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  • Summary: Wheelman takes gamers on a white knuckle thrill ride that unfolds throughout the streets of Barcelona. Featuring car chases inspired by Hollywood's most famous action-sequences, Wheelman delivers powerful cinematic moments throughout the game's compelling storyline. Vin Diesel stars as an undercover agent and highly skilled driver who must infiltrate the Barcelona underworld to gather intelligence surrounding a covert heist. Posing as a driver-for-hire, he ends up caught in a crossfire of corruption and chaos while trying to stay one step ahead of local law enforcement and rival gangs. [Midway] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Wheelman is good, but far from outstanding. The PC-Version's controls are unintuitive and some graphical glitches and missing detail-settings are making it hard to recommend the PC-Version. Nevertheless: if you consider yourself a fan of the Transporter-Movies, the Driver-Series oder simply Vin Diesel: Wheelman is exactly your game!
  2. Though it’s fun at first due to the arcade steering, Wheelman quickly decelerates to a halt, because of the dull story and the imbalanced difficulty.
  3. Packed with high-speed chases, car combat (you can bump rivals into walls) and ridiculous explosions, the game's still far from perfect. Sloppy looking characters, excessive loading and average on-foot shooting keep it several steps behind the competition. As a rental, however, Wheelman offers some decent thrills.
  4. 62
    Unfortunately, while on paper it might have sounded like a Fast and Furious calibre idea, in reality Wheelman is barely a Pacifier.
  5. Carjacking is quick and fun, at least the first few times. After the first few missions, things feel awfully repetitive.
  6. “Never get out of the car”, the heroes of Interstate ’76 used to say. If the developers of Wheelman decided to follow this credo, they could have focused their efforts on turning lifeless Barcelona into a real city, instead of churning out boring TPS sequences. Or they could have made a menu for editing keyboard shortcuts. Or re-do boring side missions and build them into the story.
  7. It’s like an ironic mustache or mullet. Like having a Steven Segal DVD in your collection. You’ll never get any real use out of it. You just have it in with your other games to show you friends you have a sense of humor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    wealmin iz a gud gaim but i compleatid it ded fast bekuz am ded gud at it, de best prt abwt weelmin iz dat u cn be van diezel. e iz a dad gud aktor an e iz gud in iz muvie carled fast and futuruz 2 china town warz Expand
  2. MacM
    Apr 7, 2009
    The so called "official" reviews of this game have been so unfair to this title. The game offers massive over the top movie style action and it does so at a frantic pace. I think too many people have GTA4 in their minds when they look at another sandbox driving game, and I have played all the GTA's to death. I've also played Saints Row 2 on the Xbox360 and if I had to pick one out that gave me a boost of adrenaline during missions, the Wheelman so far (without completing it) wins it hands down. I am an 'older' gamer of 39 years, and in many games, if I fail a mission in a game that has taken 10-30 minutes to do I tend to put it down and come back to it the next time. Wheelman keeps me at my PC and I have incentive to complete them because they are so much fun. Add into the mix, an amazing Soundtrack that fits in perfectly with the action going on, and you will be impressed. Listen to gamers views, not these so called experts who write biased reviews in their magazines and websites. This game should easily have a few scores of 90+. A big thumb's up from me. Oh, and on a last note, I run a q6600cpu, an 8800gtx with 4gb ram. On Vista x64 running at 1680x1050, forcing 16xAF and 2xAA via control panel I achieve over 80fps average. The game has never crashed ONCE since installation, and it is the only game in the past 12 months I've bought where I can remember never having to scrounge around forums trying to find fixes. The game is extremely stable and optimized for PCs. Expand
  3. SarahL.
    Mar 31, 2009
    I don
  4. KarolinaM
    Apr 9, 2009
    It's one of those games where you can just jump in and have some fun driving and destroying everything around and go back to your daily life feeling satisfied and relaxed. It doesn't have the depth and complexity of GTA for sure but who cares? I don't think it's ever meant to be GTA, it's designed to be fun and it delivers! Expand
  5. CarlosD
    Apr 2, 2009
    Yeah...the people who are getting paid to review this game really got it wrong. This game has a variety of challenges you can do. The driving portion of the game is extremely fun air jacking just to boost your focus and use it to your advantage is a really great concept. This is truly the games strong point The thing that really holds this game back is the on foot combat. Also the side missions could've been been been tied into the story. But Wheelman delivers as a simply fun game the replay value isn't soo high but you will have fun with it i'm sure. Expand
  6. RaymondF
    Apr 17, 2009
    Fun game, but the pc version doesn't let you redefine the keyboard and mouse mappings, (it has different presets you can switch between)which is pretty bad, especially if you have a non standard keyboard like I do, buit the default mappings are mostly usuable. Graphics are not bad in 1920x1200, slightly above average quality for an Unreal Engine 3 games. This game would be a good buy when the price comes down. Expand
  7. Dec 26, 2011
    LOL. Just come here to see some guy making a bunch of accounts to raise the score. 0! The game was terrible. Just doesn't compare to much better games like Saints Row and GTA. Sorry. Expand

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