- Spy Hunter (1983 on Apple II, Arcade, 1984 on PC Booter...)
- Spy Hunter (2002 on Game Boy Advance)
- Spy Hunter (2012 on Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita)
Description official descriptions
Evil multinational corporation, NOSTRA are ready to destroy the world and keep what's left, but as the Spy Hunter, it is the player's job to take them down, using all of the available weapons.
In this remake of the 1980's arcade game, the player must ride through seven real life locations in a G-6155 Interceptor, the most high tech car ever built. Weapons include built in machine guns, oil slicks, missiles and much more.
Two major things happen to the Interceptor: When it hits the water, it transforms into a speed boat. When shields dip lower then 50%, it transforms into a motorcycle or jet ski.
- Spy Hunter. Охотник на дороге - Russian spelling (Russobit-M release)
- SpyHunter - Alternate spelling
- 间谍猎手 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
Credits (PlayStation 2 version)
86 People (61 developers, 25 thanks) · View all
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Average score: 73% (based on 44 ratings)
Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 44 ratings with 1 reviews)
The whole idea of re-creating classic titles has always been part of video games, what from Activision's Asteroids to the many Paper Boy sequels. But the one game I've always felt would make a good remake was Spy Hunter, and thank the Gods, Midway have answered my prayers.
Graphics: As with all games these days, the graphics feature highly detailed landscapes, cars and so forth. But the thing that caught my eye was the transitions between vehicles. Think of it as The Matrix combined with Transformers. When your car hits the water, and starts to transform into the speedboat, the now famous slow motion, 360 camera motion kicks in as the boat takes shape. The same happens when your car's shield falls below 50%, and then turns into a bike. I suppose you have to see it for yourself, but trust me, this rocks!
Gameplay: Thankfully, Paradigm have kept as close to the original as possible. All of the weapons are still around (including my personal fav, the oil slick). The car is simple to control, thanks to the PS2 dual shock (or a wheel, if you have one), and the action rarely takes a break.
Sound: Here's something else I'm pleased about, the many remix's of the original soundtrack, featuring the Peter Gunn theme. I can't help but sing along (even though there aren't any words!). And the sound effects themselves are well put together too, adding to the whole experience.
Extras: Only a handful of games include extras, so it's good to see them here. Included is a behind the scenes making of doco, some music items based on the music in the game, and a video clip called "Your Disease". Take note game developers, this is what I expect from you all from now on.
Weapons: The new weapons are good, and as I mentioned, it was good to see the original weapons there too (Oil Slick, Smoke Screen), however they don't seem to be as effective as they once were. But you can't have everything.
The only other problem I had was the length of the game. There are a lack of levels to complete, and the later levels are longer versions of the first couple. On the flip side, they are by no means easy to beat.
And would it have hurt Midway by throwing in the original Spy Hunter as an extra? Unless, of course, it is there and I am yet to find it.
The Bottom Line
Midway have a thing for releasing arcade games on consoles. Their track record is borderline 50/50. So it's great to see them get it right in just about every way, and what better game to do it in.Those who remember the arcade Spy Hunter from the 80's will enjoy this in every way. And anyone who is yet to jump on the express, now is the perfect time.
PlayStation 2 · by Kartanym (12381) · 2001
The Spy Hunter theme song for the PlayStation2 version is performed by the band Saliva.
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Game added October 4th, 2001. Last modified August 24th, 2023.