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Driver: Parallel Lines

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
70
4.0
Windows
71
3.6
Wii
66
2.5

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 11 3.2
Wii 2 2.5
Windows 9 3.6
Xbox 3 4.0
Combined MobyScore 25 3.4


The Press Says

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86
WiiGamesFire
Nintendo hat sein GTA! Der Konkurrent vom PC- und PlayStation-Lager hat zwar immer noch die Nase vorne, aber Driver: Parallel Lines bietet fast alles, was ich mir wünsche. Eine abwechslungsreiche Story (okay vergessen wir die deutsche Synchronisation), eine angemessene Grafik und das Beste: die eingebaute Zeitmaschine. Auf Knopfdruck bin ich in den wilden Siebzigern oder mache das New York der Gegenwart unsicher. Im Anschluss an die Hauptstory bleibt noch genug im Big Apple zutun. Illegale Straßenrennen, Banküberfälle, Auftragsmord und das Tuning von gewonnen Rennboliden lässt so schnell keine Langeweile aufkommen. Die wenigen Patzer kosten das Spiel eine Bestnote. Erst mit der nötigen Übung knalle ich nicht mehr so oft in jeden Sonntagsfahrer oder fliege im hohen Bogen vom Motorrad. Trotzdem macht das Spiel Spaß und unterhält mit der passenden Musik ausgehungerte Wii-Fans für Wochen.
83
XboxGame Chronicles
Driver: Parallel Lines is a significant step in the right direction and almost enough to make me forget about the wasted hours I spend on Driver 3. You can tell that the designers are trying to mimic the gameplay (and success) of the GTA franchise and in some ways they have captured that essence, but they still have a long way to go. Strong in story with fantastic cutscenes and great period music, Parallel Lines definitely delivers on presentation while managing to blend driving and on-foot combat with a structured story mode. It’s definitely worth taking for a spin around the block.
82
XboxGame Over Online
In spite of a few missteps, Parallel Lines is a welcome entry in the Driver series. There are still some issues that need serious work, but some existing problems were remedied, and I appreciate that. Graphically, it’s the most engrossing sandbox game yet. The story isn’t much, but the game itself is always fun to play - providing a strong, but fair challenge as you progress, while delivering the most thrilling car chases in gaming. None of its flaws are things that can’t be fixed with time, and while that’s frustrating here given how long it was in development, the progress made makes me think we’ll see major improvements in later games. If you’ve enjoyed this series before, check this out. If you haven’t, but like the 3D GTAs, try this and see what it would be like to play a really good looking GTA game.
82
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
In spite of a few missteps, Parallel Lines is a welcome entry in the Driver series. There are still some issues that need serious work, but some existing problems were remedied, and I appreciate that. Graphically, it’s the most engrossing sandbox game yet. The story isn’t much, but the game itself is always fun to play - providing a strong, but fair challenge as you progress, while delivering the most thrilling car chases in gaming. None of its flaws are things that can’t be fixed with time, and while that’s frustrating here given how long it was in development, the progress made makes me think we’ll see major improvements in later games. If you’ve enjoyed this series before, check this out. If you haven’t, but like the 3D GTAs, try this and see what it would be like to play a really good looking GTA game.
82
WindowsGamers.at
Sie sehen mittlerweile die Spielspaßbewertung und wenn Sie mich nun fragen was ich wählen würde, GTA:SA oder Saints Row, die beide mehr Punkte haben, oder doch DPL? - Ich würde sofort DPL nehmen. Einfach, weil DPL am wenigsten arkadelastig ist, was eine willkommene Abwechslung in dem Genre ist. Abgesehen von der winzigen Tatsache, dass sich beide Konkurrenten einige Scheiben abschneiden können, was Stil und Geschmack angeht, denn die Welt besteht nicht nur aus dicken Goldkettchen und einer Karre voll Homies.
82
PlayStation 2GamersHell.com
It’s 1978 and you’re The Kid, 18 years-old and newly arrived in New York from the country. You’re out to make your fortune and this being a Driver game, you aren’t going to be doing secretarial work. TK does some debt collection and hits some liquor stores before his friend Ray sets him up with a shot at the big time. This is where you come in.
