As John Tanner, take chase in a relentless manhunt through the City by the Bay. Experience the thrill of long drifts, sharp bends and high-speed pursuits!
User reviews: Very Positive (969 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2011

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"An open world driving game in which you can possess other drivers to solve their problems and further your goals. Snazzy and unique."
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About This Game

With crime lord Charles Jericho now on the loose, San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities and spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner. He is the DRIVER.
Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO is the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Play as John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly shift between more than a 120 licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. With its timeless atmosphere, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO will revitalize the classic free-roaming, cinematic car chase experience for this generation of gaming platforms.

Key Features:


Rediscover the cinematic driving sensations of DRIVER: loose suspension, long drifts, sharp bends, and high-speed pursuits in dense traffic. Drive over 120 licensed cars involved in some of the most intense chase sequences ever witnessed.

Uncover a thrilling storyline in which personal revenge fuels Tanner’s relentless manhunt for Jericho. Follow Tanner's survival race across San Francisco and discover how this chase will bring him to the point of no return.

As Tanner recovers from a terrible crash, he realizes he has acquired a new ability that enables him to instantly change vehicles and take control: SHIFT. Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity, and freedom; shift into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies, and even take control of your opponents' car to force their demise!

Drive on more than 200 kilometers of road network, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and along iconic locations throughout San Francisco. Shift from one car to the next and dip into the lives of different residents; a head-spinning array of characters, each with a unique perspective on their city under siege.

Experience 11 different, frantic, and addictive online modes, where the SHIFT feature allows you to be anywhere at any time.

Record your best stunts and chases with the Film Director replay mode to edit and share your movies. Test your driving skills with 20 challenging races and 80 “dares” spread all across the city. Listen to over 60 music tracks with songs from famous artists, including the theme from the original Driver.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP (32/64 bit), Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium D 3.0 Ghz or AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+ 2.2Ghz (Intel Core2Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz or Athlon II X4 620 2.6Ghz recommended)
    • Memory: 1GB Windows XP / 2GB Windows Vista - Windows 7 (2GB for XP / Vista / 7 recommended)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX–compliant, Shader 4.0–enabled video card (512 MB DirectX compliant, Shader 4.0 enabled video card recommended)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c libraries (included)
    • Hard Drive: 10GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c – compliant sound card (5.1 PCI sound device recommended)
    • Internet: An Internet connection is required to activate the game during initial installation
    • Multiplayer: Permanent broadband Internet connection is required (128+ kbps)
    • Supported Peripherals:Windows-compliant keyboard, mouse, wired and wireless X360 controller, Logitech Momo Racing Force Feedback steering wheel, Thrustmaster Rally GT Force Feedback Pro Clutch Edition steering wheel, Thrustmaster Ferrari GT 2-in-1 Force Feedback steering wheel, Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience 3-in-1 steering wheel, Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 Force Feedback steering wheel, Thrustmaster Universal Challenge 5-in-1 steering wheel.
    • Supported Video Cards:ATI®: Radeon HD2600XT & above, HD3850 & above, HD4650 & above, HD5650 & above, HD6450 & above.
      nVidia®: GeForce 8600GT & above, 9600GT & above), GT130 & above, GT240 & above, GT320 & above, GT430 & above, GT 530 & above.
    • OS: Only Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: 512MB video card (see supported list*)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB
    * Supported list of video cards:

    - ATI Radeon Radeon HD 2000 Series, Radeon HD 4000 Series, Radeon HD 5000 Series, Radeon HD 6000 Series

    Laptop models of these cards may work but are not supported.
    • OS: Only Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 3GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB video card (see supported list*)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB
    * Supported list of video cards:

    - ATI Radeon Radeon HD 2000 Series, Radeon HD 4000 Series, Radeon HD 5000 Series, Radeon HD 6000 Series

