues, Driver: San Francisco is a good game with the potential to become even better thanks to what looks to be a solid offering of online game modes. The actual story in the game is a tad far-fetched but interesting enough to warrant attention. While there's more to do in single player than just the story, the extra events aren't all entirely unique.
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    Driver: San Francisco would be an easy game to recommend if the mission design of the single player campaign were on a par with the quality of its technical elements. As things stands though, it seems that some good gameplay ideas have been wasted on level designers that simply didn't know how to make best use of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    The game is brilliant. its an excellent driving game with lots of varied missions, hundreds of real world cars and one huge open world city to explore. It has a really decent story mode which i think is extremely well presented with good characters, its long but not overly so, it gives you story recaps like TV shows do. this games real ace up its sleeve is the shift mechanic, no other driving game has this and its a really excellent innovation, giving fresh game-play opportunities. basically at the touch of a button you can ghost cam out of your car and into anyone else's car and takeover. This is now probably my favourite arcade racer, id rate it above games like midnight club la and burnout, i have only played the first driver game in the series and none since, so ive no idea how different it is to them. There is multplayer in the game too which i have not tried, and a movie director mode too. Im still busy completing all the side missions just now, probably wont have the time for the director mode, and have never really got into multiplayer driving games anyways. very worthy game and its going cheap too. Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2012
    Lets keep this simple...... ITS A LOT OF FUN!!!!! The gameplay and being able to truly drive through the streets of San Francisco is awesome. Really accurate map and the realism of the car you drive is so much fun. Jumping from a sportscar to a bus to a taxi to an 18-wheeler. Its cool how the cars give different drag. Its just fun smashing all those cars! Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2012
    I've played this game for over a year and have recently traded it in so I can buy Madden 13. All I can say is: what was I thinking? Yes, they're two completely different genres, but looking back at Driver: San Francisco, the game was really, really fun.

    The driving in that game felt really responsive; as long as you've played driving games before, you won't have any problem with this game. The story was short, but sweet. I won't ruin what happens in the story for you if you haven't heard what the game was life, but there is a unique gameplay feature that really makes this game stand out from other driving games; which what makes up part of the core of the gameplay. The actual games runs pretty smooth on the PS3; it's not 60 FPS but it's pretty close. Even with that, the visuals look pretty slick which is what you expect from a Ubisoft games on consoles. *cough* PC haters *cough* -.- Anyway...

    The missions were full of variety (at least in the story) and were challenging when needed be. There are plenty of side-missions and challenges through the map you're driving on that will give you currency to buy cars of strait up unlock them for completing them. There's definitely replay-ability in the game and there is New Game Plus available. Going back on cars, there are a over-abundance of vehicles to choose from. And they're not just sports cars or supercars. You can drive street cars, trucks, heavy trailers, a minivan, and a dune buggy, which at first was hard to drive, but became very fun to use; especially offroad. Combining that with the dozens of dozens of side quest, which some can become seriously challenging, could add on hours and hours of playability in this game. There are also movie-type challenges in the game pertaining to different driving movies that took place in San Francisco like Bullit, Vanishing Point, Blues Brothers (i think), Dukes of Hazard, and my favorite: Gone in 60 Seconds. I maybe young, but I know alot of great driving movies.

    There are several online features such as leaderboards for the challenges. You can share video clips and images via Facebook and Twitter as well as on Ubisoft forums. There is multiplayer in game with general races, but then there are some unique game modes like Tag or Slipstream where you have to tailgate a Delorean (the car from Back to the Future) for a certain amount of time. Then there are team based modes such as Blitz where you have to attack the enemy base with cars or Capture the Flag, stuff like that. Unfortunately, at this moment, the online is pretty much dead. Why? Not many people bought this game which is pretty upsetting. :(

    There are some negatives to the game, though. The PS3 (slim) version in particular seems to crash every once a while for no reason. Like I said, the Campaign was roughly around five and a half hours long for me. So yes you can finish it within a game sitting. There are also a couple of odd glitches. There is car damage and health in the games, yet sometimes when I hit a bus at full speed, I'll take little damage from impact; visually it'll still show, but it's health would barely be affected. There's also a glitch on 360 I've heard that the steering wheel in the **** view would be bugging out; it'll almost look like the wheel would be "floating". However, these are just mere small annoyances that don't really affect gameplay besides the damage glitch which only happens offline might I add.

    The time I bought the game was about a few weeks after the game came out and it was already $30. To be honest, that was pretty much the best value I've ever gotten out of a game by far (besides Skyrim; though I think it's impossible at this point to top it). The game does need an online pass to access the online features, though at this point in time, there's not really a point. You can buy the game used pretty cheap and it's well worth the package. I'd say this is even better than Most Wanted- A Criterion Game. Please, give this game a whirl. You won't regret it like me trading it in for Madden 13. :(
  4. Jan 7, 2012
    Don't be fooled by the troubled past of this franchise. Driver:San Francisco should be considered the premier online racing experience. The story is mostly over-the-top but there is plenty to enjoy. The dialogue is very funny, the missions are pretty unique and I never once felt confined to the car. This game is polished beyond anything you would expect from this franchise or Ubisoft for that matter. The online action is intense and fun. There are many different types of matches that will be sure to give you something you enjoy. The online community is not as robust as it was at launch but you can hardly blame the developers for that. Don't overlook this game. Gran Turismo, Need For Speed, Forza and the lot could learn a few things from this game. Expand
  5. Dec 29, 2013
    It's not an amazing game but the story is good and there are some split screen modes which are tons of fun to play with friends. It's worth a buy, no real downsides to this game. Expand
  6. May 14, 2012
    After playing Driver SF for a while, two main thoughts came to my mind. One, that there are so many undeveloped ideas in this game. Two, that those undeveloped ideas are in such a quantity, and so good, that even if not fully developed they merge into an awesome and addictive game.
    Shifting into cars is a good idea, which incredibly works very well within the Driver's world. Possessing a driver who had a passenger, and hearing them talking - while your character doesn't give s**t - is an awesome idea. But undeveloped. But still funny.
    Some cars respond greatly, some seem to have ice tires. But it's fun anyway. And there are so many things to do (multiplayer apart) that you'll never get bored. That said, multiplayer is a blast. Quick, intense, hilarious.
    All in all, even if somehow undeveloped, a wonderful game, worth an 8. If only all its concepts had been fully expanded! That would've been worth a 10+!
  7. Jul 30, 2012
    As missões são muito simples e fáceis , tanto as principais do modo historia , quanto as secundarias .
    O modo Shift
    torna o jogo muito repetitivo , além de ser uma maluquice no universo da série Driver , como um fã dos antigos games de PS1 , me frustei muito com Driver SF , um apanhado de mini-games bobos , é melhor voltar a jogar Burnout Paradise , que faz tudo o que Driver SF tentou e não conseguiu ...

    The missions are very simple and easy, both the main story mode, as the secondary.
    Shift mode makes the game very repetitive, as well as being a crazy driver in the universe of the series, as a fan of old PS1 games, I very much frustated with Driver SF, a handful of silly mini-games, better get back playing Burnout Paradise, which is all that SF Driver tried and failed ...

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