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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: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  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. 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. Jan 7, 2012
    9
    Don't be fooled by the troubled past of this franchise. Driver:San Francisco should be considered the premier online racing experience. TheDon'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
  4. Dec 29, 2013
    8
    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 aIt'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
  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. Apr 28, 2018
    7
    Driver: San Francisco is a racing video game developed by Ubisoft Reflections and published by Ubisoft was released in 2012.

    + Stylistic
    Driver: San Francisco is a racing video game developed by Ubisoft Reflections and published by Ubisoft was released in 2012.

    + Stylistic movie-like presentation makes Driver feel Fresh and Fun, and San Francisco itself is a Pleasure to Explore
    + The Cars Look Great and The Facial Animation are Good Too
    + Shift Mechanic is Something Fresh and Keeps the Action Fast Paced and Exciting
    - Ridiculous Storyline
    - Missions get Repetitive Toward the End
    - Side Missions can be Repetitive and Boring

    My Score: 7.4/10
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  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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