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Viewtiful Joe 2 - Gamecube
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2004
By Jesquarius

This is a great game, and there are a few things that really make this game stand out:

1. The layered mix of 2D and 3D graphics give the game a very cool \"live comic book\" feel.

2. Side scrolling game set up is Super Mario-esque... it\'s simplistic, but very effective, and most importantly, fun. So many of the games out now have infinite 3D environments that allow you to run in every direction. While that is great, sometimes you want a game that is more concentrated on action...

Versus exploring every corner of the universe for 2 hours before you can move on to the next level. Simply put, Viewtiful Joe is all about the action.

3. Game control is truly put in the player\'s hands. You can slow down time and dodge bullets in a way that will make Neo jealous. While time is slow, you can really kick the crap out of the bad guys... the graphics are crazy to say the least. Besides slowing down time, you can also out maneuver it with Mach Speed. This allows you to act like Sonic the hedgehog on Steroids. You can increase your mach speed ability so that when you use it to attack enemies, you can move so fast that you attack them from all sides at the same time (in essence, there can be six of you at the same time kicking butt!) From moving so fast through the fabric of time, you catch fire, and your attacks become even more powerful. If all this isn\'t good enough, you are also given the ability to \"zoom-in\". Basically, the camera angle zooms in tight on Joe and all of his attacks and moves become SUPER, super hero-ish... his punches and kicks become more powerful and more poetic (you\'ll see). You can combine Zoom with Slow down, or Mach speed for some really nasty moves and damage capability.

This is truly old school gaming philosophy with an infusion of today\'s technology. Something i\'ve been waiting a long time for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2005
Viewtiful Joe 2 is still a great game. I would have given it a 5 if I never played the first one. The first Viewtiful Joe was one of the best (and most difficult) platforming games ever. Viewtiful Joe 2 continues the tradition but fails to surpass it's older sibling.
"WARNING SPOILERS"
Story: I would rank Viewtiful Joe 2's story the same as the first one. Like the first one, Viewtiful Joe 2 is supposed to be like a B-rated movie and has a plot that doesn't take itself seriously. The game takes place right where the first one did end. Captain Blue is Sylvia's father. Sylvia gets her own V-watch and they learn some terrible news. The world will be threatened by evil 2 more times. Right after saying this they see that another group of aliens is invading Movieland. While the V-Duo head of to Movieland Captain Blue get's captured and is turned into a... Oscar? In Movieland Joe and Sylvia learn that this group ain't the Jadow but the Gedow, another group of aliens who want world domination. Leading them is a mysterious being who refers to himself as the Black Emperor. They used Blue's powers of happy endings to turn him into a Rainbow Oscar. These 7 Oscar's control the power of happy endings. If they were put in evil's hands happy endings would never come and the Gedow would be free to conquer the worls. After being transported into the movie Jurrasic Park, Joe and Sylvia must go across Movieworld and find the Oscar's. The plot itself doesn't really develop until later in the game.
Gameplay: You'll go through 7 reels which are the same as episodes in Viewtiful Joe. In each one you'll go through a level. 7 levels may seem short but each one is very large and filled with complicated puzzle's and Sub-Bosses. The level's aren't as hard as the first one but the puzzle's are longer. As always it's your goal to get to the end of the level. The level's are a wide variety. You can find yourself in prehistoric times and the the cold future. A china town filled with Ninja's and an icy wasteland where monserous creatures lurk.
Bosses: Yet again, Viewtiful Joe 2 is filled with unique and original bosses. An identity swapping T-rex. A poetic Tiger. And a talkative Chameleon. The bosses are all lovely but their stragety's are a bit more bland compared to the first game. However they still are challenging and fun to fight.
Sound: The music fits the areas but nothing to memorable.
Replay: Fairly average.
In total this game failed to surpass it's older sibling but is still AWESOME!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
I always found it odd that the second game didn't do better than the first Viewtiful Joe - Gamecube. I think the concept of Viewtiful Joe never really caught on. It can be hard to convince gamers that a sidescroller with a Power Rangers wannabe could be this awesome. When you explain to them how revolutionary the speed up, slow down, and other effects are, you just get blank stares. I think what also didn't help it was the game is just so damn hard. Both 1 & 2 will humiliate gamers in easy/kids mode. But make no mistake, the this is a unique and fantastic series with top of the line graphics and gameplay.

This time around, you get to play as Joe and/or his girlfriend Sylvia. You will see a lot of old bosses as well as some new ones. There's a lot more vehicles you can use this time around, and all are just a pure joy to use. Then there's Sylvia. I ended up liking her more than old Joe. She has her own powers and most importantly a gun. This gives her great distance attacks, something about that just feels so right in this game.

You may have skipped this one because you heard it was just more of the same. And it definitely is that. But it's bigger, more fun, and generally even better crafted than the first. Just like the first, story is engaging but doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's it's charm. The gameplay is more varied thanks to Sylvia and all those new vehicles. It's a longer and better game. And keep in mind that the first game was pretty much perfect and you get how high praise that is.

