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Essays 31 October 2023, 08:43

author: Darius Matusiak

Heroes 3 and Online Frags - 10 Best Games of 1999

There may have been fewer games in 1999 starting cult series popular for decades to come, but there was certainly no shortage of timeless hits. Here's our subjective retro list of the top 10 games of 1999.

Driver

  1. Release date: June 25
  2. Developer: Reflections Interactive
  3. Genre: action game, racing game
  4. Platforms: PC Windows, PlayStation

At a time when GTA had Pac-Man's two-dimensional graphics and a top-down perspective, a game appeared on the market in which you drove cars around three large cities and took part in cinematic chases with the police. The cars were enormous, with bodies bending with such precision and realism that one can only dream of experiencing such damage today. Driver transferred chase scenes from the films: Bullitt, Smokey and the Bandit, The Blues Brothers, and many, many others to computers. The story of Tanner, a secret agent masquerading as a mafia driver, was probably the most cinematic experience that games offered at the time.

Driver also has one of the most memorable prologues. For some, it's because of the incredible atmosphere and idea, for others it's due to the high level of difficulty. Performing a few maneuvers in an empty but cramped parking lot was akin to a driving test that was a pleasure to repeat. The game proved to be a commercial hit, selling over a million copies in two months. Critics outdid each other in reviews - it was a dream come true for gamers and film fans. The game achieved a perfect balance between action and realism, combining great physics with arcade-style gameplay. Additionally, the graphics and sounds were amazing. Just pure joy!

  1. Driver in our encyclopedia

Darius Matusiak

Darius Matusiak

Graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism. He started writing about games in 2013 on his blog on gameplay.pl, from where he quickly moved to the Reviews and Editorials department of Gamepressure. Sometimes he also writes about movies and technology. A gamer since the heyday of Amiga. Always a fan of races, realistic simulators and military shooters, as well as games with an engaging plot or exceptional artistic style. In his free time, he teaches how to fly in modern combat fighter simulators on his own page called Szkola Latania. A huge fan of arranging his workstation in the "minimal desk setup" style, hardware novelties and cats.

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