Spring-boarding off one of the most ludicrous narrative hooks in gaming memory, Driver: San Francisco once again thrusts you into the role of series stalwart, Tanner, only this time you’re able to ‘shift’ in and out of his body and will and possess any and every other driver on the road.
What’s even more bemusing is that in settling on this bizarre mechanic that fuses tropes from the small screen classic, Quantum Leap, with the Hollywood car chase movie, developer Reflections has somehow managed to conjure up the best Driver sequel since the original turned the racing genre on its head back in 1999.
Packed with an eye-popping collection of cars including the monstrous Ford Shelby GT, stellar handling and a laundry list of savagely addictive mini games, including ferrying patients to hospital as an ambulance driver or tearing through the streets as a taxi driver, Driver: San Francisco is a spellbinding return to form for the once defunct franchise. Multiplayer is just as enjoyable, delivering the goods in blistering modes such as 'Tag' and 'Trailblazer', where the goal is to battle it out for a position behind the back of a DeLorean in a bid to follow in its slipstream. Welcome back, Tanner. Welcome back indeed.
Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson