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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: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Dec 14, 2020
    10
    Minha nossa! Depois de Driv3r este foi o game da saga que mais me entreteu, amei cada momento dos 100% do game, os detalhes de San Francisco,Minha nossa! Depois de Driv3r este foi o game da saga que mais me entreteu, amei cada momento dos 100% do game, os detalhes de San Francisco, os detalhes dos carros e o mais incrível, o detalhamento dos rostos dos personagens nas cutscenes e missões são algo incrível! O que me chateou foram algumas Dares e um desafio especifico, o que com certeza caracterizam a parte mais difícil do jogo para quem quer pegar os 100%, porém com dedicação e paciência tudo se alinha, este é um dos games que com certeza todo amante dos gêneros ação e mundo aberto devem ter na coleção, mais do que recomendado! Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    10
    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 toThe 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
  3. 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
  4. Dec 2, 2012
    9
    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,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. :(
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  5. 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
  6. 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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