Published by: GT Interactive
Driver Official Page: http://driver.gtgames.com
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These days, committing violent crimes seems to be all the rage, and the folks over at Reflections Interactive know it. Taking their already-existing proficiency at making racing games and adding the element of crime sprees to it, they've created Driver. While they skirt the issue of actually committing crimes by claiming you're an undercover cop, everyone knows that the draw of the game will be rampant and wanton violence and destruction of public property. That's right folks - it's gaming, the American Way.
We here at FiringSquad (motto: if it's not Scottish it's CRAP!) recently got our hands on the demo of Driver and had a chance to check it out. It's a really short demo, so we played around a bit with our PSX copy of the game (for which it's already out) to get a feel for what we've got in store. And let me tell you, what's in store is some hardcore racing action. So keep reading. . .
The Word on the Street
So what's going down? What we've got here is a huge crime ring, spanning four major US cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. You are Tanner, a detective on a mission to bust up this ring; your plan - to out-criminal the criminals. You're heading undercover, pretending to be a getaway driver, and working with members of these criminal organizations. You'll help them flee from bank heists, crime scenes, and just about anywhere else you can think of.
As the game progresses, you'll uncover more and more of the story; the real reason behind your assignment to the case, the identity of shadowy characters, the Secret of Mana, etc. How much of a storyline is present in this gun-the-engine crime-spree action-packed racing game, well, we'll just have to wait and see. Even if the story is trite, though, the gameplay looks like it'll make up for that.