Driver: San Francisco - Click above to watch video after the jump

Get excited, kids. The Driver franchise is back with a new chapter, and this time the story takes the damage to San Francisco. Our good friends over at Joystiq got to spend a little time behind the controller of the game ahead of its launch. The storyline picks up after the conclusion of Driv3r, which means we're done playing around in the late '70s. Ubisoft Reflections has gone through the trouble of rendering a fair portion of down town, Marin County, East Bay and Treasure Island for our tormenting pleasure, though according to Joystiq, that's not the most interesting part of the gameplay.

Early in the action, our hero Tanner winds up in a coma and spends the rest of the story line haunting San Francisco and possessing random drivers to track down the infamous Jericho. Apparently players can snap up any vehicle they see simply by lining up a reticle and pressing a button. It sounds a little shaky to us, but that doesn't mean we won't light a few hours of our life on fire by flopping down on the couch with Driver: San Fracisco when it lands this August. Hit the jump for a video.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The cars look like they have bouncy suspensions, the tire-smoke is probably going to be excessive, the cars will probably be way too tail-happy, the plot will probably be pointless, and the city will probably be made with the streets steeper than what they really are in real SF. Just like the original game... Perfect
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. Its why I went by the screen name Tailhappy for so long. This game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a gamer and former owner of all 3 PS2 Driver games, plus Driver: Parallel Lines, I approve of this game, and will of course be buying it.
      Peter S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw an Olay commercial before watching this. Boy, AOL really knows their target audience, lmao. Back on topic, they actually got brand licenses this time around!?! Kinda rare for a gta-style game like this. Pretty cool. I just really hope it's not as buggy as the last few drivers (as in all of them, haha)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as there's still a burnout and accelerator buttons, I'm in. I don't care if it's slower, burnouts are better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow it was a great game when i was in college. Goodness I feel a little too dated to play it now. But I just might anyway haha.
      Nick Allain
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am 100% in favor of this. Seems like it could be a decent revival. Just please *forget* to revive the repetitive missions. I still remember driving around in the driver city doing my best obey traffic laws and catch some fuzz. Great times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The best driving game hands down. If only Driv3r (the 3rd) was less buggy, it would make the best game. I still love it, amazing balance between fun and realism. Driver Parallel lines was like a GTA clone with crappy physics, I hope Reflections get their game on and go back to realistic driving model and dump stupid GTA physics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You got to love the 1:10 min mark. Starsky and Hutch Torino appearance. Driver was a great series up until the last one. The first Driver hands down was the best before GTA took off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the 1st 'driver' is one of my fav games from my childhood along with 'cruzin world'. Driver 2 was solid as well. Then it ended. Driv3r was alright. I will deff be playing this one
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 4 Years Ago
      driver was no doubt an exciting game back then and I am sure it still is, specially with real cars roaming the city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait. From the trailer it looks like they stuck with the more realistic physics which is what made the first game so good. Licensed cars may help but their case but something about the animation of the characters still screams cartoon to me for some reason. Still looking forward to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, if it plays like the first Driver, I am in! If it plays like the later drivers, most of which were horrible, no thanks.
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