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!
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Release Date: Sep 27, 2011

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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:

THE TRUE CAR CHASE EXPERIENCE

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.
A RELENTLESS MANHUNT

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.
SHIFT

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!
A CAR CHASE PLAYGROUND

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.
MULTIPLAYER MAYHEM

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

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

Windows
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.
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stewrafa
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
♥♥♥♥
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Secen
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game is so atmospheric that I was hooked from the start.
GOTY
DO NOT MISS!!
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Sr.DarkX07
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Driver San Francisco is livin it's name. With a good story and good graphic even at the lowest settings!.
Well this game isn't for any 2005 ish computer or leptop but it manage to keep up with my 9 years old leptop.
And I'm getting 115 fps at the menu but sadly 15-20 fps. Sometimes in the trafic and or police chase its droping to 5-8 fps.
Still a good game with good graphic at the lowest setting. I rated this game 8/10. Keep up the good work :D
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jollyjelly
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
This game will simply not run, it will get to a menu with a code that i copy to clipboard, i will then press "play" and nothig will happen.
I have reinstalled it several times and checked in task manager to see if anything is happeing.

as far as the game is concerned i had it on xbox 360 a couple years back and loved it , that was my inspiration to buy it on steam , but it dosent work and i have passed my refund timer.
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Pywackett-Barchetta
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It pains me to say this, but I cannot recommend this game on PC. It's one of my absolute favorite games of all time, and I've sunk many hours into it on the Xbox 360 version; I can't name another game like it. The sensation of having the entire city at your disposal, taking down enemies by ramming buses into them, getting behind the wheel of a favorite car at the touch of a button, it's all unrivaled and absolutely amazing. It's a mix of just about every one of my favorite racing games all in one wonderfully cheesy 70's-esque package.

However, the PC version has given me far more trouble than it's worth. I successfully played through the story once, then switched it on and found all my progress was gone. My save file was also wiped. Turns out if Uplay can't connect and upload your cloud save whenever it is you shut the game off, it just uploads a blank file and eliminates all your progress. Okay, fine, I started keeping a backup. Then, on my second run, my Xbox One controller's vibration began just going full-tilt and the buttons unresponsive, forcing me to unplug it and close the game. This reoccured very, very often, and if your controller disconnects, it will not re-detect it, forcing you to close the game and restart every time.

Then the audio managed to blow out my headphones. And to add injury to insult, it deleted my save again, this time on the last chapter. This hurts me. I love, love, love this game, but in its current state, it is not workable. I want to recommend it, but only if you have the saintly patience to back up your savegames absolutely constantly and be ready to reboot the game over and over. (Deleting the intro videos helps on this front, at least.)
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The Cookie Drag0n™ (6)
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Unlike other users, I won't compare this to Grand Theft Auto or complain about it not working on a Mac. Instead, here's why you should consider this game despite the mixed reviews.

+The driving is pretty solid with a controller. It's a driving game, don't go using a KB+M.
+The SHIFT system is just plain badass. Losing a race? Just throw a bus at them.
+The story is very cliche, but hell it's fun to notice the gradual mentions.
+Some missions can be really difficult, but the only time I actually ended up mentally handicapped was when I forgot I could use SHIFT. So the difficulty curve is, so far, fair at 5 hours in.
+The game lasts about 9 hours, so it's got some meat to it without dragging on and on. There are a ton of stuff that could take you a solid 20 hours to do though, like stunts and dares.
+The cars look and sound bloody amazing. It's from 2011, but I had to make sure this game would run smoothly! Sure enough it does. Optimized well even for it's age.
+There are a few abilities you can unlock as you play through the game, and a few upgrades if you want to make things interesting.
+The garages are pretty neat, giving you the option to buy multiple garages to increase your income over time. You can buy new cars from lisenced manufacturers. Audi, Nissan, RUF, and Ford to name a few. Take your pick.
+The music is definitely good. Fitting given the atmosphere.

-Barriers. Trying to pass through them is fine and won't actually do any real harm, but you're locked out of areas of the city until you progress. Only takes a couple hours though, but it's still not a good thing.
-The story is locked behind a number of side missions most of the time, even though this is explained in the story early on it still feels like a poor development choice.

