History VideoGame / Driver

28th May '16 10:59:49 AM nombretomado
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Developed by Reflections Interactive and released in 1999, ''Driver'' pushed the PlayStation to its limits technologically, and proved to be a smash hit, anticipating the boom of WideOpenSandbox games that would emerge in the next console generation. So naturally, there was pressure for sequels. ''Driver 2'' went out the door the following year. It added curved roads[[note]]In the first game, every corner was at a 90-degree angle due to the limitations of the technology. While this was acceptable at intersections, this made turns on, say, bridges rather awkward.[[/note]], foreign cities (Havana and Rio de Janeiro, in addition to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and UsefulNotes/LasVegas), and clunky on-foot controls. A GameBoyAdvance version was released in 2002.

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Developed by Reflections Interactive and released in 1999, ''Driver'' pushed the PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation to its limits technologically, and proved to be a smash hit, anticipating the boom of WideOpenSandbox games that would emerge in the next console generation. So naturally, there was pressure for sequels. ''Driver 2'' went out the door the following year. It added curved roads[[note]]In the first game, every corner was at a 90-degree angle due to the limitations of the technology. While this was acceptable at intersections, this made turns on, say, bridges rather awkward.[[/note]], foreign cities (Havana and Rio de Janeiro, in addition to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and UsefulNotes/LasVegas), and clunky on-foot controls. A GameBoyAdvance version was released in 2002.



In 2011, Reflections (now Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Reflections) took another shot at the series with ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', the first game in the series for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and {{Xbox 360}}. Returning to the first three games' continuity and, like ''Parallel Lines'', taking place entirely in one city ([[CaptainObvious guess which one it is]]), ''San Francisco'' goes the supernatural[=/=]MindScrew route by taking place [[AllJustADream while Tanner is in a coma]]... and giving him "shifting" powers that allow him to [[MindControl possess other drivers on the road]].

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In 2011, Reflections (now Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Reflections) took another shot at the series with ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', the first game in the series for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and {{Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. Returning to the first three games' continuity and, like ''Parallel Lines'', taking place entirely in one city ([[CaptainObvious guess which one it is]]), ''San Francisco'' goes the supernatural[=/=]MindScrew route by taking place [[AllJustADream while Tanner is in a coma]]... and giving him "shifting" powers that allow him to [[MindControl possess other drivers on the road]].
26th Jan '16 10:37:18 AM MrLavisherMoot
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In 2004, ''[[Letters2Numbers Driv3r]]'', the series' debut on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, attempted to play catch-up with the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series by introducing gunplay and recruiting such voice talent as Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/VingRhames and Creator/MichelleRodriguez.

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In 2004, ''[[Letters2Numbers Driv3r]]'', Driv3r]]'' (pronounced ''Driver 3''), the series' debut on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, attempted to play catch-up with the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series by introducing gunplay and recruiting such voice talent as Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/VingRhames and Creator/MichelleRodriguez.
13th Dec '15 9:10:55 PM Josef5678
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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Jolting and bouncing your car hard enough will cause the hubcaps to fly off, and sitting stopped while turning the steering wheel will turn on the blinkers.
16th Nov '15 5:15:49 PM RisefromYourGrave
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In 2011, Reflections (now Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Reflections) took another shot at the series with ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', the first game in the series for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox360. Returning to the first three games' continuity and, like ''Parallel Lines'', taking place entirely in one city ([[CaptainObvious guess which one it is]]), ''San Francisco'' goes the supernatural[=/=]MindScrew route by taking place [[AllJustADream while Tanner is in a coma]]... and giving him "shifting" powers that allow him to [[MindControl possess other drivers on the road]].

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In 2011, Reflections (now Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Reflections) took another shot at the series with ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', the first game in the series for the PlayStation 3 UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and Xbox360.{{Xbox 360}}. Returning to the first three games' continuity and, like ''Parallel Lines'', taking place entirely in one city ([[CaptainObvious guess which one it is]]), ''San Francisco'' goes the supernatural[=/=]MindScrew route by taking place [[AllJustADream while Tanner is in a coma]]... and giving him "shifting" powers that allow him to [[MindControl possess other drivers on the road]].
16th Nov '15 5:15:02 PM RisefromYourGrave
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In 2004, ''[[Letters2Numbers Driv3r]]'', the series' debut on the PlayStation2 and {{Xbox}}, attempted to play catch-up with the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series by introducing gunplay and recruiting such voice talent as Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/VingRhames and Creator/MichelleRodriguez.

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In 2004, ''[[Letters2Numbers Driv3r]]'', the series' debut on the PlayStation2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and {{Xbox}}, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, attempted to play catch-up with the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series by introducing gunplay and recruiting such voice talent as Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/VingRhames and Creator/MichelleRodriguez.



