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Driver: San Francisco screens are dreamy... as you'd expect from a game set in a coma

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Fresh screens have emerged of Driver: San Francisco - a game which really should be getting more attention than it is. Have you played the demo yet? If you haven't, you should. The city feels alive, the game engine is rock solid and the script and tongue-in-cheek humour is the perfect counterweight to the bizarre body-swap idea. You know, the one that threatened to turn the game into a gimmicky mess. News: It hasn't! So let's whet that appetite still further and take a look at these impressive snapshots.


Above: Driver has always excelled in giving you screen after screen of ever-changing scenery. Freeeedooom!


Above: I don't think this sort of thing will ever get old. Car + Dumpster = gleeful explosion of trash


Above: This could almost be a screen from DiRT 3, except for the '70s-style grain filter over everything


Above: Driver's always had ace cop chases and the new engine should allow for the whole force to follow you


Above: Let's go to San Francisco where the cars go so very high...


Above: A minor note, sure, but look at the quality of those shadows. And the glare from the sky. Yum


Above: You don't seem to be able to knock over pedestrians, presumably to keep the age rating down


Above: San Francisco is a beautiful city - even more beautiful when it's being smashed up by cars


Above: Has anyone accidentally boosted while holding forward for smoother steering? Me neither... *cough*


Above: It's good to have some more modern cars to drive. The '70s are great and all, but variety is king


Above: Water 'explosions' can look just as good as fire, and are unlikely to set your fuel tank alight


Above: Driver has always featured a proper traffic lights system, meaning you can actually drive 'properly'


Above: The shots look reminiscent of GTA IV, although Driver runs way smoother


Above: My favourite screen, I think. But I do feel sorry for the Bay City newspaper constantly losing its stock


Above: For too long, Driver tried to be like GTA. It's always done driving brilliantly, so let's stick to this


Above: That's not going to help the suspension. Every car has a 'health' bar, so you can wear cops down


Above: Erm... in-game still? It's getting hard to tell


Above: Look how empty the street is! That's what happens when you can be bothered to get up at dawn

18 Aug, 2011

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  • TheBiggestE - August 19, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    the last screen is very reminiscent of the movie Bullit. A Steve McQueen cop film set in 1970 San Francisco... wait a minute!
  • lianrowe - August 19, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    I love this game even more since I played the demo, I cant wait for this one!!!
  • SlimAdy - August 18, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Shaping up nicely - wasnt keen on the demo to start (fan of the original PS classic) but agree with INKYSPOT - it has grown on me to (insert pun here). Actually scrap that I think my car handling has improved which has helped enjoyment levels no end. Must download the MP demo tonight on marketplace.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 18, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Hmm, I dont usually go for vehicle games but this has peaked my interest a little bit. Perhaps a rental?
  • inkyspot - August 18, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    That demo has grown on me.
  • XSgtShootemupX - August 18, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Loving the Dukes, Vanishing Point, Bullit and Gone in 60 Seconds tributes in those screens. It certainly does play great and i've played Driver since the very first, must be the only person in the world that likes Driv 3 arrr and I can safely say, that 'shift' mechanic has not taken anything away from the core gameplay, if anything it has added to it significantly. I'm looking forward to.
  • DannyMB - August 18, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Such a bad, bad pun.... :-P Game looks good though! Those last two screenshots can't be ingame!
  • BladedFalcon - August 18, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Eh... Is the console version gonna have that annoying online DRM that was announced a few weeks ago? If so, this game could get an universal 10 on metacritic from all the reviews, and I still wouldn't play it. Firstly, because I couldn't be able to play it properly due to the shitty I-net connection in mexico. And secondly, because DRM like that deserves to be punished.
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 18, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    WOWSERZ!

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