The Simpson: Hit and Run
The Simpsons have been through it all. Identified early on as the worst family in television, they're now hailed by many Christian groups as the ideal family. Go figure, huh? One thing The Simpsons franchise lacks, however, is a decent video game. Make no mistake, there have been numerous attempts over the years, but none have really been able to combine a decent game along with The Simpsons license ' until now, that is. The Simpsons: Hit and Run is the best Simpsons game to date, but does it hold appeal for everyone?
At first glance, The The Simpsons: Hit and Run looks like a Grand Theft Auto 3 clone, and in many ways it is. Take away the excess violence and hookers, and you'll have The Simpsons: Hit and Run. It's an unlinear, free-roaming, missions-based game with an interactive environment in the Simpsons world. Unfortunately, not everyone likes The Simpsons (I don't know any, but I trust they're out there), and because of that, there are two camps here.
**Simpsons Fans This is the game you've been waiting fourteen long years for. The free-roaming environments and GTA-inspired gameplay works really well in The Simpsons: Hit and Run. More importantly, it complements the humor of The Simpsons incredibly well. Just about every character from The Simpsons makes an appearance in some form or another, whether they're playable characters or just pedestrians on the streets. The humor of the show is completely intact in Hit and Run; from the hilarious one-line quips to the more subtle jokes you'll find around town, you'll be laughing throughout the entire game. The graphics and audio also complement The Simpsons license really well. It feels like a Simpsons episode, and is probably the main selling point for any Simpsons fan.
Chances are you'll see through the wonderfully created Simpsons' world and notice the flawed gameplay. While the world in The Simpsons: Hit and Run is interactive and very funny, the core gameplay is far too repetitive. In total, there are about five or six different type of missions and by the third or fourth level, things start getting monotonous. Granted, if you're a fan, you'll probably laugh it up too much to notice. Not everyone can appreciate the humor of the Simpsons though, and for you few, The Simpsons: Hit and Run will be a bit flat.
The Simpsons: Hit and Run is the first Simpsons game to take full advantage of the Simpsons license, combining fun and addictive gameplay with the witty (and sometimes juvenile) humor of The Simpsons. Still, it won't be for everyone. The bottom line: if you can't appreciate the show's humor, there's not much for you in The Simpsons: Hit and Run. But then again' who doesn't like the Simpsons?