A prequel, ''Driver 76'', was released the following year for the PlaystationPortable.

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A prequel, ''Driver 76'', was released the following year for the PlaystationPortable.
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The latest installation is ''Driver: Speedboat Paradise'', with only [[RecycledInSPACE boats instead of cars]] to play with and developed by former Creator/{{Gameloft}} staff.

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The latest installation is ''Driver: Speedboat Paradise'', with only [[RecycledInSPACE boats instead of cars]] to play with and developed by former Creator/{{Gameloft}} staff.
staff. Most recently, Reflections helped out with Ivory Tower with the development of ''VideoGame/TheCrew'', a racing MMO that was released in 2014.



** TheDragon: On his debut in 2, he's this to Solomon Caine.
*** [[spoiler: TheStarscream: Kills Caine in 3 for letting Tanner, an undercover cop, into the group and leading to Jericho's arrest.]]

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** TheDragon: On his debut in 2, ''2'', he's this to Solomon Caine.
*** [[spoiler: TheStarscream: [[spoiler:TheStarscream: Kills Caine in 3 ''3'' for letting Tanner, an undercover cop, into the group and leading to Jericho's arrest.]]
16th Nov '15 5:11:31 PM RisefromYourGrave
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Coinciding with ''San Francisco'''s release is ''Driver: Renegade'' for the Nintendo3DS. Set [[{{Interquel}} between the first two games]], the story begins with Tanner quitting the NYPD and striking out on his own as a VigilanteMan. Tanner is soon recruited by Senator Andrew Ballard to take down five of New York City's most notorious crime lords.

The latest installation is Driver Speedboat Paradise, with only [[RecycledInSPACE boats instead of cars]] to play with and developed by former Creator/Gameloft staff.

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Coinciding with ''San Francisco'''s release is ''Driver: Renegade'' for the Nintendo3DS.UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. Set [[{{Interquel}} between the first two games]], the story begins with Tanner quitting the NYPD and striking out on his own as a VigilanteMan. Tanner is soon recruited by Senator Andrew Ballard to take down five of New York City's most notorious crime lords.

The latest installation is Driver ''Driver: Speedboat Paradise, Paradise'', with only [[RecycledInSPACE boats instead of cars]] to play with and developed by former Creator/Gameloft Creator/{{Gameloft}} staff.
17th Sep '15 4:47:30 PM HighCrate
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* FiveBadBand: In ''Parallel Lines'':
** BigBad: [[spoiler:Corrigan]]
** TheDragon: [[spoiler:Ray]]
** TheBrute: [[spoiler:Bishop]]
** TheEvilGenius: [[spoiler:Candy]]
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler:The Mexican]] and [[spoiler:Slink]]

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* %%* FiveBadBand: In ''Parallel Lines'':
** BigBad: [[spoiler:Corrigan]]
** TheDragon: [[spoiler:Ray]]
** TheBrute: [[spoiler:Bishop]]
** TheEvilGenius: [[spoiler:Candy]]
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler:The Mexican]] and [[spoiler:Slink]]
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7th Sep '15 1:17:39 PM nombretomado
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Take the 3D open-world gameplay of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', put the player in the role of the police, set it in a [[TheSeventies '70s-esque]] RetroUniverse, and beat RockstarGames [[OlderThanTheyThink to the punch by two years]], and you have ''Driver: You Are the Wheelman''. In ''Driver'', you play as Tanner, an [[NewYorkCityCops NYPD detective]] who, due to [[BadassDriver his driving skills]], is sent undercover to investigate a criminal syndicate, taking him on a journey to UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and back to UsefulNotes/NewYork. The game was styled after '60s and '70s car chase films like ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' and ''Film/TheDriver'', to the point of including a "Director's Mode" that allows you to place cameras during replays to follow your action.

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Take the 3D open-world gameplay of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', put the player in the role of the police, set it in a [[TheSeventies '70s-esque]] RetroUniverse, and beat RockstarGames [[OlderThanTheyThink to the punch by two years]], and you have ''Driver: You Are the Wheelman''. In ''Driver'', you play as Tanner, an [[NewYorkCityCops NYPD detective]] who, due to [[BadassDriver his driving skills]], is sent undercover to investigate a criminal syndicate, taking him on a journey to UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and back to UsefulNotes/NewYork.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The game was styled after '60s and '70s car chase films like ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' and ''Film/TheDriver'', to the point of including a "Director's Mode" that allows you to place cameras during replays to follow your action.
23rd Aug '15 9:51:31 AM TheGreatKomodo
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* HarsherInHindsight: The Twin Towers are in the NY map of the first Driver.
23rd Aug '15 9:50:45 AM TheGreatKomodo
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* HarsherInHindsight: The Twin Towers are in the NY map of the first Driver.
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