Like the majority of hardcore Simpsons fans, I’ve been tremendously disappointed with the last 8 or 9 years of the show. Homer got too stupid, the jokes weren’t nearly as clever, and the overall quality couldn’t even come close to the show I grew up watching. I went into the Simpsons game expecting the worst. Licensed games in general are terrible, and this license in particular passed its prime almost a decade ago. Surprisingly, I laughed more during this game than any other in the last few years. It’s one of the few times I can say the humor and dialogue almost makes up for a few shoddy gameplay elements (poor targeting system and camera). There are countless excellent references for longtime fans of the show (Mr. Sparkle, the Spirograph factory, the Hellfish treasure) as well as nods at other videogames (Sonic, Mario, Wolfenstein 3D, GTA, Shadow of the Colossus). There’s the occasional unfunny line, but most of the humor and parodies are spot-on. Worth playing for the humor alone.