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Previewer Platform Publisher Developer Players Release Date Screenshots
Unknown PlayStation 2 Infogrames Reflections 1 Sept 2002 Here

Stuntman preview

With just over a month until the "slated" release of Stuntman, Infogrames and Official Playstation Magazine 2 have released an excellent demo version of this highly anticipated title with the latest August edition of OPM2.

Amazingly, the game looks even better than it did just a few months ago in some of the rolling demos with other magazines, and plays even better than it looks. The team has definately poured their hearts into this one by trying to include as many modes and features as possible.

For those of you who don't know, the game drops you into the shoes of a Hollywood stuntman and challenges them to perform vehicle-based tricks of increasing difficulty.

When you've successfully executed all of the stunts for a particular stage, the game takes the recorded footage and edits it together into a "Coming Soon" movie-style trailer. It really does look quite impressive.

The "movies" you perform in vary from the James Bond-type action flick, to the gangster movie, to the low-budget "cops and robbers" classic in a wide variety of vehicles from a Ford Capri to a 3 wheeled mini buggy.

The demo in question puts you in charge of a jeep and is set in an old desert village, with you performing swerving manouvers, collisions with trucks, jumps, crashes through market stalls in the local Khazba, and avoiding tanks and missiles. Sound familiar? Yep, it's based on a scene from one of the Indiana Jones movies- even the accompanying soundtrack is similar to the theme track from the film.

There are several views to choose from in performing your tasks including inside, behind and (the useless) overhead view, and each trick is timed before moving onto the next one in the stage, so you need to be both accurate and quick or the director will call "Cut!!" and you'll have to start all over again.

Overall, this seems to be a very polished game, similar in graphical style and gameplay nature to the Driver games by the same developers. I, for one, can't wait for the finished game when it hits shop shelves in September.

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