The Simpsons Hit & Run is an action-adventure video game based on the animated sitcom The Simpsons. It was released for the GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Windows in North America on September 16, 2003, In Europe and Australia on October 31, 2003 and in Japan on December 25, 2003. The game was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Universal Games, Fox Interactive and Gracie Films. The story and dialogue were crafted by writers from The Simpsons, with all character voices supplied by the actual cast.
Back in 2003 when my parents imposed strict gaming rules to follow (IE, no M-rated games), TSH&R was my answer to the GTA series back when I owned that cheap dell computer we all called the Xbox.
And what followed set me on a crash course for sandbox and open-world games.
But does it hold up after a whole decade, and, on a brand new gaming rig?
While the levels themselves are surprisingly linear, they are jam-packed with content that is showed off and hidden for players to find, not to mention the action is top-notch and the driving is surprisingly fluid on the keyboard as it is on the console.
The worlds are as packed with humor as they are with content as well, not to mention a plethora of gags and references to older episodes of the Simpsons both devote fans and casual watchers can laugh at.
If you can nab a copy, by all means go for it! This is a game no fan of the Simpsons or of open-world games in general should miss!