Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Game Reviews | Mar 3rd, 2005

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Company: Konami
Platform: Gamecube, Xbox, and Playstation 2
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What’s it about? Four mutated brothers who just happen to be turtles and masters of the martial arts. You train under the guidance of your master Splinter to one day face off against your arch-nemesis The Shredder and his evil Foot Clan. The game is based on the animated series on Fox.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly- We will start off with the most notable plus in this game the graphics. The game uses a new form of animation that has become popular among video games today…cel shading. Boy, the turtles have never looked so good. The animation comes off very clean and very colorful. It’s like playing a 3D cartoon. Very impressive. The game is fairly long in play time and offers varied difficulty levels, different modes of play like story mode and battle mode, and unlockables ranging from hidden characters to animation thumbnails. You can even play as Splinter and Shredder in various modes!

Now on to the bad and this game has a lot of it. First of all, every next gen game console today supports four players simultaneously. So why does this game only support two? There are four turtles and four controller slots on my Gamecube. This game would kick so much ass if you could team up with three of your friends at the same time and take on the Shredder. I just do not understand this decision. Another major flaw in this game are the controls. You almost always view the action from a bird’s eye view. There are no close views or side scrolling. This tends to end up with you walking blindly into enemy attacks or into walls. Sure there is a radar system available but it does not help at all. You can’t judge how far an enemy really is away from you. As for the enemies you basically fight the same characters over and over again up until the end of the game. There could have been a wider variety of villains. Most of the enemies were fairly easy to defeat but some of the bosses tended to be much more annoying than difficult. If you got cornered on some bosses, you could lose an entire life without getting the chance to even stand up. The music is really nothing great and gets stale quick and the sound effects are very repetitive. There really is no need for your character to say something after every single attack. All in all there were many things about this game that could have raised the level of this game from ok to great. Oh well maybe with the sequel. Cross your fingers

Replay Value- Once you play through this game the first time, you probably won’t pick it up again for a very long time. If a friend comes over to visit then it may be another story. The graphics are the saving factor of this game. If you are a fan of TMNT then it would be worth picking up now. Everyone else should only pick it up used or on sale.

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