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The game takes place in the Western United States during a time of world-wide oil shortage in 1976. An organization known as OMAR (Oil Monopoly Alliance Regime) was making money off the shortage everywhere except in the United States. OMAR hires the best terrorist that $100 million could buy: Sid Burn. His job, aided by five hired Coyotes, is to destroy all gas refineries in the southwest of the U.S. so OMAR can bring the country to its knees. When gas prices went wild, six civilians who called themselves Vigilantes, led by the truck driver Convoy, began fighting against the Coyotes in different areas to keep OMAR from succeeding.

Vigilante 8 is a vehicular combat game similar to Twisted Metal in concept. Players can choose from eight characters with different agendas, and select vehicles ranging from classic 1970's muscle cars to a school bus, each stacked high with various kinds of weapons. Unlockables include two hidden levels (three in the Nintendo 64 version) and five hidden characters and cars. Multiplayer is also included: the PlayStation version allows two players (four in the Nintendo 64 version) to go head-to-head.


Vigilante 8 PlayStation Selecting a Stage
Vigilante 8 Nintendo 64 Main Menu
Vigilante 8 Nintendo 64 Approaching Opponent
Vigilante 8 Nintendo 64 Opponent running

Promo Images

Vigilante 8 Screenshot
Vigilante 8 Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "فيجيلانتي 8" -- Arabic spelling

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User Reviews

A great way to work off some road rage...and better than Twisted Metal! PlayStation Dr.Bedlam (56)

Critic Reviews

Officiel Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 64 May, 1999 92 out of 100 92
CyberGames PlayStation Jun 22, 1998 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo 64 May 19, 1999 18 out of 20 90
Gamezilla PlayStation 1998 86 out of 100 86
Freak Nintendo 64 May, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Just Games Retro Nintendo 64 Jun 14, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Mar 18, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Apr, 1999 78 out of 100 78
PSX Extreme PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 7.4 out of 10 74
Video Games Nintendo 64 Mar, 1999 71 out of 100 71


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The infamous commercial of the Nintendo 64 version consists of a school bus dropping off a bus load of kids at a school then screeching off. It then presents shots from the game and later returns to the school, showing the bus on the back of a flat bed truck, riddled, burned and full of holes. Then it pans to the face of a girl who exclaims.."HOLY *BLEEP*" (There was also another version where the bleep was replaced by a horn honking).

This was later banned after the Columbine Massacre and was thought to have conveyed a message of school violence. The commercial can be viewed here.

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