Overall I'd say it's a solid choice if you're a Wheelman like Tanner, but don't forget this is a DRIVING game. You won't be hopping out of your car any time soon. Not that it's a bad thing. Being behind the wheel is a much better place anyway.
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LIKEUCARE
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Once you've tasted the newer, better racing/action games, Driver San Francisco isn't relevant at all. Maybe back in 2011, the game was better received and I know I'm playing this game years after release however, the gameplay is simply not fun enough to keep playing. I'll elaborate in the CONS section and now focus on the positives of DSF.


PROS:
+The visuals are very good for the characters. Cutscenes are well done and almost believable.
+Cars models are well modelled. They almost look life-like and that is impressive for a 2011 game!
+San Francisco city is big and well modeled as well.
+Some users mentioned the game doesn't have a big car selection but I'd say 100 cars is decent enough!
+The SHIFT ability is the game's selling point. This gives you the possibility to "swap" into ANY other car in the road. If the new swapped car has a passenger, they still see you as the original driver and this can lead to humorous dialogues if you drive crazily or carelessly! Basically, SHIFT = TELEPORTER!
+3440 x 1440p and 21:9 support. Game do support that resolution but the screen looks enlarged. Maybe a scalling issue?


CONS:
-In Driver San Francisco, you are stuck in driving cars. You won't ever walk out of the car and do other type of action. A step backwards here!
-Game is plagued by invisible walls, disabling you if you cross those red walls and failing missions. Poor mechanic that requires you to progress further into the story. Basically, this isn't a genuine sandbox game!
-Controls are atrocious, especially for a recommended Keyboard+Mouse scheme. I gave a shot with the Xbox 1 controller and the accelerate RT button doesn't work properly. Thankfully I do have a Xbox 360 controller so I could play this game.
-Biggest gripe is the forced races of the secondary "missions". You HAVE to do them because you can't progress into the strory mode, everything is locked out. And that is a huge boring grinding fest... a shame! And these secondary missions are truly awful. A mindless grinding way for the "upgrade points".
-Poor A.I. Traffic ignores you, pedestrians always in the way and the game seemed scripted to spawn annoying cars or obstacles right in front of you when you least expect it.
(In exemple: When you are a driving a police car and put the siren, traffic doesn't even react to this and drives like @$$es they are... even raming into you. WTF? GTA had this resolved so long ago!)
-Seems to me that 50% of the missions you drive is with a mission-specific car. So you thought racing your way with that sweet new modded car? Forget it! Also, you cannot customize the mission-specific cars.
-TRULY AWFUL soundtrack selection. My ears are still bleeding from the complete noise selection the devs chose on this game. A real pity as Driver used to have good music!
-Story is quite uninspiring and even sounds like a repeat of past Driver games. Always chasing after that Charles Jericho for 4 times now!
-Tanner's original voice actor got replaced. WHY? Used to be Michael Madsen and now replaced by such an unoriginal voice actor, emotionless.



OVERALL:
Clearly, Ubisoft doesn't know how to make good racing games. The Crew was a pathetic attempt at bringing friends together but the DLC overpowered the progression system. Driver series used to be decent, challenging and better thought out but Driver San Francisco undermine pretty much the few PROS this game has.


RECOMMENDATION:
ONLY IF YOU'RE A DIE HARD DRIVER FAN!
Or if you have played all racing games there is and haven't gave this one a shot yet!
For others, skip ahead and play something better like probably any Need for Speed EA games who does it way better than Ubisoft at racing games! (I'm not pro-EA in any way but clearly, they do make better racing games than many other studios!).
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aoheochaidh CSGOBIRD.COM
( 23.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
do you like cars, do you like breaking cars and do you like cars from 1900+ well this is the game for you ps. couldn't think of a third thing
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shotalot
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Will not run, off or online. uplay and game crash. brand new top line imac. don't bother
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Merciless209
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
BROKEN as all fick game. Gotta manually get ubisoft launcher. Update Uplay...google solution for game not working when pressing on play...Like thank you!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Having played nearly ALL of the Driver series since the first one in 1998. I do enjoy these sort of games and here is why I would recommend getting this game if you like driving games in general. Driver San Francisco is probably the best from the bunch that I have played as they have thrown in a lot of vehicles that we can play with or crash with. About 95% of the vehicles in the game are real life that are officially licensed from the brand owners such as Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo etc. However I am somewhat surprised that there is a lack of Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota cars and vehicles as that would have added a lot more variety into the list. But let's not forget that the game does have a total of 140 cars and vehicles in the game. So you may get to drive your favourite car in this game. However on the positive side, you DO get to drive a Lamborghini and the RUF (those are modified Porsche cars) and Pagani Zonda. The car models themselves do kind of match those from Gran Turismo 5 as the handling and physics feel quite realistic to me.

