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Driver Parallel Lines review

Dazed and confused


  • Faithfully recreates '70s New York
  • Car handling is decent
  • Impressive cutscenes


  • Shallow clone of GTA
  • Dated graphics
  • Controls are a mess

Parallel Lines is a massive improvement upon the execrable Driv3r. But then again, being run over by Carrot Top driving a steamroller would get the same praise.

The first thing that strikes us is that, unlike its predecessor, it works. The second is “How come Rockstar didn’t sue when this came out on consoles last year?” Not since the 360’s Saint’s Row has a more blatant moment-by-moment rip-off of Grand Theft Auto been seen. Every detail from how you pull drivers out of the cars you steal, to the plot and mission structure, is an attempted Xerox of GTA’s design. But like trying to photocopy a 3D object, the result is an empty, soulless clone.

More Info

DescriptionA time-hopping crime game that aims to outdo Grand Theft Auto by ramping up the high-speed stunt-driving action.
PlatformPS2, Xbox, PC, Wii
US censor ratingMature
Release date14 March 2006 (US), 17 March 2006 (UK)