Critic & User Reviews
A solid rent
posted by Icebane (BALTIMORE, MD) Jan 9, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Many ordinary elements together make extraordinary
posted by Shazbot (BROOKLYN, NY) Jun 1, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
What DJ does really well, however, is make all of this fit together in a way that just makes the game downright FUN. The game has an underlying sarcastic and cynical sense of humor running through the character comments, which pop up at the start of levels and when they think you need a hint - and even though you can see the gag coming a lot of the time, the method of delivery still makes you break into a smile. Honestly, even if you don't think the game is brilliant you can't hate it - just doesn't happen! :-)
It's easy to pick up as the basic controls are obvious and a little messing around with combinations of buttons will get you the moves you need. Pressing B three times fairly close together gets a nice downward chop for the third move that is very effective at getting enemies out of the way.
Graphics are on the top side of very good and the controls fit in very well with the resultant actions on the screen. Cut scenes are done well also.
Sound, game play and combat are average but still fit together in a natural way that somehow just ends up feeling better than you would think.
The bad stuff? - bad bad bad camera angles at times. Even though you can reset the camera to behind your head it still ends up botching it a little too often by not removing something right in front of the virtual camera position that blocks all of your view. Very frustrating and almost criminal when you consider that this was apparently a major criticism of the portable versions of this game - they didn't fix it by the looks of it.
Even so, this game just exudes good vibes. Maybe not huge replay value unless you spend time searching for all the weapon upgrades but it's definitely worth the rent. Not outstanding but still pretty darn good as long as your sense of humor fits that of the game.
"Death" comes far too easy in "Root of Evil"
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jun 4, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
The weapons are a nice touch, and it gives an incentive to look throughout the level. Also, the story has interesting characters, and I like the notion of Death having a kid.
But there are problems with Death Jr.: Root of Evil.
First off, there are too many sections where you have to perform several (4 or more) precise jumps in a row. If you miss one, you'll have to start that section over again. This makes the game frustrating.
Second, the camera has a mind of it's own. It tends to wander about, giving you a terrible view of the area. It also makes it hard to shoot bad guys.
Speaking of shooting bad guys, this game needs a lock on feature for more than just boss fights.
And the last thing the game needs is at the end of each level to ask us if we would like to save the game or not.
If you're really into platformers, then this is for you - otherwise move along, there's nothing to see here.
FUN FUN FUN!!
posted by gamecat78 (DENTON, TX) Jul 25, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
An under-rated play that deserves so much more!
posted by Mannon (RUSSELL, KY) Jul 5, 2013
Member since Jul 2013
posted by lrcssmith (LUBBOCK, TX) Aug 20, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
Nice game I wouldn&#39;t mind owning.
posted by catsamurai (GROVES, TX) Oct 23, 2011
Member since Oct 2010
Anyway, the game is mostly enjoyable. I'd recommend this game for anyone who likes beating the tar out of enemies.
posted by super10man (CHARLOTTE, NC) Jun 2, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
Flat Out Fun - Great For Two Players
posted by Finjamin (DENVER, CO) Apr 15, 2009
Member since Aug 2005
Good Game Except for Camera
posted by StarPower (DAVIS, CA) Jul 25, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
You constantly have to re-align the camera to look where you want to look. And it seems that if you re-align during a battle, a monster will jump out of nowhere and attack from off camera. Also, the constant jumping to next obstacle was kind of annoying. But all in all it is ok.
Should've been so much livelier
posted by MoodyCat (HILLSBORO, OR) Jun 19, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
If you rent it anyway: It may have been my imagination, but Pandora seemed slightly easier to play with than DJ.
Stick with the PSP version.. way better
posted by 1redqt (LONG BEACH, CA) Jun 13, 2008
Member since May 2008
Crash of The Titans Gameplay But Not The Quality!!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Jun 3, 2008
Member since Nov 2004