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Despite its shortcomings, Wheelman will definitely please both casual and hardcore gamers, a definite own for any gamer.
Wheelman is a well-built game, but it’s not without a few hiccups. The out-of-vehicle gunplay – while nicely breaking up the driving segments – is an awkward, merely adequate combination of over-the-shoulder, auto, and free targeting. Furthermore, the side missions (see sidebar) are a great addition, but they are ultimately unnecessary since their rewards aren’t required to complete the story. Wheelman misses an opportunity to be more of a complete experience by not offering more of a symbiotic relationship between the story and the side missions.
Much like a lot of the leading mans films, Wheelman is brainless entertainment without any pesky delusions of grandeur to trip over. Yes the plot is daft and the action as unrealistic as it comes but crucially it's also, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyable. The on-foot sequences are an obvious weakness and the lack of any kind of multiplayer counts against it too but that aside Wheelman does what it says on the tin really well. Its bright and colourful brand of Hollywood summer blockbuster style gaming is great fun and the perfect antidote to the gritty realism found in so many other titles at the moment.
Sicuamente Wheelman non verrà ricordato negli annali come IL gioco d'azione a quattro ruote, sebbene cerchi di divertire dal primo all'ultimo bit. Appositamente creato per non avere la benchè minima storia sensata, il titolo prova e riesce a conferire adrenalina a secchi, azione pura e cinematografia d'autore. Lo stampo Hollywoodiano delle riprese, delle cutscene e degli eventi vi portano alla guida del vostro film d'azione, di quelli con musica rockettara, di quelli con delle esplosioni assurde, ricchi di slowmotion e di azioni impossibili stile Rambo contro l'esercito. Vin Diesel poi, nella sua carismatica presenza come Milo, il nostro driver, riesce a conferire uno spessore vitale e importante al titolo, che forse avrebbe perso un po' del suo buon proposito se fosse stato assente. Il doppiaggio infine è creato usando i veri doppiatori italiani, risulta sempre ben recitato e mai troppo imbarazzante.
Das Herzstück jedoch, das Missionsdesign, hat am meisten zu kämpfen und lässt zwischen anspornender Unterhaltung und frustrierendem Einheitsbrei keine Nuance aus. Das geht so weit, dass manche Aufgaben eher mit Glück als mit Geschick zu bewältigen sind – was die Motivation und den Spielspaß deutlich drückt. Im Gegenzug bieten die über 100 optionalen Nebenaufgaben nicht nur spielerische Abwechslung, sondern wurden dank freischaltbarer Verbesserungen sogar gut in die Kampagne eingebunden. Leider gibt es hier wie im gesamten Spiel eine Tendenz zu beobachten: Viele der eingebrachten Ideen sind gut, häufig sinnvoll umgesetzt, werden aber letztlich überstrapaziert und scheitern immer wieder an Inkonsequenzen. So schwankt Wheelman hinsichtlich des Unterhaltungswertes ständig zwischen explosiver Hochglanz-Action à la Michael Bay sowie eintönigen Steven Seagal- oder Van Damme-Filmchen von der Stange, die direkt auf DVD landen. Aber immerhin ist man weit vom Niveau eines Uwe Boll entfernt...
This game is actually a lot of fun while it lasts, but the missions soon begin to blend into one another and the side missions are just not that entertaining. The on foot sections of the game are frankly dire, but if you are after a few hours of fun you could do much worse than lose yourself in this.
There's plenty to like here, and it's definitely a surprise, it's just unfortunate the game is only carried with any strength by a single concept. But if you like car games, explosions, shortcuts and smashing stuff to bits, you'll definitely find something of value here, just don't go expecting a genre-defining piece of software. Oh, and it has Vin Diesel in it – that might make or break your decision depending on which of his movies you've seen ;)
So overall I'd suggest looking elsewhere if you wanted a driving game that was both fun and slightly realistic, but there is fun to be had in the game specially if you've never played driving games before, I'm sure there are also Vin Diesel fans that will enjoy his dulcet tones as well. The speed of the game is also part of it's limited appeal, since there's no real noticeable slowdown graphically, even in high-speed pursuits and battles. But I'm afraid that the whole package of Wheelman and admittedly without seeing the tie-in film first, has failed, possibly by putting the cart before the horse and not holding the game back as well as the film.
Manages somehow to keep its head above the water, but just barely, as it offers empty environments and dodgy animation with horrible on-foot shooting, but at least the driving is solid.
En dépit de réelles qualités au niveau des sensations de conduite et d’idées originales pour agrémenter le pilotage, Wheelman cumule trop de défauts pour prétendre au titre d’incontournable du genre. Réalisation à la truelle, scénario rédigé sous acide et gunfights soporifiques sont autant de tares qui plombent définitivement le jeu de Vin Diesel.
This could have been an inspired game, and it certainly contains some original touches and good ideas. However, just when it should be hitting top gear it is knocked back into neutral by inconsistencies and average execution. While it is worth a rental and a few hours of your time, Wheelman is ultimately a frustrating experience.
Wheelman offers plenty of movie-style thrills, although it's hamstrung by terrible on-foot gameplay.
Wheelman has some great ideas that are executed well, but a lot of the peripheral stuff is underwhelming.
"Wheelman" poderia ser um jogo de ação memorável se abraçasse seu conceito original e tentasse aperfeiçoá-lo ao máximo, criando situações mais originais e adversas para pilotagem, estimulando assim o improviso. O que acontece, no entanto, é a repetição de objetivos em lugares que logo se tornam banais e a introdução de missões a pé que atrapalham o ritmo da ação. Somados à falta de modos multiplayer e uma apresentação medíocre, não é bem o game que os fãs de Vin Diesel esperavam, ainda que ofereça momentos bem empolgantes em suas horas iniciais.
Wheelman is the game that will have you shaking your head at how nutty it is and how far they ask you to suspend your disbelief. In addition, it has an adrenaline and testosterone filled gameplay experience to keep you playing. For those reasons alone, it is worth a rental. You'll quickly discover the game runs out of tricks and you'll grow tired of the drudgery of plowing through missions. Just like any good adrenaline rush, you'll come crashing back down.
Overall Wheelman is a below average Grand Theft Auto clone. It is not the prettiest game in the world and some of the core mechanics of the game don't work very well. There is very little story and the A.I. can be pretty dumb. There are some good ideas here and it is a shame that they didn't get fully realized. If you are interested in this title be sure to rent it first.
Ultimately, through tedium and repetition, it's possible to complete the game in a short time-frame. Though the voice-acting is well done by not only Diesel but the background cast as well, and the character animation is fairly strong—albeit glossy and connected to their clothing—Wheelman borders on acceptable from a technical standpoint. There is a guise of replayability with over 150 side missions, spread across seven disciplines and that when done well apparently upgrade several skillsets, but the progress is only visible from a stats screen, and not in gameplay.
Wheelman’s problems are more than skin deep. The role you play in the game doesn’t matter, since it struggles to maintain your attention. Wheelman is a full-priced $60 dollar game that you can easily beat in a week; so the only highway on which this game cruises is named Robbery. The idea itself isn’t bad, but it’s the execution ends up road blocking it.