I used to think that Driv3r and D:PL was better than any GTA games from that era. After replaying both games again, I realized how wrong I was. Both games wanted to become more like GTA because the success R* gained on that time, but Atari failed miserably to grasp the core of Driver series. Plus, not to mention the buggy physics in Driv3r and bland story and gameplay in D:PL
Lucky Ubisoft learned from Atari's mistake... for a brief moment in 2011.
Driver PL is an okay game, the story is very good, Driv3r was the worst on the series so many bugs that you can't complete the game at the first try, story is meh.
Yes! GTA took over the scene because it was the only sand box game that has much to do in but for the story is bad that I think a six years kid written them.
Atari has a small budget now to make AAA games, they can't do another Test Drive, or a big release for Alone in the dark.
Ubi still copy/paste games and hive minds buy them, FC Primal is a good example.