Stuntman Ignition Multiplayer Hands-On

We put our driving skills to the test against THQ testers as we check out Stuntman Ignition's multiplayer features.

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Stuntman Ignition might only be a couple of months away from store shelves, but until this week, THQ and Paradigm have been pretty secretive about the game's multiplayer content. Earlier this week, we had an opportunity to go up against a group of THQ testers in all three of the online modes that will be included, and in doing so, we were also afforded a sneak peek at some of the vehicles (including a very futuristic-looking one) that haven't been shown in any of our single-player demos previously.

With eight players all trying to perform stunts it rarely takes long for things to get out of control.

All three of Stuntman Ignition's online modes support up to eight players, and all of them let you choose the color of your vehicle from anywhere in the spectrum. Movie challenge, which is the first mode we're going to talk about, is the only mode that doesn't also give you the freedom to choose which vehicle to drive because it tasks you with completing the same movie sequences as the single-player game. The only difference in multiplayer is that you're able to see translucent "ghost" versions of your rivals' vehicles alongside you as you all attempt to outdo each other. Presumably, the thinking here is that if you fall behind better players, you'll have an opportunity to see what line they take through the level and how they maximize the scores for their stunts. In practice, at least in a full field of eight players, we found that the gang of ghosted vehicles in front of us--each in a different color--just made things more confusing, and because we weren't familiar with the levels being played, we couldn't easily make out upcoming objectives.

The other two online modes in Stuntman Ignition are titled back lot battle and back lot race. These modes are contested on tracks that span both the movie sets from the single-player game and the studio lots behind the scenes. The race mode, as you might expect, is simply a race to the finish line, and the mode's only noteworthy feature is that new shortcuts become available (and new hazards appear) each lap. For example, during one of our races, there was a large semitruck going about its business on the lot, and on each of the three laps, we had to get under, over, or around it in a different way.

It might look like chaos, but the back lot battles can actually be quite tactical.

While the back lot races were fun, the back lot battles were certainly the high points of the multiplayer session. The battle mode is all about scoring points, and to score points, you have to string together combinations of stunts. Some of those are mandatory, like those in the single-player game, while others are improvised using whatever objects happen to be scattered around the lot. You won't actually add any of the points that you're racking up during a combo string until it comes to the end, so for reasons that will become clear a couple of sentences from now, it's occasionally a good idea to finish them prematurely. Why? Because when you're midcombo, any player who crashes into you will instantly steal your points before you've even had a chance to add them to your total. This feature has the potential to level the playing field considerably because while the more skilled players among you might be determined to perform lengthy stunt strings, your opponents might choose to do only the mandatory stunts and concentrate their efforts on stealing the fruits of your labor at every opportunity. Of course, they'll have to catch you first, but if you're skidding around corners and using ramps to get your car up on to two wheels, that might not prove too difficult. There are bonus points available at the end of each back lot battle for the order in which you cross the finish line, but based on our time with the mode thus far, the bonuses weren't significant enough to have a major impact on the final standings.

In addition to the online play that we've already talked about, both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Stuntman: Ignition will have split-screen support for up to four players. Incidentally, the PlayStation 2 game will not include online play of any kind, but it will also support split-screen multiplayer. We look forward to bringing you more information on all three versions of the game as soon as it becomes available.

Discussion

43 comments
I_pWnzz_YoU
I_pWnzz_YoU

hmmm im still pondering if i wanna get this game for 360 cause i played the first one on PS2 and there wasnt enough "stunt" in the man.I'd wish they made separate modes for stunts and races.

bamaman92
bamaman92

I am not sure about this. I do not know if I want Stuntman: Ignition for my PS3 after the first one came out. I will wait for the reviews but I have a feeling that this will still be a very linear driving game (as it should be because you are a movie driver) and I don't like linear driving games.

ExNeil251
ExNeil251

i was amped for this game, then i tried the demo...

Carashnak
Carashnak

Shame i've never played the first one, so I could compare. Anyway, The demo was fast & fun, I want 8 player. BTW get the demo if you haven't already, it's great (much like the full game I hope)

king_bobo
king_bobo

This looks pretty cool... thanks for the info Gamespot :)

n3ck
n3ck

i had big fun with the demo, and my son who's 2 years old loves it

heroface
heroface

I agree with Crazy213.. I hated the first one til just last year my friend pulled out the dustiest PS2 i ever sawit was the only game he still had so we played it anyway.. totally threw us off how much we just 'get it' this time round

CrAzY213
CrAzY213

Gold you were probably just not good at it. At first I thought the game sucked then when I stopped sucking at it I realized it was a pretty cool game.