    Laptop models of these cards may work but are not supported.
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is a brilliant driving game & a great storyline game, I play the first Driver series since I was like 5 yrs old, I love this game so much.. Drive San Francisco is an excellent production values and an enormous fun factor. The city, music, cars and story create a 'Starsky and Hutch' style. Humor in various dialogues is genuinely funny. Driving/shifting mechanics are perfect. The handling, feel, response, and sound of each vehicle feels very right. Using keyboard is a bit hard to turn just a little to the right or the left but if you're using the controller it's much better.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
The wheelman is back!
Driver San Francisco is a story-driven racing game, an underrated, surprisingly enjoyable and memorable gem from Ubisoft Reflections (and Martin Edmonson, the developer who worked on Driver 1, 2 and 3), and it's especially an original racing game, with a very original multiplayer as well.
John Tanner, the undercover cop, returns in action to finish his mission once and for all, but in a weird way. He goes into a coma after a huge car crash, and while he is dreaming, he gains a special power called "Shift" that gives him the ability to get into any driver's body at any time. In other words, he can switch to any car he sees around the city.

...Please don't go away! You may think that this is way too ridicolous. I thought so too, until I started playing this game and I was hooked. I'm an avid fan of the old Driver series, but even this one kicks ♥♥♥! The Shift surprisingly works well, it makes the action non-stop and less boring. The core of the storyline may be weird too, but it's well interpreted and well executed! Because of these, and because of how the entire atmosphere of the game is not the same as the old Driver games, I personally like to think this is a reboot of the series rather than the sequel of Driv3r.

- Shift ability makes the game less boring and more strategical, bringing the racing genre to a whole new level.
- Surprisingly not repetitive, especially the story missions.
- Awesome driving physics with very smooth steering, even when using keyboard.
- Licensed cars, trucks, vans, from 70's muscles to modern supercars.
- Contains both licensed songs and original OST.
- Lots of challenges, activities, story missions, chases based on famous car chase movies and high-speed pursuits. Single-player alone lasts for many hours!
- Intriguing storyline with interesting characters and well-detailed cutscenes.
- Low price tag actually!
- Very original multiplayer...

- ...But not very active.
- AI cop cars totally predictable and always faster than you, no matter what car you're using.
- Lifeless city: all traffic cars going at the same speed, only-walking civilians, no particular/interesting scenery.
- Yellow-ish graphics.
- No different weathers and day/night cycle.
- Stiff car physics with no interesting car crashes, except in rare cases.
- Very limited and overhyped film director mode, could have been much better.
- Inability to repeat a story mission of choice.
- No manual transmission, and steering wheel compatibility could have been better.
- Terrible PC port: missing HDR and some lighting sources, missing minor features such as varied traffic after storyline, crashes and other general bugs... and guess what, the console versions have been patched a lot more with added features and many fixes... the PC version is left in the dark (that's Ubisoft for you).

Personal rating: 8/10
Worth every penny if you can go past the issues - especially with this current low price tag.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
99.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Great Game. I do hate the fact u need U-play tho. I got it to work but it took a while to figure it out. Otherwise Great game!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
For those who want to get to the point quick, buy this game, and if you can afford it, buy the Deluxe Edition. Driver: San Francisco is an extremely well made and outrageously enjoyable title well worth it's full price or lower. Every car model is licensed, from old family sedans to powerful muscle cars to zippy super cars, and everything in between. Driving a heavy vehichle like a bus or a transport truck feels fun and weighty, like your really pushing the car to its limits as you perform burnouts, jumps, and weave between oncoming traffic.

The story so far has been relatively camp, the usual villian breaks out of jail and you are the only one who can stop him, but takes interesting new directions in how it tells that story. One of my favorite parts is how all cutscenes use a fusion of CGI for charachters talking mixed with actual in engine gameplay (Which means you aren't looking at a cutscene that's been prettied up and doesn't look like what you'll see in game.)

For those worried about the Uplay integration, don't be. I was originally of the camp that hated the service, but so long as your system is able to run the game you shouldn't have too much issue with it. Would I rather it be removed entirely? Yes, but I'll give Ubisoft a pass with this, so long as the service isn't discontinued and the game breaks because of it.

