Aside from being able to carjack unassuming drivers and run around the streets a bit, Driver 2, like the first game, is still all about being good behind the wheel of a car. For instance, when tailing another car, it's imperative that you pay close attention to the flow of traffic, as you could get caught at a stoplight and lose the other car, and you'll blow your cover if you get too close. Of course, knowing the streets of the cities you're cruising around helps quite a bit. Especially since the game's four locations - Chicago, Las Vegas, Havana (Cuba), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - have all been modeled after the real cities. The designers have even taken the flow of traffic of each city into consideration, which makes it particularly rough getting around the tight, crowded streets of Rio de Janeiro. The various cars you can drive in the game are also very realistic, and each vehicle reacts to sudden turns and even to damage as realistically as possible. Taking a high-speed hairpin turn down a busy Chicago street takes skill - skill that you can only learn after playing Driver 2 for some time. Fans of the original game will of course already be used to the game's physics and controls, since they are basically identical to those of the original Driver.
Visually, Driver 2 is a really good looking PlayStation game. The models used for the cars are extremely detailed, which makes it easy to tell exactly what make and model each car is. The textures used for the cities, cars, and other objects in the game look fairly detailed from afar, but once you get close they look a little rough. Unfortunately, Driver 2 suffers from a bit of slowdown and some pretty heavy pop-up on the horizon, although neither of these things really interferes with the gameplay. Fans of the original won't see many visual improvements between this and the first game, aside from the game's prerendered cinematic sequences, which look spectacular this time around.
As for the sound, Driver 2's soundtrack has been vastly improved over that of the original. Driver 2 features licensed blues and soul tracks that really help set the mood of the game's seedy atmosphere. The sound effects in the game are also quite authentic, including police sirens, sounds of the tires screeching, car crashes, voices - everything.
In the end, Driver 2 is a terrific game that fans of the original game will enjoy completely. The new ability to jump out of the car and run around in the environment really makes Driver 2 seem different than the original game. The game does have a steep learning curve, as you'll likely end up trying to complete a level several times before actually getting it down right. But if you're up for a challenge and enjoy racing games even a little, then you'll find that Driver 2 is an extraordinary game.