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Driver (Windows)

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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 Windows Roadblock? What roadblock?
Driver Windows Double whammy!
Driver Windows One of the few physics glitches in the game...
Driver Windows Dirt track practice

Alternate Titles

  • "DRIVER ~潜入!カーチェイス大作戦~" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Initially a lot of fun, then you start to notice all the flaws Kasey Chang (3653) unrated
Groovie! SifouNaS (1317) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A massive game - huge storyline, huge choices - everything Midtown Madness should have been. Steve Hall (322) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Huge Areas, High Speed, and 3 Cities. Jim Fun (222) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

IGN Oct 08, 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
Power Unlimited Nov, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania 1999 80 out of 100 80
Gamekult Sep 18, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 07, 1999 70 out of 100 70
Gamer's Pulse 1999 62 out of 100 62
incite PC Gaming Jan, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Deaf Gamers 2004 3 out of 5 60
FiringSquad Oct 30, 1999 50 out of 100 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Listed twice? 2 vedder (20181)
Sep 07, 2010
Driver returns 6 vedder (20181)
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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Thomas Backman (18) added Driver (Windows) on Oct 15, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Mister-k81 (408), GTramp (35193), Kabushi (122912) and Grant McLellan (545)