Product Type: Ubisoft Xbox 360 games
Newest Review: ... kind of makes sense after seeing the tv promos for it is that Wheelman was also meant to be a film. All I can say is that I doubt many t... more
"AHM AH WHEEEEELMAN!"
The Wheelman (Xbox 360)
Member Name: hamm_sandwich
The Wheelman (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Vin Diesel is in it. If you like him you may be interested in this. Maybe
Disadvantages: Vin Diesel is in it. The closest i've come to being one of those pad throwing people
Whelman is an 'open world' game of driving cars and shooting at people that relies on Vin Diesel (what was he thinking!?! And I remember when he had too much integrity to do 2Fast2Furious!) to separate it from the crowd as driver for hire (or taxi driver as they're known here in the UK) Milo Burik. The setting is another area where the developers have looked out the window and realised they're treading on familiar territory and as a result we have Barcelona, or at least the Scottish developer's vision of Barcelona with a dashing of familiar landmarks in the right places.
Something I didn't know about the game but kind of makes sense after seeing the tv promos for it is that Wheelman was also meant to be a film. All I can say is that I doubt many tears were shed over that cancellation..
The slightly obvious comparison between Wheelman and Grand Theft Auto is on reflection rather unfair on the much more accomplished GTA and seems to be based solely between the links of driving and shooting in an open city.
For anyone familiar with this developing genre Wheelman is more Driver 2 than GTA and I don't mean that in a good way as I hated Driver 2. The connection here is the dreadful and rather unnecessary on foot sections. The driving does fare much better though.. At first... The ridiculously arcadey and throwabout handling of the vehicles is very fun at first and if isolated from the rest of the game things like the 'airjack' feature, where you jump from one moving car to another -bear with me- go beyond gimmicks and are genuinely interesting additions to the game type and a nice contrast to the more serious GTA.
The real problem arises in the context of the game's missions where the poor design of Wheelman can make it an incredibly frustrating experience. After a few misssions in the game it becomes clear that you're participating in an endurance test rather than doing genuine missions with many of these tests putting you in control of a vehicle and getting you to drive it from one side of the city to the other. The problem here is that your vehicle has a health bar and you're beset with unshakeable and respawning enemies in cars from the off. It becomes clear early on that shooting them does little to help because the numbers will quickly reappear and you'll only have just slowed yourself down.
Trial and error gaming, padding, difficulty spikes.. Whatever you want to call it, it's awful to play. This is a game which is a much more enjoyable watch than experience and there is some tongue in cheek fun to mbe had from watching Vin ham it up with his acting between missions but there's no escaping the reality that this is a sad swansong for Midway who've contributed so much to gaming for decades.
Summary: TRY BEFORE YOU BUY FOLKS!