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Driver 2 has an unofficial PC port

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Our Jeremy Peel was only just complaining that the Driver series have gone AWOL, what with Driver: San Francisco delisted from Steam and the Ubisoft Reflections team providing car physics for Watch Dogs games instead of making their own. If you too miss the Driver games, here's a bit of good news for you. A group of fans are reverse engineering a free, open-source PC port of the 2000 PlayStation game Driver 2, and it runs at 60fps.

To get ReDriver 2 running you'll need to compile the most recent version of its code from GitHub and then copy over the DRIVER2 folder from the CD-ROM you definitely still own. Like the PC port of Mario 64, it's nice to see a console game preserved this way.

Driver 2 was the first game in the series to let you get out of your car and walk around a 3D world, beating Grand Theft Auto 3 to the punch by a year. It featured four cities you could roam around and turn into backdrops for chase sequences: Chicago, Havana, Rio de Janeiro, and Las Vegas. And, most importantly, it didn't open with a sequence designed to prevent kids from getting past it like the first game did.

Jody Macgregor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.