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2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid. Like the plague. With spiky bits., 25 Jun 2004
This review is from: DRIV3R (Xbox) (Video Game)
Driv3r is a rushed attempt at a brilliant game. It's not that in the grand scheme of things it's actually the worst game ever, though you will be forgiven for cursing it with that label if you actually buy it. It's resolutely so awful because it had the potential to be so great: sequel to two great games, three gorgeous cities, a powerful system to design for, and voice talent that includes - amongst others - Michael Madsen and and Iggy Pop. But instead it's a poorly designed, un-tested and nigh on un-playable (at least in the way Reflections would want you to) example of the worst ilk the industry has to offer these days.
It aims for a Hollywood-level of polish, but attains nothing more than a Camden market spit and shine job. The graphics, whilst gorgeous, rarely run at an acceptable frame rate. Objects jump up in front of you due to a rather harsh draw-distance, and this can fail mission after mission when you get either killed or waylaid by an errant lamppost that launched a ninja stealth attack at the last second. Now you see 'im, now you don't. Elsewhere, there's a severe lack of humour or emotion as you fail to become engrossed in the story AT ALL - unlike the worst examples of mainstream Hollywood pap it's not even so bad it's good. You can't forgive it's many failings and you won't be drawn in merely to see how bad it eventually gets. Whilst speeding around the city in crazy vehicles (which are, truth be told, rather well modelled) can be fun, there's no point to it all. And when you get out on foot you'll be able to witness some of the most god-awful duck-shoot style "action" sequences ever created for a video game. It's hard not to imagine these bits being jammed on in an attempt to round off the finished code, at least that's what it consistently feels like.
The only other slices of fun I got out of Driv3r was uploading amusingly buggy movies to Xbox Live, and cruising around the city in whatever car I could find. But really this is a shambolic mess: Atari have suceeded in topping Daikatana for biggest-disappointment-ever rights, and this is truly their darkest hour. Thank god I got my review copy for free...
Finally, on the plus side, if you loved Enter the Matrix then you've just found your favourite game ever. The rest of you have no excuses.
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