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Stuntman (PlayStation 2)

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Written by  :  sbikerbud (10)
Written on  :  Jul 14, 2003
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Summary

good idea gone bad

The Good

The game is very similar to the classic DRIVER, cars handle in a similar way, graphics look very familiar etc. The stunts are very good and if you are a movie buff you can identify which films they are ripped from (or similar to). The 3 wheeled rickshaw chase across the roof tops is very reminiscent of the motorbike chase in a certain bond film. complete with a jump over a helicopter. The Idea behind the game, a movie stuntmans career is pure genius.

The Bad

As for the bad points, the graphics are not much cop for the PS2, especially when compared to GRAN TURISMO 3 for instance. The collision detection is a bit hit or miss (pardon the pun) on some objects. On some levels there is a noticable slowdown on the frame rate. The snowmobile chase level sometimes fails because the PS2 controlled driver gets stuck in the restaurant!!. The stunt arena whilst fun for 20min soon becomes boring and you cannot go back and play individual levels from the game. There is no FREE RIDE such as in the DRIVER series. I know this game is not supposed to be a replacement for DRIVER, but it loses so much of a good format without replacing it with anything to keep your interest. The most telling thing I can say is that I no longer play Stuntman, where as I still play Gran Turismo 3 and even take Driver and Driver 2 for a spin on occasion

The Bottom Line

A game that could have been SO much more but falls woefully short. If you are expecting DRIVER with stunts (how it was marketed) FORGET IT.