Take on the adrenaline fuelled role of a Hollywood stuntman
as you work for a series of directors over the course of six
blockbuster movies. Each film consists of six scenes and in
each one of these you will drive a different vehicle. Hit
your marks successfully and you'll rise through the ranks
of the movie industry. And, if you want to really impress
the filmmakers you can even throw in a few extra stunts that
aren't in the script...
Ignition is the latest instalment in the Stuntman
franchise. The game plunges you into the adrenaline fuelled
role of a Hollywood stunt driver, challenging you to pull
off the most breathtaking, death-defying stunts ever filmed.
Showcase their skills in a wide variety of big-budget action
films, commercial shoots and tournaments while commanding
more than 25 unique vehicles, including exotic sports cars,
motorcycles, trucks and hovercraft.
first level sees you performing stunts for a disaster movie
- where an active volcano is destroying the local area. You
must perform various stunts to a suitable level in order to
complete the scenes for the movie. Easier said than done.
After playing for about 15 minutes you'll quickly discover
whether this sort of game is for you. Repeating the same segment
of a level over and over and over again, until you get everything
right, is not something that everyone will find enjoyable.
I have to admit to becoming more frustrated with this game
than any other I've played. But this also means that when
you finally complete a stunt you feel a sense of achievement...
but more often than not you'll want to replay the stunt again
as there will be some elements of it you'll want to fine tune.
aim of the game is pretty simple. Complete a series of prearranged
stunts for a segment of a movie. You have to successfully
complete manoeuvres like ramming other vehicles, sliding turns,
passing close to vehicles and explosions, jumping over ramps,
and crashing through props. In later levels you can also perform
nitrous boosts, perform reverse 180 degree turns and drive
on two wheels.
have a number of strikes, which means that it doesn't matter
if you miss a handful of stunts, as you can still complete
the level. Of course, the more stunts you pass the more the
director will be impressed. At the end of the sequence you
are awarded a rating out of five. I have to admit that I found
this rating system not to be all it was cracked up to be.
On one of the Never Kill Me Again segments I totally
messed up the last three stunts - making a complete mess of
the sequence - but was still awarded a four star rating. This
was in spite of the fact that I later went on to complete
the sequence much quicker and cleaner and never managed to
get more than three stars.
improve your rating you can also link together all of your
stunts. As you complete each stunt you get points, complete
another stunt in enough time and you start to form a string
of stunts. If you break the string, then your end result will
not be as high. Performing additional stunts not on your check
sheet, like passing close to other vehicles or smashing through
boxes, gives you additional points too, as well as keeping
your string going.
you complete all the stunts for each movie you unlock the
trailer for that particular film. This is quite interesting
as it shows you how all your stunts fit together in the finished
personal favourite level was the Bond spoof Never Kill
Me Again. This has some of the most impressive stunts
and explosion, as well as a soundtrack that sounds like it
could well have been composed by David Arnold.
is a lot more to Stuntman: Ignition than I was expecting.
The ability to create your own stunt arenas is a welcome addition,
as is the multiplayer and online levels. Multiplayer
mode allows rival stuntmen to battle it out on the film sets
and custom built back-lot arenas, or players can devise their
own insane stunt runs and challenge other stuntmen at their
you enjoyed the original Stuntman game, then you'll
really get a blast out of this. However, as I mentioned before,
it won't be to everyone's liking. Getting stuck in a sequence
that you can't master can be extremely frustrating and you
will find yourself switching this off, and revisiting later,
much more than most other games. If you're new to the franchise
I'd seriously suggest you rent this first.
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