Bottom line, this is one of the best games you will ever play if you give it a chance. And I would actually recommend that you play this one first then go back and play the first if you liked it. It's just more bang for your buck, and the story is explained at the start of the game and is so simple that you won't feel like you are not getting things. So if you played the first and liked it, buy this. If you haven't played the first, buy this. Any self respecting gamer should not miss out on this series. I would also STRONGLY recommend that you put the game on easy/kids mode. The adult/hard difficulty will make it almost impossible to beat for the first time player. Pretty important. And play the GameCube version if you can, as the game was designed for the GameCube controller, and you can tell the difference.
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In Viewtiful Joe 2, you get to play either Joe or Sylvia as you take on various enemies in a side-scrolling movie screen. Fast forward or slow down time to solve the puzzles!

Tutorials help you get the hang of the game before you enter the fray. This is side scrolling mayhem. Jump, duck, kick and punch your way through enemies. Soon you'll learn about your special abilities - to slow down time or speed it up. This helps you to solve puzzles, slay enemies and have lots of fun.

In the previous game you got to play just Joe, but now you get to switch off with Sylvia whenever you want to. I'm always fond of games that let you play male or female characters.

The graphics here are deliberately cel shaded and low key. There are clipping errors with capes sliding through platforms and fuzzy old-style-movie lines and scratches at times. This is part of the character of the game. If you're going to be upset by this and wish you were playing Halo 3, then I'd suggest you play the other games in your style. This game focuses on the fun and platforming, rather than on crystal-sharp graphics. Also, of course, being made for the GameCube, they simply didn't have high quality graphics available back then.

You earn new powers as you go on, traverse a variety of landscapes, and generally wreak mayhem on the enemies around you.

The game is very family friendly, as long as you don't mind bashing cartoon enemies into puffs of smoke :)

The music is generally innocuous, typical jazzy music that bops around in the background. It doesn't stand out as being stellar, but it doesn't grate on your ears either.

Well recommended for fans of side scrolling action - the addition of slow and fast give a range of action which most side scrollers don't contain. I would suggest playing Viewtiful Joe (the original) first though, so you get caught up with the storyline and fun!
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on April 15, 2005
WARNING, DON'T LOOK IF DON'T WANT SOME TIPS/GIVAWAYS

This game is very fun, and the graphics have a great 2D/3D look, but the game itself is very much like the first. For instance, at the final level, there are yellow lizards that you must dodge and get behind to confuse them then kill them. There were creatures exactly like that in the first. And also, in the 6th level, you have to fight all the bosses from before over again. So that sounds like fun, but you did the exact same thing in Veiwtiful Joe one. And, on the back of the box it says "over 40 new enemies", well this didn't happen in the first, but in the first level, you fight cavemen with shields. In the 4th I think it was, you fight cops with shields. They are practically the same, but they still say it's two different guys. And another thing, when I heard that you get to use Joe AND Silvia, I was thinking "multiplayer, WWWWOOOOOHHHHHHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!", well it turned out that you play using tag-team style switching. Although those are some harsh comments, I still give this game 4 stars. But before you get this game, i reccomend renting it, because you might not like it, and it'll save you some cash, or you beat the game on the first day, and then it's not worth it for paying for it when you could've rented it.
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on February 3, 2007
If you love Viewtiful Joe, then you must get this. It is definitely something a fan must have, but it is also easier than the original game, which some could consider a good thing. The bosses are easier and you are able to have as many as 9 Take 2's at a time if you can afford to buy them, making this game very simple and no challenge to those who thought the first was easy. The story is also involving and keeps fans glued to the TV as new characters are introduced and a few old characters return to make this a sweet game. The gameplay and story is fun, so what are you waiting for? Go get it! You don't have to buy the firt game before you play this, but it makes the story and gameplay all the better if you understand the plot of the previous game.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2004
Viewtiful Joe 2 is going to be a REALLY TOTAL AWESOME game to play

This game is getting great reviews from ign.com give it a 9.0 & GameInformer Magazine give it a score of 9 second opinion 9.25

I give it 5 Stars "Highly Recommended" REALLY TOTAL WORTH IT TO BUY & PLAY this game on the Nintenod GameCube
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on April 3, 2005
yOU leave where the first one left off ,Dr Evil at it again got save Capt Blue turned into an oscer at movieworld ,A shape changing T-Rex ,with its different levels this a good looking as well one of the hardest to play ,if your into good graphics and bizzare bosses who are hard to beat this is the game for you,well worth the challege and will end up as one of you favorites as it is mine.
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The second installment is just as good as the first game with more action better abilities and a great and addicting story line. It's just another great addition atop of what they have already created. I love this game and replay it every year or so for the humor as well as the action, just another great addition to a game cube collection above all else.
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on February 18, 2013
This game is hard, really hard in fact. But the combat is rewarding, the story is fun, and the graphics hold up very well for an older game. If you are looking for GCN titles or are looking for something to play on an older model Wii, this is one of those titles you can't miss out on.
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