Review by Doomion33

"All the time in the world still isn't enough time."

I absolutely love this game. Pikmin 2 is one of those rare cases where a sequel actually improves on it's prequel. Let's go into detail, shall we?

Story: Captain Olimar is finally returning home after his terrifying ordeal on the unknown planet where he crash-landed while on vacation. Upon touching down on his barren homeworld, the President of Hocotate Freight, the company in which Olimar is employed, he is told the company is going under. A massive debt caused by the loss of 10100 pokos worth of Golden Carrots is the reason why. Olimar drops his souvenir, a bottle-cap he found on the planet, and a ship equipped with the ability to appraise the worth of objects tells him it's worth an astounding 100 pokos, more than Olimar's yearly salary. The President tells him to go back to the planet to find more treasures, and to bring along his ever-hungry new companion, Louie. Upon returning, he rediscovers the Pikmin. The Pikmin are about the height of a dime, but in numbers, are probably more ferocious than any creature on the planet. Using a group of them, he finds some more treasure. And unlike his previous visit to this planet, his air supply isn't in danger of running out, meaning unlimited time on the planet. The story is perfect in my opinion. 10/10

Controls: The Control Stick moves Olimar or Louie around (No surprise there), The A Button does one of two things, either throws a Pikmin or multiple Pikmin, and if no Pikmin are available, he will punch for little damage. The B Button calls any Pikmin lazing about to order. The X Button allows Pikmin to divide into a group so you could call any color Pikmin to order and if your partner is
following you, you can allow him to take a group and make him do some other work. The Y Button allows you to switch between Olimar or Louie, allowing you to divide your Pikmin between you for some serious multi-tasking. The L Button allows you to refocus in front of you. The C-Stick allows you to change your camera angle to your heart's content. The south-western D-Pad on your controller alows you to use either of two sprays, both wit very beneficial effects for your Pikmin. 10/10

Graphics: Ever play Metroid Prime or its sequel? The graphics look pretty similar to that. 10/10

Sounds: The music in the game fit every environment perfectly, from a nice peaceful tune in the forest, to the more urgent music in the caverns, it all fits very well. The creatures all sound like they should, and the Pikmin still make their traditional squeaky noise. But the Pikmin do get kind of annoying after a while, but it is still forgivable. 10/10

Overall: This game is a staple in any Nintendo gamer's collection, ranking up there with games like Super Mario World and Ocarina of Time. For those with the question rent or buy, you can do either, because while the game is amazing, all the copies I've found were all about $40 dollars, even when used. So if you can get over the price, you still one the Nintendo's gems.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/31/09

Game Release: Pikmin 2 (US, 08/30/04)


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