SYSTEM
PSX

PRICE
$39.99

DEVELOPER
Sinister Games

PUBLISHER
Southpeak Interactive

RELEASE
12/99

The Dukes Of Hazzard: Racing For Home Review

By: John Doe


I've played games that during my time with them I wished I was playing another game, or wished I was digging a ditch somewhere, or wished I lived in an era without electricity, but I've never played a game where I wished I was actually dead. Until now...


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Lows:

This game couldn't be worse. The control is bad, the graphics are sub-par, there are gameplay glitches galore and what gameplay exists is repetitive and boring. The best thing about Dukes of Hazzard is the music (I dig the Tractors every now and then), the intro and Waylon Jennings; and that my friend, is it. Compared to other action driving games like Driver, for example, Dukes of Hazzard: Racing For Home is generations behind. This game would have been atrocious as a first generation PlayStation title, never mind a last generation title.

All you do is drive, look for jumps, collect wrenches, nitros and oil, flip over, evade the police, flip over, jump and blow the horn of the General Lee; perhaps the most over-rated TV car since the Mary Tyler-Moore Mobile. The first level of the game involves making two laps around the Hazzard State Fair. I wasn't sure I had completed it because the game gave me the option to "Continue" or "Try Again". Why the hell would I want to try again? Wasn't the first time bad enough? Every level went like that, until I had finished the game. Sure the control sucks, but the game isn't that hard at all thanks to the AI of the police and other opponents, who simply put, can't drive for #$@%. Eventually you'll end up in a big race near the end of the game, and find yourself locked in re-runs or something as you play as a young Uncle Jesse. Yawn.

The cars actually look decent in DOH, and the game moves at a decent speed, but how many times can you lose control of your car and still succeed? Other inconsistencies include a hell-bent Rosco on your tail, who just "has to pull you over", but he rams you like he wants you and your cousin to die, and a disappearing/re-appearing enemy vehicle, that was behind you a moment ago, but is now ahead of you. And explain to me how one minute the analog control is on, then it isn't, and then the game freezes when I re-apply it. And while I'm on the subject, why can't my car drive between two trees? Ughhh. Yessir, them's qualitee game pergrammin' at it's furnest, yeehaw! The cutscenes resemble what Dukes of Hazzard would have looked like if the show were done in the marionette-stylings of Fireball XL5 or The Thunderbirds. Needless to say, the characters look wooden, shiny and downright scary. This I don't need to see before bed. Tom Wopat's bulbous nose looks about right though.

The music is cool but you aren't going to buy this CD to hear some washed up Nashville dinosaur's play a few tunes. Go to Tower Records and buy a Tractor's album; it'll be a lot cheaper. Country superstar Waylon Jennings who doubles as the Balladeer and narrator, is the best part of this game. I have great respect for him, as he really is one of the last Country music greats. You wanna hear some great honky-tonkin' rockin' country, check out Waylon's old stuff. It's actually pretty funky.

Don't go near this game. The game had so much potential and then I opened the jewel case. I rarely say this, but don't even bother renting it. Too many glitches make this one right up there up with Superman 64. Don't say I didn't warn you. Boo Hiss! And now for the completely opposite opinion to mine, here's Dave!

OVERALL
3.0

GRAPHICS
4.0

CONTROL
3.0

MUSIC/FX
9.0

FRUSTRATION
1.0


Second Opinion

By: Dave Mitchell

I found this game quite addictive for some reason, though the gameplay is very simple and repetitive. The graphics are very good, bringing a lot of detail to the cars, backgrounds, and tracks. And the Full Motion Video snippets between levels, the graphics are simply astounding. The sound is superb, with excellent authentic voices of the characters, a great narrator, dynamic sound effects, and very well done country music. Though I'm not normally a fan of this musical genre, it fit the game perfectly, so I liked it. The controls are precise, and the steering doesn't take very long to get used to, as opposed to a lot of driving games. The game itself has you driving through levels and performing special tasks along the way. For example, one level has you "pulling over" a car by crashing into it repeatedly. Often though you only have to get to the end of the level on time and in one piece.

The levels are unfortunately designed in such a way that they all look the same (and play the same in many cases as well), which adds a great deal of repetitiveness to the game. Yet the game is a lot of fun, perhaps because of all the simplicity. The game has an excellent "feeling of speed" which really enhances the experience. But speaking of simple, this is one short game- you'll most likely get through it in 1 or 2 days easy. But I found myself playing through levels again after I beat them, and there is a two-player player mode, so there is some replay value.

In conclusion, I have to say this is the ultimate redneck game, but man it is lots of fun. It definitely won't fit everyone's tastes, so I'd rent it first to form your own opinion about it.

OVERALL
7.5

GRAPHICS
8.0

CONTROL
8.5

MUSIC/FX
9.0

FRUSTRATION
5.0

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