New Driver takes off for factory

Atari's cross-era action racer pulls out of the developer's shop; game's soundtrack to feature tunes from 1970s and present day.

The Driver franchise, which has seen its share of highs and lows, is getting its fourth installment next week. Publisher Atari today announced that Driver: Parallel Lines has gone gold and will speed into stores on March 14 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game was developed by Reflections Interactive, the Atari internal studio that was behind the wheel of all games in the Driver franchise.

Parallel Lines will focus on driving, like the earlier games in the series. The game takes players in the way-back machine, all the way back to 1978. The lead character, TK, is an 18-year-old wheelman prodigy who gets the attention of all of New York City's criminal element. After many successful jobs, TK is eventually double-crossed and thrown in the slammer for 28 years. The game continues in 2006 when TK is back on the streets and seeking revenge on those who were responsible for his incarceration.

In addition to the multiple takes on NYC, its citizens, and cars over nearly 30 years, the game's soundtrack will feature songs from the present day and songs from the days of disco. New exclusive tracks from Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Paul Oakenfold will populate the airwaves, as will licensed tracks from Blondie, David Bowie, LCD Soundsystem, and TV on the Radio.

Driver: Parallel Lines is rated M for Mature and will retail for $39.99. Atari has also announced a PSP version of the game to be released in the future. For more on the console versions, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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44 comments
yaez
yaez

GTA`S GRAPHICS AREN`T THAT GOOD BUT IT`S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE GRAPHICS IT`S MORE ABOUT GAMEPLAY, STORYLINE AND, THE FREEDOM OF DOING WHAT U WANT IN THE GTA SERIES OF GAMES AND FROM THE DEMO THAT I HAVE THE GAMEPLAY IS THERE AND FROM WHAT I`VE SEEN OF THE STORY DEVELOPMENT DRIVER: PARALLEL LINE IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL GTA CLONE EVER AND I MEAN THAT FOREAL FOREAL !!!!

tescov_1999
tescov_1999

I am thinking this puppy is being pushed out...I hope not...I really liked the first 2 (although reflections really dropped the ball on releasing the second one, with out a computer version) and i hope im wrong, but im thinking Atari is going to try to get any money they can. As Janes Addiction would like to sing a`la 'Mountain song'..... "cash in now"

ndue
ndue

Driver: PL or The Godfather?

dawooten
dawooten

i love the series, cept 3; so far, this one sounds good

makdady304
makdady304

ahhh...driver is awesome and it was the game that made Playstation popular! driver 2 had a really cool 2-player too

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

I don't want to play another Driver OR GTA game personally. That whole thing has long since worn out it's welcome for me.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i hope this one is good, i loved 1 and 2 and three was just a huge let down.

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

they still making games for xbox and ps2 cmon whers the new gen games :/

Feniks9174
Feniks9174

Driver 2 sucked in ways that any vaccuum would be jealous of. The physics we're ridiculously unrealistic, the cars were unresponsive and ill-handling, the police AI was worse than any game I've ever seen. Still, to date, the only game that's been frustrating enough to make me break a controller.

DrKill09
DrKill09

[quote]whats up with you guys, before gta, driver was the the bomb on ps1,[/quote] Nobody here has any brains, huh? GTA 1 came out in 1997 on the pc. Driver didn't come out til 99. GTA still kicked Driver's ass back then, although the first Driver was good. Driv2r was the first nail in the coffin. Will Driv4r be the last?

Star2020
Star2020

this should be better than he last one.

jord121290
jord121290

Why is everyone saying that this is a rip-off of loads of other games. The Driver series was the first of its kind, if anything GTA and similar games are all rip-offs of driver.

Autolycus
Autolycus

We have a demo @ gamestop and from the demo its a DEFINITE GTA rip off. In fact its IDENTICAL to it. So if you like/love GTA(which is boring imo) you'll love Driver: PL Personally I think these games are boring as hell, but its probably the best clone I have seen to date.

fsales
fsales

I'm a big of the Driver series, and hopefuly this new title will be another great game

stovich
stovich

I still have last years EGM mag (with FFVll on the cover) with the Driver: PL story in it. After reading it for the ump-teenth time, I can say I'm actually looking forward to this one. Only about 20% of the missions will be on foot. Other than that, it says that it will be "primarily a four wheeled affair". Lots of extras going on besides the main missions, as well as environmental distractions from the NPCs. Here's to hoping.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

enough with this drivers series...

oh_its_on
oh_its_on

hope its lik driver 2 that game was the ebst ever!! driver 3 stucked and it says its going back to its old ways so should be good

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

if this game flops, atari will be near done for.

cypher50
cypher50

Why are so many here calling the Driver series a GTA clone? The original Driver was meant to recreate the feeling of being in old movie car chases...do you think a GTA clone would of produced a spinoff game like Stuntman? If this game has more of the "Stuntman" feel in it then trying to emulate GTA then it will be a winner.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

hmmm i have a feeling this game will not do good.

recvx_pagal
recvx_pagal

Man this game had to be better than GTA. I love both GTA and Driver series so if atari manages to get Driver series back on the track like previous part that we would have more great games to play. Some one said that Driver is a clone of GTA but he is wrong. driver was released way before gta and gta started it's fuly 3D enviormnt view while driver had "Fit" ghrafics from the begining.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

I hope its better than Driv3r

thekey
thekey

I don't know about this one.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

There are so many of these type of games, some much better than driver. By the looks of things, it is just trying to copy other games even more and isn't original enough.

dru26
dru26

Driver was out way before GTA.

Solarsonic7
Solarsonic7

If it's a game in which you can shoot people and drive cars, it's a GTA rip-off.

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

whats up with you guys, before gta, driver was the the bomb on ps1, and in some aspects, especailly cinematic style, it still is, if this one keeps its promise and focuses on the driving unlike the third, i am sure it will be pretty damn good

DrKill09
DrKill09

Driv4r can kiss my ass, imho.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

This is their last chance to turn around the Driver series, after the third installment.. millions of cute little bunnies died!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

newguy its not over even if it flops which it wont the 3rd one sold pretty good and they got driver 5 already in development for next gen

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

the 3rd game sucked badly. this one will probably suck just as much and it will sell worse.

thefjk
thefjk

I dont like driver.... I just wanna play more GTA!

kevin634
kevin634

it looks better than driv3r but the graphics look kinda crap still judging from the screenshots

ulrikz
ulrikz

Hope this one is good, if it is, then Driver might be back on it's feet again!

GtheMVP
GtheMVP

Should have been 360 made too....tsk tsk...:D

ShaunWoo
ShaunWoo

I loved the first Driver game, somewhat enjoyed the 2nd game, and I really didn't mind the 3rd one too much. And if you read the info above, they are going back to the older style, which means it can only get better...I hope!

trogdorchief01
trogdorchief01

Meh, none of the other Driver games were that good.

benifit0fadoubt
benifit0fadoubt

Didn't we learn somthing about driver from the 3rd driver. That somthing being that all GTA clones are destined to suck. Especialy being that the last one sucked?

newguy957
newguy957

If this one flops i gues its over.

darabonak
darabonak

lol, I guess after Driver 3 most people have abandoned the series...

enemyvillain
enemyvillain

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