New media: The Simpsons Road Rage

See the first screenshots from the PlayStation 2 version of The Simpsons Road Rage.


GameSpot has received a new set of screenshots from the PlayStation 2 version of The Simpsons Road Rage, a game that combines the traditional Simpsons wit with arcade-style gameplay. Mr. Burns is up to his greedy ways again, purchasing the Springfield Transit Corporation and jacking up the fares. Refusing to shell out for the high rates, the citizens of Springfield are forced into humorous situations as they brave angry commuters and jam-packed roads while trying to earn enough money to buy back the Transit Corporation before time runs out.

The game features more than 25 Simpsons characters, as well as voices, animations, and interactions between the characters. Five neighborhoods around Springfield have been re-created, featuring around 100 related landmarks. A bonus system rewards players of all skill levels and lets them choose which characters and cars they would like to unlock. According to EA, the game's publisher, the world will be very interactive, with other drivers and pedestrians taking part in the mayhem. The two-player mode pits two competitors against each other on a split-screen in a race to pick up passengers. So far there have been two game modes revealed. One of them is the story mode, which allows for 40-60 unique passenger deliveries plus seven bonus deliveries. The Sunday driving mode lets players pick up passengers and explore the city freely.

The Simpsons Road Rage is scheduled to appear on both the PS2 and the Microsoft Xbox this fall, and it is being developed by Radical Entertainment.

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