• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
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  1. 86
    One of the most refreshing action-racing hybrids to come along in a good while...gargantuan playability.
  2. An original game that some will undoubtedly love, but others won't enjoy at all because of its trial-and-error approach and high degree of difficulty.
  3. Game Informer
    The near Zen-like state that is required to pull off the scenes - and the adrenaline rush that goes along with it - is what makes Stuntman the great game it is. [July 2002, p.78]
  4. "Burnout" still holds the crown for most-realistic crashes, but Stuntman is the new champ of realistic body damage. Think you've seen a car get beat up before? Think again.
  5. The only drawbacks from this otherwise stellar title are the twitchy handling and the potential redundancy.
  6. 64
    A good idea, and I think that with the right implementation it could make for an excellent game. Bogged down with tedious, unpolished gameplay, weak graphics, and unimpressive presentation, Stuntman is not that game.
  7. Stuntman is purely about skilled, balletic driving. The redundancy of trying the same stunt over and over again is an exercise in tedium, yet the visual pay off is huge.
  8. 60
    While you’ve gotta love Stuntman’s originality and electrifying stunts, its high level of frustration and repetition will drive many gamers away. Far, far away.
  9. The control scheme and the dependency on rote memorization, not to mention the immense difficulty level diminishes the quality of the game.
  10. 60
    Stuntman's most noticeable flaw is the load time before a level, which takes upward of a minute whether you are playing it for the first time or restarting it.
  11. A combination of unreasonable learning curves, seemingly last-minute voiceovers and poor player gratification makes this title barely worth a rental.
  12. If the game were less suffocating, then perhaps I would give it a chance. You'll just get too frustrated with this game waiting (read: reloading) at your next chance to drive through a frustrating trial.
  13. Play Magazine
    This is a seriously cool yet frustrating game - and I now hate directors. [July 2002, p.82]
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Sure, the graphics, control and physics here are super-duper. It's just that the actual gameplay can get as repetitive as scrawling "I'm a stuntman!" a thousand times on a chalkboard. [August 2002, p.128]
  15. 70
    The somewhat frustrating part is that each scene, after completion, lasts about two minutes, yet takes an hour or so to complete, and while you feel a great sense of accomplishment in finishing each scene, watching the brief replays may make you ponder, "I spent an hour toiling at the controller for this!?"
  16. Think about it: How many other games out there can keep our collective attention for so long without even giving us anything as tangible as the thrill of completing a single level?
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    True, there is a sense of colossal achievement that results from completing a shoot...but I really don't think it should be such a painful experience to get there. [August 2002, p.106]
  18. An awesome achievement in originality for the gaming industry. Sure it has it’s frustrating points, but it’s not “bad game” frustrating, it’s more of a “hard game” frustrating.
  19. PSM Magazine
    Just even barely hitting anything and your car explodes into pieces. Put frankly, this just makes the game unnecessarily frustrating. [August 2002, p.21]
  20. Short game length, long load times, and high levels of frustration may regulate this game to a weekend rental.
  21. A rip roaring fun game, if you get over the massive frustration level, the immense difficulty, which naturally can't be adjusted, and the load times.
  22. I don’t imagine myself as a gaming whiz by any stretch, but I’m good enough to stay in the running most of the time, and when I started to crack the 20 retries, then 30… then 40… then 50… I stopped having fun and started hating the experience I was being subjected to.
  23. So annoying, yet so damn addictive. [Gamesmaster]
  24. netjak
    Mediocre, like Lee Majors.
  25. Stuntman has problems but it's unique and engrossing and definitely worth your time.
  26. What begins as an interesting premise quickly deteriorates into a largely annoying trip due to restrictions placed on a player's freedom and the developers artificially ramping up the difficulty by refusing to let players know what they are supposed to be doing before the film starts rolling.
  27. The frame rate isn't brilliant (though the physics model is), load times are long, and sometimes frustration will get the best of you. But rich environments, awesome music, and the game's sheer charm outshine all of that.
  28. This game did really well in all areas that a game could do well in. The only thing that kept it from getting it a perfect Seal of Excellence is the fact that there is a frustration involved in the game that will turn many people off to it.
  29. If you think the best parts of movies involve explosions, car chases, and death-defying leaps (is there anything else?), then this homage to Hollywood’s unsung lunatics is just the thing for you.
  30. GameNow
    It's friggen' hard...Gamers who relish a real challenge, though, will find Stuntman extremely satisfying...if they make it through the whole thing, that is. [August 2002, p.42]
  31. Reflections, the company that brought Driver to life, has come up with a next generation game that will stir your soul with that same love-hate relationship. Strap on your crash helmet and step into your firesuit.
  32. If the game had been more realistic, it actually would’ve been easier. No Stuntman will do some of these scenes and expect to survive...jumping onto and through a train? Nor would they do so many stunts in one take.
  33. Entertainment Weekly
    My advice: Wear a helmet while playing, because you'll be banging your head against the TV in frustration. [Summer 2002]
  34. This game is a lot of fun. Sometimes it can be frustrating if you get stuck for a while, but you can always fall back on the trusty arena and cause some damage there instead and the load times are horrific.
  35. 50
    I’m not kidding, nearly every facet of this game screams ‘PSONE!’, had Reflections not decided to include the excellent DVD add-ons, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one appear on the little gray box.
  36. If you're a gamer with a decent amount of patience and perseverance, Stuntman can definitely be a fun and rewarding experience. It's also rather different from just about any other game out there.
  37. 60
    Genuinely great idea, but incredibly frustrating.

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#76 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Jul 11, 2017
    A masterpiece. Great graphics, perfect driving for each car type, good sound, addicting game-play. Additionally, you will learn a lot ofA masterpiece. Great graphics, perfect driving for each car type, good sound, addicting game-play. Additionally, you will learn a lot of stuntman job, reflections did their homework here, seriously.
    Of course it is a tough game, recommended for: stuntman performers (?), driving games fans, adults with a PS2 console, gamers in general, or anyone but not-retarded people.
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  2. EdwardC.
    Jun 21, 2003
    Stuntman is a good game but there are serious issues. the difficulty is way to high,most of the time you'll do a stunt a good 60 times Stuntman is a good game but there are serious issues. the difficulty is way to high,most of the time you'll do a stunt a good 60 times brfore you finally get it right. this will lead to you just about punching yout TV and shooting tne disk itself. this game scored high because should you stick it out and beat this game it is very rewarding. Graphics aren't amazing but their not bad and the music during the stunts can ware on you for example about the 15th time of you trying to do a corkscrew jump on the second movie the hillbilly music has you crying. all in all i wouldn't recommend this to you if you are short tempered or get frustrated very easily renting it would probably be good for you however if you like a challenge go for it you will definitely get your money's worth. Full Review »
  3. ZiggyStardust
    Nov 11, 2002
    It's very disappointing overall. The stunts are sometimes very frustrating to pull because they involve many elements and are done It's very disappointing overall. The stunts are sometimes very frustrating to pull because they involve many elements and are done largely by trial and error. Full Review »