Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions also known as Double S.T.E.A.L. in Japan was released for the original Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube in 2002. The Xbox versions graphics were considered “groundbreaking” at the time but are very dated when compared to modern titles. When ported to GameCube and PS2 it’s performance was less impressive. I played the Xbox offering on stream last Sunday and here are my thoughts on the game.
Wreckless has solid graphics for it’s time with interesting car models most of which have to be unlocked through secrets. One of the cars appeared to be an American made Delorean, with a British flag on the roof which you a driving through Hong Kong in chase of Japanese criminals. The voice acting and missions had some comic relief which was a nice break between the controller throwing rage I felt as I struggled through the levels.
There are two storylines available in the game; the first has you in control of a team of female police officers who seem to be more interested in taking a vacation than capturing criminals. The other story mode has you in control of two male ‘spies’ who almost seem more criminal like than the Yakuza members they are chasing. One big letdown during the spy story line was a cut scene where you go to the moon but the next mission had you chasing boxes around in a city.
During my play-through I found the controls to be the biggest problem, navigating the levels felt like you were trying to steer through telepathy rather than direct input. The largest challenge I found in the game was navigating obstacles with little to no control. The brakes also at times felt like they did not work on the cars. I did experience some interesting graphic glitches from time to time seeing the game go ‘fuzzy’ at moments but those occurrences were not common.
Overall, I do not recommend picking up Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions. There is not enough redeeming gameplay to make up for its many flaws. The graphics may have been stellar for its time but they are very dated. The controls and missions were just not very good and there were only 20 of them.
You can watch the complete 2 part stream below *I had an internet issue that broke the stream in 2*