80
WindowsPC Powerplay
Zu alter Höchstform läuft das neue Driver sicherlich nicht auf, dafür passen die Ballereien immer noch zu wenig ins Konzept. Es fehlt auch an guten Ideen, die aus dem Ganzen mehr gemacht hätten - so bleibt der fade Beigeschmack eines GTA-Ablegers. Parallel Lines hat mir trotzdem richtig Spaß gemacht. Weil die Atmospähre stimmt, weil ich die Missionen mag und weil die beiden Settings einfach richtig cool sind. Und an der genialen Fahrphysik beißen sich auch die Rockstars noch die Zähne aus. Ärgerlich, dass die Entwickler nicht noch an der altbackenen Technik geschraubt haben. Der Bruch zwischen den guten Rendersequenzen und der eigentlichen Spielgrafik ist mir einfach zu groß. Trotzdem ist die Driver-Reihe wieder rehabilitiert - ich freue mich schon auf den fünften Teil.
80
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
Inspiration. Influences. Let’s face it; we live in one of those ages where everything influences everything else, and the concept of an original idea is one that is fading fast. Every good song’s already been written, every good film’s already been made, and every good computer game’s already been played. So why are we still here? The answer is a combination of nostalgia, reinterpretation and, ultimately, reinvention. Take something that’s already good and make it better. Take what we already know is cool and make it cooler. And what’s cool? Well, car chases are cool, guns are cool and the 70s were cool too. Come to think of it, the now isn’t too bad either. Bingo; welcome to Driver: Parallel Lines.
79
XboxGamesmania
Den Vergleich mit GTA habe ich mir bewusst bis zum Fazit aufgehoben, ansonsten hätte ich es in jedem Absatz etliche Male tun müssen. Doch leider komme ich nicht drum herum, es anzusprechen. Driver: Parallel Lines ist ein GTA-Klon, ohne in nur einem Punkt besser zu sein. Ganz im Gegenteil. GTA bietet in allen Belangen bedeutend mehr. Mehr Möglichkeiten, mehr Geschichte, mehr Musik, mehr Abwechslung, einfach mehr. Das macht Driver aber nicht automatisch zum schlechten Spiel, denn es hat mich unterhalten, auch wenn die Geschichte eindeutig nicht zu den Stärken gezählt werden darf.
79
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Den Vergleich mit GTA habe ich mir bewusst bis zum Fazit aufgehoben, ansonsten hätte ich es in jedem Absatz etliche Male tun müssen. Doch leider komme ich nicht drum herum, es anzusprechen. Driver: Parallel Lines ist ein GTA-Klon, ohne in nur einem Punkt besser zu sein. Ganz im Gegenteil. GTA bietet in allen Belangen bedeutend mehr. Mehr Möglichkeiten, mehr Geschichte, mehr Musik, mehr Abwechslung, einfach mehr. Das macht Driver aber nicht automatisch zum schlechten Spiel, denn es hat mich unterhalten, auch wenn die Geschichte eindeutig nicht zu den Stärken gezählt werden darf.
79
PlayStation 2MAN!AC
Dank Besinnung auf alte Tugenden macht das neue "Driver" wieder eine gute Figur.
78
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Some people will find the format and mission variety strikingly similar to Grand Theft Auto, but personally I don't mind - if that's what people want then give it to them. There are definitely some things I feel GTA does better, but Driver: Parallel Lines has a unique feel and some good ideas to go along with it. It's an overall solid effort, but there are some aspects of the game that should have gotten a bit more work. Maybe next time.
78
WindowsGiery.eu
Driver Parallel Lines nie jest grą rewelacyjną – to jest co najmniej pewne. Nie oznacza to jednak, że nie warto tej produkcji nabyć. Panowie z Reflections Interactive wyciągnęli stosowne wnioski po totalnej klęsce Driv3ra i wykonali kawał solidnej, a miejscami rzemieślniczej wręcz, roboty. W związku z tym powstała gra całkiem dobra, dostarczająca wielu emocji, cechująca się nieodpartym urokiem i niepowtarzalnym klimatem, a także potrafiąca zatrzymać przy monitorze na przynajmniej kilkanaście godzin. Jeśli kręcą Was szalone pościgi, dobra muza i ogromna swoboda, to polecam z czystym sumieniem - będziecie zadowoleni.
77
XboxTeamXbox
Two major changes were made to the gameplay at the very beginning of Driver Parallel Lines’ development. First, gone are the antics of undercover cop Tanner that players have grown to know. Second, the series decided to reach out to the path that made the game a common name among players everywhere, which is driving. So, with a fresh new plot, and a revised focus of gameplay, the team at Reflections has managed to create an experience that isn’t entirely new or refreshing, but solid in all the right spots. In fact, if they keep this up, we may be able to forgive the name DRIV3R. Maybe.
