Driver San Francisco - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
- Rediscover the cinematic driving sensations of DRIVER: loose suspension, long drifts, sharp bends and high-speed pursuits in dense traffic. Drive over 120 licensed cars involved in some of the most intense chase sequences ever seen.
- Uncover a thrilling storyline in which personal revenge fuels Tanner's relentless manhunt for Jericho. Follow Tanner's survival race across San Francisco and discover how this chase will bring him to a point of no return.
- Experience 9 different frantic and addictive on-line modes, where the SHIFT feature allows players to be anywhere at any time. Ram, tail and overtake your friends in offline split-screen or online modes.
- Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity and freedom; Shift into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies and even take control of your opponent's car to force their demise.
- Record your best stunts and chases with the Director replay mode to edit and share your movies. Test your driving skills with 20 challenging races and 80 "dares" spread all across the city.
- Platform: PlayStation 3
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
Amazon.ca Product Description
With crime lord Charles Jericho now on the loose, San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities and spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner. He is the DRIVER.
He's the most ruthless crime lord to ever prowl the streets of the City by the Bay. His name is Charles Jericho, and he certainly did not bring his heart to San Francisco. Now the fate of the sunny city rests in the hands of one man: a detective, a hero, a Driver. John Tanner has put hundreds of criminals behind bars and chased injustice out of many a city, but this mission poses a threat like no other — and could be his last. Step into the driver's seat as the hardened detective and get ready for a relentless manhunt that could end either with the restoration of justice or the setting of the sun on the Golden Gate Bridge forever.
Driver San Francisco puts the wheel back into your hands in the next installation of the classic racing saga. In this battle of good and evil, your car is your weapon; and with a huge arsenal of more than 130 vehicles to choose from, you have endless power within your grasp. Handle your cars with the unique style that established the Driver series as a quintessential chase experience, with an all-new twist. Take the wheel with more control than ever, harnessing the incredible ability to instantly Shift to the exact car you need — at the exact moment you need it. When you spot an enemy a block ahead, swap to a high-powered vehicle and throttle ahead to stop his getaway. When an opponent threatens to drive you off the road, take command of his vehicle and force his demise. Experience an even more enhanced Shift in the six online game modes, transporting yourself across miles in the blink of an eye with the ability to swap locations. Whether you're hunting down the bad guys, racing bumper-to-bumper against a friend or taking on skill-testing dares throughout the city streets, kick it into high gear, forget about the speed limit and don't hesitate for a split second — or this ride could be your last.
- Chase down crime lord Charles Jericho in a relentless manhunt as detective John Tanner, the Driver
- Seamlessly shift between more than 130 licensed cars and keep them constantly in the heart of the action with new groundbreaking gameplay features
- Feel the rush of a real free-roaming, classic, cinematic car chase experience
- Instantly swap vehicles, shifting to a more powerful car to make a faster getaway, deploying a civilian vehicle to destroy your enemies or even taking control of your opponent's car using the unprecedented Shift ability
- Tear through more than 200 square miles of road network, over the Golden Gate Bridge and along iconic locations throughout San Francisco, and discover a timeless and realistic atmosphere
- Take on the identities, the abilities — and the struggles — of different residents across the disaster-stricken city
- Throttle through 20 challenging races and test your handling skills in 80 dares spread all across the city in additional gameplay modes
- Ram, tail and overtake your friends in bumper-to-bumper split-screen modes, or take the mayhem online in six frantic modes that give you the ability to instantly transport yourself to different locations
- Revel in the glory of your most epic stunts and frantic chases by recording, editing and sharing sequences in the Director replay mode
- Amp up for the action along with a killer soundtrack featuring 60 music tracks from famous artists, as well as the original Driver theme
- Continues the tradition of the classic racing series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide
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I really enjoyed it, I would give it a 9/10.
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Turn the key and burnout in Driver San Francisco, which captures the iconic car chase feeling like few other game before it, including the previous Drivers and classic Driver 1.
