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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The power of two was a game that was much hyped and eagerly anticipated. Despite the fact that it is often difficult for much hyped products to live up our eager expectations, this game fell well short of my own expectations.
The most positive aspect is the visuals. The graphics on this game are bright and enticing and friends seeing the gameplay initially may believe this to be a great game. However, it is in the gameplay that things begin to go a little sterile.
There is a mad doctor, a wasteland, and a hero Mickey Mouse destined to repair everything and make the world a better place. Alongside him is Oswald the Rabbit. Oswald is a 'marmite' character and you will either love him or hate him. Personally, I found him a distraction to the action and most of the time wished he wasn't there.
There are some comical reference to other Disney films as you go through the game. Not enough to laugh but certainly enough to elicit a dry smile. The smile soon fades though as you realise that this game (which in terms of size for what is basically a platform game is 'epic') is going to take you through a fairly repetitive 'collect this from there' script, rinse, do it again. The twenty five or so hours you play to get to the end of this game by half way are feeling far longer.
In addition to the repetitive nature of the gameplay, the worse failing is the camera. In a platform game involving accurate running and jumping the camera cannot be allowed to suddenly swing to an incorrect angle giving you no view of the character you are trying to control. Unfortunately in Epic Mickey that is what will happen again and again. Having to restart a section because of a mistake is always frustrating but doing so for the umpteenth time because of a random mistake with the camera angles making a particular section of the game complete chance it just plain irritating.
* Overall *
Mmm, the jury is still out. I did play this game for many long hours but ultimately I'm not convinced many of those hours were as enjoyable as I'd hoped. For this reason, I find it hard to recommend this game and I just hope that if Epic Mickey makes it to a third incarnation that the dodgy camera is fixed.
This review was first posted on Ciao under my username of 'plymyphil1'.