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Description

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

The game gives a lot of freedom to navigate the streets of the various cities, allowing to cut through alleyways or across sidewalks and parks while smashing benches and driving over traffic cones, and provides a wide variety of vehicles to ride through the different missions, as well as the ability to perform various maneuvers such as donuts, 180 spins, or reverse spins.

Also includes several game modes such as Practice, Carnage (cause as much damage as possible), Dirt Track (time trials), Pursuit (the player chases after someone), Survival (four super cops chase after the player), Lose the Cop (the player must avoid a cop tailing on them), and Drive About (just drive about the city and admire the scenery).

There is also a full Director mode, allowing to place cameras to catch the best moments in the custom replay file.

Screenshots

Driver PlayStation We've picked up a friend.
Driver PlayStation Trailblazer minigame.
Driver PlayStation Film Director
Driver Windows Still on...

Promo Images

Driver Screenshot
Driver Magazine Advertisement
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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "DRIVER ~潜入!カーチェイス大作戦~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Driver: אתה איש ההגה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Driver: You are the Wheelman" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Driver: Você é o Motorista" -- Brazilian tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Initially a lot of fun, then you start to notice all the flaws Windows Kasey Chang (4608)
Groovie! Windows SifouNaS (1326)
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 (348)
Huge Areas, High Speed, and 3 Cities. Windows Jim Fun (243)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Video Games PlayStation Jun, 1999 89 out of 100 89
PC Action (Germany) Windows Oct, 1999 86 out of 100 86
NUKE Computer Gaming Windows 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Apr 17, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Player One Windows Oct, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Gaming Entertainment Monthly PlayStation Aug 02, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Windows Oct 17, 1999 73 out of 100 73
Edge PlayStation Aug 09, 1999 7 out of 10 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Listed twice? 2 vedder (58105)
Sep 07, 2010
Driver returns 6 vedder (58105)
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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