Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Wheelman has enough explosive thrills that you’ll be yelling and laughing the whole time.
  2. 85
    Wheelman is a good game, with a bit more polish it might have been a great one. Having some good dialogue, a great soundtrack, and pretty cool premise helps distract from the pop-in that comes up every once in a while.
  3. 80
    Its arcadey addictiveness and cinematic style successfully lands it in a sweet spot right between those two genres, taking players for a ride that's totally on par with the summer movie excitement it emulates.
  4. Fun can be found in the simplest of things, and Wheelman nails car combat to the extent that it carries the whole game on its wheels. There are clear issues, with re-spawning enemy drivers causing a whole heap of hassle at times, and the aforementioned on-foot combat is forgettable at best, but for the most part you'll want to stay behind the wheel.
  5. 80
    The combination of a driving and a sandbox game, complete with new car moves, makes Wheelman a very nice game to play for many hours.
  6. A straight forward GTA clone with few new tricks. Biggest innovation is the fact, that you can blow up almost anything, anywhere, anytime. Explosions, you got to just love them.
  7. So, if you are looking for an action game with a heavy focus on vehicular combat, over-the-top driving sequences, and ridiculously unrealistic abilities, you should definitely check out Wheelman.
  8. 75
    If you're looking for just having some dumb fun driving in a big sprawling city, smashing and shooting every last thing in your way, then Wheelman is a great pick. However, it never even attempts to reinvent the wheel from any other free-roaming action-adventure.
  9. The collaboration between Vin Diesel’s software house and Midway has given birth to something original and exciting, with fast paced action and Hollywood blockbuster’s style as the best elements in the game. Longevity, around 15 hours, is another strong point in the production, making of this game a must have for all the free roaming action game lovers, who will find in Wheelman the right dose of adrenaline and cinematic action.
  10. 72
    Wheelman is a dark horse; way more fun than we’d anticipated, but nevertheless lacking in the final layer of sheen that we expect for the increasingly meaningful financial layout.
  11. 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.
  12. Wheelman is a relatively successful movie based game without a movie. It translates spectacular over-the-top cinematic racing action to an accessible game, set in the pleasant surroundings of Barcelona. Unfortunately its gameplay is so dumbed down that it lacks any challenge whatsoever, making Wheelman a decent – but flawed – snack that lies somewhere in-between GTA IV, Driver, and Burnout.
  13. The Wheelman promises high-octane action and it usually delivers; but the thrills are somewhat cheap and hollow.
  14. Despite the blatant and disappointing omission of a multiplayer component, we've had a good time; it's worth a rental at the very least.
  15. While it won’t win huge awards, The Wheelman remains a fun game to experience. The saddest part of all is that Midway’s economic problems have clearly hampered the development of the game. It feels unfinished, unpolished and compressed into its simplest form. When you go to the store to buy it or rent it, just don’t expect to be blown away and it won’t hurt your feelings.
  16. The gameplay tried to incorporate many different genres into one game, but it wasn’t quite there. It came very close though.
  17. It's a lot like zorbing - it's an eye-catching spectacle, and it looks like a lot of fun, but ultimately all you're doing is rolling down a hill in a massive plastic ball. Or car. Whatever. [May 2009, p.104]
  18. The Wheelman isn’t perhaps the prettiest game on the PlayStation 3, but it’s certainly not ugly: Barcelona looks fine, there’s plenty of variety and lots to explore but everything has a slightly flat feel to it.
  19. 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.
  20. I wasn’t expecting much out of Wheelman, and then Vin showed me he means business. Wheelman is a fun ride, but ultimately forgettable once it the ride is over.
  21. The story is bland and doesn't match the fast pace of the gameplay, but actually playing the game is really fun. The glitches occur a bit more frequently than I would like to see, but overall the experience is fun, and delivers on the sense of being a totally badass wheelman.
  22. Midway Studios Newcastle and Tigon Studios have created one of the most frantic games of the market, which unfortunately fails in its lack of depth and repetitiveness.
  23. Wheelman draws influence from a number of other titles, and fails to provide anything really new to the mix. Some initial excitement is offset quickly by repetition, and ultimately the game suffers for it.
  24. It's fun, stupid, epic, but unfortunately not that good. [May 2009, p.74]
  25. Wheelman is a merely correct videogame that could be improved with more inspiration in its development. Nothing is especially good or bad in this Vin Diesel flick, but it needs that point that pushes us to play and/or recommend it. With the enormous supply of quality Sand-Box in the market, the option of Wheelman is only useful for those who are done with Saint’s Row 2 or GTA IV.
  26. 62
    Unfortunately, while on paper it might have sounded like a Fast and Furious calibre idea, in reality Wheelman is barely a Pacifier.
  27. It was a worthwhile dig, but it just isn't a patch on genre leaders. [May 2009, p.64]
  28. Wheelman offers plenty of movie-style thrills, although it's hamstrung by terrible on-foot gameplay.
  29. Wheelman is best described as a B-movie. Bad production values and a lousy script. However, the funny one-liners, bad dialog and over-the-top action make up for lost ground. Wheelman is by far a good game, but still a very enjoyable one.
  30. It's certainly mechanically sound, but you should probably attempt to find it at a slight discount.
  31. If you're looking for something fast, accessible, and just a little stupid, Wheelman's calling your name. [June 2009, p.82]
  32. Wheelman is lacking where it counts the most; under the hood. Life in this fast lane won't hold your attention for more than a few hours, as the high-octane action fizzles out all too quickly.
  33. 55
    The Wheelman doesn't do anything majorly different, and settles for being just another average movie tie-in. If you like Vin Diesel and have a short attention span, this game might just interest you for a few minutes.
  34. It's passable for those just looking for some mindless action and fans of his films, but there's too many issues to hold this game aloft in the crowded action genre.
  35. As long as Wheelman focuses on car chases it does great, but as soon as you step out of your car the game turns into an embarrassing rip-off of Grand Theft Auto IV.
  36. 48
    I wanted Wheelman to be a guilty pleasure, like 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, but it's just guilty of being a poor game.
  37. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. May 12, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Full Review »
  2. Mar 25, 2015
    This game is a game. It will question your intellectual social life, and today's society in general. It's a surprisingly emotional experienceThis game is a game. It will question your intellectual social life, and today's society in general. It's a surprisingly emotional experience on subjects that is way, way deeper and focused than Bioshock Infinite (and that one is serious, by the way).

    Honestly though, this is just a fun as **** game that has the most hilarious and stupid story and gameplay, that is nothing short of a fun experience. It is a fun experience because of it's faults. I don't know if it was intentional within the game design or not, but either way it is fun.
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  3. Oct 6, 2012
    Spectacular car chases, cinematic jumps and collisions with cars and motorcycles, as well as provide exciting shootouts throughout for all the action.