The storyline is quite interesting to me as with some of the missions. It involves using multiple vehicles to complete a scenario but I am not going to ruin it by saying anymore. So you will have to find out by playing the game or by watching a "Let's Play" on YouTube for example. But to round off my review here on a high note. Reflections Studios/Ubisoft Games have done a great job on making this segment of the driver series a very nice detailed and a fun game to play with plenty of challenges to suit most if not all players. Also there is side missions in the game that can be accessed via free roam that you can complete to access even more unlockable goodies to enjoy.

For the price. You do get good value and replay life in this game and also don't forget that this game does pop up in the Steam sales. So if you are into driving games. Then perhaps consider getting this one to add to your video games library.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
It pains me to say this, but I cannot recommend this game on PC. It's one of my absolute favorite games of all time, and I've sunk many hours into it on the Xbox 360 version; I can't name another game like it. The sensation of having the entire city at your disposal, taking down enemies by ramming buses into them, getting behind the wheel of a favorite car at the touch of a button, it's all unrivaled and absolutely amazing. It's a mix of just about every one of my favorite racing games all in one wonderfully cheesy 70's-esque package.

However, the PC version has given me far more trouble than it's worth. I successfully played through the story once, then switched it on and found all my progress was gone. My save file was also wiped. Turns out if Uplay can't connect and upload your cloud save whenever it is you shut the game off, it just uploads a blank file and eliminates all your progress. Okay, fine, I started keeping a backup. Then, on my second run, my Xbox One controller's vibration began just going full-tilt and the buttons unresponsive, forcing me to unplug it and close the game. This reoccured very, very often, and if your controller disconnects, it will not re-detect it, forcing you to close the game and restart every time.

Then the audio managed to blow out my headphones. And to add injury to insult, it deleted my save again, this time on the last chapter. This hurts me. I love, love, love this game, but in its current state, it is not workable. I want to recommend it, but only if you have the saintly patience to back up your savegames absolutely constantly and be ready to reboot the game over and over. (Deleting the intro videos helps on this front, at least.)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
This game will simply not run, it will get to a menu with a code that i copy to clipboard, i will then press "play" and nothig will happen.
I have reinstalled it several times and checked in task manager to see if anything is happeing.

as far as the game is concerned i had it on xbox 360 a couple years back and loved it , that was my inspiration to buy it on steam , but it dosent work and i have passed my refund timer.
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555 of 640 people (87%) found this review helpful
784 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Oh no, I'm about to crash
*switch cars
Oh look, someone crashed....
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171 of 180 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
People look at me like I'm crazy when they ask me what my favourite driving game is, and I say Driver: San Francisco. "Never heard of it", they tell me, "What's it about?". Well, it's a story-based driving game. "Intriguing", they say, "and you're playing as a criminal, I take it?". No, in fact you're a detective.

A detective in a coma. I know, I know, it's serious.

The most ignorant people usually walk away at this point, and never listen to my opinions again. Or are those the ones who stay to hear more? I can never tell. Anyway, there's a filtration.

Here's the great thing about Detective In A Coma: he can fly out of his own body into that of another driver, and take control of their car. What you do with it is up to you, and at the touch of a button you can fly back into your own car. You aren't restricted to the cars you can see, either; you can fly right up into the clouds and zoom out until the world is a virtual map, and choose cars to enter from the entire game world, zooming seamlessly down into the gameplay again. Yes, you've seen that in GTA V recently, but don't forget this game came out in 2011. And there are other abilities you'll gain later that I won't spoil now, but trust me - something FANTASTIC happens before the game's end, and you will never see anything like it in any driving game ever again.

