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Scheduled release date:

Fall 2000

  Accompanying Driver as one of the only games in the series, Smuggler's Run is looking to make mission based racing a known genre. The game is in its early stages, but so far impressing enough to make an impact with incredible PlayStation 2 graphics, fully interactive stages and incredibly nice vehicles. The game concentrates on being totally playable in terms of being able to go anywhere.

   The game features serious car-like physics, such as shocks that are uncovered. Shocks rumble up and down during rough terrain and truly compress when landing from high flight. The object of each level is to locate and then pick up the goods, and then to escape with it before the cops, or other smugglers. You control several cars of your own, which make up your gang. You decide before you start which cars will lead or follow. The lead cars look out areas and draw away enemies, while the cars in back protect you or can be sent to attack enemy gangs or knock off the police. Your objective is to pick up bad guys and criminals and get them across the border without getting busted by the police or the border patrol. In addition to that, your not only chased by law enforcement but also by other smugglers who will try to get the goods and get all the credit for themselves (you never know). There are several other modes like plain racing and something like capture-the-flag but only for multiplayer.

   Your transports are terrain vehicles like trucks, buggies and (super) streetcars. With those vehicles, you can cross steep hills and any rough terrain you can think of with a little speed. You can go virtually anywhere, bump into things like telephone poles, and even run over people at gatherings. The possibilities are nearly endless. The game features very country like backgrounds, mainly farm lands and forests, all which you can demolish. Everything on the environment has its detail, you can see tiny shrubs growing (and of course run them over) and so on. Pretty much anything you see in the game can be ridden on (living or non-living).

   Overall Smuggler's Run looks like a title to expect. It's coming on the release of PlayStation 2 so you can get it when you purchase your PS2. The game looks really fun to play, so I am looking forward to this one.

8/22/2000 Eugene

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