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) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, GameCube
Release Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • EU: 20 June 2003
  • NA: 9 September 2003
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: 12 September 2003
  • EU: 26 September 2003
GameCube
  • EU: 26 September 2003
  • NA: 24 August 2004
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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, 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]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2 Xbox
Edge N/A N/A 7/10[1] 7/10[1] 7/10[1]
EGM N/A N/A N/A 4.83/10[2] 4.83/10[2]
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A 6/10[3] N/A
Game Informer N/A N/A N/A 5.75/10[4] 5.75/10[5]
GamePro N/A N/A N/A N/A 3/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution N/A N/A N/A C[7] N/A
GameSpot N/A 6.4/10[8] 6.8/10[9] 6.8/10[9] 6.8/10[9]
GameSpy N/A N/A N/A 3/5 stars[10] 3/5 stars[11]
GameZone N/A 5.7/10[12] 7/10[13] N/A 6.3/10[14]
IGN N/A 5.5/10[15] 5.5/10[16] 5.5/10[17] 5.4/10[18]
Nintendo Power 2.4/5[19] 2.9/5[19] N/A N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A N/A 2/5 stars[20] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A N/A 7.6/10[21]
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A 67%[22] N/A N/A
Entertainment Weekly N/A N/A N/A B[23] N/A
Playboy N/A N/A N/A 75%[24] 75%[24]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 49/100[25] 59/100[26] 56/100[27] 60/100[28] 58/100[29]

Starsky & Hutch received "mixed" reviews on all platforms except the Game Boy Advance version, which received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[28][29][26][27][25]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b EGM staff (November 2003). "Starsky & Hutch (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (172): 173. 
  3. ^ Reed, Kristan (3 July 2003). "Starsky & Hutch (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Leeper, Justin (October 2003). "Starsky & Hutch (PS2)". Game Informer (126): 123. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (October 2003). "Starsky & Hutch (Xbox)". Game Informer (126): 136. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Pong Sifu (9 September 2003). "Starsky & Hutch Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 8 February 2005. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Silverman, Ben (September 2003). "Starsky & Hutch Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Davis, Ryan (30 September 2004). "Starsky & Hutch Review (GC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Davis, Ryan (19 September 2003). "Starsky & Hutch Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Meston, Zach (10 September 2003). "GameSpy: Starsky & Hutch (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Meston, Zach (10 October 2003). "GameSpy: Starsky & Hutch (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 18 December 2005. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Romano, Natalie (30 September 2004). "Starsky & Hutch - GC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Rgerbino (14 October 2003). "Starsky & Hutch - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Wrentmore, John (21 September 2003). "Starsky & Hutch - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (28 September 2004). "Starsky and Hutch Review (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (16 October 2003). "Starsky and Hutch Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (9 September 2003). "Starsky and Hutch (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (12 September 2003). "Starsky and Hutch Review (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch". Nintendo Power. 180: 121. June 2004. 
  20. ^ "Starsky & Hutch". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 142. November 2003. 
  21. ^ "Starsky & Hutch". Official Xbox Magazine: 102. November 2003. 
  22. ^ Osborn, Chuck (April 2004). "Starsky & Hutch". PC Gamer: 68. Archived from the original on 25 September 2004. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Robischon, Noah (17 October 2003). "Starsky & Hutch (PS2, Xbox)". Entertainment Weekly (733): L2T 20. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch (PS2, Xbox)". Playboy: 32. August 2003. 
  25. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "Starsky & Hutch for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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