Originally posted by Symantecus:
When you spend 24 million dollars to procure the license of ANYTHING...you must have big plans in order to recoup those megabucks.
UBI didn't pay a million dolars, two million or even ten million dollars for the Driver francise, but a whopping TWENTY FOUR MILLION DOLLARS!
If you think that UBI is crazy, you don't know what UBI has planned for the Driver franchise.
HERE IS THE CATCH: For their $24,000,000 GAMBLE, are they willing to listen to the fans of the game or just go after GTA (which would be a big mistake), but with 24 big ones involved - Rockstar is shakin' in their boots! Or are they?
ABSOLUTELY! RockStar has placed fifth columnists, spies, slanderers, false witnesses and more in the gamers field to malign the Driver franchise. It it obvious that some reviewers have been overtly PAID OFF to give the Driver franchise bad press!
It's that gang-banger mentality, which is what the GTA series glorifies, and evidently a philosophy they also emulate.
If GTA is the CRIPS, then the DRIVER franchise is THE BLOODS! Driver is GTA's ONLY competition, though EA and others attempt a more sanitized version with their latest Kool-Aid racing games like Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
Either UBI or Atari or the developers have made a MAJOR, MAJOR error in DPL by removing it's HEART & SOUL, Hollywood Style RECORDABLE chase scenes. This feature has been what set the Driver series a part from the crowd, and was also it's original selling point - but it has been removed in DPL. Three words:
PUT IT BACK!
The game itself is quite a bit of fun and adrenaline pumping to play, CONTRARY TO THE GTA-OBSESSED and paid off press reviews and ILL-INFORMED reviewers (Quote: "Driver is the most blatant rip-off of GTA yet").
Driver was doing what GTA has more recently (almost, but not quite mastered) when GTA was a cheezy Nintendo top-down-scroller! Who's cloning who?
I own both GTA:SA and Driver 3 as well as Driver PL.
#1. Driver is more fun to play than GTA, plain and simple!
#2. Driver PL (PC) graphics slaughter GTA:SA
#3. Night & Day cycle does not exist in GTA
#4. Police are even more stupid in GTA (try running a red light in GTA. The cops just smile at you. Try that in DPL - LOL! Get ready to rumble!
#5. DPL and Driver 3 police DO have problems with AI, but so do the cops in GTA!
Gee, do we miss the foul mouth BUTT-UGLY hookers, pimps and gang-bangers of GTA so much that we gotta have our GTA:Nappy-Headed-Hoe fix or lie, cheat and steal to slander an EXTREMELY WELL CRAFTED GAME?
Sure Driver is not as blatantly foul mouthed and politically incorrect as GTA is, but it is still a much better game, and with a few tweaks...Rockstar is sweatin' bullets right now, knowing that UBI didn't spend 24 million bucks just to shelf the franchise! And so the CRIPS (GTA) slander, smear campaign against THE BLOODS (Driver) has begun.
I only hope that consumers are not so easily swayed by obviously tilted, slanted and FALSE reviews of an excellent game, with even bigger plans for expanding the gameplay to even greater heights!