Driver: San Francisco: Die ersten Wertungen
Am 1. September 2011 erscheint Driver: San Fancisco für Xbox 360 und die PlayStation 3. Spieler am PC müssen hingegen noch bis zum 29. September warten.
Die ersten Reviews zum Spiel sind nun veröffentlicht worden und die Wertungen sind insgesamt recht gut ausgefallen. 4 der 5 Tester vergaben jeweils 8 Punkte (IGN, Eurogamer, Videogamer und OXM UK) von 10 erreichbaren, CVG bewertet das Spiel mit 8,5 Punkten sogar ein kleines bisschen besser.
It looks great, it's got a lot of personality, it tells an entertaining story and it's great fun to play. A few frustrating difficulty spikes and the story's rather premature ending are the only negatives.
Driver: San Francisco isn't quite the jolt that the arcade driving genre needs to stir it from its own particular coma, then, but it's an endearing and eccentric experience in itself. In Reflection's best work since the Driver series began, it's managed to tame the ridiculous and conjure something quite sublime.
Driver San Francisco could have been a one-trick pony, but it has managed to use that trick in a variety of clever and interesting ways, ensuring the driving gameplay never becomes tiresome or generic. Get over the slightly ludicrous coma explanation, and chances are you'll have a lot of fun with what Reflections has delivered. With a bit of imagination, the dev team takes the open-word driving genre to new heights.
So the story will get in the way at first - Reflections is obviously a bit nervous about introducing its zany Shift concept without narrative explanation - but, once you're behind the wheel, you'll realise that San Francisco is definitely a long-overdue return to form for the Driver series.
OXM UK: 8/10
It's a turbo-powered drifty racer with a loveably fractured premise and a world that's full of challenges and stunts. It's better than it has any right to be.