The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee Review

OK, I'll start this review by saying I am from the South, grew up my whole life in The Heart Of Dixie. So many of you would figure that I would have a soft spot in my heart toward the Dukes of Hazzard. You would be wrong. I remember thinking even when I was young that it was a very stupid show and I did everything I could to not watch it...well, maybe I caught a few glimpses of Daisy. I was a young boy after all! So to be fair the names Bo, Luke, Uncle Jesse, and Cooter don’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and isn't a trip down memory lane that I was really wanting. But, I'm a professional so I wasn't going to let my past experience influence my review. Given that disclaimer does Ubisoft's PS2 game The Dukes Of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee have what it takes to entertain the masses or is it destined to only the hard-core fans. Read on for the answer...

The General Lee rides again.

Of course The Dukes Of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee (RGL) is based on the hit TV show of the late 1970's where a couple of good old boys named Bo and Luke were always getting into a variety of good natured trouble in Hazzard County. Always standing in their way was Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane or if something crooked was going down in Hazzard you could bet that it would be traced back to Boss Hogg. Normally in the show Boss Hogg would be up to no good and the Duke boys would have to stop him and this usually involved some fancy driving around the county in their car The General Lee while avoiding getting caught by the sheriff. (Which reminds me, I need to give my car a name...all great cars have names.) So, in this episode Boss Hogg is about to foreclose on an orphanage and it's your task to raise enough money so that doesn't happen. But as bad luck would have it the weasel Hogg sabotages the General Lee so that you lose the stock car race that would have given you the money. Now you must run around town doing different errands for Boss Hogg in an effort to get the money.

So, now we have an “open-ended” driving game, which is usually fun. Not this game, not this time. The main culprit stopping you from having fun is the controls! A driving game with bad controls! Who would have guessed?? Also not helping is that is it pretty easy to get lost. Kind of embarrassing when you are supposed to know the county like the back of your hand! There is no on screen map that does any good and the only way to figure out where you are is to bring up the big map which takes up the whole screen but keeps the action going! But the real evil here are the controls. You are contently sliding around without any real feel of controlling what’s happening. They just suck and I can't say much more than that. Oh, and there’s no online support. That will always get points off in my reviews from now on.

But wait, there is a bit of good news about the game. The original cast shows up for the most part to do the voices. And there's that Waylon Jennings song at the beginning. And...nope, that's all the good stuff. Oh, did I mention the graphics are pretty lame? No? Well they are.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 41%.  The Dukes Of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee...what can I tell you except to stay away from Hazzard County at all costs.


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