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Just take it how it is
on 24 April 2007
There are a lot of negative reviews for this game out there, which really surprised me after I bought the game and found that it aint actually all that bad. With the massive improvements from the original driver games I was expecting a completely different style of game, but a lot of the old features still remain the same. The game feels exactly like the old driver games, the cars drive the same, the game flows like the first two and a lot of the missions are very similar. The only problem with this however is that a lot of bugs still exist in the game, making it rather annoying at times. One example is that occasionally when you try to get off a speed boat, you can just fall dead on the floor for no apparent reason, which can be really annoying when you're halfway through a level!
However the graphics on this game are excellent for any PS2 game, especially during the FMV sequences. There are three new maps which include Nice, Maimi and Istanbul which are incredibly detailed even in the backdrops and are apparently accuarate representations of the real cities. The extra features in the game are the ability to drive whatever you like which opens up a whole new range of missions, most of which are interesting and fit in well with the story line, as well as make things a lot more interesting.
The mistake many people are making is comparing this game to grand theft auto. Of course the game is very similar in a lot of ways, but it obviously isnt grand theft auto. Its clear to see that there isnt quite as many things to do on driver in comparrison, but thats why you have to just take it as it is. There is an option to take a ride and just cause havoc around the city which gives you a similar freedom as in grand theft auto, but during the actual game the missions are often quick, specific and follow a structure, as in you know what you have to do so you do it. Unfortunately because of this the game can often get repetative, especially when you're stuck on the same rediculously hard level for months at a time. The storyline is a bit loose too, but keeps you vaguely interested enough to care. Overall this is good game and a big improvement on the original drivers, but if your looking for another grand theft auto game you wont find it in this. It has its unique qualities though, such as no swearing and unnessecary violence if your not into that kind of thing, and a load of comparitively different missions, a lot of which maintain the old driver standard of difficulty, but keep you excited enough to keep trying until you finally do it, which might be a very long, long time. My opinion, take away grand theft auto and you've got a great game here, even if most of its beauty comes from the shining graphics and recreated cities, not from its impossibly hard missions later on in the game.