76
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Als Fan von Rennspielen trifft die brachiale Highspeed-Action genau meinen Nerv: Mit Schweißperlen auf der Stirn knalle ich waghalsigen Schlangenlinien über die Booklyn Bridge. Natürlich als Geisterfahrer, muss schließlich die Cops abhängen. Kein anderes Actionspiel inszeniert so dramatische Verfolgungsjagden. Als Fan guter Geschichten tut es mir in der Seele weh, wie wenig der Entwickler Reflections aus der eigentlich so genialen Idee des Zeitsprungs herausholt. Für einen platten Rachefeldzug sind 28 Jahre im Knast reine Verschwendung. Dennoch: Wer weiß, was die Filme Bullit und Ronin berühmt gemacht hat, muss dieses Spiel haben.
75
WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Die Geschichte des neuen "Drivers" wird spannend erzählt, die Spielaufgaben sorgen für Abwechslung. Klar, es handelt sich um ein Rennspiel und Sie sitzen hauptsächlich im Auto. Doch Ihre Aufträge sind routiniert inszeniert und auch jene Spielabschnitte, in denen Sie zu Fuß unterwegs sind, treiben die Handlung voran. Grafisch wäre allerdings sicher deutlich mehr drin gewesen. Auf den ersten Blick sieht die Spielwelt zwar ganz hübsch aus, doch bei näherem Hinsehen tauchen die meisten Spielfiguren und Objekte ständig wieder auf. Auch etwas mehr Detailreichtum wäre wünschenswert. Dennoch: Driver ist ein Klasssiker und daran ändert auch die "gute" neue Folge nichts. Einsteigen, Abfahrt!
75
PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
Driver was one of the defining games of the PlayStation generation. A rough look at crime as viewed by undercover cop Tanner, Drive gave gamers an awesome ride through a fully 3D city filled with high-speed chases. While the sequels Driver 2 and the abysmal Driv3r came close to destroying the franchise completely, Parallel Lines took the good parts from the previous games, gave them a new coat of paint, and produced a thoroughly enjoyable game.
74
PlayStation 2Fragland.net
If there is one franchise that is totally ruined by the developers themselves, it is the Driver-series. Driver 2 was released way too early so the game could profit from the last living days of the Playstation 1 console. Reflections got a shot to undo the damage on the Playstation 2 with a third title in the series but was clearly a bit too impressed by the GTA-series, something which resulted in an enjoyable game as long as you stayed in your automobile but once you slammed the car doors behind you, the game became a great source of frustrations. The lousy controls and the shitty camera made sure that many PS2 owners threw their controller at their TV in pure desperation. And what better kind of signal that your game is going nowhere can one get than a melting PS2 controller in a dying tube?
74
XboxKombo.com
Finally, as great as the driving in this game is, to be perfectly honest, it’s a few years overdue. This was the game Driver 2 should have been back in 2001, not what we wound up with. These days, games like this are held to a higher standard and it is on these standards that Driver: Parallel Lines fails to live up to its potential. Its gets the series back on track, but its lousy on-foot controls and AI restrictions really kill a lot of the major fun factor. As a whole the package is a promise of what future titles in the series may bring, but right now it’s a rental at best.probably not.
74
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Driver 4 blijft door achterhaalde graphics en kleine foutjes in de middenmoot hangen, maar is toch best te genieten.
74
WiiComputer Bild Spiele
Dieses Gangsterleben ist tatsächlich fast so spannend, wie man es auf dem Kino kennt: riskante Verfolgungsjagden und wilde Schießereien mitten in der Großstadt - dazu lässige Musik aus zwei Epochen. Trotz der etwas detailarmen Spielkulissen und der nur mit reichlich Übung beherrschbaren Steuerung ein "gutes" Räuber-und-Gendarm-Spiel.
73
WindowsYouGamers
When summing everything up, this simple conclusion cannot be avoided - Driver: Parallel Lines is sadly just a weak and lifeless GTA clone. It fails to improve the formula in any meaningful way, and the storyline is not exactly impressive. GTA Vice City and San Andreas both managed to score lots of brownie points for their humorous over-the-top storylines. In comparison, Driver takes itself far too seriously, trying hard to be tough and gritty - and promptly fails. Technical shortcomings caused by PS2-limited development don't exactly help when everyone is drooling over Grand Theft Auto IV video clips.
