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Starsky & Hutch

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Description

Starsky & Hutch is an arcade racing game based on the popular TV series from the 70s, released to tie in with the film. The game includes 18 missions, each based on an episode of the TV show and introduced by Antonio 'Huggy Bear' Fargas. There is also a free roaming mode, in which the player explores the GTA-esque environment looking for action and trouble.

Like the film, the game does not entirely play it straight. Starsky & Hutch are actually shooting a TV show, and the scoring for each mission reflects how ratings-friendly your driving is. You are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals for each mission depending on performance, and must get at least 1 gold and 2 silvers on season 1 for a second season to be commissioned, and 3 golds and 2 silvers in season 2 for there to be a third for you to play through.

The overall goal in each mission is usually to chase and destroy a criminal's car. There is always a secondary target as well. In addition, the player will gain viewers by hitting the bad guy, pulling off elaborate jumps and skids, nearly hitting civilians, and hitting the bonus targets such as canisters which are strewn through the levels. Hitting civilians will lose viewers.

Dave Starsky is the guy behind the steering wheel and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson shoots out of the windows of the car. On PS2 and XBox a second player can take care of the shooting, using either a light gun or a standard controller. During single player, the aiming is automatic for shooting.

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Starsky & Hutch Windows Typical jump
Starsky & Hutch GameCube On Target
Starsky & Hutch GameCube Don't shoot the green lights, though
Starsky & Hutch GameCube Drive through the shop with the ugly textures.

Alternate Titles

  • "极速双雄" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The Press Says

Consoles Plus PlayStation 2 Aug, 2003 82 out of 100 82
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Sep 06, 2004 B 75
Gamesmania PlayStation 2 Jul 28, 2003 75 out of 100 75
PC Action Windows Aug 20, 2003 71 out of 100 71
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 2003 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot GameCube Sep 30, 2004 6.4 out of 10 64
GameSpy Xbox Oct 10, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Windows Oct 16, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
IGN Xbox Sep 12, 2003 5.4 out of 10 54
Joystick (French) Windows Sep, 2003 5 out of 10 50

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