Conclusion: If you’re willing to forgive the lack of story, the sub-par graphics and sheer silliness of it all, you’ll be rewarded with a hugely entertaining game that plays remarkably well, mustering a fair few hours of explosive driving action. All that’s left to do when you finish the game is to wait for the accompanying Wheelman movie. I wonder if they’ll remember to include a story in that?
Conclusion: Concept: A seamless blend of tried-and-true racing objectives and summer blockbuster action movie fireworks
Graphics: Vin Diesel's model is well done and the intensity of the crashes jumps off your screen
Sound: Vin is appropriately deep in timbre, and I'm glad that the other actors' accents seem to at least be genuine
Playability: The out-of-car gunplay is a hodgepodge that is adequate at best
Entertainment: Unlike most racing or action games, Wheelman keeps your hands...
Excerpt: Name: The Wheelman Genre: Driving, Action Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (Reviewed on PlayStation 3) The industry was shocked when The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay outperformed most other shooters of its time, considering it was developed by Starbreeze and newcomer Tigon Studios, founded by actor Vin Diesel. We soon learned that, apparently, Vin Diesel really likes video games.
Excerpt: Given Midway's heavily publicised financial problems and Wheelman's late shift to publisher Ubisoft, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a game to avoid. We certainly had our reservations, assuming it would be a mildly entertaining action romp that sat somewhere between Driv3r and GTA 4 - we didn't expect it to sit so close to GTA 4 in the enjoyment stakes.
Summary: Wheelman could have been an awesome action game. But there are too many problems that hold it back. Making a game frustrating does not ever equal fun. Having AI that rubber bands like no tomorrow does not equal fun. Getting t-boned out of nowhere by cars that will always be faster than you does not equal fun. For every moment in Wheelman that I enjoyed there was another moment sometimes more that absolutely infuriated me.
Summary: Just as The Chronicles of Riddick gave everyone plenty of reason to be skeptical before the game's original release, Wheelman overcomes the odds to prove that Vin Diesel isn't a gaming one-hit wonder. This breezy driving action title doesn't necessarily hit the high mark of Riddick's serious shooter, but it succeeds in different ways.
Excerpt: A case of better late than never, this review of The Wheelman comes embarrassingly late. So why bother doing it then, right? Well it is also highlights everything that is (was?) wrong with Midway as a publisher. Much like their once partner Acclaim, Midway is on the very verge of extinction, and while there were a few acceptable games in between the horde that was terrible, it's ultimately games like this one that killed Midway.
Conclusion: For a game based on the stunts and glitz of Hollywood, Wheelman is severely lacking in the thrills department, with it's unambitious premise and subpar execution. Wheelman - coming to a bargain bin near you.
Excerpt: skulks somewhere off in the dunes, powering out onto the strip at intervals to clobber civilian traffic. Rockstar's take up two lanes apiece, each car mashing its mirrored bodywork against the other in a gush of white-hot triple-A sparks. A little to the rear there's , cheerfully scorching figure-of-eight patterns into the tarmac, and ticking on the curb the battered but doughty With that calibre of machine jostling at the traffic lights, any driver behind the wheel of...
Excerpt: You'll have plenty of opportunities to go up against both gangsters and police as you tour Barcelona. Because Milo is a wheelman, many of the stages naturally involve a lot of interaction with other vehicles at high speeds. Besides leaping from ride to ride, you can stick to the one you currently have and use it like a battering ram.