8 things you didn't know about Wheelman

Mustn’t. Use. Any. Pun. Using. The. Words. ‘Wheelie’, ‘good’ or ‘time’. Phew. Now with all that bad punning in the past we can get onto telling you about Midway’s Wheelman, which we got hands on with at an event in London recently. It stars Vin Diesel as Milo Burik, a driver who comes out of retirement to save a woman – these types can never just pack it up to Florida and play golf, can they?

Set in an open-world Barcelona, you get to drive around the sun-kissed streets of the capital of Catalonia shooting baddies in the face and jumping between vehicles Pursuit Force-style. Read on to find out about some of our favourite features from the game so far, including Vin squaring off against a tube train. On a bike.

1) It’s huge

Not only do you get the whole of Barca’s beautiful seaside city to drive, shoot and look all brooding in, there are also around 135 missions to get your Diesel-endorsed teeth into. Aside from the 30 main story missions – which offer alternate, branching plot arcs, bosses and endings depending on which gangs you align with – Midway Newcastle have managed to cram in a further 105 side missions.

They’ve been particularly ambitious in the scope and spread of these quests too, with seven different types of mission to occupy your time, when you’re not shooting Spaniards in the stomach. From Hot Potato, where you, literally, have to keep leaping from car to car. Rampage that tasks you with causing as much chaos in Catalonia as possible. To Contracts, which sees you trying to deliver a package as gangs from all over the city try to make sure Vin never makes it to a sequel.

2) It makes Saint Row 2 look sensible

No, really. There are parts of Wheelman that make THQ’s offensively stupid, but undeniably entertaining, open-world, transvestite-tainted adventure look tame. Sure, it lets you run around offing people while dressed like everyone’s favourite swimsuit-sporting Kazakhstan resident. But does it let you leap between vehicles - SpiderMan-style - before kicking the owner out in one fluid movement? Thought not.

3) The cyclone move is the definition of win

The cyclone lets you reverse in front of enemy cars or traffic in one gloriously over the top 180° spin. Not only does it look brilliantly flash as you reverse through traffic while facing forward and shooting enemies behind you, it’s also a vital manoeuvre in dealing with some of the harder bosses. Remember the first time you performed a takedown in Burnout or threw a car hundreds of feet into the air in Crackdown? Nailing the cyclone is an every bit as thrilling ‘punch the air’ moment.


  • GodlikeApe - December 1, 2008 12:13 p.m.

    I'm well proud of being an imperialist pig. Glad to do my part in making the world a better place. Game looks alright too, might give it a rent!
  • FancyRat - December 1, 2008 2:46 a.m.

    How much did they pay you for this?
  • TheFish - November 29, 2008 11:16 p.m.

    no.1 romanian fan here gets a tingle of joy when you imperialist pigs mention my country (romania really sucks though!) hail Chausescu!!
  • NelosAngelos - November 29, 2008 9:12 p.m.

    Holy crap, that rhymed!!
  • jimsondanet - November 29, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    yea ima diesal fan ever since riddick i look forward to some user reviews on metacritic
  • Tornado7000 - November 28, 2008 7:41 p.m.

    I was never really interested in this when I first heard about it, but reading this article and from what I've seen, it looks awesome. GTA IV had really high production values, but was slow and dull to play. This actually looks like it could be ENTERTAINING, which a lot of games seem to forget about these days! Will wait for more news on this, but definitely looks like it could be one to pick up.
  • RowleyBirkinQC - December 2, 2008 8:01 p.m.

    not really bothered about wheelman, think it looks mediocre at best
  • TheCorpulent1 - December 2, 2008 7:21 p.m.

    I wasn't looking forward to this at all, but consider my mind changed thanks to this preview. It's definitely going on my rental list with a possible buy in the future.
  • arrowman01 - December 1, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    Looks awesome! Might pre-order this one. Not slow and boring like GTA.
  • NelosAngelos - November 29, 2008 9:11 p.m.

    Funny how Vin Diesel is an actor, yet some of his best work was in video games. I'm a little skeptical about this game, A GTA like game that's even more over the top then Saints Row two? Why not just let Vin walk through walls and hide an RPG in his shoe?
  • Tasty_Pasta - November 29, 2008 8 p.m.

    Hahaha! Like Red Dead Revolver in a car! As much as that statement interests me, I still have no intentions of picking this game up.
  • Shellghost - November 29, 2008 2:45 a.m.

    tornado7000 is right, games seem to have forgotten that they are ment to be entertainment, latley they've concentrated on being realistic over entertaining
  • joabbuac - November 28, 2008 6:55 p.m.

    Ive seen a few gameplay clips and was not really impressed.............we'll see

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