Driver PlayStation

Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Delivers in spades exactly what it sets out to do: It lets the gamer be the wheelman in a non-stop car-chase movie. This is everything a driving game should be. It is, for all intents and purposes, perfect.
  2. I just don't have the words to describe how much fun this game is. Rarely does a game captivate the stoic and hypercritical Game Revolution office, but Driver has done just that.
  3. 97
    What a tour-de-force! The graphics are top notch, the driving itself is unparalleled and the Director tools are unique and friendly... It's pure driving poetry.
  4. One of the freshest, exciting and entertaining titles we have played in 1999. Reflections has done it again with a title that breaks boundaries and creates a new level of entertainment.
  5. Prepare to be dazzled, gob-smacked and taken for the wildest ride of your life. And that's guaranteed... a masterpiece. The best game we've played for ages and absolutely recommended.
  6. Warning: Do not take caffeine while in the driver's seat. It may lead to insanity.
  7. Eat your hearts out David Soul, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood.
  8. The one main thing this game has though is staying power. I often found myself throwing the controller in disgust and turning off the game only to be drawn back to it shortly afterwards.
  9. A cross between "Destruction Derby" and "Grand Theft Auto," an interesting mix of driving, story, action and a heavy film influence thrown in, Reflections has created one of the best games the PlayStation has ever seen.
  10. Gt Interactive has hit a sweet spot with this must have title of the year.
  11. 90
    Its cool story line, kick-ass muscle cars, and high-speed action make it a ride you won't want to miss.
  12. After playing "Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit" for months on end, I had developed an image in my mind of how video game policemen were supposed to act. Driver shattered that image.
  13. The exhilaration of managing to lose a cop by going down a little side alley, leaving boxes overturned in your path is just superb.
  14. It's seriously fun, has tons of gaming options and is nice and lengthy with a healthy does of challenge attached to it. Major bang for your gaming dollar.
  15. Given the style of this game, there should have been better analog controller support.
  16. Another thing that kinda irks me is the fact that the game pretty much flaunts a late 60's model Mustang muscle car as your main ride, but yet there is only like 1 mission that lets you drive it... its never the default car in any level.
  17. The actual driving controls and physics in the game are great except for one thing. The analog steering controls are very jerky.
  18. The only problem Driver has is that the whole thing gets old pretty quickly.
  19. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    A topnotch driving engine and levels based on real-world locations made both Driver and "Driver 2" surefire hits. [Nov 2001, p.43]
  20. If you can get past the driver's test (and the hideously hard last level), you'll find an addictive driving game that's jam-packed with crazy stunts, insane car chases and more thrills than a season's worth of Miami Vice.
  21. A game that might be mediocre in its presentation but more than makes up for it in its gameplay and concept.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. lollolvi4
    Jul 6, 2004
    10
    Very good game.One of the first classic driving games.
  2. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    The start of something amazing! A classic game with an amazing story, the driving physics and 3d open world graphics make it one of the bestThe start of something amazing! A classic game with an amazing story, the driving physics and 3d open world graphics make it one of the best driving games ever. Full Review »
  3. Mar 23, 2015
    9
    This one's a real classic with a great feel and an engaging atmosphere, but it's held back by its steep difficulty level and very frustratingThis one's a real classic with a great feel and an engaging atmosphere, but it's held back by its steep difficulty level and very frustrating time limits. Full Review »