If you could show the new Spy Hunter to players of the original 18 years ago, people would be passing out in the arcades. The new Spy Hunter looks as graphically different from the original as possible. Instead of tiny bland sprites, you get blasted by smooth 3D models. The Interceptor, (your car) now looks as good as the other games out there, and has realistic reflections and smoke effects. Overall, Spy Hunter glistens and sparkles and it is obvious that Midway put a whole-hearted effort into making the game look as good as possible. Since it takes place half on land and half on water, it is important that both sides of the game look top notch. On land, the tires smoke and the dirt flies. On water, waves splash and spray streams out of the back of the boat. The game looks great and runs smoothly at 60 frames per second, and the environments are meticulously detailed. Nothing compares to speeding through Venice shooting baddies at sunset.
Probably one of the most famous things from the original Spy Hunter was Henry Mancini's Theme From Peter Gun. And with a remake of the game, I wouldn't just expect a graphics upgrade, but a remixed theme song also. Saliva takes the job, and adds the typical Mtv rock to some repetitive lyrics to make a somewhat catchy song. The sound effects however are even better. Everything from the bullets and rockets to the squawking tires sounds great.