Excerpt: Tapping into one of the great under used story lines in history, Smuggler Run pits you against the border patrol, running contraband on the US-Canadian and US-Mexican borders. Its law breakin’ fun at it’s finest.
Pros: Huge levels, great physics, fun concept.
Cons: You don’t get to use all that much of the huge and limited in number levels, ridiculously powerful cops, and way too many places that the game just falls short.
Excerpt: Smuggler's Run is absolutely incredible! This game has three vast 'go-anywhere' environments that are very lush graphically. Vehicles are nicely and realistically rendered, and also abide (for the most part) by real-world physics. The sound fx of the game are pretty sweet too. The crunching of cars and the revving of engines brings you right into the action as you are sprinting away from the law.
Excerpt: In "Smuggler's Run", you are a new member of a gang of international smugglers? What do you smuggle? Well, you don't ask questions - you just get paid. The game doesn't make it quite that easy, though: although you're outfitted with a series of powerful, all-road vehicles, the terrains can sometimes be unforgiving and it's only a matter of time before the police, the border patrol or rival gangs are giving chase.
Excerpt: Smuggler's Run puts you in the shoes of an aspiring smuggler who must move contraband across the border while avoiding rival gangs, rough terrain, and the fuzz. All of this translates into more vehicular mayhem than a Blues Brothers marathon, as the basic rule is drive fast and furious, and most of all, don't get caught. The game sports five modes of play.
Excerpt: Smuggler's Run, also known as the "other" Midnight Club, is one of many excessively vaunted launch titles for the PlayStation 2. The premise is simple: you've been hired to do dirty work for those that are naughty. No, you're not a male hooker, but rather a professional contraband smuggler on the run from the cops, hence the title.
Excerpt: Smuggler's Run, one-half of Rockstar's 1-2 launch day combo (the other being Midnight Club: Street Racing), puts you in the proverbial driver's seat for one of the coolest off-road adventures since the days of Test Drive: Off-Road 2. The game starts off with a very simple Driver-esque "test" where you pick a buggy or 4x4 SUV (each with it's own strengths and weaknesses) and go from Point A to Point B. No cops, no worries.
Excerpt: Smuggler’s Run puts you in an environment where driving anywhere is a reality. Sure, there are roads, but they are merely a suggestion. If you want to outrun the border patrol, it is going to take a finding the fastest route to your destination and it usually isn’t a road. While being able to go absolutely everywhere is an advantage, I don’t suggest you actually do it.