73
Wii4Players.de
Zwar ist es schade, dass keine freie Tastenbelegung möglich ist und das Bedienen der Kamera mit den Bewegungssensoren der Wii-Remote arg fummelig ausfällt, doch sind die Möglichkeiten des Controllers insgesamt eine Bereicherung für den Spielablauf. Vor allem das Zielen geht auf der Nintendo-Konsole leicht von der Hand – dafür bedarf es etwas Übung, die Fahrzeuge nur mit dem Nunchuk zu steuern und dabei nicht ständig aus Versehen die Handbremse zu betätigen. Trotzdem ändert dieses Plus an Spielgefühl nichts an den sich wiederholenden Missionen, dem lahmen Verkehr, gelangweilten Sprechern und all den anderen Schwächen, die von der PS2- und Xbox-Version übernommen wurden. Deshalb bleibt Driver: Parallel Lines trotz einiger guter Ansätze weiter im Mittelfeld stecken. Fans von GTA & Co können einen Blick riskieren, zumal es gerade auf der Nintendo-Konsole keine Alternativen gibt. PCler bleiben dagegen besser in San Andreas oder hoffen auf eine schnelle Umsetzung von GTA IV im nächsten Jahr.
72
Xbox4Players.de
Im direkten Vergleich zum Vorgänger erkennt man bei Driver: Parallel Lines gute Ansätze, mit denen sich der Titel wieder deutlich dem ersten und bis dato besten Teil der Serie annähert. Die Fahrmissionen stehen wieder im Vordergrund, die FMV-Sequenzen sind hervorragend und der neue Held tut der Serie ebenfalls gut. Seid ihr per pedes unterwegs, ist das Spielgeschehen mit unspektakulären Feuergefechten und dem nervigen Zielsystem allerdings ein Graus, den ihr besonders in der zweiten Hälfte vermehrt über euch ergehen lassen müsst. Größter Kritikpunkt ist jedoch der viel zu hoch angesetzte Schwierigkeitsgrad, der ständig zum Neustart der Missionen zwingt sowie zu enormen Frustattacken führt. Der kleine aber feine Tuning-Aspekt sowie die vollkommen frei erkundbare Spielwelt mit ihren überraschenden Minispielen und die hervorragenden Zwischensequenzen konnten mich jedoch noch beschwichtigen.
72
PlayStation 24Players.de
Im direkten Vergleich zum Vorgänger erkennt man bei Driver: Parallel Lines gute Ansätze, mit denen sich der Titel wieder deutlich dem ersten und bis dato besten Teil der Serie annähert. Die Fahrmissionen stehen wieder im Vordergrund, die FMV-Sequenzen sind hervorragend und der neue Held tut der Serie ebenfalls gut. Seid ihr per pedes unterwegs, ist das Spielgeschehen mit unspektakulären Feuergefechten und dem nervigen Zielsystem allerdings ein Graus, den ihr besonders in der zweiten Hälfte vermehrt über euch ergehen lassen müsst. Größter Kritikpunkt ist jedoch der viel zu hoch angesetzte Schwierigkeitsgrad, der ständig zum Neustart der Missionen zwingt sowie zu enormen Frustattacken führt. Der kleine aber feine Tuning-Aspekt sowie die vollkommen frei erkundbare Spielwelt mit ihren überraschenden Minispielen und die hervorragenden Zwischensequenzen konnten mich jedoch noch beschwichtigen.
72
XboxCheat Code Central
Overall the game is not in the same league as GTA. It tries too hard to emulate the series than to find its own original niche. It could piss off fans of both Driver and GTA due to the unoriginal gameplay and shift in direction but there's no reason the average gamer can't have a ball with this game.
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PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
There can be little doubt that Driver: Parallel Lines is an improvement over the disappointment that was DRIV3R. Parallel Lines is definitely more enjoyable but it's also lost a lot of what made the first two games in the series great. In fact in many ways this fourth game in the series feels more like a GTA game than a Driver game and this is something not every fan of the series is going to be happy about.
72
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
The comparisons of Driver: Parallel Lines to GTA are unavoidable. This fourth installment of the Driver series is best described as a blend of the two games. It has the familiar Driver mechanics with a GTA-inspired gameplay. There's still a lot of racing but there is plenty to do outside of your vehicle as well.
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XboxIGN
If the reception to Driver 3 was a revelation for the good folks at Reflections, the result produced a major shift in the way you play Driver: Parallel Lines. The fourth game in the series is less like the previous iteration and more like Grand Theft Auto than any game in the careening series' history. Instead of a story mode and a half dozen exterior mini-games, or a Director mode, or even the great Survival mode, Parallel Lines delivers a single story mode with everything packed inside it. The result is good, even if somehow it feels like a white flag was waved somewhere along the lines.
