Just a couple of months ago, a new TMNT game was released on XBLA, titled TMNT: Out of the Shadows, but a new game, simply titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is being released. While Out of the Shadows was more of a fusion of the gritty comic style and the new Nickelodeon television series and featured an adventure style of gameplay, this new game comes directly from the show, sporting cartoonish art and utilizing a side-scrolling play style more akin to the classic TMNT games. Check out the trailer after the jump! (more…)
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ABOVE: Bianca Beauchamp as Harley Quinn. That latex costume is a wee too tight. Lack of circulation… no wonder Harley is certifiably insane. [Bianca Beauchamp]
I’ll be honest; I was worried when I first found out I’d be reviewing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows. Maybe because I hadn’t seen much advertisement leading up to its release, or that it was my first game review on the site, or maybe because licensed games always come off as a quick cash grab, but this title is one that’s definitely worth the 15 bucks (or however many Microsoft Points). Now, that doesn’t mean the game is perfect; it definitely has its flaws. Graphically, technically, and just an overall lack of polish almost constantly remind you that you didn’t pay a full 60 dollars for it, but these detractions aren’t enough to hold back what is, frankly, an addicting game.
Right off the bat, you recognize that this isn’t quite any version of TMNT that you’ve seen before; this is a darker version of the turtle brothers, but it doesn’t forget all that the property has been through, referencing every form of media it’s seen, while incorporating a little bit of each into the overall design of the game. The end result is a gritty, unique art style, with realistically creepy looking turtles (I mean, they are gigantic humanoid turtles, after all). This refreshing style also very smoothly transitions to the comic book style cut-scenes, referencing back to its comic roots. Unfortunately, despite decent visuals for an Xbox Arcade release, they are hampered by not-fully-loading environments, lagged menus, and some choppy textures that will disappear and reappear depending on how close or what angle you are viewing them at. At one point, during a parkour-inspired chase scene, I phased through an object, only to get stuck there until I got a game over; this happened at 6 times.
The turtles themselves are easily the shining gems of this game. Each of the brothers were clearly designed to be different from one another in every facet; from their looks, to their stats, and to the abilities that they can learn, making for some diverse gameplay. All 4 come equipped with their signature weapons and dialogue that’s appropriately as cheesy as their beloved pizza, it feels like authentic turtle talk. When the ‘chuk swinging Mikey seems to reference the game itself, saying “I wish I could reinvent myself… as a grittier version of myself,” I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself.
The major difference between each of them, though, is their individual combat styles, which is what brings a true sense of identity to whichever of the four you choose to play as. Each character has his own skill tree which, when upgraded, gives special stat upgrades that can apply to both the individual as well as the entire gang. Leo has his leadership abilities which reflect on the entire team in the form of special attack and health bonuses during battle, and Donnie’s genius intellect makes the hacking mini-game (which is actually a bunch of pretty neat little puzzles) a bit easier.
The combat, which uses a free-flow system resembling the one developed in the Batman: Arkham series, does its best to maximize the “team” aspect of the game, and while it does work at times (especially when you nail a tag-team-like finisher) it’s one aspect of the game that I wish was a bit more polished. It’s hard to mention the combat without getting into the wonky camera angles that tend to crop up in just about every fight scene. It also doesn’t help that the enemy targeting system wasn’t very accurate; at times, the camera would go behind a wall which I couldn’t see through, mid combo, and by the time I got a view of the fight again, Leo was slashing his katanas at nothing but air. The beginning and end of every confrontation was signified by a crazy drop in frame rate, which was jarring, but it was something that was less noticeable when the game started dropping us into bigger battles.
As the name suggests, stealth combat does play a part throughout the story, but the AI is so unbelievably stupid during these scenes, it wasn’t very much of a challenge. Doing just about anything but breaking the line of sight will keep you undetected, even allowing you to practically walk right in front of enemies, so long as it isn’t directly in front of them. Even when I decided to throw stealth out the window and just start attacking groups of foes, I’d still somehow perform a stealth takedown on an enemy who happened to have his back turned to me, even though the entire group around him was alerted to our presence and already on the attack.
The story is by no means groundbreaking, and it isn’t a long one, but it doesn’t have to be. The story serves its purpose and feels like a typical TMNT story; it feels like you’re playing through an elongated episode of the show, which I think was the aim. Spanning four chapters and clocking in at about 6-7 hours, it doesn’t leave you hanging once you’ve completed it. There are a ton of collectibles hidden throughout each level to entice you into another play through, and those inclined to explore will be handsomely rewarded with bonus inventory and health, in addition to finding the collectible comic book items. Aside from replaying the main game and building the stats of each of the turtles, there are also a few side game modes; a survival mode, a practice mode, a challenge mode, and my personal favorite; arcade mode. The arcade mode, based on the classic beat-em-up style of gameplay featured in past TMNT games, is a blast to play by yourself or with a friend. While the local co-op in the main game splits the screen up which makes the aforementioned camera issues even more of a problem, this mode is a bit friendlier to those sharing a couch for a game session.
This game may not be a candidate for Game of the Year, but it does seem to be one of the top TMNT games yet, and for the Xbox Arcade price, that’s a bargain. Although the game has its fair share of flaws, I found myself excited to go back and play it again and again. I couldn’t help but feel that, with these very fixable problems covering up a solid base, this game could have been touched up a bit, given a little longer of a story and been released as a full game. With that said, this is clearly one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played lately, and probably one of the best games I’ve played from the Xbox Arcade.