THE CITY 10/10
The city of San Francisco unlocks by playing missions and mini games, with the difficultly level amping up each mission to that of the classic Driver's, later in the game. The city itself is one of the most realized cities in a game today, thanks to very impressive, but maneuverable traffic counts, all at a blazing 60 frames per second. The level of detail parallels something you'd see in an arcade game; very colorful, plenty of variety and alive. Thousands of pedestrians line the streets, definitely giving the city a realistic feel, unlike some other open city games that are like ghost towns... This is comparable to Midnight Club 2 and 3's massive traffic count. The game is a hi res work of art, with blue skies, bustling streets and some of the best hills in the world for flying through the air on, then slamming back to the ground with force. It's like a roller coaster on quite a few SF hills. It's a very large game, I'd say bigger than Midnight Club LA, but not as massive as TDU2, though that game didn't have the amazing detail of DSF either. Plenty to explore for hours. There is currently not a day/night cycle. I don't think game cities get much better, and I've been playing car games since the 80's. Top variety of roads, freeways and more. Also, plenty of random cop chases going on to watch or join.
Plenty of variety of licensed vehicles including sportcars, muscle cars, big rigs, mini cars, trucks, buses, vans, you name it but no motorcycles sadly. Absolutely impressive variety onscreen at one time. On the freeway, I count over 50 cars onscreen at once, all with high detail close up. Each has a different feel to the handling, all well done. And if you enjoyed the game 18 Wheeler from Sega, jack a tractor trailer complete with trailer, and drive or smash your way to your destination as you please.
THE CONTROLS 10/10
These are easily some of the most responsive controls in the car game genre. You can flick the car back and forth at lower speeds up to 111+ mph, or smooth out your turning with smooth precision. The direction you take it is up to you and your driving skills. The vehicles feel weighted with great physics known from the Reflections team, with plenty of opportunities for crashing and flipping your vehicle all about. This is classic Driver revved up to an entirely new level of intensity. The emergency brake is present, though will require the most practice to master, along with a new ram button for added power, a boost and the chance for more skillful stunts: Reverse 180's, drifting, e-brake corners, burnout circles, ramming, the list goes on. Keep in mind, this game requires skill to truly master the controls, as was true with Driver 1, with each vehicle offering a unique handling experience. Set up includes 3 default options, but no mappable button layout. The e-brake is set in stone on the circle button, turning with the left analog, gas right bumper, brake left bumper, ram and shift.
Think of shift as the ability to instantly zoom into an overhead view of the map, then warp into any vehicle you want in as much time as it takes you to see it. Shift in the next level of "choose your own ride". No waiting to open doors and pull people out. There is no delay, literally. See it and you can drive it. With this instant option, you can imagine what incredible gameplay thrills you can devise. As you play, it upgrades to allow a higher view of the city if you prefer. There's no on foot, but this is the next best thing, and honestly, this game shines even without on foot.
Great selection of classic 70's style tunes along with some modern hits and remixes. The city atmosphere is present if you shut off the music, with honking horns and city sounds. The cars and vehicles sound pretty much like the real deals, with plenty of crisp, gurgling power and bass to their roars.
Options are limited, preset control choices, options for vibration, volume of voices, music, effects and engine. Online options too, but missing the classic cop difficulty option.
Featuring very impressive character models, the story takes the famous Tanner into another state of mind after being struck by Jericho, his arch enemy. In this state of an out of body experience, Tanner interacts much like a regular Driver game, but with the added ability of shift, allowing him instant teleportation as he wishes. Solid storyline overall, with a very unique take on a driving game, filled with plenty of action.
CAMERA VIEWS 10/10
You have an excellent close 3rd person car view, next in the cycle is one of the most useful and playable interior dash views in existence, a front hood view where you can see the hood, and lastly, a FPS view with just the road ahead of you. All views are highly playable and useful, partly thanks to the easy to flick left, right, back and front camera flick views, which allow precision looks as well with a fine touch of the right analog. A neat new feature is the zoom, where you can zoom in left, right or forward to get a closer view while driving with the left analog.
EXTRA MODES 9/10
There's one of the best multiplayer selection of games available in a car game, including the much hyped TAG mode. Tag mode is also available in single player, but so far, you need to jack a police car to tag the crooks scattered generously all around the city. To say Tag most is an absolute blast is an understatement. It floors the competition in terms of other open city chase games with cops and robbers.
Film Director is back, with about 5 minutes to record your own footage, though the options could've been more generous with camera views. It's a big improvement over Driv3r nonetheless.
There are few games that compare to DSF when it comes to capturing that Hollywood Chase, only this time, Reflections puts you right in the driver's seat as though you were actually there. Slam into the pavement from a ten foot coast off a tall hill, and you'll feel the impact as the interior shakes wildly for a brief moment, absorbing the impact. The sense of speed picks up the faster you go naturally, with an excellent sense of speed. Most importantly, the chases are challenging as you careen through the city after your target, blasting through alleyways choked with litter, busting through crowds of pedestrians, light poles and debris. As the game progresses, the chases become more clever, and there's even a mode of chases that allows you to relive famous recreations from the best car chase movies ever made. Brilliant.