72
PlayStation 2IGN
Perhaps the press just likes a good fight between similar games and we're just imagining all this stuff about how Driver does "this' well and GTA does 'that" well. Certainly, the GTA / Driver rivalry has given us much to talk about over the years. Did Reflections wave a white flag? Or did Reflections simply follow the natural evolution of the Driver series and this is the latest stage in that development? Maybe Driver 3 didn't sell all that well, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas sold like gangbusters, and Atari and Reflections made business and creative decisions to improve Driver along avenues that previously had been rejected or dismissed. Who knows? One thing we do know is that this latest effort is a healthy, respectable rebound from the third outing and it puts Driver back into the saddle again.
70
Windows4Players.de
Driver: Parallel Lines bleibt zumindest auf den PC hinter den Erwartungen zurück. Bis auf ein leichtes Grafik-Update, bei dem sicher mehr drin gewesen wäre, bekommt ihr hier das gleiche Spiel wie auf der Xbox – mit all seinen Stärken und Schwächen. Zwar ist die Maus-/Tastatur-Kombi beim Ballern ein Vorteil, doch seid ihr beim Fahren besser mit einem Controller unterwegs. Hier müsst ihr selbst abwägen, welche Art der Steuerung ihr bevorzugt. Deshalb bleibt Driver: Parallel Lines trotz einiger guter Ansätze weiter im Mittelfeld stecken. Fans von GTA & Co können einen Blick riskieren, zumal es gerade auf der Nintendo-Konsole keine Alternativen gibt. PCler bleiben dagegen besser in San Andreas oder hoffen auf eine schnelle Umsetzung von GTA IV im nächsten Jahr.
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PlayStation 2JeuxActu
Doit-on nécessairement copier sur le voisin pour espérer obtenir la même note ? C’est un point sur lequel les dirigeants d’Atari et de Reflections Interactive ont dû réfléchir mûrement quand on voit le nombre de références pour ne pas dire plagiats qui sont faites à l’encontre du hit de Rockstar Games. S’il faut passer par cette voie pour s’assurer d’un résultat convenable et parfois même remarquable (ce qui est le cas ici avec Driver : Parallel Lines) alors on ne crachera pas dans la soupe. En contre-partie, il faudra faire abstraction de toute personnalité, originalité et cette absence de tempérament pèsera continuellement sur la franchise. Le cas échant, Driver restera un bon ersatz de GTA certes, mais un ersatz quand même…
70
XboxJeuxActu
Doit-on nécessairement copier sur le voisin pour espérer obtenir la même note ? C’est un point sur lequel les dirigeants d’Atari et de Reflections Interactive ont dû réfléchir mûrement quand on voit le nombre de références pour ne pas dire plagiats qui sont faites à l’encontre du hit de Rockstar Games. S’il faut passer par cette voie pour s’assurer d’un résultat convenable et parfois même remarquable (ce qui est le cas ici avec Driver : Parallel Lines) alors on ne crachera pas dans la soupe. En contre-partie, il faudra faire abstraction de toute personnalité, originalité et cette absence de tempérament pèsera continuellement sur la franchise. Le cas échant, Driver restera un bon ersatz de GTA certes, mais un ersatz quand même.
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PlayStation 2GameCell UK
In essence, Parallel Lines does indeed revisit the old style of semi-sandbox gameplay founded in Driver, and later expanded so monumentally by Rockstar’s GTA series. However, that chronological step backwards in terms of inspiration now tarnishes the overall experience with a distinctly derivative aftertaste. Indeed, although the original Driver was a thoroughly decent - and inventive -game for its time (1999), this latest iteration lacks any semblance of gameplay innovation, and rather feels like a carefully constructed homage to its founding father, while also running on (“ahem”) vaguely parallel lines to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. There’s little doubt that in some respects it’s eminently better than Driv3r, but it’s definitely a case of too little too late where wrestling back the mantle of success is concerned. Solid but uninspired, and largely forgettable despite the convincing tyre tracks it leaves in the sandbox genre.
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XboxPlayDevil
Honestly, "Driver: Parallel Lines" has surprised me in many ways. Not only is it a lot better (if not the best) Driver game ever, the game has improvement massively. Most of the glitches, if not all, disappeared with this new instalment and developer Reflections has drawn the focus much more to the driving itself. Playing in two different time zones, 1978 and 2006 is an excellent idea, especialy when every texture and vehicle is updated. Bottom line, if you had so much fun with 'Driver' & 'Driver 2' then "Driver: Parallel Lines" will absolutely please you!
