The Simpsons game arrived a few years ago as something of a cross platform, gaming event. If you owned a games console of any kind, it's a fair bet that a version of The Simpsons game turned up on it; the quality differing from system to system. Owners of the PS3 and Xbox 360 should take a little pride in knowing that this is where the real flagship of all the versions resides, offering a big budget Simpsons experience in video game form.
First things first, The Simpsons Game is a third person puzzle based platformer based on the incredibly successful animated series of the same name. It follows The Simpson family as they discover they have been licensed into another piece of shoddy merchandise. Discovering the manual for the very game you are playing, The Simpsons embark on a journey somewhat similar to Blade Runner, seeking out their creator and exploring a lot of creative set pieces along the way. Gameplay takes place in an open world Springfield, leading you to different levels, requiring different Simpson family members to complete. Each character has different skills, Homer can change into a giant ball of fat cable of rolling over enemies while Marge can use a megaphone to turn up mobs of concerned citizens to do her bidding. It's a nice touch and as all levels utilise both characters, two player co-op play is a blast.
Unfortunately, it is still a tie-in game and that means certain parts feel a little rushed. Often sections are drawn out for longer than they should be, padding out boring parts or just making room in the level for the writers' jokes. Some levels are also very frustrating, one segment set inside a Fantasy RPG game features Patty and Selma as a twin headed dragon; it's funny at first but adds nothing to the level. Instead we get a boss fight where it doesn't belong and the section feels awkward. It creates an odd sort of balance as gameplay takes a back seat to humour, in some ways its a positive, evidence that The Simpsons Game has been created with a genuine, likeable end result in mind and not as a cash in. Still, one feels that a better balance between great gameplay and authentic Simpsons style could have been produced.
The levels are greatly varied and take different features of the show as inspiration, my particular favourite section of the game involves travelling through a sequence of levels based on some of the famous Treehouse of Horror mini-episodes. While the show is clearly moulded in the style of the show's more recent, far less funny years, it's an authentic experience that actually seems to make for a better video game than a TV show. The setup is delightfully post-modern, with the Simpson family completely aware that they're working through a video game and a story that occasionally shines with real genius. The writers and voice actors are on top form here, nobody phones it in and the experience is genuinely funny. One scene involves fighting a rampaging horde of chocolate easter bunnies, "I did it in March!" on proclaims excitedly.
I was also particularly impressed with the games visual. It utilises a cel shaded technique that replicates the look of the TV show very well and gave it a great feel. Having played both the Xbox 360 and PS3 version however, I have to say that it's a great shame that the PS3 version included no anti-aliasing; the result is that the smooth, strong black lines on the Simpson characters have become jagged an irregular. It spoils the effect slightly and really dents one of the nicest parts of the games presentation.
It's really hard to fault The Simpsons Game as a package though. It has a lot to live up to, succeeding both as a piece of merchandising, advertising, authentic story and decent video game. While it doesn't score full point in all these areas, it does create an acceptable balance between them. The player never gets the feeling that a segment has been rushed just to get the game on the shelves or that promotion of the TV show is more important that enjoying the product you just paid for. That it manages this is an achievement other tie-in games seem incapable of producing and despite its flaws, when you arrive at the end of The Simpsons Game you feel as though you experienced a Simpsons adventure designed to entertain you, not raid you wallet. It's refreshing to see and while a few years down the line, you probably won't be returning to The Simpsons Game for a second playthrough, the first time around is a lot of fun.
The Simpsons Game for PS3 is avaialble from Amazon or eBay as well as good game stores. It's been out a while now so you can probably expect to find it in the £10 to £15 price range.
The simpsons game I bought for a bit of fun to play instead of all my serious shooter games. I thought buying this would lighten up the mood also I am a simpsons fan. The game is an action platformer game. As we all know it is based on the animated tv show the simpsons. It was published by EA aka Electronic Arts.
In the game it has the whole simpson family Homer Marge Bart Lisa and maggie. They then discover that they are part of a video game. They are given superpowers to try and resolve certain situations that you will come across in the game. There is a game's antagonist called will wright and the simpsons have to try and save their predessors from him and his evil ways. The game is fun to play it is not all that great of graphics but come on it is a video game just because it already has a sucesfull following does not mean you can not try and release a game with decent graphics. The game has mixed views when it comes to reviews as for its graphics and short length game, but to me it is a game I like very much so even with its downfalls. It is fun to play with it jokes which are amussing and also the charcters of course. The game is also making fun of other video games so it is all just for fun and enjoyment and my son can play it too as he is aware of the charcters.
A game to me is aimed at a hardcore simpsons fan and not a real gamer who takes everything so serious in the gamming world I love my games too but everyone has there own opinion and thats why dooyoo is cool so you can express the feelings. So for me the game gets a two stars but a good fun game.
EA has done a great job providing a new, fun and exciting Simpsons game. The Simpson's Game is a parody of many video games while it also provides its own take on games. The game is very funny and has some fantastic jokes.
The graphics aren't the best the Playstation 3 has to offer, but who expected them to be? They hold their own and don't make the game better or worse. The game has a bad framerate and sometimes crashes. The soundtrack is very good with the theme tune.
During the game, you travel the levels with two characters, switching between them for different tasks. This keeps the game fresh and also exciting. They all have different moves and weapons. You can also explore Springfield and enter some of the buildings which is very fun for ever Simpsons fan. The game also features the real voices and the Co-Op is fun as you can just switch a second player in and out.
The game is very easy to control but is quite hard in someplaces. It is great exploring the city in your own time.
However, the game is also short if you don't mind missing the many collectables. It can be beaten in about 5-6 hours if not, but if you collect them, it will last over 100+ hours making it a great buy.
the simpsons game was a great follow on from the previous simpsons game which was "simpsons hit and run" a humerous game which is bags of fun everytime you play it. for my liking the game was a little short as i remember completing it in a matter of a few day. all of the levels in the game are interesting and if you love the simpsons then will cause you to have a great laugh. this was the first game that i got on my playstaion 3 and it doesnt really show off what the playstaion 3 is capable of as the graphics of the game arent fantastic as it is very cartoon like. i think that simpsons hit and run is a better game as there is more levels to enjoy. but it is a bit like marmite you do wither love it or hate it. i believe it is worth a buy if you see it preowned somewhere.