It's like the original Midway classic "Spy Hunter", except
that...well, it's not.
What we do have here is a solid action game, one that features
some of the things that made the original "Spy Hunter" so good--a
great title song (the "Peter Gunn" theme), lots of baddies to blow
up and almost no plotline. And, of course, the Weapons Van,
which supplies you with upgrades over the course of the game.
But, in its normal mode the game is normally quite easy, and the
action gets repetitive VERY fast. The weapons from the rear of
the car--maybe the best aspects of the original game--are
essentially useless here, but worse, they aren't very much fun to
deploy thanks to the game's perspective. So, having Oil Slick
and Smoke Screen options is not nearly as cool as before, when you
could shift it into high gear and drop a smoke screen on three bad
guys, and of course, enjoy that awesome sound effect of smoke
In other words, buy this used, play it through, and feel good
about yourself. You could do worse, but wouldn't you rather do
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience