The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360) review
"Prepare to laugh. The Simpsons are here and they’ve brought along parodies of games, and people in the industry. Everquest, Metal Gear Solid, Katamari Damacy, Pokemon, and so much more are all spoofed in The Simpsons Game, brought to you by EA Studios. So grab your controller, turn on your system, and get ready to rock! "
Prepare to laugh. The Simpsons are here and they’ve brought along parodies of games, and people in the industry. Everquest, Metal Gear Solid, Katamari Damacy, Pokemon, and so much more are all spoofed in The Simpsons Game, brought to you by EA Studios. So grab your controller, turn on your system, and get ready to rock!
The Simpsons Game is easily one of the funniest games, simply, ever. I found myself laughing out loud constantly at all the video game, pop culture and especially Simpson references scattered throughout the game. Bart Simpson finds a manual to something called “The Simpsons Game” that fell from the sky, and it contains information on how to use super powers for each member of the family (more on these later). When the characters learn how to use their powers, Kang and Kodos (the lovable aliens from the television series) send aliens unto Springfield to wreak havoc. When the Simpsons discover this, they are out to save their city of Springfield. While the story itself really isn’t all that exciting, the cut-scenes will have your sides splitting with laughter. The game is just that funny.
The Simpsons Game plays out like an action platformer. You play as the four main characters Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa, and a couple moments are even put aside for Maggie. You will be constantly beating up baddies, jumping, climbing and solving puzzles (some easy, some unnecessarily hard) to complete your objectives and beat the game’s 16 missions. In all missions you use 2 characters pre-determined by the game. This does not apply to the last mission however, where you use all four characters. Unfortunately, this aspect of the game isn’t that fun. There are two or three ways for you to attack the enemy. You can use your three-button combo (yes, only one) to knockout the enemies, and your basic B-button attack.
On top of these, each character has there own super power. Marge has a megaphone and can make mobs and get them to do her dirty work, Lisa uses the “Hand of Buddha” to clear paths, eliminate enemies and solve various puzzles, Bart becomes Bartman and uses powers to reach new heights, which leaves us with Homer. Without a doubt, Homer is the character you will enjoy the most. On top of his basic burp attack, he also has two separate modes, the eternally entertaining homerball and the fascinating gummy Homer. It is a shame that the developers clearly put so much focus on Homer, and seemed to forget about the other characters. The problem with the other characters powers is that they only need to be used in specific situations. This makes the idea of their super powers rather pointless; as instead of “powers” they are foolish gimmicks the developers threw in. Fighting enemies is simply boring, as all you are doing is mindlessly mashing buttons until you’ve reached the next objective.
Community review by Azumangaman (January 04, 2008)
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