Review by Abraham SATO

"One of the most anticpated sequels."

What are Pikmin?
In winter 2001, the hit game, Pikmin, was released. The game portrays how Captain Olimar survived his ordeal on the Pikmin World, after having crash-landed from a rather, violent meteor, he then discovered an alien race, which he dub "Pikmin."These were named after a most popular vegetable on his home world. These tiny, yet curiously ferocious creatures, were quite oddly loyal, and very respectful. Captain Olimar, after discovering these creatures, then must repair his ship; The S.S. Dolphin. To make matters worse, he has 30 days before his life support system runs clean. In the end, he manages to escape, and journey back to his home planet.

What is the goal of the game?
Upon Olimar's arrival to the home planet, he finds his employer, Hocotate Freight had gone bankrupt! This was due to a ravenous swarm of rabbits, on a shipment of pikpik carrots. This dilemma had to be reimbursed, so 10,000 pokos were needed. Now, You, yes you, Captain Olimar now must go back to the Pikmin world and plunder the very vast treasures there, to repay the massive, 10,000 Poko debt. But, don't run! You've got a "partner" now (Who was the carrier of the carrots.) Louie! The debt collectors are coming...

Story 8/10
Possibly one of the most creative and mind-boggling stories imaginable. The story might be odd at first, but it will soon meet your expectations. Old time Pikmin Vets will enjoy this continuation of the original series and new Pikmin masters will soon also enjoy this imaginative and magnificent game.

Gameplay 10/10
Yes, this is the same type of game play encountered in Pikmin 1, but more improved! There are many new features derived from Pikmin 1, and many new. Command up to 100 Pikmin in 4 vast, mysterious areas. The game now features another playable character, Louie. By simply pressing the "Y" button, you're able to switch between Olimar and Louie! Which upholds time management to the max! They're also 2 new types of Pikmin, which add to the mind-boggling fun. Another, more vivid Challenge mode, Treasure caves have also been added; underground areas full of danger...and plunder. Get off your tush and command your Pikmin!

The game begins in a snowy "Parking lot" where Louie and Olimar are separated because of the..."rough" landing. Upon Olimar's fall, he encounters, yes, the infamous: Red Pikmin. After, having this acquaintance, you make your attempt at finding Louie.

After learning, mastering these controls, and burning a few minutes, you'll encounter your first dungeon. The word dungeon might bring a form of wonderment, as this game is rated 'E' . Nope, these aren't quite as violent as you'd imagine, quite amusing really. Take your newly acquainted friends through and find your sense of adventure.

Graphics 9/10
The graphics haven't improved much, seeing as how they don't need improvement. You'll still witness the spectacular water effects and wonderfully bright colors. Some examples are the four detailed levels, which represent different seasons.

Sound/music value 9/10
This is really a matter of opinion, seeing as the sounds can be quite irritating in a way, as they sound like oddly excited babies.The music is quite soothing as it describes a sense of danger, and happiness in each area. Even if you think the Sound/music value is low, however, it doesn't effect game play.

Controls 9/10
The game's control scheme is relatively simple, all the controls are derived from Pikmin 1, as Pikmin 1 Players should remember. For example: X:Separate captains and Pikmin. B:Blow whistle, L-R-Z are still Camera angles, but, Y (Ship parts radar) is replaced with switching Captains. ... After, the first five minutes, they'll fit like a glove.

Replay Value 9/10
This game has quite a replay value, as the plot seems endless. In Pikmin 2, unlike Pikmin 1, you have an unlimited number of days, which means: Exploring every nook and cranny.

They're several ways this game can be played to expand it's value, but those are a matter of perspective. Odds are, your first time through...lots of Pikmin will die, but after defeating the game, you can a try a "No death run." The name is self explanatory.

To buy, or not to buy?
This game should be quite fulfilling to old Pikmin fans, and a heck of some experience for Newer players. This game is actually dependant on your tastes. If you love action adventure, head-bonking style, it's worth the money.

Final Score: 9/10

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 09/28/04

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