For those who need a score, I'll give the game a 9/10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Not a racing game, but an actual DRIVING game. This game allows you to switch from car to car, and due to being set in an imagination allows you to do missions that are unrealistic without being stupid. While some missions are just races or chases, ableit very fun and interesting ones, the best mission are the Stunt missions. These have interesting challenges presented to you. Also with a load of cars (including a Delorean) and far too many mini missions, this game will last a while, and is very entertaining. Also, still fairly drivable without analogue steering, somehow.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Having grown up by San Francisco, the setting of this game is just right for me. The music goes a long way to setting the tone, as do the cutscenes, all of which embody 70's era cop movie. Being in San Francisco gives the game lots of opportunities to to exploit elevation with large hills and jumps, something you're incentivized to explore through the Dare system as well.

Driving is fun, though not without some frustration. I'm a big fan of games that let you hold on the accelerator the whole way and control your course with careful steering and application of drift, but this game is anything but. It'll take a lot more planning than that to succeed, and quite often holding the gas at max will make you fishtail or wildly spin in circles. Not that these are bad things, mind you, but like I said, not how I prefer my racing games. Some cars are better at holding a straight line than others too. There's also the matter of traffic. There's a lot of it, and running into it will slow you down significantly. It does help make the world feel full, and sometimes you'll see active police chases going on around you as well, but other times it just feels in the way. While this game certainly isn't as realistic as a proper simulator (and more on that in a second), it is much less forgiving than your average arcadey racing game, so keep that in mind if realistic racers aren't your style.

The thing that sets this game apart is the ability system, most notably the Shift ability. Shift allows you to jump into (almost) any other car in the world and do with it as you will. Chasing down a criminal trying to get away from cops? Shift into a bus in the opposite lane and have them meet an unfortunate accident. You're also often not alone in the car; passengers will talk to you about their troubles or comment on your driving. I've only had a couple repeats so far and most of the lines are pretty funny. You can also boost or ram cars on a shared cooldown or shift instantly between any other car on your team. The game gives you a lot of options in tackling different missions, but cracks start to show up when it takes away these options. For Dares it doesn't matter so much, but full-fledged Challenges where they do things like take away all your abilities and ask you to take out a car quickly become frustrating.

I'm normally not a fan of open world games and end up feeling lost and aimless, but some games, such as this one, do manage to get a hold of me. The building blocks of story missions and Challenges are the same, though story missions tend to be more involved and obviously will have cutscenes strung through them as well. Dares are simpler than either system and take place in free roam, having you accomplish a single task, often with some restriction such as having to do it in first person, do it without hitting other cars, do it in a certain amount of time, and so on. There are a pretty wide variety of missions to take on, but there are a few that are just really bad and show up time and time again. The one where you need to defend an armored van comes to mind, as does the one where you need to smash objects to add time to the countdown. The former Is just repetitive, the latter runs into problems with how cars handle. Too often you don't have the precise control you want and end up missing what should be an easy hit. Traffic is a big problem here too.

The one open world part of this that still feels too open to me is navigation. The game provides very limited options for navigation, requiring you to pause the game to memorize a full size map, multitask trying to read the expanded map that covers your screen while you drive, or trying to read the tiny minimap while you drive. What I'd really like is a Saint's Row: The Third-style GPS, but instead of picking a single endpoint and having the computer plot the route, draw the route you want to take. The road system is quite complex, so putting human intelligence to the task seems like the best option (and perhaps difficulty programming automatic routes may be a reason they weren't included).

