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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 lordDeveloped 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 6, 2011
    90
    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
    86
    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
    84
    Driver: San Francisco continues a great series in a worthy manner.
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    80
    Driver: San Francisco's inspired shift mechanic and wealth of action-packed content make it an absolute blast that revives the franchise.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 5, 2011
    80
    Exhilarating, cinematic and dripping in Steve McQueen cool. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  6. Sep 8, 2011
    77
    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
    60
    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: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    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.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
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    absolutly amazing, this is one of the best games i have ever played (behind gta 4), story line is long and differant, every mission isabsolutly amazing, this is one of the best games i have ever played (behind gta 4), story line is long and differant, every mission is differant which is good as sometimes they are repeated, graphics amazing, and one of the best things about this game is its outstanding selection of cars... you have the weird and wonderful, my favourite is the dodge charger r/t........... 100000000000000000000000000 out of 10 for me Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    This is the best racing game ever made. WOW. When i see new racing games coming out. I know they aren't going to be as good as this one.This is the best racing game ever made. WOW. When i see new racing games coming out. I know they aren't going to be as good as this one. There's a story in a racing game, which is rare. And it is very deep and awesome. The graphics for cars are beautiful and i love how they created the shift to be able to teleport in the beautifully designed city of San Fransisco. Love that it is playable in splitscreen. (People don't do it no more) Love the multiplayer, map, cars, missions, story, physics. EVERYTHING. THIS GAME IS PERFECTION.

    My favourite game ever made because of the nostalgia i have with it and its perfection BUY IT IF YOU DONT HAVE IT ALREADY.
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  4. Jun 19, 2013
    8
    This is Burnout Paradise with a storyline. Speaking of story it's a bit cheesy and the possession has that nonsense quality that makes theThis is Burnout Paradise with a storyline. Speaking of story it's a bit cheesy and the possession has that nonsense quality that makes the story admissible in a "videogamy" kind of way. The rest is pure auto fun like a reload version of Burnout Paradise. The cars feel great the tracks are variate and the missions never bore you. Good one! Expand
  5. May 14, 2012
    8
    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, thatAfter 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+!
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  6. Mar 27, 2015
    8
    It's a fun game. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece or anything, but it was real fun. There's tons of real cars and quite a few sidemissions,It's a fun game. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece or anything, but it was real fun. There's tons of real cars and quite a few sidemissions, I just wish the main story mode was longer. I also wish it recognised my non-Sony PS3 controller for split screen, cause it's pretty great. All in all good buy Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2018
    1
    Probably one of the worst known games of all time. Driver San Fransisco struggles to comply with everyday physical and graphical life.Probably one of the worst known games of all time. Driver San Fransisco struggles to comply with everyday physical and graphical life. Overall, this game is NOT recommended. Expand

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