posted by AtomicSlap (GARNERVILLE, NY) Feb 11, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Quite simply, this game is too hard.
Yes, I know, it's the whine of a baby. But really, should a Simpsons game be this hard? I don't think so. A Simpsons game should be somehwat challenging, funny with lots of in jokes. Face it, the entertainment value is in the fact that its the Simpsons. Non-fans will not enjoy this title. And its hard, but not in an engaging way. In a "sheet, I just DID all that jumping and sheet and NOW I have to do it again??? Screw this!" way. And none of the online cheats work. (THERE IS NO EXTRAS MENU, IGN!!!) It makes you work too hard for not enough pay off. Sorry, but Im already married.
To quote the Comic Book Guy, "Best Simpsons game ever!" This was a treat to play as it is extremely well written and at times very funny. Though, underneath the brilliant writing, and wonderful animation, lies a very mediocre and troublesome platformer. Taking a que from such famous games as Pikmin, Mario 64, and other classic games, The Simposons game combines platforming and cooperative game play in what could have been a well rounded action adventure game. What troubles this game is the constantly roving camera which must be constantly adjusted, and the lack of any exciting things to do, but shoot waves of identical enemies, throw some switches, and collect meaningless pieces of bonus items. Its hard to tell if the actual gameplay is meant to be this way as the story revolves around the Simpson family being trapped in a videogame and navigating through levels fashioned after classic games of old. I found I was able to complete this game is under 5 hrs at 61% completion. I found that all the useless pieces of items that you can collect to unlock extras comprise the rest of the game. There is no real incentive to go back through the same levels just to find the various items you need as the unlockables don't change the gameplay very much. In its defense though, I did enjoy some of the boss fights, especially against Simpsons Creator Matt Groening and God and there is almost 15 minutes worth of completly new animation that looks and sounds better than what is on TV. Renting this game before committing to buy is highly recommended.
This game is a fun game with brilliant humor with what only the Simpsons can bring. The characters are all voice by the original cast and voiced well I might add. The game itself is very simple as most Simpsons games are. Its short to the point and there is not much to it. A rental but not worth $60.