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PlayStation 2Pro-G
Parallel Lines arrives as a breath of fresh air after Driver 3, righting the multitude of problems found in that game. The good driving mechanic and excellent presentation found in Parallel Lines are only let down by some rather mundane missions. Were it not for this it would certainly be held in much higher acclaim, but the developers are certainly back on the right track. Hopefully the next-generation of consoles will provide further opportunity to deliver on the potential of the series.
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XboxGameDaily
Seeing as how Driv3r is one of the biggest commercial disasters of all time, I wasn't exactly thrilled to review the fourth installment, Parallel Lines. But thankfully, developer Reflections Interactive stepped up and created an immensely enjoyable videogame that not only breathes new life into the tarnished Driver franchise, but stands out as one March's best games.
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PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
To get to the good stuff, though, you'll have to wade through a load of familiar content. The basic story setup is novel, since it begins in a nicely imagined NYC circa 1978, then jumps to the modern Big Apple. But as gorgeous as the cutscenes are, there's really nothing to latch onto in the story, which is half gangland tale, half revenge plot. Humor and satire are almost non-existent. The characters are at best familiar and often stale, and you've generally seen it all before.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Every game could be better in some respect. Even the most acclaimed titles have some slight flaws in camera, control, or playability that could have been fixed with just a little more time or money. Driver: Parallel Lines, in attempting to fix the flaws of the much-reviled Driv3r, runs head-on into a problem that I simply can’t see a solution for. The problem is that I can’t really find an answer to the question: Why does there need to be another Driver game?
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Every game could be better in some respect. Even the most acclaimed titles have some slight flaws in camera, control, or playability that could have been fixed with just a little more time or money. Driver: Parallel Lines, in attempting to fix the flaws of the much-reviled Driv3r, runs head-on into a problem that I simply can’t see a solution for. The problem is that I can’t really find an answer to the question: Why does there need to be another Driver game?
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
In the wake of such a dismal game as Driv3r it would have been easy for Atari or Reflections Interactive to throw in the towel and drop the Driver series, but thankfully they did not. With this new iteration they have resurrected the old controls and breathed new life into the series. Though the game isn’t perfect, it features a solid story, a large number of cars to drive, a trunk load of unlockables and possibly the best licensed sound track ever. If the Driver series continues on this path in the next generation it could start to give Grand Theft Auto a true run for its money.
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WiiPlay.tm
Driver Parallel Lines exists in a family of sandbox-city-crime games from the previous generation. They each have different strengths and weaknesses. This release of Driver continues its franchises delivery of a fun stylised world that is built around a believable police presence and excels at re-creating those 70's cop show chases. Whilst it doesn't have the depth of play of The Godfather, or the violence of Scarface it does a good job of playing to its strengths and delivering a highly enjoyable game. Whilst none of these pretenders have so far toppled GTA from its throne, they have certainly kept the bar high for Rockstar's next release. Perhaps they have even contributed to its delay as GTA must now deliver on so many different fronts.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Muscle Cars roar with amazing control and the police chases that ensue often have you weaving dangerously through densely packed traffic. It has some truly amazing moments to it, but outside of these infrequent sparkles, it'll most certainly put you to sleep.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Muscle Cars roar with amazing control and the police chases that ensue often have you weaving dangerously through densely packed traffic. It has some truly amazing moments to it, but outside of these infrequent sparkles, it'll most certainly put you to sleep.
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PlayStation 2GameZone
If it looks like it, walks like it, and smells like it, the usual assumption is that it's just that. Diver: Parallel Lines smells like Grand Theft Auto, but the taste isn't quite right. It's got the same concept, similar to the way a frozen dinner resembles entrees from the Olive Garden. Though it may be appetizing when faced with no other option, Lean Cuisine is hardly a substitute for the real thing.
