Action All The Way
When I was a young pup, one of my
favourite games on the bulky computer I owned was a game called Lotus Turbo
Esprit. It wasn't for its racing value and the game itself had little to
no aim to it, in all honesty. What it did let you do was cruise around
a city and smash into anything else that moved. Oh, the mind of a young
and foolish child. Today being old and foolish, the scent of Wreckless:
The Yazuka Missions certainly pricked my ears up.
Well where do I start. Just when
I thought I'd seen the true graphical nirvana what Project Gotham Racing
provided, Activision appear to have done with the XBox what even Bizarre
Creations couldn't do. The reflections, shadows, car details and even the
hazy heat, rising from the roads look amazing.
There is lots of digital eye candy
served up. As the car whizzes through Hong Kong you will see lots of shrapnel
and car parts get strewn across the area. The replays are particularly
entertaining. By some means of graphical wizardry, the developers have
made the replay look almost eighties TV-like using tiny scanlines and a
slight reduction in saturation. As the rerun plays, cameras switch to provide
different views, using different types of viewer - one being a cool fuzzy
CCTV camera. All the movies of your chases and motion picture smashes can
be saved to the XBox hard disk for future viewings.
Though you cant use your own CD's
in the game, the sound effects are nicely done and the mission critical
voice over is clear and loud enough to hear over the inevitable smashes,
explosions and screams.
There are 2 scenarios’ to select
in the mission mode. Scenario A is "Hong Kong Police and Inspector", and
Scenario B is "New Spies Ho and Chang". Each scenario comprises of 10 missions.
Each has its own unique little story that you must complete.
There’s a nice selection vehicles
to wreck, including sports cars, buggy-type cars right up to huge military
vehicles. Buses, cop cars, trucks, and ambulance's as well as pedestrians
litter the roads of Hong Kong as pursue your targets.
In a nutshell, Wreckless : The Yazuka
Mission provides high adrenaline filled fun. Throw in incredible graphics,
thumping soundtracks and twisted metal and you have yourselves a must-buy