Is it me, or has Eighties pop music aged really badly? At the time it seemed great: the Falklands war was raging and Thatcherism was destroying our lives, but we were oblivious, locked in our own little bedrooms rocking out on a diet of Depeche Mode, Cindy Lauper, T'Pau, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Oh, and how we rocked... But nowadays that kind of stuff just doesn't cut it any more. Not for me. I can't take it seriously: big shoulder pads, Flock Of Seagulls barnets, lots of hairspray and electronic drumming is what that kind of music says to me now.
Which is what worries me most about Interstate '82, Activision's long-awaited followup to the funk-tastic Interstate '76. You see, Interstate 76 was a car combat game set in the 70s, with Seventies music used as the soundtrack to the action. Interstate '82, however, is a car combat game set six years later, which means that... Aargh! Ugh. No! You get my drift.
Regardless of that, Interstate '82 is shaping up to be something special on the car/driving/action front - which it'll have to be to knock the wind out of Carmageddon IPs sails this winter.
This time playing as Cbad-ass road legend' Taurus, and teaming up with your long-time partner Groove, you must head out across a never-before-seen universe of locations (including an alternate '80s Las Vegas) in a quest to overpower the top-secret forces that are trying to take over America.
A mixture of indoor and outdoor environments far more complex than those seen in J'76 are being built using Activision's accelerator-only CDark Side' 3D engine. In total there will be 20 massive levels in the final game, including a sewage farm. This new engine has also introduced a number of other graphical advancements, as you'll see in the modelling of the many in-game cars, or the superb water reflections. Homing missiles now trail smoke convincingly, and the oil-thick fire of an exploding car obviously shows that Activision's in-house programming team know what an exploding car looks like. All in all, very cool.
But what to do about that Eighties soundtrack? Well, Activision have hinted that they may localise it, possibly signing up a big name to supply the music. While some people may be more than content to hear the likes of verything Counts' or Wild Boys' warbling away in the background while they play, I'm not one of them. If, on the other hand, the likes of the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Clash, Big Black and Hiisker Dii were involved, I don't think I'd be able to resist. There's just no accounting for taste.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
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