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XboxGameSpot
Driver: Parallel Lines isn't nearly as messed up as the last Driver game was. Considering how completely jacked most of Driver 3 was, that's not really saying much, but it's still worth saying. Parallel Lines is a mostly competent game that's probably the most blatant Grand Theft Auto clone to date. Considering that GTAIII was, in many ways, picking up where the first two Driver games left off, maybe this is just a case of turnabout being fair play. Either way, Driver: Parallel Lines isn't broken, but it's almost completely uninspired and devoid of the little things that make these sorts of games entertaining. The characters fall flat, the story is uninteresting, and the gameplay controls are often inadequate. Add to that some pretty drab mission design and you've got a game that looks good on paper, but simply can't add up to a game worth playing.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
Driver: Parallel Lines isn't nearly as messed up as the last Driver game was. Considering how completely jacked most of Driver 3 was, that's not really saying much, but it's still worth saying. Parallel Lines is a mostly competent game that's probably the most blatant Grand Theft Auto clone to date. Considering that GTAIII was, in many ways, picking up where the first two Driver games left off, maybe this is just a case of turnabout being fair play. Either way, Driver: Parallel Lines isn't broken, but it's almost completely uninspired and devoid of the little things that make these sorts of games entertaining. The characters fall flat, the story is uninteresting, and the gameplay controls are often inadequate.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Driver: Pararell Lines" retorna às suas origens, focando mais nas ações a bordo de carros. A decisão é acertada, pois os melhores momentos acontecem na direção dos veículos, porque, a pé, o personagem continua ruim. Apesar disso, a alta dificuldade e a monotonia - há menos variedade nas missões justamente por se concentrar nos automóveis - fazem com que o game não agrade a tantas pessoas. Se você é bom em jogos de direção ou é tolerante a repetições, pode ser que encontre boas horas de diversão. Ao menos, essa edição faz voltar a série aos trilhos, já que se acidentou feio com "DRIV3R".
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XboxGames TM
As an example of how to recreate a city in a fun and enjoyable way, Parallel Lines should be admired, and the improvement over Driv3r is massive (in fact, it may well be the least glitchy game of its genre), but there´s an overriding feeling of ´too little, too late´.
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PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
How badly do you want to play another GTA rip-off? Driver: Parallel Lines is better than most, but it still can't hold a candle to Rockstar's flagship series -- regardless of which one was the bigger pioneer back in the day. While a definite bump in horsepower over Driv3r, this game still struggles to compete with the others in the packed genre, and is only worth a test drive if you've played them all before and still find yourself thirsty for more.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Attendu au tournant par des hordes de fans déchaînés, Driver : Parallel Lines laisse, à l'image de son prédécesseur un goût d'amertume dans la bouche. Pas mauvais, mais loin d'être convaincant, le titre de Reflections souffre de trop de défauts pour contenter l'amoureux de courses-poursuites. Etant un grand fan du premier Driver, je désirais intensément que celui-ci fasse remonter cette série dans des sphères plus clémentes. Même si certaines idées peuvent charmer et que la conduite est un petit plaisir, le jeu se coupe lui-même ses ailes par une absence de maturité réelle. Et ses défauts graphiques ne l'aident pas vraiment sur cette pente glissante. TK va devoir raccrocher.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Attendu au tournant par des hordes de fans déchaînés, Driver Parallel Lines laisse, à l'image de son prédécesseur un goût d'amertume dans la bouche. Pas mauvais, mais loin d'être convaincant, le titre de Reflections souffre de trop de défauts pour contenter l'amoureux de courses-poursuites. Etant un grand fan du premier Driver, je désirais intensément que celui-ci fasse remonter cette série dans des sphères plus clémentes. Même si certaines idées peuvent charmer et que la conduite est un petit plaisir, le jeu se coupe lui-même ses ailes par une absence de maturité réelle. Et ses défauts graphiques ne l'aident pas vraiment sur cette pente glissante. TK va devoir raccrocher.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Ce n’est pas sur cet opus que la série Driver pourra renaître. Malgré tout, et même si le titre est limité, il peut vous faire passer un très agréable (court) moment !
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WiiCubed3
Driver has come a long way since its release on the PSOne in 1999, and whilst some of the game mechanics could certainly please a number of people – it is hard to forget that the Wii is just being used here as a port machine. If you're looking for high octane racing thrills, you might want to check out some of the other games in the Wii's growing library, and if you're determined to have a go at some good ol' Remote-ified Driver-ing anyway, this is probably only worth a rental.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Driver : Parallel Lines ne révolutionnera pas le monde des jeux vidéo, mais il se montrera cependant très plaisant pour quiconque fera abstraction de ses défauts techniques, de son retard manifeste sur la concurrence, de ses motos ingérables et de phases à pied poussives. Certains auront peut-être un peu de mal à gérer la conduite et la visée à la Wiimote en même temps, mais un peu de pratique et beaucoup de concentration devraient suffire à vous faire passer le cap. Classique sur toute la ligne, Driver : Parallel Lines offre malgré tout de très bons moments de conduite.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Driver : Parallel Lines ne révolutionnera pas le monde des jeux vidéo, mais il se montrera cependant très plaisant pour quiconque fera abstraction de ses défauts techniques, de son retard manifeste sur la concurrence, de ses motos ingérables et de phases à pied poussives. Classique sur toute la ligne, le soft offre malgré tout un contenu conséquent et de très bons moments de conduite.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's a dark and stormy night in Newcastle. Somewhere in the bowels of a development house, improbably broad hoses are being fitted to a giant iron casket full of amniotic fluid.
