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
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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.