Goldbergfan1110
Goldbergfan1110

i dont see a point really in making another Stuntman the first game was awful biggest waste of time. My brother rented it a while back. The game was anoying and was a waste of a rental it waset even worth that much was a huge waste of time . everything looks the same i dont really see anything different about this game its all the same thing. Multiplayer is never going to save this game because its a terrible Multiplayer idea to begin with im seeing this game doing awful because its a bad game.

khankster
khankster

Meh. I tried the demo. It looks like subpar graphics and gameplay. May appeal to ages 12 and under.

wardrules
wardrules

i cant understand y people didnt like the first 1, maybe it was a bit too hard 4 them. lookin forward to the new 1, the demo is awesome.

atticusg47
atticusg47

i beat the hell out of the first one. it was not bad, it was just tough and very demanding. milleraaron you probably just suck. im gonna be a whoopin an a hollerin all the way to the store.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I think that the multiplayer is going to be a lot of fun in this game

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

It sounds like the multiplayer would be good for trash talking. Though I think the single player mode would be holding me back from buying this game.

k-diddy66
k-diddy66

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Sutton
Sutton

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jakeboudville
jakeboudville

let's hope i don't have to be frustrated with this one

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I agree with loulantosdotcom there... The first one was hard, just hope this one is better...

brad12d3
brad12d3

I have helped test on this game and all though I can't say anything that hasn't already been released to the press due to the good ole NDA, I can tell you that it keeps what was really great about the first one but at the same time being a little more forgiving, but not overly dumbed down (there is some pretty tricky moves you will have to pull off). So for all of those who played the first but gave it up because it was just getting too frustrating, you will be able to move through this one a lot easier while still having good fun. This in my opinion is going to be a great party game, having a few others makes for a not only a fun multiplayer but also in the campaign too see who is the quicker learner and can successfully maneuver the number of stunts that have you going up down through and over all kinds of obstacles induced by a variety of scenarios. Being a fan of the first I was glad to see that they kept the original concept intact while making it a little more fluid in pacing and game play. One last thing, back lot battle is all about timing, if you have played a lot of any of the Burnout games then you will be one step ahead since you will be using the same maneuvers to steal others multipliers, and being first off the line is not always the smartest move. Have fun.

loulantosdotcom
loulantosdotcom

The original had its charm, and despite being impossibly hard at times it was really quite addictive. I imagine they'll raise their game some measure for this one.

g8summit
g8summit

I liked the original oddly enough. Can't wait for this new one to come out.

Tskull
Tskull

Seems more interesting to me and more thrilling indeed! I think game is going to be one of the best games in the coming September and is going to gt a good rating in Gamespot

Amir_Badshah
Amir_Badshah

Now that's what I'm Talking 'bout Pizzachains!!

PizzaChains
PizzaChains

this will be awesome jumpin off buildins an onta other ones. the game i always dreamed of. #1 on my list already!

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

looks like crap.it looked horrible on On the spot.

GHO5T-464
GHO5T-464

i think this looks like a pretty neat game. i might have to try it out.

TheWartongue
TheWartongue

ugh I despised the first stuntman....I'll still be givin this one a try though and I must say the corkscrew jump was pretty memorable in the first one

Hoppondeez420
Hoppondeez420

gonna pick this one up, I thought the first stutman was really fun, especially playin with a couple people

Amir_Badshah
Amir_Badshah

konradak- The first stuntman was only on PS2. I think you're talking about a Driver game...;)

konradak
konradak

Looks pretty interesting,, I'll have to gamefly it lol,,, It looks cool thoo,, I remmeber the demo on the old Xbox for one of these game, that was fun,,,

TEX-MEX
TEX-MEX

Visually it certainly seems to look better than some of the other Stuntman Ignition videos. Also glad they've another Whoopin' and a Hollerin. I thoroughly enjoyed that in the first game. Especially the scene with the corkscrew bridge. :)

alexbartle
alexbartle

if its like the first one its a big NO!

Amir_Badshah
Amir_Badshah

This is THE game! The beautiful and Unique game that is visiting our universe very soon.

wolfboy20
wolfboy20

looks awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

clipsNcaps
clipsNcaps

pretty cool, looks better then the first stuntman

keegan06
keegan06

seems like it could be decent