Overall, this is a great game that any fan of the Simpsons or Grand Theft Auto would enjoy, as it has many aspects from the television show and game. It manages to combine humour, an interesting plot with great graphics and sound to make gameplay really fun. It's great for most levels of gamers as it does get more challenging, and less experienced gamers may find it fun to simply wander around and do the missions at their leisure. It's reasonably priced right now and one of the best PS2 games out there.
While other games based upon television shows and movie tend to be a downfall in the game department, this proved to be great and enjoyable. It doesn't follow a previous Simpsons episode, and they have created a whole new plotline for Simpsons fans to follow! The game is rated 7 plus, and this is due to the fact that throughout most of the game violent things can occur like running people over. It can be quite difficult to complete some of the tasks, so I would rate this as more of a 12 game.
The plotline centers around the new soda drink Buzz Cola that has been appearing throughout the town and following its arrival into Springfield, there have been black vans carrying cameras whizzing around the town. With the help of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Apu you have to do various missions throughout the game and see what's really going on and try your best to stop it.
It has basically been developed as The Simpsons version of Grand Theft Auto, except not as difficult. You tend to just drive around the town, with the ability to pick up random missions or following the storyline missions given to you. Usually the missions revolve around driving round the town picking up objects as you go along, avoiding being hit by cars or getting as far away from another car as possible. Some can be quite difficult and take a while to complete, but a nice thing in this game, is that after a while they will give you the option to skip a mission and move on to the next one.
One thing when playing this game is to make sure you avoid any of the citizens of Springfield, as if you hit them, your Hit and Run meter will increase and if it turns into a full 360 circle, you'll start to get chased by the police. During missions I actually found it quite hard to keep a low Hit and Run meter, as with such short time limits you find yourself rushing past whatever you can just to get items or away from someone.
If the police catch you during this Hit and Run, you'll face a fine, which is 50 coins and can be annoying if you have just started a mission which requires you to buy something!
Scattered around the game, and when you hit obstacles or win a race, are coins that you need to collect to buy vehicles or costumes. It's handy to get as many of these as you can as if you don't have enough to bu particular things for particular missions, it can be really frustrating trying to gather enough to complete all the missions. Collecting all the vehicles and clothes options can take ages, but there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you have got every bit of a game! There is also set amounts of Collectors Cards to find, which if you want to waste some time, you can wander around and look for all of them as it will unlock a race for you to play on each level.
I have played the other Simpsons games, such as the Simpsons Movie on the PS2 platform, but none of them have been as good as Hit and Run. I bought it a while back at the full price of £30, but now it has definitely decreased as PS2 games have lost a lot of market and I've seen it in game for around £5 preowned.