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Thursday, August 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 70.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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The Simpsons Game: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 & 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, DS, Rated Teen

Just as Simspons games have done in the past, this one tries to have it both ways. It's a satire of clichés and styles found in other games, yet it simultaneously profits from using those exact same clichés and styles.

Still, the game is mostly an entertaining exploration of the Simpsons universe. You play in various double-teams as Bart, Homer, Marge and Lisa. Each of the 16 episodes is a quest. As Homer and Bart, you engage in an eating contest in an Epcot-like theme park. As Marge, you convince townspeople to join your angry Frankenstein mob to demand the mayor ban a Grand Theft Auto-ish video game.

There's some great satire of Mario, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and other classics. I laughed the most at seeing, in one background, a representation of speedy Sonic the Hedgehog looking very haggard while stuck on a kind of hamster wheel.

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