Stuntman: Ignition - PS2 - Preview
The original Stuntman was somewhat of an underground hit for the PS2. Allowing players to live the life of a movie stunt driver, you could pull 180-degree turns, perform jumps off of ramps and drive like a bat out of hell to your heart’s content. Now, THQ is preparing Stuntman: Ignition, set to release this Summer on the PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360, and the game is looking to add even more intense action to the Stuntman franchise.
Stuntman: Ignition will allow you to play through six different movies, each with their own set areas with their own goals. At THQ’s Gamer’s Day event, they showcased two of these movies: Aftershock and Overdrive. Aftershock presented a disaster movie involving a volcanic eruption, similar to movies like Volcano and Dante’s Peak. You must drive through flaming buildings, jump across lava flows and dodge oncoming traffic as you progress through the stages and perform various stunts as they appear on the screen at the behest of the director. The second playable movie, Overdrive, was done in the style of a 70’s cop show like Starsky and Hutch, where you drive through a San Francisco, weaving through trolley cars and screeching through the windy streets.
The areas in Stuntman: Ignition were completely action packed, and there’s never a lull in intensity from the time the director yells “action” until he yells “cut.” Your goals will require some pretty crafty driving skills, and you’ll have to become pretty dexterous behind the wheel to keep in the game.
Graphically, the game is coming along quite nicely. The preview build of the game featured tons of great special effects and movie magic, including camera crews at the side of the screen (if you’re not careful, you could end up hitting some poor unsuspecting grip, so keep your eyes on the road). The cars responded with the right amount of arcade feel to them lending well to the game’s overall fast-paced intensity.
The first Stuntman was a fun game that came out of left field and became a sleeper hit. However, Stuntman: Ignition is a great step up for the series, and could project it to a full-fledged success.