If you even half-liked Driver 1 or 2, give this game a green light or you'll be missing out on an absolutely classic car chase game with few equals. Highly recommended. Overall, 9/10. Don't miss it. Spread the word, Driver San Francisco should be next on your list of must-play games. Driver is better than ever.
PS: If you loved Midtown Madness series, you ll be very happy with this game.
1. The video game map of SF is not accurate to reality. So if you were planning on moving or visiting here, and were hoping to use this game as a way to help you learn how to get around the city...Well, I'd re-think that plan. The general locations of the neighborhoods are correct, but some prominent landmarks are in totally random spots or are missing all together. I guess I can't blame Ubisoft for doing this, otherwise it'd be an entire map of parallel and perpendicular streets in a grid (with lots of 4-way stops). Would be kind of boring. I was a bit disappointed at first, but I got over it because...
2. This game is extremely entertaining, packed with value. Now, It's probably weird using the word "value" to describe a video game. But hear me out. There are literally hundreds of missions, races, dares, activities, chases, etc. that have kept me busy for weeks. I guess I've gotten used to the standard game play lengths of a few days for video games nowadays, but it's insane how much there is to do in this game. I was disappointed after shelling out the money for this game and seeing that the map is barely like San Francisco, but I quickly changed my mind and felt I got a great deal with the entertainment factor.
3. Graphics are great, the variety of cars is plentiful, online multi-player is pretty fun, and the "Shift" feature is a time saver and brings a creative/unique dynamic to the gameplay. Traditional racing games like Gran Turismo have more cars, more realistic tracks, and true-to-life handling of the vehicles, but those traditional games tend to be cumbersome and boring after a short while. This car game is more like Grand Theft Auto due to the storyline you play along to and the ability to travel anywhere anytime free form. So it's more entertaining to play in my opinion (see #2).
Anyways, "Driver: SF" is totally worth the price. Get it.
The big "hook" of Driver: SF is the new "Shift" system. Simply put, you push X and you "shift" above SF, and can jump into any car you choose! It's a neat idea, incorporated into the game and online well, but feels like a little more could have been done with it.
If you're looking for a sim style type of racing game, yeah look elsewhere (Forza or GT). One thing I will say is after play many racers on the PS3 (Midnight Club, Blur, Split/Second, TDU2), the drifting in this game seems a lot looser than all of those. You'll fishtail a LOT if you are not careful managing your gas/brakes. This might not faze an experienced racer, but someone who's not much of one is going to have trouble with a lot of the missions.
I do like the whole "upgrade" system, and the game pretty much forces you to buy them as some missions cannot be completed unless you've got the ability bar upgrade, the recharging speed upgrade, etc. You can "free ride" and earn WP (the game's currency) for doing pretty much anything (avoiding cars, drifting, big jumps). So really Driver can be what you make of it.
The game runs very smooth and graphically is sound. There's no slowdown/lag that I have been able to see, online or otherwise. That's pretty much a must achievement in a racing game.
So why am I not giving this 5 stars?
- For a "T" rated game, some of the language in this game seems a lot more fit for a M rating. I think this game really must have skirted the line with the ESRB (For example, GTA: Vice City was rated Mature, and I would say the language is JUST as bad in this game as GTA. Obviously, GTA got an M for the violence too...but I was shocked to hear some of the words in this game.
- Online is great, yeah there's a number of levels you can upgrade to, but the only leaderboards I see revolve around some races in the city. This seems like quite a missed opportunity. To date Blur is one game that "got it" when it came to online, it's just a shame too many people missed out on it.
- If you had a spare weekend, you could probably blow through the entire single player campaign. For a full price ($60) game, that's awful short. It took me 2 weeks to get through Blur's single player, for example. And that was "bare bones". Earning all the trophies took me a year! So if you're not a completionist, this games ends up being a bit short.
All that being said, this is a fresh, new take on racing games, and if you find this for the right price, I strongly recommend taking Driver:SF for a spin.
This game is fun fun fun...need I say more? Graphics are fantastic, controls work and the crazy chases rock! I love it. I think a lot of people are going to miss out on a fantastic game and thats too bad. I would like ot see this game move up higher on the Amazon best seller list, but unfortunately it released the same day as Dead Island and Resistance 3, tough competition.
Buy this game and enjoy something fresh and fun.