This Simpsons Hit & Run 60fps remaster runs at 4k and is a thing of beauty
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Featured Image Credit: Vivendi Universal Games, SCROALL via Reddit
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is one of the most beloved video games of its generation and fans have been calling for a remaster for many years, a call that is yet to be answered. Well, at least officially.
Developed and published by the now-defunct Radical Entertainment and Vivendi Universal Games, respectively, The Simpsons: Hit & Run was released in 2003 for PC, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and the original Xbox. The Simpsons: Hit & Run was the family-friendly answer to the goliath that was Grand Theft Auto III.
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In 2008, Vivendi Universal Games merged with publisher Activision and being a company that likes to make all the money in the world, it’s somewhat of a mystery as to why to this very day, The Simpsons: Hit & Run is yet to receive an official remake or remaster. As such, fans have taken such matters into their own hands.
In August 2021, a fan decided to remake The Simpsons: Hit & Run and just two years later, this amazing project would see its completion in July 2023. The fan-made remake featured an explorable world, audio sampled from the original game, even missions to partake in, and more. This remake looks amazing, but sadly to avoid the wrath of the Activision lawyers, this project will never be released for public use.
Another fan project that has recently been brought to light is one from modder and Reddit user SCR0ALL. A simple screenshot of a remastered The Simpsons: Hit & Run was shared in a thread showing Homer Simpson about to get in his car. Naturally, the Reddit thread was impressed with the sheer wizardry of SCR0ALL with comments reading, “The quality is crisp af,” and, “How is it so HD dude?”
Well, SCR0ALL answered that question saying, "Developer mode on Xbox, you can add an emulator and it actually upscales to 4k 60fps really well." So there you have it. If you take advantage of Developer Mode, you too can enjoy a 4k remastered version of this retro gem.
Whether Activision decides to create a remake or remaster of The Simpsons: Hit & Run remains to be seen. However, should that one day happen, it will no doubt be a massive hit for new and returning fans alike.