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Driven review
Driven off course

Summary:

THE GOOD:

"In The Zone" feature rewards good driving
Most tracks have good design

THE NEUTRAL:

Makes a good coaster.

THE BAD:

Cheating CPU
Method of unlocking stuff
Presentation

SUMMARY:

Driven is a game based upon the film of the same name. Can this game beat the curse that seems to damn almost all license games to wallow in rubbish?

Graphically is game is poor. Everything is so blurry all the time, it looks more like a first generation N64 game. The sounds are horrible too, with sone awful music tracks and some of the most unconvincing FX I've ever heard in a video game.

Of course, presentation only counts for some much. The true substance lies in the gameplay. How does it actually play? Not that well, actaully.

Things start off well, with the "In The Zone" feature rewarding good driving. Unfortuanately, that is the only good part of the racing.

It's immediately noticable that the computer cheats, but the method of cheating means that it is actually easier to beat the computer on the harder tracks than on the easy tracks.

This leads to the next problem. Like most games, a lot of the content is locked away and by completing certain criteria you can unlock that content. The problem is that unlocking anything in Driven is a chore, since you normally have to finish first in the tracks themselves to unlock anything.

Overall, a poor game. An example of how license games often turn out horribly wrong. There is no real reason to get this game, even at a budget price.

ALTERNATIVES:
Burnout (GC)
F Zero GX (GC)

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