Review by lonely tylenol

Reviewed: 10/13/03

Absolutely Viewtiful!

Over the past few years Capcom has given us the same ol' Megaman games revisited but revamped, but overall the same. Well, with that, Capcom had pretty much lost their touch. Until now. Capcom's newest title, Viewtiful Joe, is anything but a lost touch. One of the best (if not THE best) games for Gamecube out, this is a must have for lovers of platformers, action/adventure, and even humor. It adds all of these elements, and more, to create a wonderful game worthy of being called ''Viewtiful.''

Story: The game starts with Joe and his girlfriend Sylvia sitting in a movie theatre watching an old Japense flick about Joe's favorite superhero, Captain Blue. The movie progresses, as does Sylvia, Captain Blue loses to the Jadow and soon after the giant Jadow robot reaches out of the silver screen to snatch Sylvia. After that, the Six-Majin (Blue's giant robot) falls out of the silver screen and snatches Joe to lead him into the Movie World to save Sylvia. The plot is somewhat lacking, but not enough to give it a bad score. It's about Joe and his awesome journey through the world which he loves to save Sylvia. On his quest, he gets help from the deceased Captain Blue. From him, he recieves the power to slow down time, speed up time, and zoom in. Each power envelopes the story further, making it a bit more interesting. Overall Score: 9/10

Sound/Music: The sounds in the game are a bit repetitious, but they never get very annoying. Especially when you slow down time and while he's talking it's all drawn out and well...slow. The music is a great mix of techno songs and most are really catchy. Overall Score: 10/10

Controls: Most Gamecube games have great controls because the buttons are so easily accessable with the way that the controller is set up, and VJ is no exception. Technically, you won't use all of the buttons, but all of them are used. For example, the B button, the C stick, and the Z button are all used to zoom in and zoom out. Most people will pick one of them and just use that. Overall score: 10/10

Replay Value: Well, after you beat through the game once (most likely on Kids Mode), you can beat through it again with all of your same moves, stats, the like. And still have VFX on the first level at the start! Plus, there's all kinds of bonuses for beating it through multiple times on all of the difficulties. New characters, new moves, new plots, and even a sweet Music Video featuring real J-Not-Pop singers such as 03's lead singer. So, there's much more than just the single play through, even though you might have to play through it twice as Joe if you didn't play through Adult mode first. It does get a bit repetitious, though. But not too bad, seeing as how you get all kinds of groovy stuff. And I mean, come on. Who wouldn't want to play as Alostar? Overall Score: 9/10

Conclusion: This is an awesome game. If you don't have it, go get it. You will be missing out. Sure, most people will say something like ''Ew, it looks bad'' or ''That plot is dumb and he looks so stupid'' and stuff like that, but really, it is amazing. In all honesty the first time I saw anything about it I said ''Wow, that's dumb'' and kept on going not knowing what I was missing. If you pass it up, again, you'll be missing out. This very well may be the best game in the Gamecube library so far. And who knows, there may be a Viewtiful Joe 2 seeing as there is now a ''Team Viewtiful'' under Capcom's wing. Can't wait to see what's going to happen.

Overall Score: 10/10

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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