It is due to this game that I can confidently say that Driver SF has rekindled my love for cars. As a child, I was obsessed with the bloody things. I knew all the models, had all they toys and I had my bedroom plastered with all things automobile. It is therefore not surprising that the first Playstation game I ever got was Driver. The first game was not only brilliant but revolutionary, setting the bench mark for driving games for many years too come. For years, very few games managed to match its simplistic, blistering high speed chases and mayhem; if any games came close it certainly wasn't the sequels. More than a decade later, we finally have a worthy succesor to the first game.
Driver SF is the one game you need for your racing fix. With the surprisingly well implemented Shift function, you can become the racer, the chaser or the casual Sunday driver. Right from the start, you can drive a crappy Dodge Neon or even a Ford GT! The function is not a gimmick, and becomes essential in the more harder chases, when you shift into oncoming traffic and head into your opponents.
Did I mention that this game is for car fanatics? Over 120 models are included, and about 80% come from the movies. You can drive Bullit's Mustang, the A-Team's GMC or even Marty McFly's DeLorean! (And yes, when you hit 88 mph in the DeLorean for the first time, something glorious happens!)
The game constantly pays homage to the movie and it's predecessors, with famous movie chases as a playable bonus and some surprises that where included in the first game.
If anything, the Shift function becomes a hindrance in the story, which becomes more and more ludricous as the story progresses. One reviewer called it a, "Carry On film directed by Christopher Nolan."
Well I wouldn't personally got that far, but I won't deny it's still great bloody fun!