PC Gamer Presents

Format: PC

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Age Restrictions: 12+
26 April 2004

Assume the identity of undercover cop Tanner and sell your services as a driver-for-hire to the highest bidder in order to infiltrate a powerful crime ring. Screech through sun drenched Miami, speed over the hills of San Francisco, slide cross the rain drenched streets of Los Angeles or cause chaos in the hustle and bustle of New York...

Mastertronic's budget range of classic games under the PC Gamer Presents banner is a stroke of genius. Now you can purchase some of the best games of the last few years. Only games which received an 80+ score out of 100 in PC Gamer magazine are considered for this range - so you know the quality is going to be spot on. Not only that but at under £10 games have not been this cheap since the days of the 48K Spectrum.

Driver is a classic game. On it's initial release it was embraced by racing game fanatics as well as those who usually steered clear of automobile simulators. It was about as close to being in your own episode of The Sweeny as you race down busy streets or secluded back alleys, sending boxes flying as you go.

And when the mission is over you can sit back, relax, and relive those glorious handbrake turns while you wave goodbye to the cops again and again thanks to the 'film director' editing feature.

It's not as slick as you'll remember, but for its time it was cutting edge stuff. Now, on reflection, it's still damn entertaining. While on its original release it probably was worthy of 9 or even 10/10, it's dropped at least a point - mainly because Driver 2 was such an improvement. With Driv3r due out in June (2004), this might whet your appetite if you've never experienced this franchise previously.

Ray Thompson

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