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The Simpsons: Road Rage

Preview By: Siou Choy

Developer:  EA
Publisher:  EA
Genre:  Action
Est. Release:  11-18-01
Posted:  11-05-01

The Simpsons have been causing havoc on televisions the world over for more years than some people would care to remember. Well, I hope you didn't think it was safe to get back in the water, because the franchise is getting milked again for its inexplicably remaining final drops of commercial value. Stifle your groans and sighs, because the Simpsons will be making their somewhat belated return to video game systems everywhere with The Simpsons: Road Rage - Crazy Taxi done Simpsons' style. And from the sound of it? You might be surprised - it may actually be good.

So why have the Simpsons and their fellow Springfieldians decided to take to the streets? Well, beyond the obvious financial considerations (ahem), it's all due to our friend Mr. Burns (you were expecting something different?). As if trying to block the sun wasn't bad enough, Mr. Burns has purchased the Springfield Transit Corporation and increased fares in an attempt to add to his already Republican-level wealth. Instead of giving in to the high rates, the proud (or is it poor?) citizens of Springfield have instead opted for the role of cabbie, to try to raise enough money to buy back the Springfield Transit Corporation from his evil corporate clutches. (OK, everyone, relax, it's only a video game. Everybody knows this bears no relation to reality, where the entire world kowtows to the financial fascism of the corporate crunch).

The Simpsons: Road Rage will have you driving in five neighborhoods with over 100 popular landmarks of Springfield. The game will include over 25 characters from the cartoon. A nice touch that saves it from the usual franchised video game crap heap is that characters in the game will react accordingly to their TV relationships (which should mean that Homer won't be happy to pick up Ned Flanders). You will start off only being able to choose members of the Simpsons family, but more characters can be unlocked as you go. Personally, I'd love to play as Moe!

There are several modes of play in Road Rage: Road Rage Mode, Sunday Driving Mode, Mission Mode, and a head-to-head/split screen mode. Road Rage Mode is the standard story mode, allowing for 40 to 60 unique passenger deliveries in the game. Sunday Driving Mode is fairly self-explanatory: you basically get to drive around town at a rather leisurely pace. (Isn't it bad enough that there are so many Sunday drivers out on the road? One can only hope the game won't encourage them!) One feature that beats Crazy Taxi at its own game is the Two Player Split Screen Mode, where players can complete against each other for fares and even steal passengers mid-ride!

Cars in Road Rage will feature wild jumps, powerslides, speed-starts and 2-wheel leans to help reaching your destination faster, not to mention making your game more fun. To guide you to your destination is a giant hand to point you in the right direction - in keeping with the game motif, the hand looks like that of Springfield founder Jebediah Springfield. (I guess he's not having much luck. First he loses his head and now his hand!) There are also onscreen meters to keep you appraised of the amount of time remaining to get your passengers to their destination, not to mention how much of a fare you've earned.

The Simpsons: Road Rage will be making it's way to the GameCube at launch, with subsequent releases for both PS2 and Xbox.

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