Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus Release: 2004 Format: Nintendo Game Cube, Sony Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC
I was so hyped for this game it was unreal. I paid a crazy amount of money to import this sucker because I did not want to wait for a UK release. But much like I was with the Game Boy Advance version I was disappointed with this.
This is a direct sequel to the first game, and also like the first game it is based on the 2003 animated series. This game is based on the second season of the show.
The first thing that is worth mentioning is that this game is four player. There is a great selection of characters for you to pick from, but the story mode is not as good as the first game. The game has a map screen that is similar to that of a Super Mario game. And I for one really did not like this all that much. While I played through the first game with all four Turtles as well as Casey Jones and Master Splinter. Here I never really felt like I was missing out on anything.
There seems to be more going on in the games levels, but the over all graphics of the game I felt took a big step back. Maybe this is because of how large a game it is. On the Game Cube the game came on two discs and while that was the version I imported when the game was released in the UK I picked up the Xbox version as well. The FMV in the Game Cube version is really bad.
The game play is just off. It is really hard to explain what is wrong with it, but its almost like they tried to do to much stuff in the game. Which I applaud them for doing, but at the end of the day its not that exciting to play. You have mission objectives in this game than its predecessor, but the core game play is not as much fun.
As well as the story mode you also have a Battle Nexus mode which is where you take on a series of enemies to prove that you are the best warrior in the galaxy. This was the story line for part of the second season of the show.
Another bonus was the inclusion of the original Ninja Turtles arcade game, but due to some licensing issues the sound track had to be changed. Also you do not get to pick your Turtle. What Turtle you play as depends on what port your controller is in.
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