Starsky & Hutch
One of the most iconic images from â€˜70s television is a car, a red 1976 Ford Gran Torino with a white stripe (the â€œStriped Tomatoâ€ as it was often called). As driven by David Starsky in the seminally violent Starsky & Hutch, this otherwise mundane car became famous. And now thereâ€™s a Starsky & Hutch game that also puts the car front and center. Itâ€™s a driving and shooting game that lifts bits from Grand Theft Auto and Virtua Cop. For many reasons, it shouldnâ€™t workâ€”itâ€™s easy, itâ€™s simple, itâ€™s stupidâ€”but it has a littleâ€¦ something that makes it wickedly fun in short bursts and for enough hours to justify its budget price tag.
Though there are free drive modes, with mini-games that are unlocked, the core of the game is its mission-based story mode. The game cleverly splits them up by â€œEpisodes.â€ Set up with cool-looking drawn cutscenes, and voiced by none other than Huggy Bear himself, Antonio Fargas, each is a variation of the same theme: you drive around a city shooting stuff. You drive with the keyboard and aim with the mouse (which makes it playable co-op with two very close friends at the same machine). Instead of scoring points, you need to keep your â€œRatingsâ€ up by avoiding pedestrians and civilian traffic, and performing cool jumps.
With good physics, respectable graphics, an interesting city to explore, and lots of stuff to shoot, Starsky & Hutch is way better than it should be. Itâ€™s comically over-the-top. Though it lacks the grittiness that made the TV show shocking in its day, it retains its general goofiness. And sometimes you just want to blow stuff up.
System Requirements: Pentium III 1 gHz, 256 MB RAM, 2 GB HDD, WinXP
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