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The Good Parts
Wheelman includes seven different types of side missions for you to enjoy, each with 15 engaging and totally satisfying individual missions for you to undertake that keep the adrenalin flowing and the energy hyped.
Wheelman keeps the action going and adrenalin pumping by throwing you into one high-energy setpiece after another. The explosive thrills combined with non-stop action will have you yelling and laughing throughout the adventure.
Wheelman seamlessly combines a package of tried and true open-world racing with summer blockbuster action movie fireworks to produce an immersive experience for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. It sets a pace and keeps it up through out the whole game, and even hypes up the already outstanding and entertaining level of action at times.
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The Lame Parts
Wheelman, despite being a well-designed video game overall, includes out-of-vehicle gun play that, while fun and engaging at times, is ultimately just an awkward but adequate combination of over-the-shoulder aiming, auto and free targeting.
The included side missions are fun and entertaining to play, and a fantastic addition to Wheelman, but you can safely ignore them without affecting the storyline or ultimate ending because the rewards included aren't crucial to your success.
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The Graphical Picture
The subway tunnel chase rocks the eyes with amazing particle effects, textures, and details included on the runaway train, goons on motorcycles, and the amazing look of the subway environment as it rushes by at fantastic speeds. All of the environments and atmosphere created in Wheelman put you in the moment with visual shine and are presented with amazing color, subtle shadows, and unique lighting effects to produce an amazing feel.
Movie productions are over the top visually and Wheelman follows in their footsteps as cars don't just crash, they vault into the air as a mass of smoke and fire, throwing their occupants onto the hard street like rag dolls. You launch into the air off of steps, complete with a cinematic camera angles and effects. The character animations are extremely smooth and fast as you swing from trains and fight off bad guys trying to take you out.
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Sounds in the Game
The Vin Diesel character's deep, drum-like voice took me back to space and the Chronicles of Riddick movies for a few moments when I first heard it. The voice actor did a nice job recreating the atmosphere and attitude of the original Riddick character's voice, with the same "I'm to cool a badass to care" attitude I loved.
The sound track had cinematic qualities that helped to create a nice pace for the gameplay and helped to keep it there or even hype it up more or less when necessary. High-energy tunes for the most part, with rock and techno tracks that showed signs of the high production values that all games should have
The explosive sounds of the crashes, gunfire, and car races rock your senses, adding wonderfully to the visual presentation to put you in the action and keep you there.
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You play the part of Milo Burik, a problem solver for three Barcelona gangs doing their particular brand of business with the common folk of Spain. You will spend your time doing odd missions that don't have any connection to the story line and others that do, making for a weird combination. Wheelman's open-world structure means driving is a necessity to get around and you spend a lot of your time behind the wheel, as the title suggests.
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Wheelman has moderately high playability with the included side missions, each with their own collection of objectives, and its open-world driving atmosphere and environment.
The special moves included with Wheelman are the real meat of this experience and I especially loved the fact that I could, with a timed button press, jump from my damaged car to the car in front of me, land on the roof and then kick the driver out and commandeer his vehicle in one swift and fun move.
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The Last Word
Hired muscle or lead foot, Wheelman includes gameplay and immersive elements that keep your adrenalin pumping and the action hyped throughout the experience. Midway certainly missed an opportunity to complete the Wheelman experience by not making the side missions more important to the story line, but despite this, Wheelman is definitely a game to be recommended for itsgame play and content. Vin Diesel is only a small time Wheelman on the crime syndicate pyramid, but he definitely provides us with an entertainment experience that is larger than life.