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Fun, Fun, Fun until your Daddy takes your T-Bird Away.

  • Nov 10, 2003
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I got hooked on Vigilante 8 while in college. We used to play this game over and over at a friend's apartment. I think the best thing about this game is the two-player mode. You can go one-on-one against someone in versus or team up and pick your scene and your challengers. The one person mode also has a quest. There's a wide range of vehicles to choose from and each vehicle has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you select this option, you can unlock five other chracters and two different scenes. Once you beat a level, a short clip is shown. Some of them tie together and some of them don't and some of them are just fun to watch. When you're a part of the Vigilantes (the good guys) the missions are a little harder. However, when you're a Coyote (the bad guys) the missions are much easier because instead of protecting property, your bent on destroying it. Overall, Vigilante 8 is a really fun game to play, especially with a friend.

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Vigilante 8is a beautiful shoot-'em-up driving game that also happens to be a lot of fun. The premise is fairly complicated: enter the level, drive around picking up weapons, and blast your opponents to kingdom come. Any questions?

There are several vehicles to control in the game, from a nimble dune buggy to a hard-to-kill pickup complete with camper. There's even a UFO in the two-player mode. Lining a target up in your sights is easy enough using the digital pad, and controlling the vehicle is even more smooth when you use the analog pads on a Dual Shock controller. You'll need all the help you can get, as the enemy vehicles are relentless.

Graphically this game is a stunner, with terrific lighting effects and over-the-top explosions. The sprawling environments you'll encounter are universally detailed and interactive. You'll slide sideways down a ski slope on a snowy mountain during one of the game's more frantic levels. Another fun challenge involves dodging incoming aircraft at the airplane graveyard in the dusty desert. Action fans will undoubtedly want to see the world from behind the wheel of the cars in Vigilante 8. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Terrific graphics and special effects
  • Tear around in anything from a dune buggy to a UFO
  • Interactive environments are a blast to play in
  • Single-player game can get a little boring
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