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You probably don't need me to tell you that The Simpsons Hit And Run is a rather popular video game. Released way back in 2003, developer Radical Entertainment managed to release what is still regarded as one of the greatest licensed games of all time, and it's all down to one simple premise: The Simpsons does Grand Theft Auto.
Seriously, that's pretty much all there was to it. It was a truly inspired concept that was executed with passion, as we all know. Players could freely explore several open-world areas that were filled with in-jokes and moments from the show that ranged from driveable vehicles and wearable outfits to the locations themselves. Hell, you could completely ignore the main game to drive around Springfield in the Canyonero while abusing Hans Moleman till the cops showed up. Bliss.
Take a look at our favourite Simpsons games below! Obviously Hit And Run makes the cut.
Given the huge, huge amount of love for The Simpsons Hit And Run, it's little surprise that it remains the most requested video game remaster among fans. That's according to a new survey conducted by UK retailer GAME, that asked gamers which classic titles they'd most like to see revived on next-gen hardware.
According to a press release the 2003 classic beat out 15 other iconic games for the top spot, including Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The Simpsons Hit And Run took an impressive 44% of the final vote, netting 20% more fans that San Andreas, which had to settle for second place. Metal Gear Solid and Bully landed third and fourth respectively.
While we're still unlikely to see such a sequel or remaster for Homer and the gang any time soon, it's nice to know the fans are still keeping the hope alive. To this day, there are still plenty of petitions from hardcore Hit And Run lovers that continue to fight for the dream. That's a real testament to the enduring quality of the original release, if you ask me.
"Public demand definitely warrants a sequel," Hassan Mohammad argues in a petition with over 16,000 signatures to its name. "I'm astonished one hasn't been made yet, or alternatively a remastering of the original game. I hope it can be made possible through the means of this petition. If you are nostalgic about this game and would love to see another one made, you know what to do!"
Sadly, making a new Simpsons Hit & Run isn't quite as simple as asking the developers. A sequel was in development at one point before EA got the rights to make Simpsons games... at which point any plans that had been made were kind of lost forever.
Featured Image Credit: Radical Entertainment
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