Driver (1999) download PC
After completing two parts of the Destruction Derby series, Martin Edmondson and the Reflections Interactive team decided to create a car game that would go beyond the usual genre patterns. Inspired by such films as Driver (1978) directed by Walter Hill and the famous Bullit (1968) by Peter Yates, as well as the series Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979). Originally released for PlayStation, the game had a port for PCs and Macs within a few months, and was converted to other platforms over time.
The main character of the Driver is Tanner, an officer of the New York police, who under the guise of working out criminal syndicates. Using their outstanding driving skills, the officer performs the tasks assigned by the mafia bosses, gradually gaining their trust. The game takes place in four American cities: Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In addition, after the main campaign (or thanks to special codes), players can also unlock the British Newcastle, where the development studio is located. The representation of individual locations has little in common with the actual communication system, but in a few cases the characteristic architectural elements have been preserved.
The creators of the game put a lot of effort to make the scenes and tasks in the game associated with film prototypes, as exemplified by the mission "Training", which is a kind of a copy of the beginning of the film Driver. Cars in the game have been reproduced with great care and most of them are classic "muscle cars" from the 60s and 70s (e.g. Ford Mustang from 1967).
The tasks that Tanner must perform are quite varied – starting from transporting someone or something, through stopping a vehicle, intimidating a taxi passenger or losing a chase. Relatively large locations where you can move freely encourage fast and risky driving. The advantage of the game is the ability to record movies and watch repetitions of the action seen from the perspective of cameras located in different points of the cities. The driver was recognized by critics as the Best Race Game presented at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 1999.
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