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4.0 out of 5 stars not the best TMNT game, but i moderately enjoy it for what it is., October 25, 2013
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while i can't say this is the worst TMNT game i've ever played i definitely cannot say it's the best either, and i've played a LOT of them.
having endured both good and bad with past TMNT games, from the frustratingly hard ending of the 8bit Nintendo TMNT to the frantic quarter eating of the Arcade Original.
and honestly i actually enjoy this game MUCH more than i did the TMNT games based off the 2K3 TMNT series.
this new game (while is some fun) presents quite a lot of flaws!

from very unpolished graphics, bad scripting, and some very noticeable audio issues this game screams low budget cash grab of a popular license!
the intro was taken right from the cartoon itself. cut scenes have a close up of each character as they read out dialog to poorly lip-synched audio.
sometime the voice recordings of the actors get badly distorted.

most of the TV show cast reprise their rolls of the Turtle's but noticeably absent is Jason Biggs/Leonardo.
while it's nice to hear Sean Astin, Greg Cipes and Rob Paulson do their voice acting the dialog just isn't very exciting and feels very sterile.

one of the nice things about the game is (though not very deep) it does play reminiscent of the classic arcade games to some extent.
it plays like a 3D side scroller for the most part.
a grab feature included allows you to throw enemies.
you can throw them into dumpsters and other on screen objects (and if aimed properly) allows you to throw enemies into the screen like they did in 'Turtles in Time' and see them slide down your TV screen as if it were a window (complete with a VERY comical window smear sound!)

the basic button controls aren't the most exciting, and do stick and are non-responsive at times.
but upgrades can be purchased with points earned that lend to some moderate replay.
also thankfully you can replay completed levels via the map to stock up on points to purchase upgrades.
unlocking new moves does improve the gameplay making it more playable.

when playing single player you can switch in-between turtles on the fly, though there does seem to be issues switching between characters if they happen to walk off screen.
this brings me to my next point, your A.I. co-player's are beyond dumb!
there are times they just stand there getting hit by enemies, and the foes you face are sometimes not much better.

hardcore Turtle fans may appreciate this game just for a TMNT fix but it honestly doesn't really even feel worth the $40 price-tag.
being a hardcore Turtle fanatic that i am i HAD to try it but immediately i can tell that it's definitely geared toward very very young children.

as much as i love the new Nickelodeon cartoon series, i thought the game would at least capture the experience of watching one of the episodes but it doesn't.
this game was touted that it'd bridge the story gap between season's 1 and 2. but the cut scenes are pretty lifeless and add nothing to the story.
reading the IDW Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #1 (Regular Cover, Chosen Randomly) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures Volume 1 captures the heart of the new TV series and does a much better job of expanding the world of the Nickelodeon Turtles series.

though i really wish this game had a bit more involved gameplay as TMNT 'Out of the Shadows' did, this still is mildly entertaining, colorful and does capture some of the Turtle's fun moments.

this game for me is at least a 3.5 and as i said before i'll just enjoy it for what it is.

i'll play it, i'll beat it, and unlock a bunch of easy Xbox 360 achievements
...maybe play it again if i feel like it?

who am i kidding? i'm a hopeless Turtle fanatic! of corse i play it again! :P

******** ADDITIONAL NOTES ********

having beaten the game, unlocked all the upgrades for each character, cleared all the time attack levels, found every secret, and unlocked 100% achievements
i even found a mini-game you can unlock when all the secrets in each level are found. you get to play the arcade machine the Turtles keep in their lair.
(it's pretty much a knock-off of 'Defender' by Midway, but much more simplified)

i'm really glad i bought this game and still play it every now and again.
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2013 2:38:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2013 2:40:20 AM PST
David Poole says:
You're entitled to your opinion but I think it's a bit far to say it's better than the 2K3 games by Konami. I rented this game and beat it 100% in less than 7 hours, and I was trying to take my time with it already (Was trying to get 10 hours on a new disc game for Xbox Live Rewards). You pointed out pretty much all of it's flaws yet you still consider it a better game than the 2K3 series, which I think you might want to go back and replay those games.

The 2K3 games (at least on the Gamecube, where I played them) were much more polished, better storylines, better acting, better button response, a much deeper combo system, and much better level design. They also had cutscenes in the style of the show made specifically for them. Not to mention instead of getting a Defender knockoff, two of them gave you older Ninja Turtle arcade games (Battle Nexus gave the original arcade game and Mutant Nightmare gives Turtles in Time). They also have way more unlockables and they just feel complete.

I mean I entered a simplified Konami code in this one and actually entered a correct code for a "Mega Mutant Attack", but the game being as unpolished as it is doesn't tell you what that is, how to use it, nor does it make it obvious that you actually unlocked anything special. The characters stare blankly during the cutscenes and the graphics are way below the standards of the already simple looking show.

Like I said, you're entitled to your opinion, but your review is very misleading. You point out obvious big flaws yet give a 4 out of 5? I'm a pretty big Turtle fan too and I went into it hoping I would at least somewhat enjoy wasting 10 hours into the game, and getting easy achievements to boot, but it was difficult to bare. Also, you should mention the terrible cutscenes with awful audio cannot be skipped.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013 8:39:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2013 5:19:52 AM PST
myconius says:
as written in my review description-

"this game for me is at least a 3.5 and as i said before i'll just enjoy it for what it is."

amazon unfortunately doesn't allow for point fractions in the score, and if you read my review i feel it's extremely honest in that i meticulously go over various pros as well of the cons of the game.

a misleading review would have been if i said- "this is the BEST TMNT game out there! it's a perfect flawless gem!"
THAT would have been misleading!

even the person who wrote the most helpful critical review calling it "a lump of coal" after spending more time with it wrote a second review calling it "Pretty Damn Enjoyable"

personally...... my favorite of all the TMNT games i've ever played was 'The Hyperstone Heist' for Sega Genesis!
the reason being was the fast and fluid combat.
i found the gameplay of 'Hyperstone Heist' more fluid than either of the arcade games of the time.

i remember being really excited at the release of the games based on the 2k3 cartoons, even bought the first one at launch full price but was really disappointed with the combat controls!
i found the button response extremely sluggish and not at all enjoyable!
it felt like the characters were wading through mud, after i beat the game i traded it in.
some time later once they released the second of the 2k3 games i decided to give it a try as well as re-buy the first one. and as much as i wanted to like it, i just did not enjoy them at all!
combat for me doesn't need to be too overly complex, but it does need to be responsive enough for me to attack the enemies on screen before they attack me.
if you enjoy the 2k3 games then that's great, but i just couldn't enjoy them at all as many chances as i gave them.

my dream is that one day Konami would by some miracle be able to come out with a 'best of' TMNT classics with all the Arcade, NES, SNES & Sega Genesis games on it.
but i honestly doubt that would ever happen?
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