I think you're mistaking "massively successful" for "critically acclaimed" - the two aren't necessarily linked
I believe Driver 3 shifted a lot of units through retailers, so it probably was at least fairly successful from a commercial perspective.
My understanding is that the game was excellent in some ways, just utterly flawed due to a large number glaring gameplay issues and bugs. For that reason alone, I'm keeping an eye on the PC version. Hopefully, they'll be able to "make good" on the console version.