Whether you were completing missions given to you by characters of the show, or more likely, roaming around Springfield causing havoc, we can all agree this game was incredible.
For anyone who didn’t play the game (my deepest condolences), it follows the Simpson family and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in their bid to unearth and defeat an alien conspiracy, courtesy of Kang and Kodos (the aliens).
The game, based on one of the biggest TV shows of all time, The Simpsons, was released in 2003. Yes, you read that right, 2003. 16 years ago. We are old.
If you loved the game as much as I did then you’re going to love this next part: Vlad Ceraldi, the producer of the famous game, has said he thinks the game could be remastered – which many fans would give up a limb for. And with the PlayStation 5 being officially confirmed for Christmas 2020, this would be the perfect opportunity.
Ceraldi said: “I could see it on multiple different types of platforms as a remake or remaster. It would have to take the parties who are in charge of the property to want that to happen and someone out there to decide that they were going to go out and do it. But absolutely, it would be fun to explore those characters and that universe again, that work again.”
So Mr Ceraldi is clearly aware of how much this game meant to us back then, and how much a remaster would mean to us now.
But it’s not all good news, however. Ceraldi has admitted that discussions have been held, not in a board room, but in a pub. And who hasn’t had a brilliant, but drunk, idea in the pub, and forgotten it the day after.
“It’s come up before in discussion but not seriously, usually at the pub, just talking about the idea of some of the magic that was captured and the potential ability to recapture it in a new way with a different audience, with a different generation of devices”.
He concedes that masters such as Nintendo have nailed it time after time, with games such as Super Mario. And he hopes to copy this success with the reinvention of The Simpsons: Hit & Run.
Ceraldi knew him and his team at Radical Entertainment had made a special game right away, and that is why it has stood the test of time: “I think it’s a game that kids could play, adults could play, anyone who was fans of the show could try and laugh and have fun with”.
He said: “I remember interviewing somebody for one of our games – they didn’t know that I worked on The Simpsons: Hit & Run. They were going on about one of their favourite games of all time and ended up saying at the end that it was The Simpsons: Hit & Run.
It’s criminal, considering the number of games that have been remastered, that this one has missed out.
We can only hope that the team come to their senses and give the fans what they want. Whether we get the game or not, we can all agree that this game shaped our childhood.
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