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Interstate '82
Game cover.
Developer(s) Activision
Publisher(s) Activision
Engine Dark Side
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) NA November 22, 1999
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Rating(s) ESRB: Mature

Interstate '82 is a computer game for the PC. It was developed by Activision and released in 1999.

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Synopsis

The game is set in the southwest United States of America in an alternate version of the year 1982, during the Reagan Administration. The game is less complex than its predecessor, Interstate '76, lacking the detailed armor and weapon management of the original. Its play-style is closer to console-based vehicular combat games like Twisted Metal, with a single health bar as opposed to 76's armor/chassis strength system. The vehicle models have been updated to reflect the change in era, and overall, the game has a New Wave feel, with several hitherto-unreleased Devo songs being on the soundtrack, as opposed to the first game's funk-inspired style.

Interstate '82 features a story-mode like its predecessor, with one new option: the player can exit his vehicle and enter another, adding some strategy to the game's storyline (i.e., trading a light, fast vehicle for a heavier one could help in a firefight, but be limiting in a race). Another new addition is the ability to skin the new vehicle models. However, die-hard fans of the series argue these new additions were not enough to compensate for the "dumbing-down" of the armor system and the addition of fanciful new weapons (including lasers and car-disabling "karpoons") to the game.

A common complaint (gameplay and mechanics, aside) many fans expressed was that the '82 De Landau, which is clearly modeled after the De Lorean DMC-12 made famous in the Back to the Future trilogy, does not have the distinctive gull-wing doors of its real-world counterpart. This omission is seen by many in the fan community (of the DMC-12, the original Interstate '76, and Interstate '82) as stripping the vehicle of one of its real-world counterpart's most distinctive and endearing features.

Plot

Six years after Groove Champion and his allies avenged his sister's murder, the former hero has gone missing. The player takes on the role of Taurus, Groove's former partner, as he tries to discover where his friend has gone, uncovering a conspiracy leading all the way to the very top of the American government.

Characters

Taurus, voiced by Greg Eagles
The protagonist of the game, Taurus isn't his real name- it's what people call him. He lived as a poet in New England with a wife and daughter, who were killed by criminals.
Groove Champion
The middle Champion child, Groove is a relic of an earlier era, a burnt-out former vigilante. He must regain his self-confidence if he has any hope of survival.
Skye Champion
The youngest Champion, Skye is a punk rocker who convinces Taurus to come out of retirement and help track down Groove.
Skeeter
Skeeter serves as the mechanic and Greek chorus for the series' heroes. He repairs the player's vehicles between missions and occasionally is the focus of the in-game missions.

Vehicles

Like its predecessors, Interstate '82's arsenal of vehicles is based on real-world cars. A list of cars and their real-world counterparts follows:

  • Mid-size Cars:
  • "Foreign Vehicles" (Require codes to unlock)

Getting I`82 working in the modern day

There are a few things that must be done after you have Interstate`82 installed these days.

  • The first is to rename i82stub.exe, in your Interstate`82 folder, to i82stubz.exe, and only run the game from this executable.
  • The second is to download the servers.dat file here and place it in your Interstate`82 folder, making sure you overwrite your current one.

External links

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