One new feature comes in the way of the scoring system, a Crazy Taxi-like combo system that rewards you for driving especially crazy and making it through the various checkmarks as quickly as possible. As you race through the level you will receive a multiplier, and assuming you don't hit anything or miss a direction your score will just keep increasing. You will even be able to see how you stack up against your friends and the world thanks to the leader boards. This certainly seems like a good idea, and it could go a long way to giving you the incentive to actually play through the levels several times.
Other announced features include a way for you to record and upload your favorite levels, allowing you to show the world just how bad ass your stuntman really is. There will also be a multiplayer mode, but so far THQ has been tight lipped when it comes to explaining just what you will do or how many players you will be able to interact with.
At its core Stuntman Ignition is the same kind of game as the original, the whole experience comes down to you memorizing the levels and understanding exactly what the director wants. What is left to be seen is whether these linear levels will interest people who have grown fond of games like Burnout Revenge and Need for Speed Carbon. The fact that this is less of a racing game and more of a straight up action game may turn off some gamers, even with all of the improvements that have been made to the series. Having said that, there's a lot of potential in this Stuntman sequel and we're all pulling for THQ and Paradigm Entertainment to be able to turn this into a must-own game.
Stuntman Ignition is set for a summer release, right in time for Hollywood's summer blockbuster season. Expect the game to hit most major game consoles, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the seven year old PlayStation 2. We're excited to not only experience the rest of the levels/movies, but also see just how crazy this game gets. I still have a few reservations about a stuntman video game, but I'm looking forward to THQ proving me wrong and showing me that a stuntman simulator is not only a great concept but also a great video game. Expect more pictures, videos and coverage as the release date nears.
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