Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review PlayStation 2 Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review PlayStation 2

In the early nineties Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where huge, starting out as a comic book in the eighties it was soon translated into a cartoon for TV which boomed in popularity. Then action figures where available in the stores and movies where made and the next inevitable step was the video game that followed suit of the games like Golden Axe, Double Dragon and Streets of Rage which where all side scrolling beat em ups which is exactly what came in the form of turtle power, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game. This was a very popular game to say the least and in turn many other TMNT games came to light and probably best of which was the Street Fighter clone Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters. Since then the popularity and buzz of the turtles has become non-

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review PlayStation 2 Review

existent until recently. Now there seems to be a turtle resurgence so Konami have released a remake of the original side scrolling game of yesteryear. Unfortunately the nostalgia just isn’t enough to cover such old game mechanics of killing wave after wave of enemies until they disappear, which doesn’t really make for a particularly fun or entertaining experience.

The story revolves around the same old characters such as the four Turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, the rat Master Splinter and the regular bad guy Shredder. The story is spread over six stages which consist of five or six levels. Most of the levels are preceded by a cut-scene which helps drive the story along. Each level is quite long, the object of the game to walk down the road and kill all enemies that stand in your way.

The controls are rather simple; the four main buttons on the controller will let you perform a basic attack, spin attack, jump and uppercut. The turtles themselves feature different weapons but in practice you will find no difference in their abilities or fighting styles. As you progress through the game you can earn new attacks in the Dojo stages. The Dojo stage is basically a training level in which master Splinter will assign you challenges. The training ranges from incredibly simply challenges of breaking a number of boxes to seemingly impossible task of killing 30 opponents without taking a hit. Anyway for completing these tests you will either be rewarded with new attributes such as stronger attacks or a new move like a jumping attack, which to be honest is a rather lame extra. Weather you have these additional attacks or attributes or not, you will find yourself running around like a mad man while kicking the enemies on the way past.

Enemies always come in waves, so as you deal with one set of enemies you will trigger another set as you walk past an invisible line. The bad guys are pretty stupid with the AI being non existent. Unless you get right in the face of the enemies they will just stand around until you approach them. Once you have found the best distance of attack you will be able to breeze through TMNT. The only strength the enemies have is there large numbers in which they attack and even then they are pretty easy to dispose of, so long as you keep your distance and you keep grabbing the pizza boxes scattered about which will revitalize your energy. Just in case you where thinking, if you do die you will have to start right from the beginning of the stage.

TMNT does allow you to play the game in a multiplayer format which is exactly the same as the single player game except you will have your mate fighting along side you. If you and your friend become split up and get too far away from each other it can make the camera freak out a bit. Unfortunately TMNT doesn’t have a four player multiplayer ability which is a real shame as there are four turtles you would have thought four players would have been the obvious choice, but obviously not.

TMNT strongest feature is graphical, which features fully cell shaded characters and some nice lighting effects. The characters, especially the turtles feature some great detail and it nice to see that the more generic enemies are nicely detailed too. The graphics do a great job of conveying a comic book style to the audience, the CRASH and BANG text overlay just reinforces this look. The animations are all surprisingly good too but the collision damage system is not the best. Unfortunately the sound cannot be praised like the graphics the soundtrack and effects are pretty poor to say the least.

TMNT is a game that will appeal to small kids because of the content and the easy to use control system, they probably won’t notice the repetitiveness so much as an adult would either; the whole turtle thing should be enough to bring the kids back, well for a couple of times at least. As for the older of us who remember will such games in the early nineties like streets of rage and turtles for that fact, we have all been there, seen it and done it, there is nothing new here and TMNT has not even had a nice job done on it. To recycle a game from ten years ago is a pretty cheap trick, especially when you are selling it for thirty quid a time.

4 out of 10