Critic & User Reviews
posted by gonzo3333 (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jul 15, 2006
Member since Aug 2003
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
The graphics are great. I love them. They're cel-shaded graphics and fit perfectly with the entire game. When you're normal Joe, it looks like you're watching an old film, which is pretty cool. When you're Viewtiful Joe, the colors are more crisp and sharp.
The music in this game is really good. It fits in perfect for this game, like a beat-em-up style. I like the voice-overs in this game, except for an enemy or two. And the sound effects such as the sounds of mach speed are cool.
This game is an old-school type game. As you know, it's a side-scroller game obviously. You can aquire 3 different powers that will defenitely help you in the game. Slow, mach speed, and zoom in. Slow and mach speed are self-explanatory. Zoom in, however, isn't a camera effect. With zoom in, you focus on a small portion of the screen, letting you do lots of damage to enemies that come near. Throughout the game, as you fight, you get ranks for time, defense, and V-points, which are points you get that you can use to buy items/upgrades at the end of each level. The better rank you get, the more points you get. That's a defenite plus to the game.
This game has really good replay value. There's only a few things to unlock, but it's fun to unlock them and are hard and lasts quite a while. It's fun to play this game, especially since there are 4 characters to play as total (you have to unlock 3), and 4 different difficulties (you have to unlock 2).
The default controls are nice and the ones I play with, but you can switch them in the options if there is something that bothers you.
Kids mode is pretty easy. Adult mode is fairly easy. V-Mode is hard. Ultra V-Mode is heart attack hard. If you get frustrated easily, you'll find this game a bit harder. Yeah, I get pretty mad...
This game is worth all your time. Play it now!
Old School Gamers Rejoice
posted by conman (SOUTH BEND, IN) Sep 15, 2006
Member since Aug 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The freshness didn't carry over as well into its sequel, but this first game gives us old-school 2D arcade gamers a much-needed recharge. All you newer gamers have much to be thankful for in seeing the genre brought back to viewtiful life.
posted by thekeeper (MARYSVILLE, OH) Apr 22, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
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I'm Somewhat Speechless! (It's Good.)
posted by YOSHIEGG42 (BELLMORE, NY) Mar 6, 2013
Member since Nov 2009
Plot:????1/2 - This game's plot is 100% original. It all starts when Joe and his girlfriend, Silvia, are in a movie theater watching Captain Blue (A superhero movie), when suddenly, the main villain, who's in a giant Power-Ranger-esque megazord, grabs Silvia and takes her into the movie! So you, valiant hero, go and find Silvia! She's waiting...
Once slightly into the first world, Captain Blue, who was defeated in the movie, tells you to turn into a superhero, and - "HENSHIN-A-GO-GO-BABY!!" you are now Viewtiful Joe, a new, cutting-edge superhero! Time to get to the gameplay...
Gameplay:????? - This game's fresh and new concept doesn't stop at the story! The gameplay is awesome, too! You use your movie powers to kill the enemies around you in this beat 'em up. You can use slow-down, fast forward (also known as mach speed), and even zoom-in! All have their special uses, but I'll only scratch the surface on those... Slow-down makes everything slow down (obviously) and makes it easier to hit enemies and even makes your attacks do more damage! Mach speed makes everything go fast and makes your attacks fire at blazing speeds! And zoom-in zooms the screen towards you, and makes your attacks REALLY powerful. So, 5 outta 5!
Feel - ??? - The story's somewhat light storyline and breaking the fourth wall constantly (with the main gameplay element being using movie powers to attack), this games immersion factor is considerably low. But the not completely pointless storyline, a drive for actually playing the game, that being rescuing Silvia, and nice level design makes the immersion pretty decent. :)
Final Rating - ????1/2 - This game is one of the best games on the lunchbo - I mean, Gamecube. So, it's a must have for beat 'em up lovers and Gamecube owners alike! But it... now. Please. :)
Hard, but good
posted by mecrjcr (COOPERSBURG, PA) Aug 31, 2012
Member since May 2011
A commendable beat-em-up...
posted by MetalMario (PITTSFIELD, NH) Jun 24, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
posted by anime3443 (NORTH STREET, MI) Jun 8, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
one of the best platformers:)
posted by billsnizzl (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) Mar 22, 2008
Member since Aug 2006
Graphics: By today's standard, obsolete, but the use of cel-shading to make it feel almost like a comic book was nice. The backgrounds were still shots, almost like paper cut-outs, which gave it a retro, if outdated, look.
Sound: The music is very fitting for this game, almost like a mix between pop, rap, and punk. However, this is where one of the games flaws lies. At the start of every challenge, the same voice says "Just GO FOR IT!!" After a while, this becomes so straining to your ears that you can't hear it anymore.
Gameplay--Combat: Very fun. You only have 2 combat buttons, punch and kick- back to the olden days, eh? But there are tons of combos which you can string together using these two buttons-and they always feel new each time. The incorporation of movie FX (such as slow-mo, speed up, and zoom in) give combat an added flair, as well as a puzzle element. The dodging sequences of the game also add another level to combat. When an enemy attacks, its either a high attack or a low attack, and you have dodge buttons accordingly.
Gameplay--Puzzles: One word. Nightmarish. If you don't know what to do, you'll be stuck- a lot. However, this weeds out the weak gamers out there.
Gameplay--Bosses: OH DEAR GOD. These are like puzzles. If you don't know what to do, prepare to die... a lot. Over and over again.
Difficulty-- Very hard. I mean, there's a normal mode, and even THAT is brutal. ("Kids" is easy (no content is missing, btw) and "Adults" is normal.)
Overall: Play this game. Its hilarious movie references, good combat, and Japanese style make this a game you don't want to miss.
Henshin a go-go, baby!
Viewtiful Joe Review
posted by DrKewl (ELK GROVE, CA) Jul 4, 2006
Member since Jun 2006