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Category: Racing
Platform: PS1, Game Boy, PC, Mac
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: June 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

Driver, published by GT Interactive, is a tiny disappointment only because of its frustration level. A game so unique should be enjoyed by a mass audience, but only die-hard racing fans with impeccable maneuvering skills will be able to overcome the daunting control challenges that constitute the beginning of the Story Mode. This mode offers 44 missions and a developing story reminiscent of Jackie Brown and 70's blaxploitation flicks. (Curse words are bleeped!) The woman with the giant afro is a delight, however stereotypical. I want to see Pam Grier in the sequel.

Other modes in the game include Getaway, Pursuit, Survival, Cross Town Checkpoint, TrailBlazer, and Dirt Track Racing.

If you think you can master ALL the necessary moves, including slalom and reverse 180, you should definitely try Driver. Otherwise, find someone who can teach you these moves or wait for the sequel and hope it's more accessible.

By the way, if you spend some time with the director's mode, you can create some rather good Hollywood chase scenes by "blocking" or "editing" your own raw footage from instant replays.

Editor's note: Even with step-by-step instructions, we couldn't pass the 60 second test in the parking garage.

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