Release: 2005 Format: Nintendo Game Cube, Sony Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC.
Mutant Melee was the first of two Ninja Turtles games to be released in 2005. Unlike the other games that were based around the 2003 Ninja Turtles TV series this game was more of a all out fighter.
Some people say that this is a Smash Bros rip off, but I would have to whole heartedly disagree. If anything this game rips off Power Stone that was on the Sega Dreamcast. You see this is not a 3D action game instead what we have is a game that features a bunch of arena based battles.
The game has a great roster of characters from the TV show for you to pick from. And there are four different game modes for you. Last Man Standing is a all out fight that sees you trying to be the last character still alive at the end of the battle. KO Mode sees you either playing with a time limit or a KO limit. Who ever scores the most will win. King of the Hill mode is a ton of fun in multi player. You need to get points by standing in a beam of light that will move around the level. The last one is Keep Away and in this mode you are required to grab a treasure chest and run away from the other players who are trying to get it. The twist here is that the person who has the chest cannot attack back.
The core game play I felt is actually really fun when played in multi player. Sadly when playing against the AI the game is not as much fun. I am not saying it is bad, but the AI is either a total moron or they play really dirty and cheap.
The downside to this game in the presentation. In the single player “story” mode there are not cut scenes or anything like that it is all done through text. It in many places feels like a budget game.
Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee is not a bad game at all. And if you want a fun multi player game for a game night then this is a blast in four player.
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