Review by Darkdoomsday
Finally! Luigi Gets His Own Adventure. Too Bad It's So Short.
Luigi's Mansion was launched with the Nintendo Gamecube on November 17, 2001. Most Mario fans were pleased that Luigi finally got his own adventure, but the major complaint is the game is too short. The game takes about 4 hours to complete. This is a short amount of time that disappointed many, but the content of the game made up for its short game play.
Luigi won a mansion in a contest that he doesn't remember entering and found that it was inhabited with ghosts. What's worse, Mario is missing. He can't seem to find Mario. Luigi met up with Professor E. Gadd and received the Poltergeist 3000, a vacuum that sucks up ghosts. The story was pretty good, but they already had a plot where Mario went missing. This happened in the title Mario is Missing.
The controls aren't too bad. You move with the control stick, A is used to call Mario, B is used to switch on the flashlight, and R is used to activate the vacuum. When you go to suck up a ghost, you must pull back on the control stick as you are doing it to make its heart points go down. The controls are easy, but the vacuum controls are a little frustrating. It's nothing to major.
All in all, the graphics were okay. The dark, spooky mansion theme was really neat, but that was the whole theme of the game. There were no mix of colors. It was a dark game with dark graphics. Not to say that is a bad thing, but the graphics got a little repetitive after awhile, especially when every room in the house looked pretty much the same.
Again, the same theme is being repeated. You have the spooky mansion music, but it is the same thing over and over again. It really isn't a bad thing, but it is repetitive. You hear the same sounds going over and over again. Plus, the sound used to suck up the ghosts was annoying. They could have done without that.
This game had some good content to it. Basically, you are going through the mansion trying to turn on all the lights to stop the ghosts. You are armed with a flashlight and Professor E. Gadd's Poltergeist 3000. While going through the house, you will fight portrait ghosts. These ghosts were people who lived in the house that escaped from their portraits. The game is really great and fun to play, but it is way too short. I mean four hours isn't a whole lot of time to play a game, but the content makes up for it.
One thing that is perfect about this game is the replay value. Because the game is so short, people will most likely want to play this game again. Also, there isn't much to do after beating the game, but you can play it over and over. It'll never get old.
Rent or Buy?
You should definitely buy this game. Even though it is short, it is fun to play and features Luigi. You should definitely buy it because it is very fun.
I am giving this game an 8 because it is a good game, but it has its flaws like every game does. This game is fun and definitely deserves to be in your collection.
Rating: 4.0 - Great
Product Release: Luigi's Mansion (US, 11/17/01)
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