The Simpsons: Road Rage (Gamecube) Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the Gamecube release of The Simpsons: Road Rage by Radical Entertainment and Electronic Arts. I didn’t receive a copy of this one due to its age and this review is for fun/practice.
The Simpsons: Road Rage is a Crazy Taxi style game that came out in 2001. The gameplay is so similar to Crazy Taxi that SEGA wound up suing Radical Entertainment and Electronic Arts but the case was settled outside court.
The game features 4 game modes including Road Rage, Sunday Drive, Mission Mode, and Head to Head. Road Rage is the main game mode and plays like Crazy Taxi where you must drive around passengers to their destinations without running out of time. Sunday Drive allows you to explore the game world at your leisure. Mission Mode allows you to complete various missions based on different characters. Finally, Head to Head is the game’s multiplayer mode and allows you to go up against your friends.
The story to Road Rage features Mr. Burns trying to control the bus industry with new, nuclear powered buses and it’s up to the many characters of Springfield to taxi around passengers to compete with him. There’s 17 characters for you to play as and a single hidden character you unlock upon completion of the game.
There are also 6 locations based on The Simpsons world including Evergreen Terrace, Entertainment District, Springfield Dam, Nuclear Power Plant, Downtown, and Springfield Mountain. Each area in the game is fairly large and you’ll be able to see various landmarks from The Simpsons in each one.
The characters you meet in the game are all voiced by The Simpsons voice actors and many of the lines they provide are from the show. I will admit that the one-liners from the character you’re playing does get annoying very quickly because they say the same things over and over again. It wouldn’t be so bad if the one-liners had a fairly long time between each one but because they’re so short they repeat things a lot.
When you run out of time it’ll be game over and you’ll be rated based on how much money you made. Money you make goes into a pool and when you make enough you are able to choose an unlockable character or new starting location.
One complaint that I do have with this game is the floaty controls. Driving in the game feels a bit loose and it depends on what character you’re playing how bad the floatiness is. Bart’s vehicle is one of the most floaty in the game.
Overall, The Simpsons: Road Rage is merely a decent game and a complete rip-off of Crazy Taxi. The game doesn’t look too bad on the Dolphin Emulator but with floaty controls and annoying one-liners it’s difficult to recommend the game. Still, if you’re a fan of The Simpsons then it might be worth checking out but if not, then Crazy Taxi is what you want to play.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon!
Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!