Based on the Warner Bros’ movie starring Sylvester Stallone Burt Reynolds and Kip Pardue Driven places players at the start of the championship season of young hotshot Jimmy Bly and racing veteran Joe Tanto. Pitted against their rivals Beau Brandenburg and Max Manley players fight for survival in the dangerous yet seductive world of fast cars fame money and women.
Many aspects of the movie have been adapted to create a world where gamers can experience the thrill of open wheel racing through the eyes of the movie’s main characters. Players are able to test their driving talent through multiple racing modes which include: Arcade Story and Multiplayer. Hours of game playing are ensured as players are able to unlock additional drivers and tracks through success in the game’s story mode which features the vocal talents of both Sylvester Stallone and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ comedian Greg Proops.
The game contains a number of features taken from the film one of which is ‘being in the zone” where players are rewarded for flawless driving with improved handling and increased speed. Staying true to the movie the tremendous speeds involved (over 220mph) can lead to spectacular multi-vehicle crashes if the player loses concentration for even a split-second.
There are eight racing teams and twelve drivers to choose from each with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. The game also features a personality-led style of racing by placing the emphasis on the driver’s abilities rather than the cars a feature derived from Driven. This becomes particularly apparent when players are required to drive strategically in a co-operative style with one of the drivers fending off the rest of the racing pack to ensure their teammate’s success. Once the player has selected their team and driver they will then race over eight different tracks ranging from sunny ‘Angel’s Bay’ in California to the picturesque countryside of ‘Manley Park’ in England as well as the traffic ridden city streets of New York and Paris.
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