DRIV3R Xbox

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 57
  2. Negative: 16 out of 57
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  1. A potentially great game released in what looks, sounds, and plays like the game never left beta stages.
  2. The shoddy on foot action and the terrible AI, the bugs, including bad pop up, bad collision detection and glitches in animation both in cut scenes and in game, the terrible mission design and trite story add up to a really average game.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine
    48
    Playing DRIV3R is as much of a chore as watching some crappy old cop movie at 3:00 A.M. All we want to do is close our eyes and make it all go away. [Sept 2004, p.80]
  4. Simply put, the cities just seem dead. There are few things to interact with that make each city seem alive, and there are even fewer points of interest to keep your attention while you're driving around.
  5. The cities are huge and beautiful, with country-appropriate cars, and while the gameplay is muddy, it's easy to see how it could have been better. But as it is, DRIV3R is all flash and little substance.
  6. games(TM)
    40
    A game of two halves, neither of which is finished … It is so cursed by glitches and bugs, and so devoid of anything approaching AI, that it's really impossible to believe the code sitting in your local store is anywhere near complete. [Aug 2004, p.100]
  7. Despite the enjoyment that the moments of driving can offer, the astonishingly poor "walkabout" sections detract so much from the game, and crop up in such a number, that even those who adored the first Driver wouldn't be able to put up with it.
  8. On the whole, the extremely variable difficulty level, the bugs, the graphical pop-up that makes the driving so infuriating and the overall poor standard of the on-foot missions mean that this is, unfortunately, Driv3l.
  9. If Driv3r were a car, it would be recalled for crippling performance issues.
  10. Cheat Code Central
    40
    Most of my complaints have to do with the shoddy graphics and technical glitches. But the gameplay is also suspect and will not escape my wrath. I can't think of one positive aspect of this game to recommend even renting it.
  11. 40
    Performance gets choppy in certain parts of the city (Istanbul especially). Cars tend to pop into view and there are never more than maybe four or five other cars onscreen at any given time.
  12. It's astonishing that a series with such unlimited potential has turned into such a farce, but I guess that's what happens when you drive blindly without taking to the time to ask for directions. As is usually the case, that leads to a dead-end street.
  13. Play Magazine
    33
    Utterly deflated. [Aug 2004, p.58]
  14. Edge Magazine
    30
    This game did not need to be a bad one: the premise remains ripe with extraordinary possibilities. This, however, simply squanders them, showing a determination to prioritise style over substance which cripples the game and damages gaming as a whole. [Aug 2004, p.94]
  15. The simple, unpalatable, grisly truth for everyone connected to this important summer blockbusting title is that it's so far away from being the title it deserved to be, it could well be reflected upon as one of the biggest disappointments in the history of videogames.
  16. Despite some small amounts of flair and likeability, the series has now hit rock bottom. Between technical glitches, uneventful gameplay, a flat story, and the worst on-foot missions ever accomplished, the game just gets nothing but flats.

Awards & Rankings

8
#8 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
14
#14 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 17 out of 37
  1. Mar 9, 2013
    6
    DRIV3R certainly divided opinion upon its release but, while it certainly has its flaws, the thrill of chasing around a packed city remainedDRIV3R certainly divided opinion upon its release but, while it certainly has its flaws, the thrill of chasing around a packed city remained entertaining throughout. Add in a detailed 'director mode' that allowed for players to make there own mini-movies and you had a reasonable title. Full Review »
  2. LiamPatrick
    Feb 23, 2007
    8
    While Driv3r was pretty poorly received by most video game reviewers, I stuck with this game and realized that it's actually a pretty While Driv3r was pretty poorly received by most video game reviewers, I stuck with this game and realized that it's actually a pretty entertaining piece of work. Granted, I never touched the actual missions, but the free roaming in this game is great and there is a nice degree of realism to it. Full Review »
  3. CiaranG.
    Jun 20, 2006
    9
    I loved this game. I keep considering purchasing it again now that I have an Xbox 360. Its been sadly missed. I loved the action-packed I loved this game. I keep considering purchasing it again now that I have an Xbox 360. Its been sadly missed. I loved the action-packed missions and the open roads and cities where you can cruise about or cause havoc with the police, be in spectacular crashes, run people over, blow stuff up, do stunts and then go into the film director and film it all from any angle to watch back whenever you please. One of the greatest games out on Xbox in my opinion. It does not match up to the likes of the GTA series but if you love driving, destruction and killing people then I think you will probably like this game. Full Review »