Simpsons GTA: Fan turns PS2 classic into a graphics smash hit

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The Simpsons: Hit & Run was the perfect GTA alternative for many kids back in the PS2 days. Now, a YouTuber has taken on the task of giving the classic game a new graphic splendor. The result speaks for itself.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run – fan builds his own remake

Many well-known games have been re-released in the form of a remaster or remake in recent years – Diablo 2 Ressurected, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD or Resident Evil 3 are among the most recent examples. In the near future, even the old GTA trilogy will get a facelift.

However, one very special game from the PS2 era has not yet been granted this privilege: The Simpsons: Hit & Run.

The game mechanics of the action game from 2003 are reminiscent of the Grand Theft Auto series in some respects, which is probably why many gamers still remember it as “The Simpson GTA”.

YouTuber reubs, who is also a big fan of the PS2 classic, has taken it upon himself to give the game a little remake. You can see how he did it – and what the result looks like – in the following video:

Remake in a week? This is how the fan did it
It took the YouTuber just one week to complete his project. However, he had to overcome a few hurdles to do so.

Even when importing the game map, reubs searched for a long time for the right tool. After the files finally found their way into the Unreal Engine 5, he was faced with the next problem: the miserable quality of the textures.

The majority of the graphics could be automatically improved by AI upscaling programs, but for a few files repubs had to touch them up manually via Photoshop. He then activated ray tracing via a simple checkbox, which improved the game’s lighting in one fell swoop.

And so the YouTuber shimmied from problem to problem until the final result: The first mission of the main game is completely playable.

Even Joe McGinn, the lead designer of the original game, spoke up in the YouTube comments and congratulated reubs on his phenomenal work:

“Amazing what you’ve accomplished! It really gives a taste of what a modern remaster could look like. Impressive work!”

Fans of The Simpsons: Hit & Run, however, should not hope for it. As McGinn explains in another commentary, the complicated issue of the rights to the game alone is likely to keep companies from doing a remake.

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