Driver

Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
...
3.4
Windows
78
3.7
PlayStation
87
3.5
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Description

As Tanner, you're going undercover to be the wheelman for a crime syndicate in order to break open a big case. On the way, you'll eliminate competition, drive getaway cars, scare some people silly, evade plenty of police, dodge bad guys, smash through a few windows, save your love interest, and much more through four cities (Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York).

Perform authentic manuevers like donuts, 180 spin, 360 spin, reverse 180 spin, and more as you cut through alley ways, across sidewalks and parks, smash park benches and and drive over traffic cones. Many different cars to try (most you'll recognize). Will you save the day?

Also includes pratice modes such as Practice, Carnage (cause as much damage as you can), Dirt Track (time trials), Pursuit (you chase someone), Survival (4 super cops chase you), Lose the Cop (avoid that one cop on your back), and Drive About (just drive about the city and admire the scenery).

Game also includes a full director's mode, allowing you to place cameras to catch the best moments in the custom replay file.

Screenshots

Driver iPhone Police chase
Driver Windows Dirt track practice
Driver PlayStation Cars frequently lose their hubcaps, a la "Bullit."
Driver Windows Taking a ride in Miami with a fast bonus car, unlocked after finishing the game

Alternate Titles

  • "DRIVER ~潜入!カーチェイス大作戦~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Driver: You are the Wheelman" -- Tag-line title

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User Reviews

Initially a lot of fun, then you start to notice all the flaws Windows Kasey Chang (3652)
Groovie! Windows SifouNaS (1317)
Insanely difficult, there's other carfish in the sea PlayStation jTrippy (63)
A massive game - huge storyline, huge choices - everything Midtown Madness should have been. Windows Steve Hall (322)
Huge Areas, High Speed, and 3 Cities. Windows Jim Fun (222)

Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation Jul 08, 1999 9.7 out of 10 97
Power Unlimited PlayStation Jul, 1999 9.4 out of 10 94
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Windows Oct, 1999 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Windows Oct 29, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 26, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Windows Oct 17, 1999 73 out of 100 73
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Oct 07, 1999 70 out of 100 70
Deaf Gamers Windows 2004 3 out of 5 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Listed twice? 2 vedder (20533)
Sep 07, 2010
Driver returns 6 vedder (20533)
Jun 15, 2010

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Driver appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Advertisement

In the UK, Antonio Fargas took part of the advertising campaign for Driver (Antonio Fargas is best know for playing Huggy Bear in the classic 70s TV series Starsky And Hutch, which partly inspired the creation of the game)

Influence

  • The game was partially inspired by the 1993 film Driver by Eoin Moore.
  • It seems that Driver was heavily inspired by the 1978 movie The Driver, starring Ryan O' Neal, and Bruce Dern. The most notable is the first level of the game, taken from a scene in the film in which "The Driver" has to prove his skill to some gangsters. Some of the crash sound effects used for the game, also came from the film itself.

Physics

The physics engine in Driver seems to occasionally have hiccups when the player has collisions in close quarters. The player's car (or other cars) will fly up hundreds of feet into the air. See screenshots for some samples.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Racing Game in 1999
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/2000 – Best Racing Game in 1999
Information also contributed by DOS Boot, Grant McLellan and Indra was here.

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Contributed to by Mister-k81 (408), GTramp (43246), Thomas Backman (18), Kabushi (138961) and Grant McLellan (544)