Sparks will fly in Driver San Francisco on PlayStation 3 – as well as wing mirrors, bumpers, front wings and, often, entire cars. Backwards. For detective John Tanner, his PS3 debut puts him on a full throttle collision course with a criminal mastermind in the ultimate car chase playground: San Francisco.
Drawing on classic Steve McQueen movie Bullitt – set in the same city and featuring one of cinema’s most enduring chase sequences – as well as a host of 1970s cop dramas for inspiration, Driver San Francisco feels so authentic you can almost smell the gasoline and burnt rubber.
Alleyways are filled with carelessly dumped cardboard boxes, discarded newspapers flutter in your wake, huge sideways drifts are showcased with grainy camera shots and all the while the sun casts its haze over the City by the Bay. All this would be nothing without the real stars, however, and with well over 100 legendary cars, the cast doesn’t disappoint.
Tanner’s own bright yellow, 1970 Dodge Challenger shares the road with Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes and several European supercars, including Maseratis and McLarens. There are nods to another motoring icon, too, with James Bond’s famous 1963 Aston Martin DB5 available as part of the Driver San Francisco Collector Edition, while the game’s sound effects were recorded at the home of 007, Pinewood Studios in England.
Each of these elements helps Driver San Francisco shift through the gears until the rev counter is in the red. Slip behind the wheel and floor it on PS3.