Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
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SpyHunter: Nowhere to Run is an action racing video game developed by Terminal Reality and published by Midway Games released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is the first installment in the Spy Hunter series to allow the player to play as the character and not only the vehicle. Nowhere to Run was intended to be a tie-in to a movie by the same name. However the film got stuck in development hell and the game was released as a stand-alone. The game stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as government agent Alex Decker, who replaces Alec Sects, the "SpyHunter" who was to have been the main character of the movie. Johnson is no longer affiliated with the movie project.
The game starts of with Alex Decker, an agent of the International Espionage Service, apparently starting off in a car chase from NOSTRA agents transporting an unknown shipment. After escaping the chase and meeting up with Karin, another IES agent, Alex and her engage in an ensuing gun fight against NOSTRA agents. Unfortunately, the shipment Alex was carrying is confiscated by Gomez, the NOSTRA leader, his Interceptor is confiscated, and Karin goes shopping.
A year later, Alex traces his interceptor to a ship offshore the oceans, and with the help of another agent, download certain codes to plan his escape from the ship along with the shipment. Eventually, Decker escapes the ship, but he himself is pursued by NOSTRA agents. After a long and arduous chase, Decker manages to hold the agents off, and reach the IES base safely. Unfortunately, the base is surprise attacked by NOSTRA agents, which the IES eventually fend off. However, the director of the IES is taken hostage, prompting the IES to launch another attack at the NOSTRA base. Upon rescuing the director, Alex goes after Olaf in a lengthy chase, and eventually meets him upon a NOSTRA train, where Alex defeats him by throwing him out of the train. The damaged train reaches a secret NOSTRA base, where Alex finds and defeats Cyrus and Marduk after their attempts to kill Decker.
Decker manages to sneak himself on a NOSTRA plane, where he tries to fight Gomez, but Gomez eventually escapes, and Karin and Decker use an Interceptor, with a flying specification out of the plane, and apparently fly to catch Gomez, leaving the fates of all three characters unknown.
The game received mediocre reviews with an aggregate score of 51/100 on Metacritic, based on 20 and 21 critic reviews. It was mainly praised for its script and "in-game" acting. But was highly criticized for its lack of improvements, and average on-foot mechanics.