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GTAIV Caused Midway To Add More Realism To The Wheelman

Midway first announced The Wheelman quite some time ago, and it was initially scheduled to launch in the latter part of this year. But it suffered a setback and is now scheduled to release in early 2009; we don't remember the specific reason for the delay, but it was nowhere near as detailed as this one.

In an interesting revelation, The Wheelman creative director, Simon Woodroffe, spoke to Videogamer.com about how the advent of Grand Theft Auto IV significantly changed the gamer's expectations in regards to a realistic open-world title. We distinctly remember first playing GTAIV and saying to ourselves, "damn, this is way more authentic than before; we'll really have to concentrate on control." Clearly, we weren't the only ones who recognized this, and hence, expectations changed. Here's what Woodroffe had to say:

"Our game was already quite different, but GTA 4 moved the bar in terms of what people expected from an open-world driving game. Before GTA 4, open-world driving games generally had more accessible, more arcade-like, handling. Even the previous GTAs were like that. But GTA IV moved the bar towards realism - even super-realism, you know?

At first I found it fairly frustrating, in comparison with Wheelman, but it was different enough to make us say, 'Look, people obviously want a more realistic experience. They don't want to be given things for free'. They want to feel like the ultimate driving hero, but they don't want to feel like they're being given it for nothing - otherwise there's no sense of accomplishment. We started to get feedback from our focus testers, within weeks of GTA 4 coming out, that the basic driving was dropping in popularity. It had gone from being the most highly rated element, to one of the lowest on the list. And I'm looking at this and thinking, 'There's only one reason for this. GTA 4 has changed gamers' expectations.'"

Woodroffe concluded by saying it was their job as developers to stay "up-to-date" with the wants and needs of the gaming public, so they worked to make Wheelman more realistic based on the feedback they received. Now, after they've made the appropriate physics changes, he says the game is "right on the money in terms of what people expect from an open-world racer." We can't be sure if The Wheelman will prove to be a must-play title, but it's always encouraging when devs learn from other devs. We'll certainly be interested to play the final product.

Related Game(s): The Wheelman

12/1/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

kj313
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 10:49:54 AM
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that makes no sense. If I wanted realism I would go outside and drive a real car!!! I'm so tired of games tryin to be realistic ! I know there are a lot of people out there that love realistic, simulation-style game. But I'm just stating my opinion.

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WaR_HaWk
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:14:45 AM
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GTA is not supposed to be realistic. all previous GTA games were more fun

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Daedusian
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:49:16 PM

exactly.

Now I'm wondering if they are going to mimick the control scheme from GTA4 as well? Either way, it's good to see a dev making adjustments for gamers rather than just getting the game out there as quickly as humanly possible.

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AntDC
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 4:09:44 PM

True that.

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killzone100
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:17:07 AM
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i can say that thats a very good thing at least we will expect a better game come feb.

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CaptRon
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:21:12 AM
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I just hope that the cars move like they actually weigh something. I don't like that Need For Speed turn on a dime crap. give me some physics.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:05:18 PM
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Great! wheelman is one of the games to be gotten on my list.

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shaydey77
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:05:50 PM
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GTA realism?HA!!!that has to be the biggest joke of the year!!Sorry..the sea waves do look amazing!! Car handling is crap..unable to take a corner at more than 1st gear..come on!!camera angle follwing car..yeah lets look sideways in the direction i was previous travelling rather than looking over the front of the car..
the amount of times ive turned especially left for some reason and ploughed into something in GTA 4 because of poor camera angle..
Not to mention how poor the handbrake is in EVERY car..especially when you just pick it in FWD cars and end up backwards..honestly youd swear these so called developers have never driven a car!! And i cant believe most of them are the ones who made such great games in the past!!

In short..if you base the driving on GTA4 you've just lost a sale.

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djjake
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 6:41:49 PM

what are you on about, the driving was rubbish to start with because i was used to the old arcade style like this article states, then i slowly got used 2 it, started to learn to drive and saw why they had done this

the car driving is really good in gta iv

anyway

i love gta, but iv was a let down in terms of content and enjoyment, i played san andres everyday for at least 5hrs, gta iv, 3 hrs a week maybe?

i think they could take elements from gta iv certainly, make the physics good like the cars in gta and movement of everything, just keep it over the top movie style craziness and it will be a must own!

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karneli lll
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:24:59 PM
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i think its safer to say; if they base their game on gta 4 it wont sell. the name sold the game,nothing else.

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AntDC
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 4:14:29 PM
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I agree with kj313. GTA IV just wasn't all that fun... yeah it had its moments, but compared to previous GTAs? I liked the fact that you could pilot a lear jet in San Andreas and parachute out, and still be home in time for tea. GTA IV just kinda felt like it was taking away that freedom.

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kj313
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 6:04:36 PM

@Antdc well if that's what u fell in love with years ago. I would highly suggest u take Saints Row 2 on a date. It has everything u love and more with Next gen graphics.

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Sops
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 9:21:40 PM
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Itd be cool if they put a first person view in the cars. And u actually had to pay to gas up your car and stuff. I hope this will be a lot more fun than gta4 was.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:17:37 PM
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I think people didn't give the driving in GTAIV much of a chance, every car was different, it was more realistic and took skill. That said I still think they should have included the 'handling' code from previous GTA's in case you wanted a turn-on-a-dime breakout crazy ride. THAT was a big mistake to take that out, I think the game was good as realistic but they should have put in that optional wacky stuff too like the 'crazy pedestrians' code and all that. Wheelman won't be my thing but hopefully they didn't wreck it because a different game did something differently.

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bamf
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 10:37:45 AM
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Driver went for realism with their car handling and it caused nothing but problems because it was realistic. Driver showed that if you went out in the real world and drove like that at high speeds avoiding cars and lamposts, you would most defiantely crash. You see how they crash on these ploice chase tv programes. If GTA IV was like real life, you wouldn't last 5 minutes in a car.

From the trailers and gameplay vids I've seen, The Wheelman looks nothing but average.

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