Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Relive the greatest car chases in cinematic history

car.png

San Francisco: the City By The Bay. Home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and Lombard Street. And (no arguing permitted) the greatest location in the world for a car chase.

From Steve McQueen in Bullitt to Nicolas Cage tearing after Sean Connery in The Rock, its steep slopes have been used to iconic effect countless times. So if you were going to set a car-chase game in a real-life city, it’s the obvious choice.

Step forward (is “roll forward” more accurate?) Ubisoft’s Driver: San Francisco, the latest in the long-running, um, driving series. It picks up immediately after Atari’s Driv3r and the events of the game unfold within a Life On Mars-style coma — undercover cop John Tanner is injured trying to take down crime lord antagonist Charles Jericho, who has broken out of jail.

That allows for two things. One: the ‘what’s real/what isn’t?’ plot dynamic that served John Simm so well. And two: the Shift feature — an added fantasy ability to switch instantly from your car to any other in the city.

It aids the gameplay immeasurably, because if you wreck your vehicle you don’t have to stop, get out and then try to commandeer another car. The flow is barely interrupted at all, no matter how often you crash, but you do have to recharge the Shift meter through power slides, big jumps and driving into oncoming traffic.

We were given an exclusive play of the finished game, including single and multiplayer formats, and access to all its secrets. And we can now reveal its most thrilling feature: 13 chases all inspired by petrol-fuelled cinematic dust-ups.

The makers haven’t limited themselves to pursuits set in San Francisco, either. So you’ll have to deliver a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 over the Golden Gate Bridge before your deadline passes in one mission that apes the original Gone In 60 Seconds from 1974 (located in Los Angeles). Or evade a comically huge number of police cars in a reimagined Blues Brothers “mission from God” (transferred from Chicago).

And of course, the Steve McQueen classic hasn’t been overlooked, so you’ll soon be able to live out your King Of Cool fantasies for real. Albeit sitting alone, on your couch, with a bag of nachos.

Driver: San Francisco is released on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Mac on 2 September

Related

pacmiro.jpg

Gaming characters invade art

Arbiter.jpg

Best wingmen in gaming

Comments

More

Nintendo respond to touching thank you letter from a blind fan

"We want to keep making games that everyone can have fun playing"

by Matt Tate
24 May 2017

Nintendo have removed a gesture deemed to be offensive from Mario Kart

Up yours, Yoshi

by Matt Tate
18 May 2017

We really want someone to make this 8-bit Last Jedi game

The force is retro with this one

by Matt Tate
12 May 2017

A full version of 'The Sims' is finally coming to mobile

Shapalapa dang do kazoo, which is Simlish for "that's good isn't it!"

by Matt Tate
11 May 2017

There is a real Nintendo-Playstation and it works

No more arguing about which is better

by Gary Ogden
08 May 2017

5 video games to get excited about in May

Aliens, superheroes, arcade basketball and a friendly little fox. What more could you ask for?

by Matt Tate
04 May 2017

Call of Duty 4 remaster temporarily listed for standalone release

It was bound to happen eventually

by Matt Tate
02 May 2017

Nintendo unveils yet another handheld console, just for a laugh

Introducing the New Nintendo 2DS XL

by Matt Tate
28 Apr 2017

Here's everything you need to know about Call of Duty: WWII

Back to where it all began

by Matt Tate
27 Apr 2017

You can play the original Tomb Raider in your browser right now

Just one level at the moment, but it runs like a dream

by Matt Tate
26 Apr 2017