The Simpsons: Hit and Run - PC

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Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Racing: Car
Combat Game
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Radical Entertainment Soft. Co.: 20th Century Fox
Publishers: Vivendi (GB/GB)
Released: 10 Sept 2004 (GB)
21 Nov 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Accessories: Control Pad


Strange things are going on in Springfield. People are missing, mysterious crop circles are appearing, and hidden cameras are being exposed. When Homer notices a black van complete with satellite dish parked outside the Simpson house, he decides to investigate these odd events. What he reveals could be the biggest mystery to rock Springfield since 'Who Shot Mr Burns?'

There are two distinct playing styles in Hit and Run - exploration and driving - that help diversify the experience as a whole. Similar to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto, albeit without the sex, the violence and the bad language, Hit and Run charges players with the task of solving Springfield’s latest mystery over 56 (count 'em) driving and on-foot missions.

The driving section of the game exploits the arcade side of video games. Driving as one of 17 of Springfield’s most infamous characters, including Comic Book Guy and Principal Skinner, players can roam freely around the city, racing around one of seven well-known locales such as the Kwik-e-Mart and the nuclear power plant. On foot, you’ll move around Hit and Run’s superbly rendered environments, trying to solve the many objectives handed to you as you progress. You’ll meet with other members of the Simpsons cast and even witness a few classic jokes.

As you would expect from the latest Simpsons offering, Hit and Run comes with pick-up-and-play controls that make it accessible to anyone, and that’s quite possibly the most crucial aspect of a game with a young target audience.

Visually, Hit and Run for PC is potentially the best looking of the four versions. With a good PC set up, Springfield and its characters are remarkably convincing as a 3D representation of a 2D animated TV series. The game retains its cartoon appearance but also demonstrates some great rendering techniques, making it one of the best looking games for the PC platform.

Boasting hidden clips and extras from past seasons of the TV series, together with voice-overs from the original Simpsons cast, Hit and Run is perhaps the most authentic Simpsons outing we’ve seen yet. Excellent!