Starsky & Hutch (video game)

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Starsky & Hutch
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Developer(s) Mind's Eye Productions
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive
Distributor(s)
Engine RenderWare
Havok
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, GameCube
Release date(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox & Microsoft Windows
  • EU 20 June 2003
  • NA 9 September 2003
Game Boy Advance & GameCube
  • NA 12 September 2003 (GBA)
  • EU 26 September 2003
  • NA 24 August 2004 (GC)
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Starsky & Hutch is a vehicular combat video game based on the television series of the same name. The game was released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance and GameCube. A sequel was in development and announced at E3 2004 but it was cancelled before it was released.

Gameplay[edit]

The game follows the adventures of David Michael Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson as they clean up Bay City in their Gran Torino.

The game features asymmetric multiplayer gameplay, in which one player controls Starsky as he drives the car whilst another controls Hutch as he shoots enemies and obstacles. These can be performed with various steering wheel and lightgun peripherals, such as the Guncon 2. In single player, players can drive as Starsky with shooting either set to free or auto aim.

The game consists of three 'seasons' consisting of several 'episodes'. In each episode, players need to complete objectives, such as chasing down criminals or escorting other vehicles, whilst also keeping Viewer Ratings high. Throughout the game there are various icons the player can either shoot or drive through, offering bonuses such as increased grip, higher viewer ratings and more powerful weapons, as well as special events such as jumping off ramps.

The game has a 70s style presentation and features the original voice of Huggy Bear, Antonio Fargas.

Reception[edit]

Starsky & Hutch received mixed reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 2 version 64.67% and 60/100,[1][2] the Xbox version 63.19% and 58/100,[3][4] the GameCube version 60.17% and 59/100,[5][6] the PC version 59.82% and 56/100[7][8] and the Game Boy Advance version 10.00%.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Starsky & Hutch for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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