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Driver (Windows)

77
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Initially a lot of fun, then you start to notice all the flaws Kasey Chang (3654) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (56 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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90
PC Games (Germany)
Die erste Mission ist ein echter Tiefschlag, anschließend spielt Driver aber seine Stärken aus. GTs verspätetes Rennspiel ist bei weitem das abwechslungsreichste seiner Art, setzt mit der interaktiven Hintergrundgeschichte einen Meilenstein in diesem Genre und erzeugt dabei eine Spannung und Atmospähre, die an die von Filmklassikern wie dem gleichnamigen Kinostreifen herankommt. Mit den unterschiedlichen Missionstypen und dem Verzicht auf die längst langweilig gewordenen Rundkurse bietet Driver mehr als jedes andere Rennspiel. Das wichtigste ist allerdings der Spielspaß - und auch davon hat das Programm mehr als jeder einzelne seiner Konkurrenten. Was fehlt, ist lediglich der Mehrspielermodus. Dabei eignet sich kaum ein Programm besser für spannende Netzwerkduelle als Driver. Hier hat GT Interactive eine echte Unterhaltungssünde begangen.
90
Gamezilla
The only thing that kept Driver out of the upper 90s was the fact that it didn't have multiplayer support and the cops were out of control. If GT Interactive puts out an add-on pack for this game it will be a hot seller for a long time to come. (Hint) I think it would have been cool to have a Starsky and Hutch car also, but that is a different story.
89
IGN
Those of us who spent far too much time in the warming glow of TV and the movie screen know, love and embrace the car chase. It's the best way to catch the bad guys, the easiest path to avoiding a traffic ticket, and the chief method for getting things solved in life. Where would Gene Hackman be if he hadn't raced under the railway in French Connection? How many fans would Steve McQueen still have if he hadn't flopped over San Francisco hill and dale in Bullit? And could Meryl Streep ever have won an Oscar if it weren't for that unforgettable, 30-car smash up that climaxed Sophie's Choice?
88
Power Unlimited
Een must voor elke race-fan. Driver gaat dankzij alle aktie rond de prachtige straten van New York, Miami, LA en San Fransisco geen moment vervelen. Ik wil meer van deze shit.
87
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Driver is een bijzonder leuk spel geworden dat niet snel zal vervelen omwille van zijn vele speelstijlen. De graphics zijn af en ook het geluid mag er best wezen.
86
PC Player (Germany)
Es gibt doch nichts Herrlicheres, als auf der Flucht vor der Polizei und immer ein krummes Ding drehend durch die Innenstädte zu heizen. Für die passender 70er-Atmosphäre sorgen Musik wie elegante Autos, wobei diese, genau wie die restliche Grafik, ruhig detaillierter hätten ausfallen dürfen. Auch der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist recht happig, doch dafür werden Sie mit rasanten Rasereien belohnt. Durch Fußgänger und andere Autos, die auch auf Sie reagieren, ist die Illusion schon ziemlich gut geraten, tatsächlich ein Fluchtfahrer zu sein. Driver hat sich jedenfalls eine Dauerinstallation auf meinem PC erfahren.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Midtown Madness est déclassé par Driver, sans problème. Tout d'abord, il est infiniment plus complet et plus riche ; le mode scénario est un des atouts majeurs du jeu. La technique est extra également (moins que Midtown, c'est vrai), et que dire de la jouabilité ? Driver, c'est une cure de jouvence !
85
GameSpot
Like many console-to-PC ports, Driver suffers from being translated verbatim and taking little advantage of the more powerful PC platform. However, Driver's core game design is so strikingly original and fun that it can be enjoyed without embellishment.
83
GameStar (Germany)
Das Spieltempo ist atemberaubend, ständig scheppert ordentlich Blech, und effektvolle Schlitterpartien kriegt man hier dank des unkomplizierten Fahrverhaltens problemlos hin. Ein besonders dickes Lob geht an die KI-Programmierer: Wenn mir ein Polizeiauto an der Stoßstange klebt, kann ich mir den stinksauren Officer am Lenkrad fast schon bildlich vorstellen – und wenn er dann gegen eine Straßenbahn knallt, ist die Schadenfreude doppelt groß. Wegen einiger Details würde ich die Entwickler aber gerne in die Fahrschule schicken. Mich ärgern vor allem die gnadenlosen Zeitlimits. Da hänge ich das halbe NYPD ab, bringe meine schrottreife Mühle mit viel Können trotzdem ins Ziel – und habe die Mission nicht geschafft, weil ich eine halbe Sekunde zu spät ankomme! Trotzdem: Wer auch nur das geringste Interesse an heißen Verfolgungsjagden hat, kommt an Driver nicht vorbei.
80
Player One
Mais si l'on retrouve les mêmes défauts que sur la version console, on retrouve aussi le même fun. C'est donc sans aucun scrupule que je recommande ce soft à tous ceux qui sont un peu blasés des jeux de courses sur circuit.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Sadly, the game does not sport break-apart cars. Nor will it let you race against your buddies, and it is prone to the odd lock-up and graphic glitch. But even those blemishes do little to cripple this otherwise immensely engaging and lively vehicular foxhunt.
80
Spel för Alla
Driver är ett mycket lyckat bilspel som visar att det faktiskt går att göra något nytt även inom denna genre. Hoppas bara alla buggar är borta när den dimper ned på butikshyllorna. För buggar finns det! Recensionsexemplaret jag fick innehöll flera skönhetsfläckar. Efter mycket pillande med ljudkortet fick jag till slut fram ljudeffekterna även om dessa hade en viss tendens att hacka, liksom spelet i övrigt. Grafikbugarna haglade tätt och min inledande entusiasm avtog en aning. Det färdiga spelet kommer förmodligen inte att innehålla dessa irritationsmoment, men risken finns att du tvingas ladda ned både en och två buggfixar från Nätet.
