Kenn (mazokuxelloss) wrote in review_this,

Sidescroller goodness

Title: Viewtiful Joe
Genre: Sidescroller/Action
Length: 10 hours including frustration
Format: Playstation 2

The first of two of Gamecubes gems (Tales of Syphonia is the other) that is being ported/was ported to the Playstation 2 has arrived! Viewtiful Joe, a game that's all about looks and gameplay, yet still 2-d and cel shaded at heart.

The game starts off with you and your gf watching the movies, and only you actually wanting to watch'em. Anyhow the badguy wins in the movie but then something weird happens, the badguy in the movie steals your gf! So you also enter this movie world to get her back, and to kick ass of course.

As you start the levels you find out you can dodge using up and down on the directional pad, this helps your VFX meeter for your super powers which you get along the first few levels.

One is slow motion, which is the most useful by far. Using this you can kick bullets and dodge -anything- aslong as you have enough VFX meter.

The next is fastforward or speed motion. It's mostly used for puzzle and easily beating early enemies. Overall I found it pretty useless

The last power is close-up motion. Where the camera zooms in on you and you get new abilities and damage people a lot. Couple this with slow-motion and it's a massive damage maker.

There are 7 levels and the first 5 are extremly easy. I only died a few times finding out patterns to bosses or just making stupid mistakes. Levels 6 and 7 are insanely difficult and took a while to beat, but nothing painstakkingly long. The ps2 version has Dante, I wasn't impressed.

The level design was fun but the puzzles felt pointless and mindnumbingly repetitive. Overall fun game though.

Definatly a rental because of how long it is. Not much replay value either.

Gameplay: 10
Story: 6
Replay Value: 5
Graphics: 8
Music: 7
Sound: 10
Total: 7.6
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