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Encyclopedia > Interstate '76
It has been suggested that Groove Champion be merged into this article or section. (Discuss)
Interstate '76
Developer(s) Activision
Publisher(s) Activision
Engine Mechwarrior 2
Release date(s) March 28, 1997
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

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Synopsis

The game is set in the southwest United States of America in an alternate version of the year 1976, during the American oil crisis. The game is based on the engine used for Activision's Mechwarrior 2, and requires a fair amount of strategy through the course of the game, as the player must balance the vehicle's armor and weapon loadouts appropriately in order to successfully complete the various missions. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... An Energy Crisis is any great shortfall (or price rise) in the supply of energy to an economy. ... MechWarrior is the title of a number of games set in the fictional BattleTech universe, which started as a tabletop wargame. ...


There are four play modes available in the game: the "TRIP" (an acronym for "Total Recreational Interactive Production"), which follows the game's protagonists in an episodic story; "Multi Melee", an online deathmatch version of the game; "Auto Melee", a deathmatch with computer-driven cars; and "Scenarios", short free-standing adventures featuring the game's protagonists. The primary difference between the scenarios and the TRIP, length of play aside, is that the player has a much broader choice of vehicles in the scenario mode, while the player is limited to only one car during the TRIP mode. Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for. ... Deathmatch (abbreviated DM) is a widely-used gameplay mode very well integrated into first-person shooter computer games. ...


Plot

The game focuses on the daring exploits of Groove Champion, his partner Taurus, and their mechanic, Skeeter. A powerful villain is recruiting autovillains from around the country for a private army. Groove's sister, Jade, and Taurus are investigating the movements of the army when, on the night of July 3, 1976, Jade Champion is murdered outside Lubbock, Texas. Taurus recruits a reluctant Groove to the cause, with Groove operating Jade's heavily armed Picard Pirahna. The game follows Groove and Taurus' quest for revenge and the truth. Flag of Lubbock Lubbock is the ninth-largest city in the state of Texas, located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado. ...

The trail leads to Antonio Malochio, a smuggler with a questionable past. Malochio has purchased a hydrogen bomb on the black market and plans to use it to destroy the West Texas Federal Stock - the largest oil reserve in North America. If he succeeds, the gas crisis would become a gas panic, leading to anarchy, during which time Malochio and his army of auto-villains would seize power. Groove and company arrive just as Malochio has armed the bomb and is preparing to leave, however, Groove taunts Malochio into one last duel. When the player wins, Groove kills Malochio and disarms the bomb, saving the oil supply and completing the game. The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ...

Characters

Groove Champion
The protagonist of Interstate '76 and middle Champion child, Groove reluctantly accepts the responsibility of the auto-vigilante lifestyle, takes the CB codename "Swinger" and drives with Taurus to fight against Malochio's goons.
Taurus, voiced by Greg Eagles
Taurus isn't his real name- it's what people call him. He lived as a poet in New England with a wife and daughter, who were killed by criminals. He helps Groove to adjust to being a vigilante, guiding him along his quest.
Jade Champion
For many years, Jade lived a secret life as an Auto-Vigilante, the rest of her family never knowing a thing, presumbly because Jade wanted to protect them from her enemies. The game begins with Groove taking up her cause, symbolized by her vehicle.
Skeeter
Skeeter serves as the mechanic and Greek chorus for the series' heroes. He repairs the player's vehicles between missions and occasionally is the focus of the in-game missions.
Antonio Malochio, voiced by John de Lancie
The primary villain of Interstate '76, a shady businessman with a history in Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Vehicles

One of the most interesting aspects of Interstate '76 is that all the in-game vehicles are based on real-world automobiles, featuring many American muscle cars. A list of the cars, as well as their real-world counterparts, is as follows: A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... Muscle car is a term for high-performance automobiles, principally referring to American models produced between 1964 to 1971. ...

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Sequels and spinoffs

Interstate '76 spawned a prequel/expansion pack, Nitro Pack (aka Nitro Riders) and a direct sequel, Interstate '82, as well as spinning off the Vigilante 8 series for home video game consoles. A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... Interstate 76: Nitro Pack is a computer game for the PC. It was developed by Activision and released in 1997. ... Interstate 82 is a computer game for the PC. It was developed by Activision and released in 1999. ... Vigilante 8 is a video game released in 1998 for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Color. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...


Activision has stated that as of 1999, the franchise is dead and there will be no further sequels.


External links

  • The Interstate '76 Arsenal, unofficial fan site with excellent information.
  • Interstate76.com, unofficial fan site with tips and tricks.

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