80
Gamesmania
Atmosphärisch gelungenes Spiel rund um die automobile Verfolgungsjagd. Das Flair der Krimiserien aus den 70ern, in denen noch saftige Helden in Hubraummonstern durch die Strassen jagten, wird in Driver perfekt wiedererweckt. Hätte man sich beim Sound etwas mehr Mühe gegeben und Multiplayer nicht vernachlässigt, wäre der Award sicher gewesen.
80
Gamekult
Diver, c'est le jeu de course-action qui s'impose. Dans un scénario à mi-chemin entre "Un flic dans la Mafia" et "Starsky et Hutch", Reflections nous propose une très bonne adaptation du jeu PlayStation qui procure des sensations aussi intenses que variées. Un jeu qui fera référence...
78
Sports Gaming Network
This game had incredible potential. The combination of free-roaming Microsoft Madness type cities with a mission-based gameplay structure was and is a fantastic idea. But the implementation could have been better. Maybe the next version will be better (and with a hit this big, I'm sure a sequel is inevitable). Despite some nice touches like a good arcade driving model and quality force feedback, my honest advice is to rent the Playstation version for a weekend of fun.
73
GameSpy
I'm pretty sure this game will sell lots of copies for the PC version too, once again reinforcing the fact that developers can publish their games when they aren't really ready. The savegame system is terrible, and there are plenty of AI and graphics glitches. If you can get past these issues, and can actually get the game to run (looking at GT's message boards shows that plenty of people are still having problems), then it's a slammin' good time.
71
Game Chronicles
There is plenty to like about Driver and a few things you may not like at all. Unless you are extremely gifted, your patience will be tested just to pass the driving skills exam required to play the game. Then your continued patience will be taxed while you play and replay many of the harder missions. I'm not ashamed to admit that I located and used the Cheat Codes to either make myself invulnerable or to simply turn off the cops. On the good side, Driver is the only true car chase game out there aside from Midtown Madness. The action is intense and the replay functions will keep you playing just to watch the playback after you've totaled your car. Despite all its faults, Driver is quite addictive and a blast to play. Drive hard, drive fast, and keep it between the lines.
70
Meristation
Las repeticiones de las misiones son al más puro estilo de Hollywood, con un gran número de ángulos de cámara, aproximaciones, etc....las cuales podremos cortar y montar con el fin de realizar una repetición digna de una secuencia de película de persecución policiaca, y poder guardarla para posterior visualización y disfrute. La ambientación del juego es genial, y nos hace meternos en el papel de Tanner, el protagonista, nada más comenzar a jugar la primera misión.
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Типичный закос под идею GTA, но в трехмерном исполнении и с максимально полным использованием современных графических наворотов. Хочется верить, что это начало великих и ужасных по своему драйву игр, а не жалкая попытка сотворить красивую поделку и на ее красоте собирать похвалы. Старайтесь, и мы вам поможем.
62
Gamer's Pulse
What Driver tries to be, and what it is in reality are two different things. What Driver tries to be is a mesh of the crime and mayhem of Grand Theft Auto set in a real-time 3D world much like Midtown Madness. What it results in is a mediocre take off on Grand Theft Auto, meshed into a somewhat realistic world that can only aspire to be Midtown Madness. While this may be a bit harsh, the fact is that Driver executes poorly in almost all aspects. Whether it be gameplay, sound or graphics, Driver falls short of the great potential that it has. A poor first offering doesn’t necessarily end all possibility of a sequel that can outshine the first, Heavy Gear 2 being a prime example of this. Despite this, I won’t hold my breath in anticipation of a Driver 2. Unless you’re desperate for some 3D car driving crime, I suggest buying a copy of Grand Theft Auto or Midtown Madness and wait until Driver hits the bargain bins.
60
incite PC Gaming
As it stands, Driver is an initially exciting game. However, once the initial buzz of the car chase fades, the game has little to offer.
60
Deaf Gamers
Driver has no option to enable subtitles and the cutscenes are unsubtitled. There is a minimal amount of text feedback from time to time but on the whole it's disappointing for deaf gamers. Graphically the game looks very poor by today's standards but at least you'll be able to run the game on full detail without worrying about any slowdown. The game was considered a classic in its day but time has not been kind to Driver. That said it's still a better game that Driver 3 (or DRIV3R as it's called) and if you want to play the game then £4.99 is a fair price to pay for it.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Driver has some of the most impressive action I have seen because of its riveting driving and damage models. These two things combined with the radical AI lead to some thrilling car chases and spectacular escape sequences. Just loading up one of the driving games and giving this thing some gas is almost worth the price of admission. In this sense, Reflections has captured the essence of driving action as no one else has, but the absence of an online mode and frustrating, monotonous solo missions let the air out of this game's tires. Plus, the overdone AI and underwritten graphics boldface the inherent imbalances in a game that has more promise than reward. When Reflections gets under the hood of this franchise for the inevitable sequel, I hope it rolls out an unqualified winner. Driver is a good start, but could have been better.
50
FiringSquad
When we first got hold of Driver, it looked exciting. It had made quite a name for itself on the Playstation, and I'm a big fan of racing games and gonzo action. It seems, though, that the Playstation is where it belongs. The translation was done poorly, and the game's mediocre graphics, lousy sound, and contrived gameplay are much more forgivable on an old console than a new PC title. With no redeeming story, but rather, a half-baked one that doesn't even have the guts to proclaim its main character is a criminal, the only real draw of Driver is those who want to turn on Freight Train cheat mode, and drive around town sending cars flying 100 feet into the air. While this can be entertaining for a half-hour or so, it doesn't come close to justifying purchase of the game.