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Old 09-02-2013, 04:19
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Anyone remember playing this or purchased in the PS store?
With its gravity breaking crashes and cool sound track,, One of the first sandbox style games of this type with a first person view...Cetaintley paved the way for future GTA games
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:55
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While Driver certainly is a classic game I personally believe it had little influence over GTA as it made it's transition to 3D, in fact I'd say Driver was more influenced by the 2D GTA games than the other way around but I'm sure there were minor things that were borrowed from each other.

Back in the late 90's DMA Design (now Rockstar North) developed an open world 3D sandbox title called Body Harvest for N64 which predated Driver and was really the blueprint that GTA III was built upon. The missions and car jacking seen in Driver 2 was already a feature of the 2D GTA series and were working game mechanics in Body Harvest so it was only natural they would translate these across to GTA III. Reflections knew this and borrowed the mechanic in an effort to beat DMA to the punch. They done a fantastic job too, really pushing the PS1 hardware.

Something we can be proud of is the fact that both of these games are the result of UK development teams. I love both the series. Driver San Francisco is a total return to form too!
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Old 09-02-2013, 20:03
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I love this game.

I too think this game paved the way for GTA, however, in later years the game, especially Driver Parallel Lines seemed to copy GTA.
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Old 09-02-2013, 22:36
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Anyone remember the GBA version of Driver 2? It was pants to play but, technically, it was mighty impressive, squeezing a sorta kinda open 3D world onto a handheld.

I maintain that the franchise as a whole went down the toilet the moment they let you step out of the car. Clue's in the title, guys. The Stuntman franchise actually had a lot more promise in it after GTA came along and stole Driver's thunder. Sure, the first two games had their flaws but it was something fresh and, unlike latter day Driver installments, wouldn't have gotten lumped together with the dazzling array of GTA clones.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:43
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Driver 2 on psone was brilliant used to play with mates for hours.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:26
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Ahh Driver was fantasic fun, especially when set to Survival Mode on San Francisco
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:45
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I love the first one Fancy playing through it again now

I also really like Parallel Lines. It can be a bit frustrating as the police can be a bit OTT but I really enjoy it. Great soundtrack too.
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