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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: 55 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    95
    Until then, Driver: San Francisco is without a doubt, one of the most entertaining, innovative, and challenging racing games you can play on your console or PC.
  2. Sep 19, 2011
    88
    Action-paced racing in an intense thriller setting – highly recommended.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    85
    All in All, Driver: San Francisco is a successful rebirth for the series.
  4. Aug 26, 2011
    80
    Undoubtedly the most complete, polished offering in the series to date. Tearing through the streets of San Francisco, forcing your car into manoeuvres that it probably shouldn't be able to do with the knowledge that you can hit X and take control of another car at any time is just as fun as it sounds.
  5. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    Simply put, it's consistently fun, never taking itself too seriously, and instead focusing on how enjoyable the act of driving can be when you throw in a supernatural curveball.
  6. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    When we first heard of the Shifting mechanic we thought this would be a total disaster. We couldn't be more mistaken: the new Driver is not only innovative, but also one of the greatest arcade racing games we've seen in some time.
  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: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    Amazing and a sleeper hit it is.2011 is the best year ever for gaming so a game like this is going to be overlooked by most people.I actuallyAmazing and a sleeper hit it is.2011 is the best year ever for gaming so a game like this is going to be overlooked by most people.I actually got this game for $20 brand new because of black Friday.I would of paid the $40 for it if I would of known how awesome this game really is.The shift feature is a totally new idea and it work's flawless in this game.Some,of course,will knock it.I love it and the game is finally screaming with quality from head to toe.All those hours we wasted on Driv3r trying to find the part were it sucks you in but never did.Well people go out and get this game cause it renders all other Driver games obsolete.Game play,graphics,fun factor,replay value,sound,story it is all spot on and great in every way. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    Driver. The series that started my gaming career. I remember playing all of the Driver games except for ones on Nintendo consoles.

    Driver:
    Driver. The series that started my gaming career. I remember playing all of the Driver games except for ones on Nintendo consoles.

    Driver: San Francisco blew my mind when I started playing this game.

    Great graphics for 360 with a stunning frame rate of 60!

    Great plot, great driving physics, fun gamemodes, and just a blast to play. I loved playing the online modes with friends and the split-screen free roam with siblings.

    I would highly recommend this game to anyone.
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  3. Mar 11, 2022
    10
    As a car guy, I'm always playing Forza. But back in 2011, a little known game released on Xbox360 called Driver: San Francisco. While theAs a car guy, I'm always playing Forza. But back in 2011, a little known game released on Xbox360 called Driver: San Francisco. While the handling and game modes are significantly more "arcadey" than Forza, it is a delight to pop in and play; especially for couch co-op. There is a wide variety of licensed cars from all different time periods, and each one looks, sounds, and handles in it's own unique way. The crash damage is spectacular, the police AI is extremely formidable and reckless (think GTA5), and the game modes are a hoot and a holler. My only real critique is the single player campaign. It's a chore to play, with bad voice acting and predictable and boring plot. The multiplayer servers are surprisingly still up at the time of this review (3/11/2022), but they're empty. You will either have to coordinate with others to populate the server, or stick with split-screen. The multiplayer modes are where this game shines. I have spent countless hours playing tag, checkpoint, and survival, always with a grin on my face and a beer in my hand. Since the licensing expired for all of the vehicles in the game, it is no longer available for digital purchase or download. You'll have to buy a physical copy, and shell out about $30 for used or $70 new, more than the original price! Copies of this game will eventually be in short supply, and the cult following means you'll want to grab a copy while you still can! Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    9
    A very solid all-round game. Great Graphics and high expectations fulfilled. A great benchmark to judge urban based wheel games from, without a doubt.
  5. Mar 23, 2014
    9
    This was first Driver game I have played since 1 and 2 on PS1 and it has blown my mind on so many levels. Visuals are awesome, game-play andThis was first Driver game I have played since 1 and 2 on PS1 and it has blown my mind on so many levels. Visuals are awesome, game-play and controls are fluent and perfectly balanced, soundtrack is one of the best I have ever heard in games. Definitely best (non-sim) racing game I have played, with strong focus on story telling (real, interesting story in racing game!) and many new well balanced game mechanisms. If you are a racing person, this game is a must. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2015
    8
    A great driving-based game that delivered insane amounts of fun packed into a mix of cars all the way from exotics and muscle cars to tractorA great driving-based game that delivered insane amounts of fun packed into a mix of cars all the way from exotics and muscle cars to tractor trailers and school buses. The physics found in Driver: San Francisco were always enjoyable and the immense map size was entirely satisfying. The story left something to be desired, and does not deliver a significant level of difficulty for the seasoned driving enthusiast. Overall, Driver: San Francisco is a game that delivers a great driving experience paired with entertaining character interactions and beautiful graphics, even though it leaves something to be desired in quality of challenge and user interfaces (It'd be nice to set a waypoint) Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2012
    6
    I wanted to like Driver San Francisco, I really did. The plot was interesting, and the graphics and visuals were great. Unfortunately, theI wanted to like Driver San Francisco, I really did. The plot was interesting, and the graphics and visuals were great. Unfortunately, the game suffers from 2 flaws which really diminish the experience. The first is that the driving physics are not enjoyable. It's very heavy on the brake/drift mechanic and the cars spun out way, way too easily. I don't claim to be an expert on if the physics are realistic according to the models of car or not, but I do know for a game like this, where driving plays a central role in the mechanics of the game, the physics diminish the fun factor of the game. Some missions I had to repeat several times due to poor AI (give me a chance to avoid crashing into some of the cars in the world!) and/or the insistence of the AI on racing missions that I destroy opposing cars. Most vehicles in the game fishtailed way, way too easily and handled very poorly. Understandable on semi truck or vw bus, not so much on a sports car.

    The second flaw is the the stovepipe way the storyline progresses. I would have enjoyed at least the illusion of an open world game - as each chapter in the story unfolds, you are given what looks like options to continue forward - but rest assured, you will have to complete each "suggested" mission before you can progress to the next level. In some cases, the missions are part of the story arc - and that makes sense - but often they are simply random people you never see again, or the mission has nothing to do with the overall plot of the game. I've enjoyed every game in the Driver series previous to this one, and would have loved to give this a higher rating. Unfortunately, this is a flawed gem.
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