Wheelman

The latest entry from the Vin Diesel-powered Tigon Studios opens with an adrenaline-spiking cinematic car chase

Midway Wheelman
  • Midway Wheelman
  • Midway Wheelman
  • Midway Wheelman
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Action-movie quality fun, insane vehicular combat and pursuits, ability to highjack cars mid-chase

Cons

  • Gameplay falls flat when you're not behind the wheel

Bottom Line

Vin Diesel car-jacking 18-wheelers in bullet-time while unloading shotgun blasts into passing motorcycles? Yeah, I can dig it.

Would you buy this?

The latest entry from the Vin Diesel-powered Tigon Studios (and Midway Newcastle) opens with an adrenaline-spiking cinematic car chase that makes Bond and Bourne's behind-the-wheel antics look like a driver's ed class; as the titular driver-for-hire, you're immediately thrust into a blockbuster-worthy scenario that sees you weaving through oncoming traffic, blasting down too-narrow back alleys, and hitting top speeds as you leave twisted metal, shattered glass and fiery explosions in your wake. It's a seat-of-your-pants opening that adequately sets the stage for what's to come in this GTA-meets-Burnout romp.

Better Buckle-Up

As Vin Diesel -- I mean, undercover agent Milo -- you'll infiltrate all corners of Barcelona's crime syndicate through a series of missions and side quests. You'll spend much of the game in the driver's seat, and that's a good thing as Wheelman's at its pulse-pounding best when you're behind the wheel, engaging in car-to-car battles, or simply turning a sidewalk cafe into a sea of overturned tables, flying umbrellas, and fleeing pedestrians. The driving mechanics are accessible and tight, allowing you to pull off slick stunts with ease; you'll never have to worry about being stalled by accidents or obstacles either, as not even a head-on collision with a brick wall will keep you from the action for more than a few seconds. Realistic? No. Fun? Absolutely!

The vehicular chaos only gets better when you factor in the game's Focus Meter which you fill by destroying objects, speeding, and generally driving like an a-hole (although, running down civilians will deplete the meter). With a brimming Focus Meter, players can unleash a pretty standard temporary speed-booster, but my favourite focus powers let me combine my rubber-burning skills with some good ole' fashioned gunplay. One ability slows time and shifts the perspective to your vehicle's interior, while a reticule allows you to get an accurate bead on the road-blocking baddies up ahead. Even cooler, though, is the aptly dubbed "cyclone" manoeuvre that lets you pull a 180 while popping rounds at tires, gas tanks and driver's heads.

Get Back In The Car

Complemented by super-stylised cinematics filled with screen-devouring explosions and other action-infused staples pulled right from the popcorn movie playbook, taking out highway hoodlums is endlessly fun. Of course, you can always highjack new vehicles should yours get dinged up; you can do this by exiting your smoke-spitting jalopy and hoofing it to another car or you can just climb out the window of your speeding deathtrap and perform an "airjack", which is as fun as it sounds.

When players aren't tearing up the blacktop, they're controlling Milo in on-foot missions. These aren't nearly as exciting, primarily because third-person running-and-gunning has already been done so much better in other games. Thankfully, though, you're behind the wheel for most of the game's mission-packed duration. And whether you're fleeing to a safe-house in a suped-up sports car, or unloading an Uzi from behind the handle bars of a scooter, you'll find Wheelman's at its action-amping best when you're on the road.

Carmageddon

Wheelman definitely treads a tricky path, as it doesn't pack the gameplay variety or character-driven narration of a Grand Theft Auto, nor does it offer the depth of a dedicated car combat title such as Burnout. However, 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.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?