Driver 3

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a game by Ubisoft Reflections
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Download Racing Games, Driver Games

Even though nowadays it may not sound like such a big deal, this franchise was key in the evolution of racing and car video games in general. Being one of the first car-game franchises to represent a fully 3D playable world for home consoles. The first game in the series was one of the biggest in the PS One, and it really went all over the top with the capabilities of the console. But by the time the sequel came out, it seemed to have lazed out into a boring title full of performance issues. So when developer Reflections came out with Driver 3, expectations were mixed.

Did they learn their lesson and went full out for their third entry in the series? As it was a really important title to get back on track with the franchise one would hope they did. But do they deliver? Well, let's talk about it.

About the game

It's important not to mention all the other games developer Reflections has worked on in their way to come up with this title. Especially when it comes to games like their Destruction Derby titles, where they developed some of the incredible physics that became key for Driver 3. But we have to mention one of the key competitors of this series since the early days, the Grand Theft Auto franchise. One of their main competitors is making a game where you could actually explode a 3D city in quite a similar manner.

Nonetheless, Reflections has not taken GTA3 as a base. That is, despite the free mode and some similarities, Driver 3 maintains the mission structure of the original. Is this right or wrong? This is undoubtedly the key to appreciating the game and where most of the analysis of it begins to elucidate. Driver 3 does not bet on a free city, with multiple missions, but missions linked in a linear plot of cinematic character.

A stunning title?

One of the things that really make Driver 3 stand out is that it has some incredible visuals, and even though the console versions present some issues in performance at moments, the PC version works this out. Still, it's a great improvement from their previous game Stuntman, and even though there are still some popping and textures issues, the general physics and visuals of the game make it more passable.

But where the game really starts falling apart is a very important element, and that's the gameplay and the controls. Starting the controls, are directly a headache, they present an annoying and unnecessary learning curve. And added to this the game design is simply poor.

7

Driver 3, or Driv3r as it is stylized, was a widely hyped game, we were expecting to see some big improvements, especially considering the tough competitors they had around. But they ended up coming up with a game that's not bad but was a let-down for fans of the franchise that were expecting a title able to compete with Grand Theft Auto3. It's amazing if you're in for a nostalgia trip, as it takes you back to the original excitement of the first game, but with incredibly better visuals. Still, that proved to be a bit too simple and underdeveloped for its time.

Pros:

  • Great visuals
  • Solid physics
  • Interesting missions

Cons:

  • Controls
  • Feels really rushed

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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