Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 1223
Date 2004-06-21
Publisher Atari
Date 2004-06-25
Publisher Atari
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtThe original Driver was one of the most popular and original driving games on the PSone and very much helped to pave the way for Grand Theft Auto III and others. The sequel, however, was a massive disappointment and seemed to prove that the Driver formula could only ever work again on the next generation of consoles. Now finally Driver 3 (or DRIV3R as it insists on calling itself) is here, and although it's not the disaster that the last game was it's still a considerable disappointment. As you would expect from developers Reflections, who also did Stuntman and the original Destruction Derby, the car handling and physics are excellent--perhaps some of the best ever seen. However, the artificial intelligence of your opponent drivers is almost laughably poor and the incredibly detailed graphics, which look so good in the screenshots, come at the expensive of some disappointingly short draw distances, with buildings and backgrounds suddenly popping up as if out of nowhere. The game itself is now very much influenced by Grand Theft Auto and you can get out of your car and hijack other vehicles. DRIV3R is still predominantly mission-based, though, and unfortunately the difficulty curve is still as frustratingly uneven as ever with some missions seemingly almost superhumanly hard. If you're a fan of the series then DRIV3R probably won't disappoint too much, but newcomers to the series may find this has rather more problems than you'd expect from such a heavily hyped title.--David Jenkins

- A mysterious man has ordered the theft of 40 top-of-the-line sports cars. You'll travel around the world, tracking this ring down - from Turkey to France to Miami
- Drive through immense, detailed cities and explore every street and alley
- Exciting mini-games like avoiding a dozen cop cars, or pursuing suspicious vehicles
- Get on foot and carjack any vehicle in the game -- more than 70 to choose from
- Collect all kinds of crazy weapons - from standard pistols & submachine guns to grenade launchers
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