|System: X360, PS3, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Midway / Tigon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While Wheelman is clearly at its best with Milo sitting behind a steering wheel, players will also sometimes be forced to take part in some on-foot action during the occasional mission. Milo's movements are incredibly limited in these instances, only allowing players to crouch, walk, sprint, aim, and shoot. There is no jumping, no taking cover, just the fairly bland third-person shooting of a ton of similar-looking and acting enemies. Making matters worse, all of your foes will often just mindlessly run towards you no matter the situation, almost inviting their inevitable deaths. Thankfully, these lackluster on-foot segments are few and far between, leaving the majority of the game to highlight the incredibly fun driving experience.
Aside from the story-based missions, players will also find a plethora of side missions scattered about the streets of Barcelona. There are actually seven different varieties of side missions, each with their own objectives and benefits. Fortunately, whether you are racing opponents through the city, evading the police en route to a safe house, or stealing and delivering certain vehicles within a time limit, all of the game's side missions will keep you behind the wheel. Also, since players have no use for money, instead of earning cash for completing these tasks they will instead receive more tangible rewards. With the possible benefits including more focus power, increased vehicle performance, upgraded checking strength, and unlocking repair and respray garages around the city, successfully completing these side missions seems all the more worthwhile since the rewards will actually help you to get through some of the more difficult missions found later in the game.
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. While its on-foot segments are lame at best, you won't be forced to spend much time outside of a vehicle. The included story is also pretty weak but the intense driving action more than makes up for many of the game's shortcomings. In the end, Wheelman provides an incredibly entertaining experience that encourages you to just shut your mind off and enjoy.
CCC Staff Contributor