Review by BlueKnight07

"HENSHIN!"

This is an awesome game that while original in its own right, still evokes the best memories of the brawlers and 2-D sidescrollers of old.

Story/Presentation: 8/10

To say the least, it's a weird tale. Joe is pulled into Movieland to save his girlfriend, Silvia, from the villains of films that he's watched since he was a child. Along the way he's guided by Captain Blue, the film hero that he can no longer fight now that he's been defeated. Upon entry he receives the V-Watch which gives him his awesome movie powers. It's intentionally shallow, the dialogue can be corny at times, and it basically feels like a parody of old action films. But it's worth a few laughs.and it never keeps you away from the action for a long amount of time.

Gameplay: 10/10

This is where the game truly shines. It starts as a simple side-scrolling brawler that requires to dodge, punch, and kick your through the enemies, but then you gain access to your special abilities (slow, mach speed, and zoom) one at a time. Slow creates a bullet time effect that makes dodging easier and add strength to your attacks. Mach gives you super speed that can help you fight groups of enemies and retrieve items from the background. Zoom freezes nearby enemies and gives you additional fighting techniques, including the valuable Red Hot One Hundred that you need to use against most of the bosses. Speaking of the bosses, they have a very old-school to them and they all have patterns that you have to know well before you can really bring the hurt to them. Also, the difficulty is very high, and you will die several times before you find your way though the game's seven levels.

Graphics: 10/10

It may not be the most amazing game from a technical standpoint, but the game is oozing with style. Cel-shading is used here, giving Movieland a very animated appearance. All the little touches, from super-nova like explosions to Joe's cape, create an art style that very few games can brag about.

Sound: 9/10

Love it or hate it. The music is mostly 80's guitar riffs, but it keeps you pumped. Sound effects are awesome, from the explosions to the shattering sound made when the robot enemies take damage to their armor.

Replay Value: 7/10

There are some worthwhile unlockables, and unlockable difficulty levels if you thought "Adult" difficulty was too easy (not too likely). But it's still the same seven levels on each playthrough.

Some people may initially turned off by the style, but you owe it to yourself to give it a try, especially if you're an old-school gamer who thinks today's brawlers are too easy.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 08/28/08

Game Release: Viewtiful Joe (US, 10/07/03)


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