Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (Xbox, PS2)


Prior to this event I had never even heard of the Spy Hunter series, and now thanks to the presentation I will most likely forever associate it with Dwayne The Rock Johnson. When the idea was put forward to create a new Spy Hunter game, The Rock agreed to lend his voice and likeness to the game. What exactly does this mean, Spy Hunter will now have a substantial "on foot" portion. Unlike previous incarnations of the game you will not be relegated to the Interceptor in its car, boat or motorcycle form, you will be able to take control of a character with the likeness of The Rock and lay down some hurt on anyone who gets in your way.

The Rock dominated the presentation of Spy Hunters; the effect he has had on this game really shows when you sit down and play it. In the game when you are in control of the Rock it is largely more effective to attack an enemy with your hands then to use your pistol. In the style of the Rock you will be able to use a wide variety of wrestling moves as you fight your way through bad guys in a wide variety of areas.

From what I saw the game still has a long way to go. The graphics in the demonstration lacked polish and the AI was almost absurdly incompetent. The game is still very early in its development process so these defects can be put aside. The game though, in case you haven't deduced from my description so far, has The Rock all over it. The Rock's effect on this game is to the point that you really feel that you are playing the Rock, as opposed to the Rock portraying a character. During the presentation, the games producer often refereed to the character as The Rock, as opposed to referring to the character by his actual name, Alex Decker. If you're a big fan of The Rock this game will probably be appealing, but if you find the concept of a super spy laying down body slams and other signature wrestling moves a tad ridiculous, this game might not be for you.

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