Published on February 27th, 2011 | by Charlie8
Do You Remember? – The Simpsons: Hit and RunThis is a segment of where we remind you guys of classic games you may have forgotten, those that should always be remembered, and games we wish we could either have a remake, be brought back to life as an arcade game or be given a sequel, or quite possibly something else, no matter what platform they were on. At the end of the article, I will tell you guys what I believe should be done with the game.
Ahh “The Simpsons: Hit and Run”. A huge highlight of my life, and quite possibily many others. There have been a few Simpson’s games, but all of them are nothing compared to this game. It was basically Grand Theft Auto for kids, and I am being serious. I had this game on the Xbox, and used to play this game for about 8 hours a day. Every time I got home from school, I just couldn’t wait to get on my Xbox, and it was all because of this game. The Simpsons: Road Rage was a game much like this one, and was released before Hit and Run, but just didn’t get a good appeal. Radical Entertainment took a look at what went wrong, and out came Hit and Run.
The story is a wacky one (hey, this is the Simpsons. Name one storyline that has not been wacky!). Strange wasps have begun appearing throughout Springfield, which look like cameras. For a short while, things just act like they would in an episode of “The Simpsons”. The story is told through missions, for example, one of the beginning missions is to give Lisa her science project by racing Principle Skinner to the school before she gets in trouble. The whole game had you going from character to character, completing missions along the way. As you progressed, you learn about the wasps that have been spying on the towns folk, and the real mystery behind Buzz Cola, a drink everybody has been craving. The story has characters pointing the finger at characters pointing the finger, so it always had you guessing on who was behind such a diabolocal plot. The plot itself is tough to put into words, so it’s one of those games where you’ll only understand the plot if you play it yourself. The story had so many twists and turns though, as it turned from casual, to sci-fi to horror.
So as I said, this game was Grand Theft Auto for kids. You could hyjack any vehicle you could, police could chase you if they saw you doing something wrong and more. The game progressed through levels and missions. In each level, you play as a new character. Each character was attactched to their own location. For example, Homer had main locations like the house, the Springfield Power Plant and the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart had town hall, the Department of Motor Vehicles (where Patty and Selma works), Lisa had the Springfield Docks, and so forth. You get the picture. And before you ask, you can even drive if you are Bart and Lisa. The game was packed with collectables to find, for example, Buzz Cola coins, which you could use to buy new/better vehicles and new/better costumes. There were also collectable cards, wasps to destroy and more. You could also compete in side quests, which usually involved racing missions. I can’t remember what was required for this to unlock, but I do remember that once you collected a certain object, an easter egg unlocked of an Itchy and Scratchy episode.
The entire game was third person, and it was open world. You can even find secret areas, and the entire game is full of props from previous episodes of “The Simpsons”. What’s good is that all the cast were able to play their roles in the game, and it also felt great to be able to explore Springfield, as it’s not often you get a chance to explore such a city.
I would love there to be a HD remake of this game, as this game is screaming for achievements, what with everything you can do. I would love there to be a Hit and Run 2, but I just can’t see that happen, as I feel Radical have forgotten about their own game. For the game to get remade… well would there really be any point? Honestly, I am rather tempted to go out and rebuy this, as this will always be in my childhood memories! The Simpson’s: Hit and Run will always be the best Simpsons game out there!
The Simpsons: Hit and Run is based off the hit TV show “The Simpsons”, was developed by Radical Entertainment and released in 2003 for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC.