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Glad to see they got a dig back at GTA with that. Just a shame they didn't use the quality of the game to do it.

the only problem being, while the GTA guys are fucked as soon as they hit the water, it's almost impossible for Tanner to get back out again, all the ladders and stuff just seem to be for decoration :)

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Some interesting comments on the UKR board:

[i]"...all those brown envelopes from Infogrames."

"Brown envelopes don't happen. All you get is threatened with the sack for damaging ad revenues by pissing off advertisers. It's not exactly rock & roll."[/i]

Take with a pinch of salt, naturally, but it would certainly explain some of the anger towards all concerned with the game. "So what if it's a piece of shit? You have to give it a good score because if you don't, it will piss off some major advertisers. Say no, get sacked and we'll get someone else to do it." [i]If[/i] this is the case then 'Atari's' conduct has been shameful and has put a lot of people in very difficult positions. The averageness of the game and the £45 pricetag is bad enough but that would be the piss-flavoured icing on the shit-filled cake...

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Hey man, its really NOT that shit. Not that shit at all.

Well both reviews recorded on Gamerankings (PSM2 Magazine and Games Radar) give it 90%, seems pretty positive so far.

Regardless of the integrity of these critics, both are game specialists and I'm sure they can distinguish between a 90% worthy game and a shit game.

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Well both reviews recorded on Gamerankings (PSM2 Magazine and Games Radar) give it 90%, seems pretty positive so far.

Regardless of the integrity of these critics, both are game specialists and I'm sure they can distinguish between a 90% worthy game and a shit game.

8/10. Well done. :)

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Hmmm, who do I trust, a bunch of nerdy snobs who are stuck up their own arses and usualy talk shit about games or a bunch of  journalists who are highly qualified and have been employed to write based on their knowledge of video games.... it's a toughie....

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Well, Atari sure rolled out the big guns on this one. I was in town, and all stores have huge displays, big posters and cardboard stuff in the windows and Dixons is even throwing in free t-shirts. And it's on all demopods too.

I must say it doesn't look that bad though (the demo-mode doesn't at least, I didn't have a chance to play it).

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Yeh, the promotion is all over the place. I work at choices video and we are giving away a free game (terminator 3 xbox, F1 2002 PS2) if you preorder the game at 39.99. We are also printing an add for the game on all reciepts, have posters all over the shop and have big displays coming very soon. The worrying thing for atari is that customers haven't really been that interested in the game at all.

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Lets hope that's really the case.

.::: It's not, it's the first truly big seller at our shop this year. But I must say, a lot of buyers are actually 'informed' and know about it not being all it should. But they buy it regardles to fill in the gap 'till san Andreas.

Most who play the demopods are actually totally absorbed (<12 kids) or laughing at the 'things wrong with it' (16+). It is truly the most remarkable launch of a game in that respect.

Knowingly buying a mediocre title... :) Wow, we could learn a thing or two from that. :D

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.::: It's the non-finished look of it all, that puts me off most I guess. No polish whatsoever. Gauges are too plain. Texts, menu-interfaces and even the 'shooting tutorial' are spartan. There is no joy oozing out of the game itself, it's a product more than anything.

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The front cover of one of the PS2 mages - must be PSM2, I guess - promises 10 pages of coverage on "The game of the YEAR!!!" Driv3r...

I had a quick look at in Gamestation today. The frame rate was dropping on the opening attract sequence. Never a good sign. The textures also looked awful (there's a clip of being in a bot which just looks...urgh!). I wanted this to be good. Oh, and it's not for rental yet in any Blockbusters round these parts either... Hmm...

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well i'm going to be checking out the xbox version after the game tonight to unwind after a hard days work.

i hope it's alright though, maybe my expectations have been lowered so much that it's alright.

kind of like how people felt about the getaway. all the initial people who played it saw it for how shit it truely was but then the second wave had such low expectations it was good.

What's worse Enter The Matrix or Driv3r?

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well i'm going to be checking out the xbox version after the game tonight to unwind after a hard days work.

i hope it's alright though, maybe my expectations have been lowered so much that it's alright.

kind of like how people felt about the getaway. all the initial people who played it saw it for how shit it truely was but then the second wave had such low expectations it was good.

What's worse Enter The Matrix or Driv3r?

Driv3r, by a WIDE margin. That's how bad it is. No shit.

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What's worse Enter The Matrix or Driv3r?

I was just thinking about that as I was playing.

