So I found myself torn between renting either Naruto: Rise of the Ninja or The Simpsons Game to hold me off until the big titles are released. Had to go with humor this time, and I must say that I’m not disappointed. Although neither of these two games were especially high on anyone’s top ten list for the holidays, they are most certainly rent-worthy.
The Simpsons Game — Only true fans of the show will fully enjoy this one. Join Homer, Bart, Marge and Lisa as your run around Springfield, Kentucky with superpowers triumphing over evil game world lookalikes.
Each character has their own special move, (ex: Bart’s slingshot, Homer’s ballooning ability), which add some sense of depth to an otherwise dull game. Besides that, the characters are only equipped with one repetitive punch attack. Yawn.
Use Bart’s slingshot to break down obstacles.
The majority of the gameplay consists of button mashing, and running around solving n3wbish puzzles that your little sister could figure out.
The reason I recommend renting this one is simply because the average gamer will run through it in seven hours tops. For the hardcore Simpson fans, there are a bunch of hidden goodies and a total of 44 achievements to be gotten. Now, if you were really into finding those silly hidden orbs in Crackdown (i.e. masochism), this game will give you plenty of replay value. Each of the sixteen stages have a time trail feature which also adds to the overall replay-ability.
As expected of something that has anything to with Matt Groening, this game will have you giggling through its entirety. The Simpson’s Game throughly mocks the gaming industry. For example, there is an achievement for pressing the start button entitled “Easiest achievement ever.” Furthermore, there is a collection of “Game ClichÃ©s” which poke fun at every videogame ever. My only regret is that the game was developed by EA, otherwise it could have been something special.
What’s a videogame without crates?
With the Emmy Award winning voice actors and show-like visuals, this game is definitely worth a look for all Simpson fans, (before you’re broke in December.)