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Driver 2 received a belated adaptation for the Game Boy Advance in Driver 2 Advance. The handheld version adapts the storyline of the original but cuts it down heavily, while presenting the gameplay in a graphics engine tailored to the portable platform.

As in the original, the player controls undercover cop Tanner, who investigates the murder of a Brazilian criminal, leading him facing both a Brazilian gang as well as the Chicago mob. The story is mainly told through cutscenes that employ stills from the rendered scenes of the original, with dialogue adapted in accordance with the cut-down story. While the original moved through four cities, only two remain in the GBA version: Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.

Gameplay still takes the form of individual missions that have to be taken on in order. Goals vary between quickly moving to a certain location on the map, following another car, ramming a car to stop it, tailing a car without being seen (neither moving too far away nor too close) and pick-up and delivery jobs. The cities are rendered in texture-mapped 3D, with cars and pedestrians displayed as sprites. Some of the game's missions are direct adaptations from the original, while others are completely new. The Chicago and Rio map layouts are much simplified compared to the original.

Besides the main Undercover mode, the two cities can be freely explored in Take A Ride mode. The game also includes the same five mini-games as in the PlayStation version, involving ramming a car, losing a police tail, following a path set out by traffic cones, a checkpoint race and a demolition survival. The game also includes four-player-multiplayer via link cable, with four exclusive modes: checkpoint and cross-town racing as well as free-for-all (solo) and cops-n-robbers (team-based) survival.

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Driver 2 Advance Game Boy Advance A car to pick up ahead
Driver 2 Advance Game Boy Advance At the Red River Bar... (opening story)
Driver 2 Advance Game Boy Advance Keeping tabs on a witness
Driver 2 Advance Game Boy Advance Watch the traffic

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GameSpot Oct 24, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
64 Power / big.N / N Games Oct, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Gaming Target Jan 14, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Consoles Plus Dec, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Advance Sep, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Netjak Sep 24, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Silicon-Fusion.com Feb 21, 2003 7 out of 10 70
IGN Oct 25, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Game Vortex Dec, 2002 5 out of 10 50
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 04, 2002 7 out of 20 35

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Terok Nor (24021) added Driver 2 Advance (Game Boy Advance) on Oct 18, 2014