Combine Mad Max's anarchic road rules, Smokey and the Bandit's classic cat-and-mouse chases, a royal salute to the Dukes of Hazzard's car aerobatics, and you've got yourself the components for one entertaining auto combat game. The original Vigilante 8 was a critical success and now, after some under-the-hood tweaks, Vigilante 8: Second Offense rolls off the line with upgraded graphics and effects, and a load of new weapons, power-ups, and levels.
Defeated by the vigilantes back in the '70s, the desert-dwelling Coyote gang is leaping into leader Slick Clyde's time machine to rewrite the past. And, naturally, they're taking an arsenal of futuristic weapons and surprises with them.
Players cruise 12 different locations around the country in 18 '70s-era vehicles (and one futuristic hovercraft), each with a unique set of weapons and defenses. The single-player mode offers adventurous mini-missions that, inevitably, end up with all sorts of stuff blowing up. The multiplayer mode invites up to four players to join in on a free-for-all destruction derby.