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In any event, SpyHunter ranks up there with the amazing Tempest 2000 as one of the best remakes ever made for a classic game, and I can't wait to see if any sequels will be planned (to hopefully include a classic version as well). SpyHunter shoots and scoots its way to 4 1/2 GiN Gems. And for all those who are thinking about making a classic remake, I recommend they give Paradigm a call to learn a thing or two.
Der Sprung in die 3D-Welt ist zwar spielerisch gut gelungen, technisch wäre auf der Xbox aber definitiv mehr möglich gewesen. Dennoch: Fans der Urfassung werden trotz des modernen Gewands viel vom alten Spy Hunter wiedererkennen. Vor allem ist es Midway gelungen, den Spielspaß herüber zu retten. Die Jagd nach Spionen gestaltet sich als äußerst kurzweilige und actionreiche Arcade-Kost vom Feinsten, auch wenn minimale Kamera- und Steuerungsprobleme für kleine Frustmomente sorgen. Auch die nicht ganz Xbox-optimierte Grafik sorgt für die eine oder andere Sorgenfalte, die jedoch von der hervorragenden Sounduntermalung wieder etwas glatt gebügelt wird. Fans von Renn-Action-Spielen haben mit Spy Hunter vorerst den heiligen Gral gefunden und dürfen sich zudem noch am mitgelieferten Original laben.
In the end, SpyHunter is a decent remake and given the competition, is perhaps one of the better ones. Paradigm Entertainment managed to keep the arcade gameplay in tact—for better or worse—and put together a good game. Ordinarily all you can ask is that they at least match whatever positives were in the original, but in the case of SpyHunter that means it hasnt risen about a primitive arcade game released almost two decades ago. SpyHunter is little more than a graphical update to an arcade classic. It isn't horrible, but it's hardly a compelling release.
Spy Hunter isn't quite the playboy spy-action thriller it wants to be. This is more Larry Flynt than Hugh Hefner. It gets the job done, but it could be so much classier. A direct port of a game that came out several months ago on an older platform just won't cut the mustard anymore.
As we all know, history has a way of repeating itself, and this maxim rings no truer than in the field of video games. Popular games tend to spawn sequels and imitations ad nauseum, and classic titles are often recycled by publishers looking to cash in on existing name recognition. Midway has certainly been guilty of squeezing its franchises for everything they're worth and then some, but its PlayStation 2 remake of Spy Hunter qualified as more of a revival than a cash-in. But there's a new facet to the repetition of history, where publishers will take a game from one platform and port it to every other modern console. Spy Hunter for the Xbox is just one of these ports. For the most part, it makes good on the PlayStation 2 version, but it's dragged down by somewhat problematic graphics.
If you played the original years and years ago, SpyHunter on the Xbox will be like stepping back into your favorite pair of shoes. You’ll have a great time playing, but you won’t be overly impressed by any extras we would have wanted to see over the PS2 version. If you played the PS2 version, then you have already played this version. The only bonus is that the Xbox version includes the original arcade title, which to me as much fun if not more fun than the new one. I’m still a sucker for the classics. If you haven’t played the PS2 version, SpyHunter would be a nice rental because you will probably be able to beat it before you have to take it back.
SpyHunter offers up some slick menus, a jazzy soundtrack, and some challenging gameplay and unique level designs. There is always something new with each mission and the limited freedom to explore the levels opens the game up for some moderate replay value. If you have a PS2 then you will want to definitely get that version. If your only alternative is to play SpyHunter on the Xbox, then you have been warned. It's a shame that an otherwise excellent game is literally ruined with poor graphics and sound.
As big of a SpyHunter fan as I was from back in the old days, I was really disappointed with this remake overall. Not that it wasn’t fun or I didn’t enjoy it, but it was way too short and graphically didn’t meet my expectations of a next – gen gaming title. I highly recommend that you grab this at your nearest game rental store prior to making a final commitment to purchasing it.
Le passage de Spy Hunter sur Xbox se fait dans la douleur. Avec une notamment une perte de qualité graphique, le titre n'amuse plus de tout. Sans vraiment parvenir à convaincre ni dans le domaine de l'action ni dans celui du jeu de course, Spy Hunter avoue rapidement ses limites en terme d'intérêt et de durée de vie.