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All Articles: Driver: San Francisco
It would be very easy to dismiss Driver: San Francisco as yet another failed attempt to revive a franchise that really hasn’t meant much to gaming since the days of the original PlayStation. Some might even say that making a new Driver game is a complete waste of time and resources, considering how tarnished the brand is. However, doing so might actually be a disservice to anyone who’s a fan of unique, open world driving games. If anything, Driver: SF does something that very few games do in the year 2011… it actually wants to be a video game. (more…)
My prayers to the French cinematic god Luc Besson have been answered. OK… maybe they haven’t, but Ubisoft is still happy to appease my desperate need to be The Transporter. Driver: San Francisco is out today in the UK! We here in the states still have to wait a few days, sadly. Check out this pulse-pounding launch trailer to see if you want to get in on the action.
The Driver franchise has struggled mightily in the years since its 1999 debut. While the original game was a bonafide PlayStation classic, the successors to that title have ranged from decent (see Driver: Parallel Lines) to atrocious (the infamous Driver 3, take a bow!). For 2011’s Driver: San Francisco, developer Reflections and new publisher Ubisoft are going back to basics — it’s a straight up open-world driving game with racing, chases, and… post-coma body shifting. There’s a lot of interesting ideas at hand here, and after spending time with the brand new demo, I’m very curious as to how the final product will turn out. This could be the fresh start the series has needed for over a decade. (more…)
Ubisoft’s Driver: San Francisco looks fantastic in this new multiplayer trailer. The trailer, called “Don’t Blink and Drive,” highlights all of the multiplayer modes in the game, which will be out on September 6 for DS, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. I can’t get that song out of my head now…
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations… Driver: San Francisco… Call of Juarez: The Cartel… Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier…
Ubisoft’s E3 2011 lineup is full of familiar faces from the company’s strong stable of franchises. But the publisher has also promised several “exclusive new announcements,” so there’s sure to be a few surprises next month. Maybe they’ll even announce the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2. But that’s just speculation at this point.
You can check out the full list of titles Ubisoft plans to bring to E3 right here:
- The Adventures of Tintin (TBA)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Driver: San Francisco (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
- From Dust (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Just Dance Next (TBA)
- MotionSports Adrenaline (Xbox 360)
- Raving Rabbids Next (TBA)
- Rayman Origins (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
- Rocksmith (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online (PC)
- TrackMania 2 Canyon (PC)
- Your Shape Next (TBA)
“Ubisoft has been delivering top-notch entertainment for 25 years, and we’re incredibly grateful for all of our fans,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “We plan for the upcoming years to be just as exciting and full of innovation, and the wide range of creative, fun and unique titles we’re demonstrating at E3 illustrate the stellar talent of our development teams and Ubisoft’s ongoing investment in delivering entertaining and innovative products to consumers.”
Ubisoft has announced that the next installment in the Driver series, Driver: San Francisco will be released August 30. The game is set to be released for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac. The Wii will get a slightly different game bearing the same name on the same date.
The game takes place several months after the events of Driver 3, and takes place inside Tanner’s coma-induced dream after his collision with Jericho. In this world Tanner has gained the ability to shift between other drivers on the fly. Unlike Driver 3, players will be limited to the car, as developer Ubisoft Reflections wish to return to Driver’s roots.
You might say its a “comeback” for the series, which is coincidentally the name of the new trailer you can view above.