The PC port is decent. It runs well enough, though it doesn't have much in the way of options. I do get hiccups sometimes and outright drops to single-digit FPS in the presence of fire. Some textures, such as the ground, will randomly flicker on and off sometimes. I do have to say though, I've never seen such nice looking tire smoke, and it doesn't even trash my wimpy little card like I'd expect.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
222.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
A reboot of the series rather than a true sequel, Driver SF brings something pretty much brand new to a driving/ racing game. It may not suit the series if you think of this game like its predecessors, but this installment of the Driver franchise has a much more lighter tone to it, therefore this new 'shift' feature fits in pretty well. 'Shift' allows you to jump from one vehicle to another that are cruising around on the streets of San Fran (this replaces 'on- foot'). If you get fed up of a car you're driving in, tap one button to shift out of the vehicle, float around the game world, choose a car that's driving about, then tap one button again to enter the vehicle. Simple. The game brings back the Hollywood film driving handling, allowing you to 'drift' or slide around corners in your favourite film car. Whether it be a classic Dodge Charger, Fiat 500, Nissan Skyline, or a Lamborghini I would say there's a car for everyone in this game, which there should be, since there's about 140 to choose from.

The story is about Detective 'John Tanner' once again, and takes place 6 months AFTER Driver 3. Jericho, also from Driver 3, is about to be sent to prison, yet he escapes in a prison van which he then uses as a weapon against Tanner causing a massive crash that sends Tanner in to a coma. The game, 99% of the time, is in Tanner's coma hence why you have this ability to shift and take over a persons body/ vehicle. The story is odd, but makes sense. In the real world Tanner is in a hospital bed, where a TV in is room is switched on and he can hear everything that is being said on the news about Jericho. So, in Tanner's coma dream he is trying to track down Jericho in a made up San Fran world.

There are main story missions that can range from finding info about Jericho, to chases and to learning about shift. Then there's side missions/ activities/ challenges, which there are a lot of. This could range from races, chases, smashing cars, or doing awesome stunts and jumps. There are also movie challenges which are based on classic car films, like Bullit for example. There is also free- drive which you can do pretty much at any point in the game, missions are found driving around in free drive.

Things I like:
The range of missions/ activites- chases, races, etc
The cars- A nice range of vehciles. Whether it be muscle, sports, super. (Even buses and trucks etc)
In- car cam- Nice details and steering movements, one of the best I've seen in a driving game.
Free roam or free drive- Means you can just mess about in your favourite car, causing cop chases and chaos!
Graphics- The graphics aren't too bad for it's time, they're much better on the cars rather than the San Fran itself.
Multiplayer- Both split screen & online are good, but good luck finding people who play on it.
Film director- It's a bit basic, but it just about does the job to take a look back at a cool crash or chase you just did.

Things I don't like:
AI- Suffers some bad rubber banding, sometimes they'll destroy you, then the next they will be nice as pie.
Customisation on cars- Can't choose what colour you want from the garage, it chooses for you! Also, boost is something the game makes you have and they put it on the steering control, so I advise changing control options.
Story- It's a bit weak, it works in the game, but it's just too short.
HUD- Things flashing up on screen quite often and they don't let you have the option to turn any of it off.

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I've had this game for a while and completed it a couple of times.
Well worth a buy.

Good arcadey physics make the game really fun as well as diverse mechanics, such as the shift mechanic, which allows players to use any car they want makes the game seem as so the player is completely free within the game, great cinematics, graphics, of which I would not usually be arsed about, but in this game they are good and run on worse computers, amazing soundtrack, voice acting; one problem, the Uplay combo, but after making an account, the game basically comes on immediately.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Let me put you in my position here:

