Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Word of advice to the developers: When creating the next installment of this franchise, do what you did with the presentation end of things, and almost completely rip-off Grand Theft Auto, and their gameplay. It'll make this sort of title appeal to almost everyone.
  2. The arcade racing physics and handling engine by Rat Bag is about as sweet as the Lee's insignia orange paint.
  3. The game is just as dated as the show and it fares just as well with its console competition as the original series would if it debuted on prime time next week.
  4. If "Driver" married its cousin, there's a good chance the spawn of said union would look a lot like The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee. [Oct 2004, p.129]
  5. 60
    With all the focus developers put into the presentation of the story, it seems like they forgot to tighten up the actual gameplay element. The end result is a great game for Dukes fans, but nothing more than a mediocre racing title for the rest of us.
  6. The General Lee's controls are really rough. I don't think I have played a driving game that handles this poorly. It's so loose that sometimes it's outright hard to control.
  7. It features a plot worthy of the TV series, a number of the original TV actors reprising their roles...and boring, frequently broken gameplay that absolutely ruins the entire experience.
  8. 55
    The car never really feels grounded, but rather appears to float at a high rate of speed. It doesn't take much more than too much gas and too sharp a turn to start spinning, adding unnecessary aggravation to some of the longer missions.
  9. Not only did this title have mediocre gameplay, but it also stomped upon my fond memories of a beloved childhood show.
  10. 50
    It will offer you around five to ten hours of solid gameplay.
  11. At least the game thoughfully provides a Yee Haw button for sharing its thrills...not that it'll get much use. [Holiday 2004, p.87]
  12. 45
    The game is little more than an excuse to take a tour through Hazzard County in 3D and drive recklessly. This would almost be appealing, but problems quickly pop up here, there, and, you guessed it, everywhere. The biggest problem is with the General Lee's control and it goes on from there.
  13. You rarely get a sense of speed or weight while driving, and the controls are so awkward, the slightest steering overcorrection results in a spinout. [Dec 2004, p.83]
  14. The only thing the Dukes game has in common with it is the freeroaming nature of locating missions. Once you do acquire a mission you will find that they are of a make-work nature. The entire game is linear and the sense of freedom is only an illusion.
  15. 40
    It is fun to go around doing some crazy stunts, but it can get old after a while. Unfortunately that's the only fun part of the game.
  16. 40
    It feels like every single car in the game is driving around on bald tires. No matter what you do, you'll be sliding off the road.
  17. How many rednecks does it take to enjoy The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee? Three! One to play it, one to drink his beer and one to shoot the player when he asks to be put out of his misery.
  18. Don't get us wrong, we love jumping cars and smashing through barn doors, but the game is desperately in need of something else. A little thing called gameplay.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. ChubacaB.
    Nov 25, 2005
    10
    This is the best game cant beat being behind the wheel of a 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee 440
  2. ErichJ.
    Nov 4, 2004
    4
    The game is o.k. but the think is you just have to do the same think get someting and run from the cops if you want thet then just play gtaThe game is o.k. but the think is you just have to do the same think get someting and run from the cops if you want thet then just play gta vice city or san andreas they have a real story line and better graphics. Full Review »
  3. Uter
    Oct 7, 2004
    4
    At 1st I was really impressed. The cut scene graphics are excellent. All the classic characters look like their real life counterparts. The At 1st I was really impressed. The cut scene graphics are excellent. All the classic characters look like their real life counterparts. The story begins a lot like a show would. But the gameplay here is super uninspired. You'd think that considering the goals are so basic, it'd be at least well done. But no, sometimes you'll find yourself unsure of where to go or what to do. There's a guide that points you where to go, but it frequently doesn't work properly. I also dislike how the car handles, which is pretty major. Full Review »