The latest game in the movie-inspired Driver series combines Crazy Taxis nosebleed-inducing thrills with Steve McQueen's Bullitt and emerges with a plot that's about as sensible as riding a pogo stick through a minefield. While blindfolded.
You play John Tanner - a cop whose nemesis leaves him in a coma after escaping captivity in an armored police van. It sounds a bit Life on Mars, but the events of the game take place within this unconscious state, with Tanner able to 'Shift' Quantum Leap-style between vehicles and temporarily inhabit the characters driving them.
Ah, the cars. That's what it's all about, right?
It's not called Driver for nothing. There are 120 fully-licensed vehicles that, if you're not careful, are also fully destructible. The in-car views are excellent: Tanner's body is visible at all times, and the model is unusually high-quality. It's satisfying to watch him reach for the hand brake, or to see his palm steering while pulling off evasive manoeuvres.
What, like 45° hill starts?
Quite. Over 200 miles of San Francisco's streets have been recreated, complete with trams to dodge and notable landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the super-twisty Lombard Street to watch out for. Parts of the city have been changed to make them more drive-able, but if you're familiar with San Fran you'll feel at home - except for the fact that you're driving fast
Apart from the main missions there are bonus tasks, 19 multiplayer modes and unlock-able set pieces inspired by some of Hollywood's best-known car chases.