VIDEOGAMES-TO-FLIX is a JoBlo.com column showcasing reviews of videogame translations of Hollywood films (or games soon-to-become Hollywood movies). With both industries getting closer and closer, and videogames, in general, getting so much more popular, you knew it was just a matter of time before we hit that stuff!
Systems: XBOX 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, GBA, DS, GameCube, & PC
INTRODUCTION:As summer approaches, the movie adaptations have burst out of the floodgates. While summer is considered off season for video games, there are plenty of new movie games to eat up store shelf. One of the early video game adaptations is TMNT. Nearly seventeen years after the original Ninja Turtles donned their plastic suits and kicked Shredder's ass, the four turtles have returned with a grittier and more realistic look. Like the movie, TMNT the game utilizes a lot of atmosphere and murkiness to assure gamers that this is a different world.
GAMEPLAY:One of the things I was most surprised about in this game was the absence of multiplayer. Initially, I was surprised that a license that normally includes co-op was missing out. However, I was even more surprised when the storyline began to unfold. Never before have I played a game that emphasized teamwork as much as this one. I almost felt sick from the excessive heavy-handed teamwork blathering. And yet, the individual playing TMNT never experiences real teamwork. I guess UbiSoft saw GEARS OF WAR and realized they were outdone.
GRAPHICS:Nowadays making a pretty fixed camera game isn't too difficult. Because the designer knows exactly what the player will see, it leaves very little room to worry. Sure, a glitcher can find some fascinating spots, but this never hampers the overall graphical outlook. Nevertheless, TMNT still looks incredibly good. Specifically, the black-and-white levels involving Raphael are very cool. It made me feel like I was playing in a homogenized version of SIN CITY. All of the buildings and water effects look next gen and you can tell that this title was designed for next gen consoles.
SOUND:In the way of sound, there is one overwhelmingly apparent problem - these characters are obnoxious. For example, whenever Raphael is being used, he will repeat one of two catch phrases ad naseum. If I have to hear him say "Here's Johnny!" or "Booya!" one more time, I think I might have to take a key to the game disc. The other characters also have annoying catch phrases, but Raphael (who you also play more often) has the worst.
FINAL VERDICT:Sometimes games are made extra long to justify a $60 price tag. I hope that no one pays full price for this game, but recommend it as a quick rental. It has its fair share of flaws, but failing to entertain is not one of them. I'd rather see you spend four hours playing this game than torturing yourself with ten hours playing a meandering and under-developed RPG . TMNT is in no way a classic. However, TMNT is also not the train wreck of a game that some reviewers might lead you to believe. Final Verdict: 7.1/10
STATUS OF THE MOVIE:TMNT was released by the Weinstein Company on March 23rd. Since then, it has made over $50 million domestic and $82 million worldwide. That makes it one of the Weinstein Company's biggest earners and probable to be sequelized. Bear in mind that the live action Ninja Turtles movie had two sequels following its original release.
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