Driver: San Francisco


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The moment you know that Driver: San Francisco is a special game is when it asks you to finish first, second and third in the same single race. But, in truth, you'd probably already had a fair inkling of its greatness well before that point: you'd feel it in the precision drifts of your Dodge Challenger, or in the squat thud as you pound over one of the city's hills and land a graceful jump. Driver: San Francisco is a game that's incredibly easy to fall in love with.

Driver: San Francisco sales were

Driver: San Francisco sales were "better than planned"

Ubisoft outstrips its financial targets.

Sales of Driver: San Francisco were above Ubisoft's expectations, the publisher has announced.

Its latest quarterly financial report, out today, didn't provide further detail on exactly how many copies it has shifted.

It was also "especially pleased" with the release of Eric Chahi's downloadable god game From Dust.

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FeatureHow Bad is PC Piracy Really?

DRM or not to DRM, that is the question.

"Make no mistake," said SEGA this week, "if one quarter of the people that usually pirate [Football Manager] switch to purchasing Football Manager 2012, the sales of the game worldwide would more than double." That was the eye-opening statistic used to justify Football Manager 2012 requiring Steam to play. In other words, more than 80 per cent of people playing Football Manager are doing so with a pirated copy.

Online Pass nets EA $10-$15m

Revenues "haven't been dramatic".

Online Pass has generated $10-$15 million in revenue for EA since its 2010 launch - a total the company isn't particularly impressed with.

PC Driver: San Fran "wasn't held back"

Console code-base meant "natural delay".

That the PC version of Driver: San Francisco must wait for a 30th September release represents a "natural delay" - "it wasn't held back", developer Ubisoft Reflections told Eurogamer.

FeatureDriver: San Francisco's MOT

Martin Edmonson on reviews, decisions and the future.

Back in PlayStation 1 days, Driver was the height of gaming, a pioneer in the open world mission-based driving genre. And Newcastle-based developer Reflections was a power-house. But Driver 2 stalled and Driver 3 crashed. Driver: Parallel Lines was better.

Driver dev thinking about next-gen now

1080p 60fps should be a "mandate".

Driver: San Francisco developer Reflections is already thinking about creating a next-gen game engine, and wants 1080p, 60 frames-per-second games as a mandate from the next Xbox and PlayStation 4.

Driver dev defends Ubi DRM, online pass

PC piracy "utterly unbelievable".

Ubisoft has "every right" to use DRM to protect PC games from "utterly unbelievable" levels of piracy, Driver: San Francisco developer Ubisoft Reflections told Eurogamer.

Driver: San Francisco

Driver: San Francisco

Tanner the best.

Games are full of excuses, whether they're telling you that a terrorist strike has closed off half the city you're exploring or that swimming is a bad idea when you have electricity coursing through your veins. As excuses go though, Driver: San Francisco throws up one of the more outrageous.

You're John Tanner, undercover cop, wheelman and faded gaming icon, and after one high-speed altercation with your nemesis Jericho within the opening 10 minutes, you're also in a coma.

What that preposterous set-up excuses, however, is something quite brilliant. Drifting through the fog of San Francisco in the haze of a dream, Tanner can shift from car to car, possessing citizens in a mechanic that's as inspired as it is bizarre.

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Out This Week - 02/09/11

Driver! Bodycount! Mortal Kombat!

This week sees the return of a long-running racing series, pitted against the birth of a new shooter IP.

Notch wades into Ubisoft DRM debate

Always-on internet "encourages piracy".

Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has chimed in on the raging Ubisoft DRM row, describing the publisher's demands as "insane".

Ubisoft tweaks controversial Driver DRM

Always-on internet ditched, sort of.

Ubisoft has changed its DRM plans for Driver: San Francisco following fan outrage at the publisher's insistence that users maintain a persistent internet connection while playing.

Making Driver: San Francisco 60FPS

Reflections' virtual city and fixing bugs.

UK studio Reflections has explained its decision to make the single-player portion of Driver: San Francisco run at 60 frames per second and revealed the challenges doing so presented the development team.

EU PlayStation Store update 10th August

EU PlayStation Store update 10th August

Resistance 3 beta! El Shaddai, Driver demos!

PlayStation Plus subscribers are offered early access to the Resistance 3 beta test today. You'll have a seven day head start on the general public, who'll be invited in on 17th August.

For the general PS3 public today there are three worthy demos: Driver San Francisco, El Shaddai and madden NFL. Eurogamer's Japanese import El Shaddai review awarded a sky-scraping 9/10. Do try.

Full games today are Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Galaga Legions DX, Spelunker HD and, as we told you yesterday, the Spinter Cell HD Trilogy.

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Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Assassin's! Driver! Ghost Recon! Rayman!

This year's Eurogamer Expo will host a huge showing from developer Ubisoft, with some of the year's biggest titles such as Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco available to play on the show floor.

High-tech shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and beautiful platformer Rayman Origins will also be on show.

For racing fans Ubisoft is bringing World Rally, while those who prefer a boogie can try Just Dance Kinect.

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Ubisoft: DRM strategy is a "success"

Always-on internet sees off piracy.

Ubisoft's controversial DRM strategy that demands a persistent online connection for many of its PC titles has successfully reduced levels of piracy, the publisher has claimed.

Ubisoft Uplay Passport costs 7.99

Unlocks online play, bonus content.

Ubisoft has firmed up UK pricing for its online pass, the Uplay Passport. It costs 7.99 on PS3 and PC while Xbox 360 owners pay 800 Points (6.80).

Ubisoft confirms online pass

Ubisoft confirms online pass

Uplay Passport to cost $9.99.

As rumoured yesterday, Ubisoft has confirmed the impending arrival of an online pass for used copies of its games.

Dubbed the Uplay Passport, it will charge US gamers $9.99 for access to the online features of "many of Ubisoft's popular core games" when purchased second hand.

If you've bought the game new, you'll find a one-time use registration code included in the box to enable multiplayer modes and "exclusive bonus content".

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Driver: San Francisco release date

Driver: San Francisco release date

September launch for Ubisoft reboot.

Driver: San Francisco leaves the garage on 2nd September for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

That's a few days after its 30th August US launch.

First announced back in June last year, the game has been delayed a number of times. However, it seems we'll now finally get to see if Newcastle-based developer Ubisoft Reflections has successfully managed to revive the flagging franchise.

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When people associated with long-running video game series tell you, "We've made some real changes this time around," they generally mean that they've added a crouch button. When one of the Ubisoft Reflections team said that to me last year, however, they really weren't kidding.

Driver delayed for extra polish

Ubi sees it as first foothold in racing genre.

Driver: San Francisco's release date has been pushed back to ensure that the finished product is up to scratch, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed.

Ubisoft Eurogamer Expo line-up revealed

Driver! Creed Brotherhood! Rabbids!

The Ubisoft line-up for the Eurogamer Expo 2010 is in. The golden balls this year are Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Driver: San Francisco and Raving Rabbids Travel in Time.

Driver: San Francisco out this year

For PC/PS3/360. Plus separate Wii ver.

As you may have noticed when we posted a whopping hands-on preview of it last night, Ubisoft has officially unveiled Driver: San Francisco and said it will be out for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Q4 of this year.

Driver: San Francisco

Life on cars.

Driver used to be the game where you could get out of your car. Now it's the game where you can get out of your body. That said, you can't get out of your car anymore. Bloody life, eh?

New Driver to be shown at E3

Ubisoft also showing AC Brotherhood.

Ubisoft has confirmed that "the next iteration of the blockbuster franchise Driver" will be unveiled at E3 next month.