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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 Windows Oops i did it again
Starsky & Hutch Windows Wind trails
Starsky & Hutch Windows So many things to shoot at

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Alternate Titles

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

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Consoles Plus Xbox Aug, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Gamesmania.de Windows Jul 28, 2003 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul 05, 2003 75 out of 100 75
Digital Entertainment News (den) Xbox Nov 26, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Jul 01, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Nintendojo GameCube 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpot GameCube Sep 30, 2004 6.4 out of 10 64
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Jul 03, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jun 25, 2003 11 out of 20 55

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