Parents' Guide to

Driver: San Francisco

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Open world racer with mild adult themes and a novel twist.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+
Is it wrong of me too tell my ex-wife I don't want my 7 year old son playing this game? I don't think he should the age rating is 14 and up. .
age 13+

13 and up

Nothing cool in this damn game. Mild Violence(car crashes & accidents) Sexual Dialogues Bad Language(sh-t,a-s)

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (17):

It's hard to stand out in the crowded genre of open world driving games, but Driver: San Francisco does just that with its undeniably original "shift" ability, which promotes fast-paced play and creates some very unusual play scenarios, such as using multiple cars in a single chase. It also keeps players from wasting time finding new missions by allowing them to hover above the city to easily find cars with icons denoting a new activity. Gorgeous graphics -- particularly during in-game cinematic sequences -- are just the icing on top.

However, hardcore racing fans might find the action and driving physics to be a little too arcade-like, or unrealistic. Cars quickly recover from devastating crashes and can take turns at wildly high speeds. Plus, most of the city roads are a lot wider than they would be in reality, likely to help keep rookie players on the road rather than smashing into the buildings that line the streets. Still, anyone looking for some easily digestible racing action with a fun, novel twist probably won't be disappointed.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: September 6, 2011
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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