Driver you play the wheelman for hire in various missions around cities such as Miami and San Francisco. An expansive free roam map lets you drive around the city causing destruction and mayhem at will, but watch out because the police will soon be on your tail. Driver is reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto in the early years but focuses on the driving aspect only.
Several Thuggish Game Modes
Driver offers several ways to experience the game such as missions, free play, or undercover (the story mode). In mission mode you are allowed to select from a variety of missions including pursuit, getaway, and destruction. In destruction mode your goal is to cause as much damage to the surroundings as you can in the allowed time. Missions are received on your answering machine in story mode and can be accepted or saved for later.
If you just want to drive around causing havoc then free play is the choice for you. Free play allows you to pick a city and just roam the streets at will without timers or missions. In all modes your car does have a limit to how much damage it can take before you must start over so keep that in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to ram the car in front of you.
It’s a Challenge Outrunning the Cops
The large size and variety of maps mean there will be plenty of exploring for you to do in free play. Running from the police can be a game in itself. Using high speed maneuvers in an effort to “lose your tail” is one of the most challenging aspects of this game. In addition to practicing your getaway skills, you can also become better acquainted with the map. Knowing the map can make missions easier during the story mode.
Lack of Instructions are a Bummer
Driver does have a few drawbacks. The game doesn’t make this clear, but the first screen you come to is the main menu and has the options tab to make any adjustments to controls, sound, video and so on.
At first the game can be frustratingly difficult if you are unfamiliar with the terms used (slalom, speed, brake check) . You are given a list of actions to perform with your car before you can continue and a one minute timer in which to complete them. No other instructions are given so the player is left to their own devices to figure out what to do. Once you have completed the assigned tasks in your one minute timer you can be assured that you are now a professional driver worthy of any of the game’s challenges.
Conclusion – Story and Freeplay are Where It’s At
Driver offers an experience full of high speed chases, precision driving techniques and lots of destruction. Storyline missions and free roam play make a winning combination. So as long as you stick to a combination of storyline and free play this game will provide nearly unlimited entertainment.
System= Pentium III CPU 400 MHz
RAM= 128 MB
Size= 95 MB
Video Memory= 32 MB
OS= Windows 98, 2000, NT, XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8