I actually managed to get to the end of ETM, even though it was appalling, but I can't see me going much further in this.

During any of the car chases if you so much as hit one lamp post you're fucked, and it doesn't help that the handling is broken and the outside camera view is so close to the car that you can't see.

Easily, easily worse than ATM.

Certainly alot better than GTA3 + VC

And this is just wrong. It really does look like a higher poly PS1 game, there's no life to it at all, which the GTA games has in buckets. Pedestrians shimmy to the side when you drive towards them, and they only seem to have one line.

The director mode seems pretty unwieldly as well, I've got no idea how to work it though.

I give this 99p out of £45.

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Well i got it now and my verdict, i like it alot. It still has the Driver feel to it, I played and finished PS1 versions of Driver 1 & 2 and i'm glad to say this 3rd series does pretty much make it the best of the series.

Graphics are very nice, detailed and smooth. There is pop-up but only when you really look for it, compared to previous Driver games its very subtle and minimal. The sensation of speed is good and the control of the vehicles are spot-on. The animation and movement of your main character (Tanner) is competent, you can jump out of the car like you could in True Crime. The use of bikes is very cool, and its even more intense and faster!

Also now you can swim and use speedboats, sure this gives it that GTA done it before feeling but the Driver series has always been about driving/racing, this addition of variety of vehicles etc was much needed to compete with its rivals.

The moves of Tanner are somewhat limited, he can jump but its kinder slow and also he can roll forwards, he cant roll sideways, which is a shame it would of been great addition in shootouts. He moves more realistically now compared to Driver 2's "constipated" moves dats for sure! hehe

The missions are nice and varied, the use of weapons is good, you control cross hair and can choose to move in 1st person mode for more accuracy when shooting.

The musical score and voice acting is definitely top stuff. Reflections' Driver series has always been about making it look and feel like a Hollywood movie, those classic mad car chase scenes, and with the Movie/Film Director mode in place this is the icing on the cake, i'ved saved and edited around 6 replays now, watching yourself crash into an oncoming cop car and being thrown in the air 50ft high, somersaulting and coming down on a policeman shooting at you is insanely satisfying to watch! And yes you can run over pedestrians and coppers! lol Plus as its the Xbox version, you have unltd space to save replays, well 50k blocks is hell of a lot in terms of PS2 mem cards!

No game is perfect, this has more good points than bad and at the end of the day it's playable and fun. This is the best series to date, if you enjoyed the previous series you'll enjoy this latest installment even more so!

8/10 - Xbox version

B)

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Well i got it now and my verdict, i like it alot. It still has the Driver feel to it, I played and finished PS1 versions of Driver 1 & 2 and i'm glad to say this 3rd series does pretty much make it the best of the series.

Graphics are very nice, detailed and smooth. There is pop-up but only when you really look for it, compared to previous Driver games its very subtle and minimal. The sensation of speed is good and the control of the vehicles are spot-on. The animation and movement of your main character (Tanner) is competent, you can jump out of the car like you could in True Crime. The use of bikes is very cool, and its even more intense and faster!

Also now you can swim and use speedboats, sure this gives it that GTA done it before feeling but the Driver series has always been about driving/racing, this addition of variety of vehicles etc was much needed to compete with its rivals.

The moves of Tanner are somewhat limited, he can jump but its kinder slow and also he can roll forwards, he cant roll sideways, which is a shame it would of been great addition in shootouts. He moves more realistically now compared to Driver 2's "constipated" moves dats for sure! hehe

The missions are nice and varied, the use of weapons is good, you control cross hair and can choose to move in 1st person mode for more accuracy when shooting.

The musical score and voice acting is definitely top stuff. Reflections' Driver series has always been about making it look and feel like a Hollywood movie, those classic mad car chase scenes, and with the Movie/Film Director mode in place this is the icing on the cake, i'ved saved and edited around 6 replays now, watching yourself crash into an oncoming cop car and being thrown in the air 50ft high, somersaulting and coming down on a policeman shooting at you is insanely satisfying to watch! And yes you can run over pedestrians and coppers! lol Plus as its the Xbox version, you have unltd space to save replays, well 50k blocks is hell of a lot in terms of PS2 mem cards!

No game is perfect, this has more good points than bad and at the end of the day it's playable and fun. This is the best series to date, if you enjoyed the previous series you'll enjoy this latest installment even more so!

8/10 - Xbox version

B)

The voice of the people who will put this to number one.

Someone's going to enjoy it.

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