Nerd Bastards Rating- 7.5/10
This is a real blast from the past for most of you out there. What kid in the 90′s didn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? They had outrageous tag lines, rap laden music, and ate a crap load of pizza; everything your parents would shake their head at and wonder what the hell was happening with today’s youth.
Now that you’re all grown up you might appreciate this alternate ending that much more. It’s a nice nod to the origin of the TMNT franchise that all started back in Eastman and Laird’s fantastic comic book. If you’ve never read those, it’s well worth the cost of a trade paperback to pick up the original black and white pages.
Man, this movie doesn’t age well phonetically, I cringed at just about every tag line those turtles threw out there. Imagine the looks you would get today if you tried those lines on your nieces, nephews, or your own children. It would be akin to wearing black socks with sandals when you take them to the beach.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Straight from the set of Micheal Bay‘s reboot of the much beloved TMNT franchise comes this latest group of on set stills. There are a lot to look at so why not peruse the gallery below and met me on the other side to discuss.
Megan Fox is certainly looking good in these shots. Notice the Sai in her boots when she is with Raphael in that classic trench coat disguise from the comics and prior movies. There’s also Whoopie Goldberg, and Will Arnett on set. Hopefully some on set video will pop up on the Internet in the near future, that seems to be the pattern these days, some on set stills, then some video of the scenes those stills came from.
We’ve got a whole year before this comes to the big screen on July 6th, 2014. They feature Raphael in a terrible trench coat disguise, Whoopie Goldberg, Megan Fox, and Will Arnett.
Are you going to give this reboot a chance?
If you’ve been paying attention to Nickelodeon‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series you’ll notice they haven’t really been fighting the usual kind of bad guys. The alien race called the Kraang, mutated people, mad scientists and the Foot clan; but they’ve never really encountered someone like the Shredder. And much like the audience they’ve never even seen his face. Now, ahead of San Diego Comic Con the secret has been revealed – and can be on your shelf by the end of the week!
Ahead of next week’s annual SDCC, Playmates Toys, the company licensed to sell the line of TMNT toys has released the first look at Oroku Saki (Shredder) and his face. Check him and his very pointy armour out below.
As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, it looks like Michael “The Baby Eater” Bay and his partner in crime Jonathan “Gimme Money” Liebesman will be making even more changes to world we love and remember. This time around, they’re taking a shot at the origins of the franchise’s most famous baddies, Shredder.
It’s pretty obvious that with the casting of William Fichtner in the role of Shredder that they’ve already decided to white-wash it and remove the villain’s Asian origins. But some further info. via the mouth of Fichtner himself suggests that even more is getting screwed around with:
I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence.
There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it’s not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I’m pretty excited.
Ah yes, not like any turtles that he remembers. I am so overjoyed I could shit my pants and roll around in it.
If you feel so inclined, check out the new incarnation when it bullies its way onto the big screen come June 6th, 2014.
Thanks to /film for the warning.
Continuing the grand, Hollywood tradition of casting white actors in roles that call for even the slightest bit of ethnicity, The Huffington Post in Canada spoke with Willian Fichtner who confirmed he’s playing the Turtle’s biggest baddie, Shredder, in Michael Bay‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick.
I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, “Really? Let me think about this for a minute.” [Laughs] Then I was like, “Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.” I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.
Apparently simply called Ninja Turtles if this poster Coming Soon saw at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is anything to go by,
So, they’ve dropped the whole teenage mutant bit, but hey, at least they’re not aliens. (We hope!)
Absolutely nothing I’ve learned about this new TMNT, sorry, NT film has me looking forward to it. How about you Bastards?
Source: Huff Po, Coming Soon via Bleeding Cool
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This week on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about Grumpy Cat the cinema film, the chances that Dan Harmon will supplant Moses, the cost/benefit analysis of seeing a movie solely for Starbuck side-boob, and the uselessness of time capsules.
Also on the show: Fans call in to make Jeremy eat strange things he finds in his office, Jason juggles a set of flaming balls, and the fella’s both discuss the Xbox One and learn that lying is wrong.
Then, Jason uses up his remaining 20 seconds of Doctor Who rant time to talk about racism in the Whoverse… quickly, and in Trailergasm, the boys celebrate the Taco Time cross-promotion with Machete Kills and the death of innocence with Planes.
You require more sustenance? Fine, grab a straw and suck because we’ve got Whoopi Goldberg riding a dinosaur into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, concerns about a new race of sex crazed lady folk, the Kickstarter of Porn (Melissa Joan Hart, there is still hope for you!) and the guys loved Arrested Development and want to tell you all about it.
All that and the death of a beloved character for no reason at all on The Bastardcast!
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From the “What the Hell?” file comes this photo from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in New York City. It’s actress, comedienne and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg seemingly being film in some kind of acting performance in the new comic book adaptation about the other Fab Four. But who is she playing, and who does her hair?
The truth is, we don’t know. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Whoopi was playing Baxter Stockman. We’ve got Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter and William Fichtner as maybe Shredder, so who’s Whoopi playing? Is it cameo or a role of major or minor veracity? Again, no idea.
So what have producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have in store? Your guess is as good as there’s.
More news as it develops.