previews\ May 17, 2003 at 8:00 pm

The Simpsons Hit & Run - GC - Preview

E3 2002 First Look


The Simpsons are clearly one of the most marketable franchises in marketing history.  Even with that boast, Simpsons titles on home consoles haven’t enjoyed as much success as Bart Simpson “Eat my shorts!” T-Shirts.  Vivendi Universal and Fox Interactive are teaming together to change all that with The Simpsons Hit & Run, the most complete video game with the Simpsons tag for any console. 


Hit & Run is a mission based driving game (think Grand Theft Auto without the crime) that features tons of characters from the much loved animated television series.  Springfield supporters will be able to control Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Apu as they tour around the expansive environments on foot and in cars.  The four-fingered characters will also encounter nearly 40 other characters from the game, such as Snake the oft-incarcerated criminal and Cletis the slack-jawed yokel, each with their own vehicles that the Simpsons will use to complete various missions. 


The game is based on a revamped version of the Simpsons Road Rage game engine, but the gameplay is much smoother and advanced.  Each level is completely mapped out with familiar Simpsons landmarks such as King Toot’s music shop and Moe’s Tavern, and the developers encourage gamers to explore the entire landscape with complete freedom.  Each of the seven levels has seven missions, and three large environments from Springfield.


Hit & Run, voiced by the same talent from the show and written by Simpsons writers, features tons of unlockables and Easter Eggs that should keep even the most knowledgeable Simpsons fanatic content.  Each character has several outfits to unlock, seven collector cards per level feature familiar trivia from Simpsons episodes, and multiplayer modes can be unlocked. 


The Simpsons Hit & Run comes to consoles in September of 2003.

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