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Futurama: The Game (PS2)

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Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal Interactive / Genre: Action / Rating: T - (Teen) / 1 player / published by: Vivendi Universal

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      08.03.2012 02:12
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      A game that might interest serious Futurama fans, but not the casual gamer

      The Simpsons had had a big success on the PS2 platform before this Futurama game came out, so it was no surprise that they would develop this well loved television show into a game. I thought that it would be as good as the other games from Matt Groenings creations that I had played, but I was quite disappointed and found it to be merely okay and not something I would really ever think about playing through again.

      I bought the game a while ago in a 3 for 2 offer, however without that it would have cost £10. It's dropped in price now, and I've seen it available for around £6 or a couple of pounds more. It's rated 12 plus, as it sticks with Futurama's humour which is for a slightly older audience than the Simpsons and has some violence in, but this is mainly just the usual getting rid of enemies violence.

      The gameplay revolves around what is almost like an actual episode of Futurama, as many characters from the show make appearances and the evil villain is once again, Mom. Planet Express has been sold to Mom, and she is given 50% ownership of Earth making her the ruler of it basically. After that the game basically turns into a race to escape Mom and defeat her. However, one of my favourite parts of the game was the ending as it was actually pretty funny (however you actually have to bother to play till the end of the game to get to it!)

      The script was developed by the show's writers which is probably what made it bearable for me to play throughout the whole game. It had a great sense of humour and the story kept me wanting to play to find out what happened to the characters. According to the box that the game comes in, there is 20 minutes of unseen footage altogether which is great for a super Futurama fan.

      Most of the main characters in the series, actually show up in the game itself and you can play as a few of them. The playable characters are Fry, Leela, Bender and Zoidberg however other characters like Nibbler, Mom, the Professor and Hermes are seen throughout it to. The real voice actors are used for the game, so this was a bonus, as the cut scenes were just like a part of a Futurama episode.

      It is basically a platformer, as for most of the game you run around collecting different items for missions, powering up yourself and other objects and getting rid of all the enemies in the level. It gets very repetitive if you ask me, as this is basically all you do for the entirety of the game, and it does get dull quickly. When you change characters this does slightly alter gameplay, but not enough to make it exciting enough to motivate you to keep playing.

      I wouldn't say that there is high replay value, as the game is so boring the first time round there is probably no way you would want to play it again. It also doesn't really make you want to continue playing aside from finding out the rest of the storyline, so it's not that great a game in pace and motivation from the players point of view.

      The graphics of the game are pretty well done, as they look like the characters themselves in the television show. They are not as detailed as some of the other games on this console, however they are decent enough to look at while you play the game as they are quite colourful and being able to explore a world you've seen in cartoons is always interesting. However, the annoying thing about the game was the camera angle, I don't ever really notice this while playing a game but in this it was just so annoying you couldn't get past it. It felt awkward playing the game as it would turn into very odd angles that were difficult to manoeuvre out of.

      Overall, this was a pretty disappointing game and I wouldn't recommend anyone buying it. However, if you are a Futurama fan who is desperate to play it and you have the chance to borrow it or buy it for a price lower than £4, then I would say play it that way. However, there really is no reason, despite some of it's positive attributes, to actually spend time on this game as there are much better games out there.

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      04.09.2008 09:23
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      a Platform game for ps2 with a full episode inside

      Futurama game is a decent platform game for ps2 or xbox, I played the ps2 version and I found it to be a little boring after the first 10 minutes of play, it could have been a great game with some changes but none of them was made.

      Graphic:
      The graphic is very well done, very accurate and the characters are well designed, the movement are well done and it's a pleasure to watch if you like the Futurama cartoon

      Storyline:
      The game in itself has a complete episode, the footage is all in 3d so if will be different, the engine of the game is used to draw the characters, so it will not use a classical full motion video like Final Fantasy games, but the result is very well done.

      The story in itself is very easy, Doctor Farnworth has sold Planet express to M.O.M. and mom it's trying to take over the universe, You will have to find a Way to Stop her and her robots Army.

      Playability:
      Playability is nice, but not expect anything great, the game is sometimes very repetitive and can be annoying, what will get you playing if you are a Futurama fan is probably to see how the story ends and nothing more.

      the games is not all a true platform game, there will be some different levels like using a machine to shot and so on, but generally 90% of the game is a simple platform game.

      Sound:
      It's very cured but sometimes to repetitive and will be very annoying after a while, the character voice acting uses the original actors so it's surely a plus

      Conclusion:
      Futurama game is probably a good game, nothing exceptional but it will probably keep you playing for a while if you liked the cartoon, if you don't it's probably a decent platform game but it get boring quickly.

      You can probably find the "episode" on some website like youtube or similar, it was released as the lost episode of Futurama.

      The price is different from store to store but being an old ps2 game you can probably find it used on amazon or ebay around £ 4-7 , around £ 20 for a new copy

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        31.03.2008 16:45
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        A fantastic game for any fan of the TV series

        I am a total sucker for anything Simpsons / futurama so i had to pick this up for the PS2 as soon as it came out.

        Luckily i wasn't disappointed at all, the game received mixed reviews by the gaming press and yes you may say i am being a tad bias as i have already confessed my passion.

        But that said this game is soooo much fun, a pure platforming delight. Not to be taken to seriously like the tv program, but this game will give you hours of fun pleasure.

        Featuring the full cast of the series including real voice acting from the team also. This game takes you through nice and slowly and throws you into some fun situations.

        You can play as all the main characters, leela and bender but you start off the game as Fry

        If you are a fan of the series i highly suggest you pick this up, this is also a VERY rare title now to own in ones collection.

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          25.04.2007 14:15
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          Spin off game that does not work.

          If it was good enough for the Simpsons then surely it is quite acceptable for Futurama to cash in on the success of the TV show in the form of a game on the PS2. The problem is that the end product is nowhere near as good as the TV show and you are left with the feeling that you have been duped into buying a real turkey with the refrain from Bender of “Kiss my big metal behind” ringing in your ears when you try to get a refund.


          The only good thing about the game is that at least the voices are those of the actors from the programme but if sound is the only positive you can find then you know it is a bad game.


          You get to play as each of the characters from the show and it is a level based action game where you follow a fairly linear path collecting various items and blasting all that come before you. It does all become rather predictable and there is not much challenge to be had. It is an easy game to pick up and an even easier one to master.

          There are a few other things that I did not like about the game, the camera is just plain annoying and gives some very strange views especially in tight situations where the view keeps switching all the time at the slightest movement. The second thing is the shooting mechanism, accuracy is really random and does not cope when you are faced with a number of enemies at the same time. After a while it really became annoying and I quickly lost interest.


          Definitely a game to avoid you would be far better spending some of your money on one of the DVD’s rather than the game.

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        • Product Details

          Matt Groening, the creative mastermind behind the Simpsons, presents his multiplatform console game based on the hit animated TV series: FUTURAMA. This irreverent parody of the Sci-Fi genre follows Fry, a 20th century outcast mistakenly frozen until the 31st century, and his new interstellar adventures as a deliveryman. FUTURAMA: The Game is a 3rd person platform shooter featuring characters and environments from the series. Set in the cartoon series futuristic universe, FUTURAMA: The Game features all the main characters from the TV show characters, including Fry, Leela and Bender. Each character possesses his or her own skills and attributes, resulting in unique and varied gameplay.