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Xbox1UP
The difference between Parallel Lines and DRIV3R is that while the previous game was a pretty half-assed GTA clone, Parallel Lines is more like a three-quarters-assed GTA clone. Maybe even four-fifths-assed. Sure, it's derivative as hell, but there's nothing getting in the way of actually enjoying the game now. The running and shooting are still rubbish, but you don't really have to mess with them anymore, anyway. The torturous on-foot missions of the third game are gone, along with irritations like the indestructible streetlights that could turn a satisfying high-speed chase into a trip to the store to buy a new controller. In fact, pretty much everything that made DRIV3R as much fun as a sucking chest wound has been fixed, and the result is actually an all-right game that's once again focusing on its strengths.
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XboxGameSpy
Driver: Parallel Lines is a competent title with hours of gameplay on offer. But the parallels to the grand-daddy of living world titles are obvious. However, where GTA used humor, masses of distractions, OTT violence, and a giant game world with a real sense of space and depth to mask the unimpressive visuals, Driver is the opposite, using an impressive physics engine and city to hide repetitive and languid gameplay that's becoming increasingly difficult to enthuse about.
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PlayStation 21UP
"Well, it's not as bad as DRIV3R," is probably the first thing you'll hear from anyone you ask about Driver: Parallel Lines (or DrIVer, if you're feeling a bit more cheeky.) To be fair, that's a bit too much like saying, "It killed my family, but at least it didn't force me to watch." Not exactly a glowing endorsement, and the game deserves better.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Driver: Parallel Lines is a competent title with hours of gameplay on offer. But the parallels to the grand-daddy of living world titles are obvious. However, where GTA used humor, masses of distractions, OTT violence, and a giant game world with a real sense of space and depth to mask the unimpressive visuals, Driver is the opposite, using an impressive physics engine and city to hide repetitive and languid gameplay that's becoming increasingly difficult to enthuse about.
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WiiIGN
When Driver: Parallel Lines released in March of 2006 across the last-generation platforms, it gave Grand Theft Auto a bit of a run for its money. The game may not have had the polish or name recognition of Rockstar's offering, but it had the soul of a series that's been around for just as long, and we were left wondering if this was the true come-back to the Driver franchise after a quite uneventful "Driv3r." Nearly a year and a half after its initial release, Driver: Parallel Lines now comes to Wii. Unfortunately, things are changing, and like the game's own lead character TK, time is passing this title by whether it wants to accept it or not. Driver: Parallel Lines may have the same core experience as it did over a year ago, but it lacks innovation and polish, and Wii's open-world bar has already been set pretty high.
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WindowsGameSpot
Driver is a very by-the-numbers GTA clone. While stuff like having to obey speed laws and stop at red lights arguably makes the game more realistic, it certainly doesn't make it any more entertaining. With unexciting driving physics and lackluster on-foot control, playing Driver: Parallel Lines isn't very satisfying. The game's monochromatic storyline isn't strong enough to make the trip worthwhile either. Sure, it's better than Driver 3, but that doesn't make it a success.
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PlayStation 2Gamezine
Ce nouvel épisode est donc plus agréable à jouer, sans être parfait évidemment. Les décors s’affichent sans trop d’accros (n’oublions pas que nous sommes sur PlayStation 2). Petit à petit, ce nouveau Driver réussit presque à nous faire oublier son pitoyable prédécesseur. Reste que la sauce ne prend toujours pas, mais une chose est sûre, Parallel Lines est moins pire que son aîné. Ouf, c’est déjà ça.
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WiiGameSpy
Driver: Parallel Lines could have been the title to fill the GTA void for the Wii. Unfortunately, of the three wannabes available, it's the least impressive. There are some things the game does right -- the drive-by shooting is pretty sweet -- but problems with the controls for the driving -- essentially the guts of the game -- more than suck any sort of fun out of the thing. A slightly tweaked controller scheme would have been a night and day difference, but as it stands, if you're looking for a GTA fill-in for the Wii, you're better off with Tony Montana or the Corleones.
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PlayStation 2Entertainmentopia
There’s a lot more to say about Driver: Parallel Lines, but most of the important stuff has been said. There’s enough material here to warrant a weekend rental, but the questionable design decisions and been-there-done-that gameplay elements will have you yawning before the first third of the game is completed. True fans of the genre are better off playing through San Andreas once again, its guaranteed to be more fun and doesn’t mind you breaking a few pithily traffic laws.