Driver Renegade is the first and exclusive action driving game on Nintendo 3DS that lets you experience the intensity and brutality of urban car chases in 3D. Drive recklessly, perform jumps to fill your Rage bar and unleash devastating takedowns on your enemy cars!
After years of undercover work on the Force, John Tanner wants to take matters of crime in his own hands, regardless of what the Law dictates. In a corrupt New York City run by criminal mobs, Tanner saves Senator Ballard’s life. He needs help in leading a crusade against Crime. Tanner accepts to clean the city off the record, against the Senator’s protection.
Tanner becomes a renegade and must take out five kingpins: a drug dealer, a human-organs trafficker, a pimp, an arms dealer and an over-greedy trader. Helped by his few friends, with no badge to hold him back, Tanner wages his war against crime with his weapon of choice: his car!
Has anyone played this game? I recently picked it up for a stupid-low price and gave it a shot. I wasn't expected much since the reviews pretty much unanimously call it out as terrible. And honestly? They aren't wrong. The game ain't great. It's pretty bad. Yet...it may fall under the "so bad it's good" category. At least for me, lol.
The graphics aren't anything to write home about. Looks about average for a 3DS game that came out in 2011. There is a weird amount of "pop in" of buildings and other geometry when driving through the city, which was distracting at first. The car models do an okay job of looking like real-world vehicles, and the 3D is decent, too.
The writing is what really sells it for me. It's SO BAD. Like, literally terrible. I think I could write better dialogue and scenarios when I was in sixth grade. It's trying so hard to be "badass" and "hardcore" or whatever. F-bombs are getting dropped in the very first cutscenes, talk of drugs and sex and violence are just oozing out of every scene in the game. The one-liners from the main character are so deliciously cheesy it would make Duke Nukem blush. My favorite line is one that gets repeated maybe too often whenever you kill a bad guy: "Fragged! Goodbye forever, shit head!" So corny, but so satisfying.
To the game's credit, it does a better-than-expected realization of New York City, with real-life streets and structures, and the load times are nearly non-existant. There is plenty to do, with about 20 missions in the Story Mode, and (allegedly) about 70 races to complete in the Campaign Mode, which is basically just like a standard racing game. There is Local Multiplayer and StreetPass functions, but no online mode. Which is fine, since it's 2020 and I doubt anyone would be playing online anyway, haha.
The 3DS never got a Grand Theft Auto or Saint's Row game (even though one was originally announced?!) but Driver: Renegade shows the 3DS could (very technically) pull off a somewhat realistic, open-world 3D action game. Check it out if you can find it for cheap.
I adored the Driver games when they were first released, what was it the PS1? I really, really loved them. The series has gone a long way (in the wrong direction) but I will always have fond memories! :D