Review by kirbyroks
"Forward my minions! Into battle with ye!"
A little over 2 years ago Nintendo bestowed upon us the blessing that was Pikmin; A brilliantly unorthodox strategy and puzzle game that could be played by a three year old and was challenging enough to entertain a 20 year old. Finally the sequel to Nintendo's original Pikmin has arrived, and not without a large sum of improvements! We may begin to indulge ourselves on the awesomeness that is Pikmin!
Perfection was said to be impossible, then Pikmin 2 was released. The gameplay in this is flawless. The management of your Pikmin is wonderful and makes it easy for you to manipulate a veritable army of Pikmin in the heat of battle at a moments notice. The buttons are well assigned and easy to remember. It is hard to put into words the joy one has just HAVING an army of slaves; but having an army of slaves that not only work for you, but fight for you and die for you is beyond cool. The goals are also wonderfully done. The game revolves around collecting trinkets for money. But these trinkets are not always easy to get because most are guarded by some horrific monster that will destroy your Pikmin if you lead them in a frontal assault. Not only do you have to manage battles, but also you must manage growing new Pikmin. No matter how good you are at fighting, if your Pikmin die and you have no more to replace them you are toast. It is this combination that makes this game a classic. In addition the creators added a Co-op and versus mode for even more fun!
The story in this is no Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, but it is more than adequate. Basically you are out to save your company from debt by collecting treasure on the world of Pikmin. As each day ends and another begins you will get mail from your son, wife, boss, and others which gives it a more personal touch. Other than that there is not a whole lot to say.
I got two words for the graphics in this game: Excellent! This game sports extremely realistic graphics, from the dirt the Pikmin move as they work, to the grass moving as you walk through it, to heat distortion from a flaming bulborb. This is as realistic as any game with characters that are 3/8 of an inch tall and wield an army of even smaller killer flowers gets. Any graphics freak will like this game.
Yet another facet of this wonderful game does credit to its creators. The sounds in this are incredible. The music soundtrack is very well done and the boss music really gets you in the mood to smoosh some giant insect thorax. the Pikmin also speak as they do different things. They grunt when they lift heavy objects, greet you when you pick them, sing while you lead them on a long trek across the map, cry when they die, shiver when they are cold, and well.... you get the idea.
Replay value: 7/10
While not quite Super Smash Brothers this game does have excellent replay value. Depending on your skill and experience with Pikmin 1, your run through could take anywhere from 15 hours to 40 hours. The Co-op and versus modes only add to the replay value of the game. This game was a rare treat from Nintendo these days in that you can finally grab a friend and sit down and play it without having to bother with any of that GBA/link cable nonsense. This game will defiantly keep you occupied for a long while.
This game is defiantly worth getting if you have the means and enjoy having plant life as slaves, puzzles, strategy, and the like. Not as must have as Zelda, but defiantly a worthy addition to any collection. Besides it is a small price to pay for true happiness right?
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 09/02/04
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