Yes, this game is trashy and silly, but it's intentionally so. It's a spirited, madcap take on decades of buddy action movies. You should buy it. Maybe it'll become your favourite driving game too.
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126 of 130 people (97%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
This Review is more than likely how to get the game working from Uplay crashes. The Uplay downloading from steam is outdated, do not open the game after you finish downloading it. Do not think for once it is like Origin/EA Game giving away your CD Key to another friend because it will not work like that.

1. After downloading on steam, do not launch game!!

a. If you did install Uplay from Steam, uninstall it.

2. Download the latest Uplay from the original website.

https://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/

3. Launch the game from steam. Use the CD key on steam and activate it on your Uplay account.

Now you can launch the game from steam all you want.

This game works on Windows 8 completely fine.

Uplay has two singleplayer challenge content you can grab after gaining Uplay points.

"Tanners Day Off" and "San Franscico Challenge"

These challenges help your story mission by winning points to buy vehicles. They are worth grabbing. The other two is on your own. Not many people play multiplayer, so I suggest not to grab "SRT8 Police Car" as it is for multiplayer only.

Initiate Uplay Achievement -> Reach Multiplayer Rank 5

Tips: Doing first Tutorial mission for multiplayer will get you from Rank 0 to Rank 1.

This achievement you either have to play with a friend or play online with 1 other person. Getting to level 5 is very easy and within an hour or two. Multiplayer content doesn't cross over to singleplayer. So those who bought this game for single player don't have to worry other than this achievement for 20 Uplay point to unlock contents.

The actual review. This is a must grab for racing fans. It is a free roam driving game rather than a GTA like game. You cannot get out of your car. There are many racing in this game with a lot of Hot Pursuit chases. If you are a fan of "Need For Speed Hot Pursuit", you'll love this game. This game is what "Hot Pursuit" should have been like with a story mode.
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90 of 95 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
now that was a surprise ...
I think these first few hours were one of the best I've had in a game.
It was allready worth the price.
To elaborate:
- Extremely well guided at the beginning but you never feel forced. One of the few 'tutorials' ever that aren`t annoying
- I rolled my eyes at the first 2-3 'shifts' but it is actually totally forgivable and extremely well executed. It also adds to the very streamlined experience that seems to focus on the fun parts of a 'Driver' game. It also allows nice variety of perspectives and quests.
- I got a similar feeling from it like I had with the first driver game. Something that never happened again since then. Now, very little time into the game I already failed at a few challenges a couple of times like it did so often with the original one. However, it is not frustrating since you know what your mistakes were and you improve.

I decided to write the review already because I feel that I have gotten enough for my money in such short amount of time. I will play further of course but probably not update, since noby will give a ♥♥♥♥ about a review of an old game :D
Get it if you like nice driving games. I´m hard to impress in this genre. If you don´t usually play these, get it during a sale and give it a shot. cheers!
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96 of 108 people (89%) found this review helpful
128 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
> Reversed a tow truck into a police car
> Sirens went on until it realised resistance was futile
> Crashed my tow truck into another police car
> Four cops chasing me
> The involuntarily towed police car being blissfully unaware
> Escapes the police by driving at 85 mph against traffic
> Disconnects police car
> Police car drives happily away as if nothing happened
> Everything forgiven, my friend

10/10, would tow again
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85 of 97 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
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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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I've played Driver San Francisco on the Xbox 360 and PC (non-steam) for a very long time (and a long time back), and let me tell you: it's a brilliant game. The amount of shenanigans you can pull in free roam in single player alone is worth it alone, let alone the ♥♥♥♥ you can pull in multiplayer with friends!

Of course, this is an old game and while I'm not sure if it sold really well, people are not playing it as much anymore (online I mean, at least). On the 360 you can still fin a few people but so far on the PC version, no one.

The story is good, the SHIFT mechanism works great, lots of cars, a really nice and comfortably large map, graphics are good, soundtrack is really nice.

Really, buy it if you're a fan of racing games or the Driver series, this is a title that won't disappoint!
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