...is a mission-based driving game made by Atari(Test Drive) and Reflections(Driver). Released on June 23, 2002 the game made a decent splash in the then bustling driving scene only to come up short later on when sales started to dwindle earlier then expected.
As you progress through the world of Stuntman you start as a small time stuntman doing pretty basic stunts for a london crime/comedy film. Other locations include an asian crime movie in which you drive a tuk-tuk and a sports car. A Dukes of Hazzard style movie where you drive a muscle car, A conspiracy thriller where you drive a snowmobile, A desert adventure movie where you drive a jeep and a James Bond style movie where you drive another sports car.(A lot of the films have several cars, I'm just listing the ones I recall.)
As you do better throughout the game you unlock new cars and items such as ramps and destructible items like crates and barrels for the stuntman arena, a stunt park arena. There are also driver challenges such as speed tests, precision tests and daredevil challenges.
Excerpt from the fact sheet:
Have you got what it takes? In the world of stunt driving, fear is failure. One slip and your Hollywood dreams are over. The higher you climb, the higher the stakes. Grip the wheel, hit the gas, chase the glory.
- Explosive Film Set Action - Stunt drive in six famous movie locations.
- Two Game Modes - Career and arcade (stunt arena) mode.
- Test Vehicles to Destruction - Smash up a large variety of vehicles, ranging from Tuk-Tuks to snowmobiles, Jeeps to high-performance sports cars.
- Replay Mode - Replay the action as a slick, fast-paced movie trailer.
- Available on Playstation 2 and Game Boy Advance
I suspect this game is an in-spirit "remake" of the game Stuntman for the 2600.
I found this game in the far corner of my bookshelf and decided to give it another run through, playing it got me thinking... why don't I hear about this game anymore. While it can be downright frustrating at times I think its a very good mission-based driving game that is well above the driver games around its time. Anyone else enjoy this game as well... or am I just crazy and in bad taste? Also, this is my first OP hopefully it went well.
Platform: PSP, PS2, PS3 and XBOX 360
Developers: THQ and Paradigm Entertainment
US: August 14, 2007
Europe: September 28, 2007
Plunge into the adrenaline-fueled role of a Hollywood stunt driver in Stuntman: Ignition, and master the most breathtaking, death-defying vehicle-based stunts ever filmed. As the newest stuntman in Hollywood, you must rise to stardom by combining reckless maneuvering with perfect execution to unlock big-budget blockbusters and lucrative commercial deals. Create movie-magic in 6 uniquely-themed films on 36 different stunt runs with over 25 vehicles, or take the action online to challenge rival stuntman in the ultimate backlot showdown.
"Whereas the first game gave you a handful of maneuvers to perform in each scene, with each stunt requiring painstaking precision, Stuntman: Ignition's scenes are bigger, a little more open and much more forgiving. Rather than having to nail a few stunts, you're given a number of opportunities to perform a bevy of death-defying tricks for each scene." -Chris Roper- IGN
2 Film Environments Announced:
Aftershock: An escape from the elements movie with lava flows and earthquakes, featuring 4 vehicles; a sports car, a truck, a police car and a dirtbike.
Overdrive: An undercover police movie with alot of tight alleys and hilly streets, featuring 2 vehicles; a 1960's muscle car and an exotic sports car.
Excerpt from IGN article:
"Two films from the game were on show, Aftershock and Overdrive. Aftershock is a volcano themed level with lava hazards and explosions erupting from the ground at every turn. Overdrive has the aura of a classic '70s chase scene, requiring players to race through the streets of a city modeled after San Francisco in classic cars. Both featured their share of jumps, skids, and other directed stunts to keep the player on his or her toes.
Each film had three unique runs that had their own set car for you to use. For the career mode, you'll be required to use specific cars for each movie or commercial. For the multiplayer online mode or any courses you've created yourself using the editor you'll be able to choose whichever rides you've unlocked to use.
The directed stunts aren't the only way to get points in this new Stuntman. In fact, the entire point system has been reworked to be more forgiving and free. This go around, players are allowed five mistakes before the director calls a close to the action. Making a flawless run may just be as difficult as the last Stuntman, but you won't immediately be cut out of the action for a single fault. Instead, you'll just get a lower rating at the end and less of a bonus. Still, failure came often to us on our first few tries which only highlighted another new feature. Load screens between failed runs are nonexistent, removing one more element that adds to frustration levels." Erik Brudvig-IGN