cherry to me boss
good to see the port has gone well in the graphics department,
taking full advantage of modern 3D accelerators through DirectX
it really shines. Everything from specula reflections to 32Bit
Rendering and real time lighting are supported in the buzzword
rich envy. Drive at night and headlights plough the streets
with a moody yet eerie silence and cars sparkle their red lights
when coming to a stop. If it rains the road is given a slightly
reflective tint which means lights dip realistically into the
tarmac and you get a real feeling of life out of the whole affair.
there being a lot of different locations later in the game,
I found them all to be a little too similar and once you have
been chased around one street, hill or bridge you tend to have
seen it all. Bar the occasional monument or out of place structure
here and there. To get the best you really need a card that
can render in 32Bit so you can see how clear the image quality
is, a TNT2 or G400 would do this game a lot of justice over
the likes of a 3Dfx based card. Not to forget the gritty and
well filmed cut scenes, sadly they can be a little boring.
is also almost fault less right down to the dirty and gritty
70's music that constantly impales your ears, but not in a mad
way. The quality is very high and it even supports DS3D / EAX
and A3Dv2 standards so you can really hear the city and streets
around you. Sadly the ambient sound seems to be seriously lacking,
you don't here people scream much if at all and the city itself
is actually pretty quite despite the odd echo from tunnels and
other cars as they trundle by. Did I forget to mention the cities
are as full of cars and pedestrians as they are in Midtown Madness?
Well they are (Take that how you will).
to those small gripes, good music/sound and supported formats
means driver is a winner, even if it does miss some of the depth
it could have had so easily from better ambience.
of the better Playstation ports I have seen, to be frank there
are only a few good Playstation games and it's nice to see one
of the good ones bite the PC bullet this time. Suffering from
a lack of ambient sound in the cities and people, slightly annoying
time limits, unrealistically insane cops and no Multiplayer
Driver unfortunately can't win out against Midtown Madness or
it is still fun, rarely repetitive and great to drive with realistic
car sounds and physics to boot. Lots of levels and a real 70's
feel (good or bad? You tell me) with HUGE Midtown Madness beating
city sizes and locations. Drivers good but it's not the best
thing to hit the PC in recent months, excellent if you're tired
of Midtown or GTA and want something similar but different.
Not good if you hate driving games with objectives and prefer
to concentrate on racing.
by Mark 'KILLZAT' Jackson
- 8 Sound - 8.5 Originality
- 8 (80%)