It looks like reboot mania is moving on up to the realm of video games. Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment picked up Midway Games about three years ago and with the company came the infamous classic Spy Hunter. The old-school driving/shooting game will be making a return – though only to the Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS hand-held systems – nearly 30 years after the original was released in 1983.
If you’ve never played Spy Hunter (freakin’ kids these days…), it basically involves a top-down, one-way drive in your spy car. You shoot up the bad guys along the way, maneuver onto resupply trucks, drop oil slicks and other cool weapons and transform into a boat when you hit the water. It may sound cheesy, but it was both simple and fun as hell and the arcade version of it devoured a great deal of my allowance every week.
Warner Brother had a few things to say about the upcoming Spy Hunter reworking:
“’Spy Hunter’s’ classic gameplay has been upgraded to give PlayStation Vita and 3DS players a new, adrenaline-charged experience. Gamers now have more choice in the transformation and customization with greater hand controls, brilliant graphics and enhanced action cameras.”
Combined with the visual enhancement from today’s graphics, this could turn out to be as fun as the original.
The Spy Hunter reboot is set to release this Fall.
Personally, I’m pretty jazzed to see this make its way back for a new generation of gamers to enjoy and eager to see whether they can use new technology to make it better rather than just covering it in a layer of visual cluster-fuck. What do you think, kids? Can they make a game as addictive as the original?
Thanks to geektyrant for the info.