X360, PS3 Friday, April 27, 2007 | 7:59 PM

5 images of Stuntman Ignition

5 images of Stuntman Ignition

THQ releases five new screenshots of Stuntman Ignition, and it looks better than I thought. The game has made a huge leap in terms of graphics. And that's not all, as the developers assured us they fixed all the little things that made the previous episode so frustrating: "Early focus testing had revealed that frequent dead stops were one of the most frustrating things for players to deal with. As a result we thinned out the traffic in the levels, made more obstacles breakable and generally removed elements that interrupted gameplay." Good job !



Full piece of the developer's diary:

The city’s complex urban environment presented significant technical and game balancing challenges as well. The sheer density of terrain - particularly when combined with large numbers of active vehicles and characters – complicated level flow and put a heavy strain on our framerate. A balance had to be found for both gameplay and technical reasons. Too few vehicles, props and characters and the environment felt unrealistic and uninteresting. Too many and the scenes became crowded, snarling the player’s path and creating problem areas where a single mistake would bring him to a dead stop. Thankfully, early focus testing had revealed that frequent dead stops were one of the most frustrating things for players to deal with. As a result we thinned out the traffic in the levels, made more obstacles breakable and generally removed elements that interrupted gameplay. Additionally we pushed hard to optimize the art assets and find technical solutions that would allow us to keep the environment richly populated while maintaining a steady framerate. This sort of problem solving is an excellent example of close coordination required between art, design and engineering when working on a complex project of this nature.

In the end, Overdrive has emerged as one of our most successful environments, combining dense, challenging gameplay with spectacular visuals, excellent pacing and a hip retro vibe.

All comments

Commented on 2007-04-27 21:10:21
hm, flying cars... that's funky

and it looks really good from the screenshots, i hope they're no bullshots.
Commented on 2007-04-27 21:33:56
looking much better and a good read...all positive
Commented on 2007-04-27 21:53:01
that explosion picture is pretty dang impressive :)
Commented on 2007-04-27 22:15:30
yay, mighty impressive looking now. It's amazing what a great lightingengine can do to overall look and feel. A very nice step forward... I would love to see a new (and much better) Driver game using this engine. No, on foot missions PLEASE, though... lol :)
Commented on 2007-04-30 02:48:54 In reply to BooMMooB
Posted by BooMMooB
yay, mighty impressive looking now. It's amazing what a great lightingengine can do to overall look and feel. A very nice step forward... I would love to see a new (and much better) Driver game using this engine. No, on foot missions PLEASE, though... lol :)
i dont know, on-foot could work if they actually implement it well, past on-foot sections just feel so tacked on. they need a decent aiming system, and some good animations and they'd be fine.

as for this game, i dont think it looks visually "stunning", i enjoyed the very sadistic first game, but this looks a little too generic i guess. the first game had some immediatly recognisable scenes from films. what i've seen so far of the sequel almost looks like a game design 101 of environments. if theres and ice level they have the whole package...lol

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