So I played Driver for a while, I was liking it too, but one day I got stuck on a required mission, so I left it for a while. So one new and much more powerful PC later and I install it there. But when I decide to play it, it has to download about three Uplay patches. After all those I have to remember my Uplay account I made specifically for this game, which I did and I put it in. It starts to log me in and then... Windows notifies me that "UPlay Launcher has stopped working." So great. I WAS having fun with the game, but now it's essentially a brick sitting in my Steam library. My recommendation? I'm not sure how many people have this bug, but it's more than me. So, decide if you want to risk having a broken game, but have a pretty fun one if it works.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
steam gives you the ronge ubisoft lancher you need to uninstall the one steam gives you and reinstall the right one which you need to find on the internet and after that you need to put in a ativation coad which you find by right clicking on the game in your steam library but the thing is you need to redownload it from ubisoft and that takes 3 hours to download all 7.9 gbs, and i like the game but i dont like it how i have to lanch it from the ubisoft instead of steam.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
As i was setting up the game (have not even gotten to play yet) there is a non stop issue with Uplay. Absolutely horrible that i spent money on a game that I dont even get to open. Thouroughly dissapointed and recommend no one buys this game and gets ripped off like i have.:/
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
absolutely useless game. I just bought it and I can not access it at all./ I keep getting told that soemone else is playing my game and I am asked for the registration key every time. What a ripoff. Completely ♥♥♥♥ing useless. And since I bought the game on steam but I get redirected to another company??? what is that about. Whjat a waste of time. What frustration.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
I heard it's a great game, but when ever I try to play it...i login to uplay then it says uplay has stopped working.
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18 of 33 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Didn't even get to play the game, turns out Udon'tPlay with Uplay. Waste of money
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19 of 35 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I've heard great things about this game, I imagine it would be pretty fun to play.

Now if only I could actually play it.
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19 of 35 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Would I reccomend this game? No I wouldn't don't get me wrong the game is fantastic I had it on xbox 360 and it was loads of fun but now as I type this I see one fatal flaw with the game. F**KING uplay! Do not buy this game ladies and getlemen it is a waste of money and time. If you wish to blame someone blame uplay for there horrible service
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Best racing game I ever played. Over 10 hours' story, excellent and fascinating. You try to be hero? Yeah, for a while and it's in dream, back to reality, take down those bichs, this is real hero's exist. Hundred side missions, challenges offer you to play during story or after it. Over 140 vehicles to use, drive whatever you want, and more secret cars to quest.
It produced in 2011 but still fun to play in 2014, only thing sad is nobody play it anymore, we need bring it back.
Graphic/animation: 10/10
Story: 10/10( Never seen a racing game has such a great story)
Ubi always sell good games but lack of service.
Final: 10/10....Best racing game ever, worth for 19.99, even 29.99
Sound: 10/10, soundtrack is awesome
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
As a fan of the original Driver, I was quite apprehensive towards Driver: San Francisco when I first heard about it. I had seen the "shift" mode and thought it was ridiculous. The last Driver game I had played was Driver 2, and you were able to get out of the car which I felt undermined the classic 70s car chase feel the original Driver had. This is where Driver: San Francisco surprised me. It brought that feel back in a modern setting, still allowing the player to switch vehicles without any "on foot" portions. It doesn't take itself too seriously either, and the shift mechanic is routinely used as a vehicle for some comedy. This becomes the most apparent near the beginning of the game where Tanner has to prove to his ability to his partner by taking control of a jerk driver and doing stunts in his vehicle. The story is average and I didn't pay much attention to it, to be honest. But the driving is solid, not too arcadey. All the vehicles have cockpit views as well, which was a plus for me. The game really plays to lovers of car chase movies, as there is are missions to unlock based on car chases in movies. Movies such as 'The Cannonball Run', 'Bullitt', 'Gone in 60 Seconds', and the movie that inspired the original Driver, 'The Driver'. Many of these missions will also try to recreate the traffic and police of the movie's era, which is a nice touch. Also, try taking the DeLorean to 88.

Would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of cars and car chases.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Having been a fan of the Driver series and played them all in which I rather enjoyed it, Driver San Francisco is a definite return to form though. The game is all about driving, just like the first game and that's exactly how it should be. You can no longer get out of your vehicle and run around on foot and considering that I did like that part of the game as well, this is a good thing though. Instead you can just zoom the camera out to a bird’s eye view of the city and select a new vehicle to shift into. The whole story behind this is ridiculous but at the same time entertaining. I found myself being drawn into this game from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
290.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
May i recommend that if you want some crazy ♥♥♥♥ and some cool racing, then you should get Driver San Francisco. It will blow your mind on how great this game is.
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