This was actually supposed to be a film but never made it beyond the cutting room floor. However clearly someone has seen that the idea had the potential to be successfully adopted on to a gaming format and here it is.
The game starts off with you playing as a character called Milo who comes out of retirement as a former driver to save a woman from his past. However in order to do so you will work undercover and undertake all sorts of driving missions for a number of criminals.
There is an element of working outside the car to but most of the action will take place with you driving in a bid to get away from the chasing chars and as such need to either outdrive them or add some less than gentle persuasion of your own such as ramming their cards or puling a 180 move in slow motion to fire back at your pursuers. As well as this you can propel yourself, by leaping from your moving vehicle onto the next one, this is known as airjacking, fun but a little daft.
You can also step outside the car which although it will give you more freedom also feels horribly like the worst parts of Driver. The motion of the character when he runs does not feel anything like realistic and seems very cartoony in it's execution
There is also a sense that the missions themselves seem quite pointless, disjointed and ultimately very tedious as there is a lot of variation and you seemingly seem transported from one location to another without anything really changing.
The game runs at quite a fast pace and the controls are responsive and easy to grasp but it feels less of a gaming experience and more of a way of killing time which disappointed greatly considering the build up and hype around this game.
Unfortunately things aren't much improved by the graphics either, because while they are crisp and clear, the city's landscapes barely seem to change with one street feeling and looking exactly the same as the last one. Considering the action takes place in Barelona there is little in the way of notable land marks and little in the way of activity.
This is why consoles can bad a reputation of a little killer and huge filler. Describing this game as filler is an understatement and while not completely horrid is certainly a title to stay from given it's current price.
Wheelman seemed like a game from the driver series on the play station 1 and 2. Driving around doing deliveries and occasionally getting out for a shoot out. Which in away makes it sound like GTA but nothing can compare to GTA. Wheelman was originally meant to be a film but for some reason it was scraped however with the game almost finished they decided to release it. With the movie having never taking off I had a strange feeling that this wouldn't baud well for the game....I was right.
Milo is in Barcelona looking for work. He's a driver and can get you or a package to where it ever you want....Fast. He's working as a get away driver for a woman pulling a bank job. He does it so well she hires him full time. You can tell that there will be a flame between them two from the start so I wont come be shocking to no there is. But Milo doesn't want to get caught up in that Milo wants to drive.
This game is supposed to play like a film that you can control. I found this quite ironic seeing as how it started off as a film. When driving flicking your right analog stick towards an enemy will bash them sending them flying. This sort of car melee looks pretty cool however its not very realistic and there seem to be no repercussions that effect your car. You can also spin 180 in a slow-motion move to shoot the enemies behind you. This seems good in till you realise that shooting at the window shield of a car with a pistol will some how make the car explode into loads of little pieces. I know they wanted to make a film spin off but even films aren't as unrealistic and as stupid as that. The missions soon get very boring and unlike GTA and driver there isn't a real mix in the things you will do or the difficulty of them. But surely things get better when you take it out side the car right? Wrong. Milo runs like his right leg is half the length of his left. If the fact it looks so stupid wasn't enough for Milo no he has to run really slow as well. All this just seem far to over the top and makes the game feel stupid and slow
The graphics are just below average however there is a lot of detail on the cars. The cars is where the detail stops. The people and buildings look pixelated and the animation and movements are terrible. The lighting is very good however with shine and movement of shadows done very well. The controls are of a good standard but seem to but just like the ones of driver.
Trying to make it play like a film was a good idea however it has been taken to far and the over the top moves seems slapstick and ruin what could have been an ok game.
This game is pretty poor, with hardly any explanations for anything that you can do. The graphics are quite good, it's fun in places but the animations are poor and the game gets repetitive very quickly. It's also hard in places meaning the casual gamer might become frustrating.
The game has quite a lot of depth, with an open world environment to explore after the game. The missions are also quite long, and the trophies involve a couple of play throughs if you miss then so the game is quite good value for money. However, the casual gamer might become quite frustrated trying to get these, and may become bored so it's not the best game for trophy lovers. On the other hand, the story mode is short, and you won't feel the need to play the many side missions as you have nothing to gain.
The graphics aren't the best on the PS3 system, but are passable. The textures and frame rate do suffer sometimes though. However, the animations are also very bad in places, with the conversations and animations on separate tracks.
The sound is good in places, with cheesy voice acting. However, it is very stereotypical and is just in the background as you progress through the game.
The controls are quite easy to learn, but very fiddly in places. The game isn't that hard, so anyone will be able to play but it does become quite frustrating towards the end, so it isn't for the most casual of gamers if you want to beat the game fully.
The game play can't recover the game, with some cool moves during the action scenes but nothing that new and interesting. The gun scenes are similar to the rest and you don't feel the fun like in other games, with nothing memorable.
Overall, the game isn't that bad. The graphics are poor, the game play is quite bad but fun in places and the game offers nothing new. I'd only buy it if in the bargain bin unless you are in need of a new game. It's a shame as it sounded really good, so get it on a rent.