Ratbag
Ubisoft
Racing/Driving
1-2
09.29.04

The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee


At the time of infancy, before many of you were born, The Dukes of Hazzard show premiered on CBS. They had their final show on a Friday night at eight o'clock p.m., in the year of 1979. Currently, 19 years later, Ubi Soft releases The Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee video game. Although the word "hazard" is spelled differently on many official websites, I've come to the conclusion that the real spelling is "hazzard." Either way, the game still has the same concept as the vapid television show. If there are any Bo and Luke fans out there, then this might be the game for you. I'm personally not a "Dukes of Hazzard enthusiast," but after reviewing clips from the old show, I will give Daisy many hours of support. Especially to see her beautiful long legs and full breasts! Yee Haaw, let's get started with the review!

Gameplay

As I said before, with comparison to the television show there isn't much of a difference in the plot of the game. The game leaves off from that Friday night in '79. Basically, Bo and Luke are still being chased by the fat Sheriff Rosco and Deputy Enos Strate. Daisy (the dream come true) is serving it up at the Boar's Nest while Cooter is still wrecking and fixing cars. Boss Hogg is just as useless in the game, as in utile his tactics were in the show. Interestingly, I found this game to be a manifestation in comparison with Grand Theft Auto. The steering and control of the vehicle were identical to the formative features of GTA. The only difference was that there was an emergency brake that gave the '69 Charger a fibrous grasp. Especially, when converting a sharp 180 from a high volume of speed! In single player mode, you proceed through a storyline, which you have to save the Orphanage. Basically, you drive around the town and pick up items most of the time. There is nothing adventurous about it. It is about 1/50th of the game that the first GTA was. The most important part in every video game is the multiplayer modes. In this multiplayer mode they offer a "Hot Pursuit," which isn't hot at all. They also have a demolition derby. In the derby you and a friend take cars up to the old track and ram them. Last car standing wins and everyone who participates in this event loses (go ahead, think about it!). Then you have your basic head-to-head race. (Hey man, first one to the bottom of the pit wins! If you found no sarcasm in anything I have just said, then maybe you should buy the game.) Like every other normal game, you can save and continue where you left off a week later if desired.

The best feature of the game drowns you, becoming interminable substantially fast. For instance, after performing about 50 burnouts, I lost interest in burning rubber and spinning around. If you get bored of the simplicity of the storyline and gameplay, you can then administer yourself in a feature called "Free Roam." Although a cell phone has free roaming, this doesn't necessarily mean you're not going to get extra roaming charges on your bill. Well, in correlation, it's the same concept in the game. Although this feature is for people that like to ride around and practice stunts, there are many of the same clichéd features in this mode than of which are present in the other. Basically the only difference of the two seems that free roam doesn't aid in beating the game. But, if you are a firm believer in the saying, "Practice makes perfect." I advise that you start with "Free Roam." Now if your one of those people that wants a good game, then don't even waste your time with The Dukes of Hazzard.

Graphics

For the simple fact that everything else about this game is irritating and loathsome, I will try to be a bit more lenient. First of all, if GTA wasn't already a great game, then I would have given credit to the graphics in Dukes of Hazzard for originality. But as I have previously stated, Dukes of Hazzard lacked innovation and heightened in peculation. However it's a tough market and yes, there are critics such as myself that will tell you this game sucks. It is interesting and fun for the first hour and a half you play. Then everything just seems to get repetitive. I had experienced a feeling of festivity doing the 360's and 180 turns. Graphically this was put together well. It just seemed to me that it was too much like a game I have already played. I don't know about you, but when I play new games, I look for new animations and features in the graphics. The graphics are sometimes the most important part of the game. The graphics are the make or the break. The stunts in this game are unique, but they aren't breathtaking. In the television show, the stunts are what made the show for the people of the 80's. Therefore the stunts in this game should have been off the wall, knock your socks off type of excitement. However, The Duke's of Hazzard goes to show if your looking for a cheap game that is attempting to rip off other game ideas, then this is your follow up. Don't get me wrong, the stunts are good, but in "Stuntman" they are great. I think they should've ripped the stunt procedures off of "Stuntman" and used the background scenery from "Red Dead Revolver" as the setting. If they were going to rip off GTA, they might as well have stolen other bits and pieces from other great games. On account, the graphics could have been better. I didn't understand how I kept wrecking my car in this one part from running over this white crap that looked like snow. But in the game it was supposed to be rocks. So as far as graphics, I was frustrated as the game was disappointing.

Sound

The sound in this game is of no better quality then you will get in any other game. There is no need to hook this up to the surround sound system, because there are no audio sounds worth enhancing perception upon. One concluded notion I came upon that was monotonously irking me was the game had precisely measured up to the same sounds of the vehicles in GTA. Again more GTA feels in the game. I felt that when I was driving down the street, I wanted to get out of my car and blow something up. But in all seriousness, I could identify the sounds of the cars in Grand Theft Auto through engagement of gameplay. All other sounds in this game were average. There was nothing that jumped out at me, except for an occasional absolute annoyance, "Yee Haaw!"

Replay Value

The game isn't worth the five dollars to rent it, therefore it isn't worth the $30 dollars to buy it. Thirty dollars is a great deal on a fairly new game, but $30 dollars is a rip off if you spend it on this game. I don't at anytime see it worth purchasing this game, being that the television show wasn't even good. I'm going to take it to a whole other level and give you some great advice. If you see the game on sale, don't buy it. Most importantly, if they are giving the game away for free, don't take it. It's a waste of your time, shelf space, and will only collect dust.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a racing game, get an EA Sports racing game from any year. If your looking for a game with good stunts, get Stuntman or any football game you see. But whatever you do, don't buy this game for all the wrong reasons. However, if you do want to play a game that has two guys (straight out the trailer park), driving in a car picking up items (endlessly throughout the entire game), then go out and piss your money away. The only reason anybody should get this game, is if they were one of those collector fanatics that have nothing better to do with their time and money, other than worship the alternative people and television sitcoms. So, unless you're a diehard Dukes of Hazzard fan, seek another game. If you only want the game because of Daisy, check playboy, she may be in one of the retro issues from the 80's.

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-Bobby Bernauer




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