Review by Yoshi_2000
"A good start for Gamecube"
This is Luigi's first game that wasn't some lame "edutainment" game, not to mention the first game on Gamecube, and it worked out pretty well.
The story is that Luigi won a huge mansion in a contest, even though he didn't even enter it. Following his map, he notices a spooky manor where his prize should be. Reluctantly, he walks in to see if Mario has arrived. After a freak ambush by a strange ghost, Luigi is saved by an old man toting a vacuum cleaner. The man(Professor E. Gadd) tells Luigi of how the mansion appeared out of nowhere and that it is infested with ghosts. The professor told a man in a red cap to avoid the place, but refused to listen. Now its up to Luigi, who is only armed with a vacuum cleaner and a flashlight, to save Mario and rid the mansion of its ghosts.
The controls are tight and responsive. Your main method of attack is to suck up the ghosts in your vacuum. You do this by stunning them with your flashlight, then going in for the kill. Each ghost has a health meter, meaning it will take longer to completely defeat them if they have a larger bar. Of course, the ghosts are going to put up a fight and try to escape. You have to pull back and keep yourself from being dragged on the floor and losing health.
The graphics are beautiful. The dust effects, the way all the furniture reacts; everything is spectacular. The game really has a creepy feel, and the haunting sound and graphics really help this. This is a much darker Mario, err, Luigi game than before. No wandering around cities, stomping koopa troopas and answering a bunch of trivia questions about monuments you don't know the answer to.
The most common complaint with the game is its too short. There are four chapters and only four bosses. A standard playthrough will only take you 4-6 hours to beat the game. However, this game WAS just a tech demo to show what the Gamecube could do, and it is fun while it lasts.
But, that still means that you will get bored of this game faster than normal. I only played through 2 or 3 times. While it is a great game, I would recommend finding copy on Ebay or Amazon(or in my case, Trade Me) for a cheap 10-15 bucks.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/18/11
Game Release: Luigi's Mansion (US, 11/17/01)
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