Vigilante 8 © 1999 Activision, Incorporated.
Stayin' alive is the key to success in Vigilante 8, Activision's far-out approach to combat driving.
V8 takes place in an alternate universe where reversible bell-bottom slacks and gold medallions are still hot commodities. A devastating oil shortage has ravaged the American Southwest, resulting in a lawless free-for-all where the population is too concerned with survival to evolve beyond the cultural miasma of the 1970s. With faint disco riffs echoing throughout the landscape, super fly drivers push their vehicles to the limit in the ultimate demolition derby death match.
Activision has done a groovy job of capturing the spirit of the 70s, but this would be a great combat game even if it were set in the middle of the boring 80s. There are 12 vintage vehicles to choose from, each one with a satisfyingly stereotypical driver. The combatants are broken into two opposing groups: the Vigilantes and the Coyotes.
Depending on which character you choose, your mission will either be destruction or salvation. The Coyotes' focus on destroying the landscape, and the Vigilantes' goal is to stop the Coyotes. No matter which side you choose, annihilating the other drivers will always be at the top of your list. Each character has an individual storyline which unfolds throughout the game, and secret missions and drivers are unlocked as you complete each sequence.
Eight sprawling environments are immediately available for destruction, and three areas can be unlocked as you complete the quest mode. One of these bonus levels, Super Dreamland 64, is exclusively available in the N64 version of the game. Even though the explosive action is far from realistic, the Expansion Pak-powered graphics are incredibly lifelike.
Each of the 13 levels is based on a different Southwestern theme, and you can blow up almost anything you see. Since your opponents can be damaged by falling debris, the environments themselves are potential weapons. Special power-ups can be found inside buildings and on rooftops, so if it looks suspicious, blow it up.
Just like disco dancing or fondue parties, Vigilante 8 is best experienced with friends. Two players can work together in the Quest mode, or up to four Tony Manero wanna-bees can enter a chaotic drive to the death.
High-powered weaponry can be found everywhere in the arenas, and each driver has his/her own special weapon. Old man Beezwax can surprise you with a stinging swarm of bees, while Boogie can overwhelm you with his bullet-spewing inflatable disco ball. One of the coolest weapons definitely belongs to John Torque, who can turn up the bass on his stereo to send a ground-rippling blast in all directions.
Backed by a soundtrack that'll make you wanna strut your funky stuff, V8 delivers more action than an all-night Charlie's Angels marathon. This Pak is destined to be one of the greatest party games on Nintendo 64, so you may need to buy a few extra bean bag chairs to accommodate your hustlin' pals.
Released on March 17, 1999.
The commercial consisted of a school bus dropping off a bus load of kids at a school then screeching off. It then presents shots from the game and later returns to the school, showing the bus on the back of a flat bed truck, riddled, burned and full of holes. Then it pans to the face of a girl who exclaims.. HOLY *BEEP* (There was also another version where the beep was replaced by SHIT). This was later banned after the Columbine Massacre and was thought to have conveyed a message of school violence.
* PASSWORDS LIST:
Alien Vehicle: GIMME DA ALIEN
All Endings in Slideshow: LONG SLIDESHOW
All levels and vehicles: JTBT7CFD1LRMGW
Car Select: MIX MATCH CARS
God Mode: LIVING FOREVER
Huge Wheels: MONSTER WHEELS
Invincibility: LIVING FOREVER
No Enemies Present: POPULATION OUT
No Weapon Delay While Firing: FIRE NO LIMITS
Reduced Gravity: A MOON GETAWAY
Slow Motion: Go Really Slow
Super Dreamland 64: DDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Super hard difficulty level!: I AM TOUGH GUY
Super missiles!: MISSILE ATTACK
Ultra Resolution: MAX RESOLUTION
Unlock all regular cars: GANGS UNLOCKED
Unlock Sand Factory and Secret Base: LEVEL SHORTCUT
* Play as Dave: Beat quest mode with Chassey Blue and Slick Clyde.
* Play as Convoy: Beat quest mode with John Torque and Shelia.
* Play as Molo: Beat quest mode with Loki and Houston 3.
* Play as Sid Burn: Beat quest mode with Boogie and Beezwax.
* Play as Y the Alien: Beat quest mode with the 4 secret characters.
* Unlock Secret Base: Beat quest mode with Dave and Molo.
* Unlock Sand Factory: Beat quest mode with Convoy and Sid Burn.
* Unlock Super Dreamland 64: Beat quest mode with Y the Alien.