Review by Aniland
"Whacked- The Coolest Wacky Game Show Ever!"
Introduction: So, what is Whacked? Whacked sounds like a naughty game that developers could get sued for, and the first time I heard of the game, I laughed my ass off. But after playing it I now jump for joy whenever I hear the name. Whacked is a game show, but not like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Whacked is a battling fight-to-the-death kind of game show. Let's start, shall we???
Gameplay: Characters 9/10
There are 8 main characters- The 7 contestants and your host, Van Tastic, a little guy with a big head (and a big mouth). The contestants are all different, from an evil rabbit to a hot and naked but censored supermodel. Each character is different in his or her own way. Now another cool thing about the characters are that each character has a special move based on their personaility. For example, the selfish little blonde girls special power is to make everything on the field hers.
Gameplay: Weapons 10/10
The best part of the game is the weapons. There are 20 different weapons, all unique, wacky, and amazing. From the Stapler to the Beehive, each weapon has its own special charm and uberness. Weapons like the Pitchfork and Shish-Kabob were made for stabbing and throwing purposes, while the Urp Soda Can and the Freeze Gun are made for knocking others off the stage. Overall the weapon variety is great.
Gameplay: Powerups and Big Red Buttons 9/10
Powerups and Big Red Button effects are two kinds of stage funballs as I call them. A powerup, like the Bronze Armor or On Fire effects are made to affect solely the user. Yet, a Big Red Button effect does something different: It affects all on the field. A Big Red Button would be like Missilefest, in which everyone gets 3 missiles each to fire away at each other. Big Red Buttons can also have negative effects on 1 person, and gives 3 people an advantage. Usually these ones affect the current leader of the round.
Gameplay: Stages 9/10
The stages in which you battle are all unique. My favorite is Joyride, in which you are in the back of a speeding pickup truck while a police cab chases you. He also rams the truck sending all on the stage jostling back and forth. Each stage has its own special happening too. For example, the level "Christmas Tree" has a train going around the christmas tree, which can harm you. All of the main themes are covered: Construction, Pirates, Space, Hell, and much more.
Gameplay: Controls 10/10
The controls are easy enough to remember, A and Y to jump, X and B to attack, Start to Pause, Left and Right Triggers to strafe. Thats pretty much about it with the controls. Oh, and standing over weapons if you are already holding one replaces it.
Reality: Sound and Music 8/10
The sounds and music are both ok. They're good, but nothing special. I personally think that they could have added a lot more music and stuff. The sounds are nice though: Screams, grunts, yelps, cheers, snarls, and laughes are all parts of the characters personailities and identities. So, the sounds and music are overall good.
Reality: Graphics 9/10
The graphics are great, especially since its an older game, at least for the Xbox. The cutscenes have the best graphics, like in most games. I do love, however, the massive usage in color and texture. I have found no glitches or anything either. A big thumbs up goes to Presto Studios for that.
Extras: Characters, Cutscenes, and Commercials 9/10
The three extras in this game are cutscenes, characters, and commercials. The cutscenes are unlocked with each character. When you beat the game with each person, you get to see their largest desire, which becomes their prize. There is only one secret character, which I will not say because its a spoiler that you won't find out until you beat the game once. The best extra in this game are commercials. Being that this is a live gameshow, there must be commercials. There are many commercials, for ads and awareness commercials. My favorite: The "Things Not to Do" commercials. In these commercials they show some guy do something stupid, like hug a cactus. Also, in some of the commercials they advertise the weapons that you can unlock, like the Yolk-O-Matic commercial. This is the sweet outer layer of the game that keeps everything good inside.
Overall, this game is a fun experience that cartoon lovers and gameshow lovers alike will enjoy!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/03/05
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