Out of all the games I have ever played, only a few stick out in my mind as the best. Perhaps the most original of the best is Stuntman.
You are (obviously) a stuntman. You do car stunts for movies and stunt shows; the bulk is the former. Much of the game has you being told by the director (the directors from each movie have incredibly similar voices.... never mind) to "go down the alley" or "hit the boxes" or "hit the jump." Now I realize in writing this sounds incredibly monotonous and perhaps boring, but when one takes into account the different cars, the different locations, the different stunts, it's all a lot of fun. This is like an incredibly fun action movie. You swerve through oncoming traffic, you complete (what looks like) a quarter mile jump, you participate in car chases (as both the chaser and the chased), you jump onto a moving train, you blow up your car... It is a video game with an incredibly simple explanation for the action that so many people crave today.
The game works this way. The stuntman is doing a movie. You do several different "courses," let's call them, per movie. A course generally consists of several minutes of jumps, car chases, 180's, and general tricky car maneuvering, often involving the environment around you (ice, snow, cliffs, buildings, cars, trucks, helicopters, even planes). You perform these courses with a variety of vehicles, including cars (exotic sports cars, and not so exotic sports cars--I think I remember a Lotus Espirit in there), trucks, tanks, tuk-tuks, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. You need around a 75 or 80% accuracy rating to move on to the next course. Like I said, about 5-8 courses per movie, and like 5 or 6 movies. In between movies you'll do a stunt show (somewhat similar to a "course").
Some of these movies are blatant ripoffs of real movies. Examples are Indiana Jones, James Bond movies, and (not actually a movie until 3 days from this review, but a television show, nonetheless) The Dukes of Hazzard. When I say blatant ripoff, I mean it in a good way. As in, if you liked any of the car-related- action in these movies, you will like the game.
Another interesting aspect is that you'll get to see the trailer for the movie once you complete it. The trailer shows a lot of the highlights from the stunts you did for that movie. A lot of fun. This is one of the most original, creative, and well- made games I've ever played.
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