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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Friday, 19 November 2004

Want to drive cars fitted with giant guns through the desert? That’s what you do in Interstate 76. The game is set in 1976 where you are Groove Champion (funky name).

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An evil “auto-mercenary”, Antonio Malochio employed by OPEC he is intending to destroy the strategic oil-reserve of the United States (that’s why you run around in the desert all the time).

 

Your sister Jade has been on Malochio’s tail for a while but has just gotten killed. Her assistant Taurus has decided to join you in the struggle together with the auto mechanic Skeeter. Cut scenes between the missions in the game unfold the story.

 

Actually I love the story, if you read the manual there is so much background info so you can almost read it as a novel. I even believe that someone could have made a pretty good movie out of this game story.

 

The missions aren’t that hard, but they required you to drive fast, navigate well and fight well. So you will probably need some training before starting out (there are some built in training missions so don’t worry). During the game you will meet a lot of bad boys and see a lot of action, but most importantly have a lot of fun.

 

As you might imagine the cars in the game are based on 1970s cars. They are fitted with different kinds of turrets, machine guns and cannons. In multiplayer and the melee mode the player can select big trucks and busses and not just ordinary cars. There is also an option where you outfit your own car with weapons.

 

The battles and shootouts in Interstate 76 resemble a tank simulator. You just aim and fire, most of the time you hit the enemy, nothing really advanced. There are also options of launching oil slicks and fire droppers if someone is on your tail.

 

Controlling the cars is kind of easy too. You simply hold on to the wheel, sometimes especially during the single player missions you have to handle the car with more skill than ever. Usually you are driving on twisting roads in the Desert Mountains, so mistakes are usually fatal.

 

Interstate 76 is really a good and fun game, and it’s a bit unusual mixing driving and shooting the way Activision has done. Together with the story and the intense multiplayer battles this game is a great one.

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Developer: Activision
Website for game: http://games.activision.com/games/i76/index.html Publisher: Activision
O/S:  Win 95/98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: About $15, try on Ebay.

Requirements:
Pentium 90, 16 mb RAM, 2 mb Graphics Memory
Tested on:
Pentium III Mobile 850 mhz, 384 mb RAM, Windows XP

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