The writing for Driver SF is crisp and sharp, it's got the whole feel of the Driver series to it but it's been pepped up for a modern audience. It still retains the mix of seriousness and humour that the first game was known for but manages to improve on the flavour as well. All in all, there's no really cheesy dialogue here and the game's story is well told through the various elements.Co-op Local
You can play a mix of modes from adversarial through to co-op modes locally with a friend through split-screen play. Such as Survival and Clean the Streets. The former sees you trying to escape the cops and remain undercover, the latter casts you in the role of the cops and you need to take down speeding cars.Multiplayer Online
You can play privately or with ranked matches across numerous competitive modes, there are no cooperative (like Local play) modes for you to play with friends, which is a shame. You can play with up to 8 people online and there are 19 modes to play through with Shift making these modes incredibly different and fun. Since the race can change drastically at any given moment if Shift has been enabled and the guy lagging behind can roar off into the lead or steal the ride you wanted to Shift into.
A full list of the modes can be located here: Driver Modes
It would be impossible to mention all of the modes in this review, so suffice it to say that the lag is minimal, the matchmaking is excellent and the multiplayer side of the game is packed with hours and hours of fun. It has its own levelling up system with specific unlocks and various powers that you can enjoy such as boost, and you can only Shift if you have enough of your power bar filled.
It's a very addictive experience and the servers are packed with players at the moment. Our favourite so far as been the cops/robbers Takedown mode that lets you have some insane fun and the Shift enabled checkpoint races. We also really liked the qualifying mechanics for the game that inject a spirit of competitiveness and sneaky backstabbing into the proceedings as well.
All in all it's great fun!Driver is back!
So there you have it. If you skipped to the end to see if we had something else to say about the game, buy it. Driver is back and it's never looked or handled better, with a definite reboot of the franchise feeling solid and well made. This is a game that oozes quality and polish and will remain a firm favourite for quite a while.
Remember: drive safe unless you're playing the game, then go nuts!