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The Simpsons (PS3)

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Published by: Electronic Arts / Genre: Platformer / Release date: 2007-11-09 / Subcategory: /Arcade & Platform

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      10.02.2012 16:06

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      Good game would like to see another Simpsons game on the ps3

      The Simpsons games is about the main Simpsons Characters you have to use to save the world from problems. You start of using Bart and Homer in one of the weirdest missions I have seen in adventure games. You have to take out the rabbits

      Plus chase them which is really odd and could turn any person straight of the game because of the lame mission to start with.I started to play the game and unimpressed with the first missions put in the game but as the game carried on it got better.

      The games missions are complicated and you have to figure them out your self! Their is little help with the buttons pointing directions which do help an little but that is all the buttons do to help and its not much help to be honest.Graphics are outstanding though in the game the environment especially around the characters in the game has been done really well. Another thing i like about this game is the missions in the middle some of them are really cool challenging making you use your head more to figure them out.

      This game is perfect for two players looking for an good adventure game to finish. I am stuck on one mission at the moment and i think the mission is impossible to complete without cheats. The game is fun but remember finishing missions in this game can take ages!

      Overall to sum the game up I would say good entertainment but a lot time needed to finish certain levels in the game.

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      05.09.2009 15:44
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      A Tip-Top tastic game - But perfectionists wait another year.

      The simpsons game is based on the show we all know and love, The Simpsons. It features the main characters in the town of springfield, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and also playable in pipes maggie.

      The Game:
      This is the 3rd game in the series of Simpson games, and this one is a vast improvement on previous games. It has better graphics, and more features and functions enabled, aswell as bonus content.
      However, you are unable to drive in cars in this episode unlike in The simpsons road rage, so a let down there. However the ability to play as 4 Different 'Types' of Homer's and Bart man more than make up for it.

      The Plot**** Spoiler
      The Plot of the main game is More of Two plots merged together,

      Firstly There is the uproar of Grand theft Scratchy(yes it does sound familiar) A new video game which has been released in town featuring, Gangs, Guns, and violence. A lot like Grand Theft Auto.Marge is out with her Microphone to put an end to the video game as she believes it will deteriorate the Children's minds.

      Second Plot is that The Family find out that they have recieved superpowers, and after an alien invasion of Earth by Kang and Kodos, the town is being ripped apart. The family must work together to fight back and frighten off the aliens, and also Homer and Bart must defeat the Doughnut man.

      Third Plot is taking they're complaint up with the chairman Matt Groening. The Inventor of the Simpsons. Forcing him to answer them!

      What works well?****
      Well now the town of Springfield looks a lot more real than previous games, also there is now a more open Springfield to explore around, being able to go in moe's bar and the Comic book shop! How amazing is that.

      Also the Addition of new enemies, mixes the game up very well and is a lot better than fighting the same enemies over and over again.
      Aswell as that the addition to the Super attack bar, which builds up when fighting enemies, Eating Burgers(in Homers Case) and Picking up power ups(Police hat for Marge). Also now you can pick up a bottle cap or 25% off coupons for all characters, as a in game achievement.

      What dosen't work well?*****
      A short story is really not what the game player asks for, On average it takes 12 hours to complete? and that's me playing and I am a very poor gamer.
      Any great gamer should have this done straight playing for 7 hours.

      Possibly, and this may just be me - But after the main story is completed I don't feel there is anything to do apart from collecting bottle caps, which isn't the most exciting thing ever, so I recommend a longer story to deveopers of the next generation Simpsons

      Thanks for reading

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      12.08.2009 17:51
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      good game with fun aspects to it, worth a play

      The game is based on a story where bart finds an instruction manual to the simpsons game and learns how to use all kinda of powers as do the family and they go around springfield sorting things out, saving people etc all sorts.

      The gameplay is generally you following a set of tasks to complete. They may be boring and simple styled tasks but the gameplay itself makes up for this and overall it ends up a generally fun experience. You can wield any of the 5 main simpson household characters (with the obvious exception of Maggie) Then using each character's individual special powers and following the story you must defeat the baddies from itchy and scratchy gta characters to big mr donut robots. The best par tof the gameplay is that you can play multiplayer which is where the most fun is. You can play thruogh the entire story in 2 player mode which is why this game becomes so much fun.

      Another great thing in the game is the humour the game takes away with it all the good humour and funny one linears you expect from the simpsons and bring in the comic book guys objectives to find sterotypical game flaws and ideas. Like oh well done you found the blantently obvious weak spot on your enemy etc, you will find some parts just laught out funny.

      The graphics have a nice cartoon simpsons feel to them but not so cartoonyas to put you off the game or to have bad shading. the game runs smoothly and there are hardly any in gam glitches or anything.

      With all this included within the game you soon forget about how this could have been a let down game, because it wasn't. As for the price now warrants you to get this game because at under a tenner you are getting a decent game.

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      23.06.2009 19:16
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      Fun, enjoyable and for only £10 you can't go wrong. Good for filling up the long summer ahead.

      Tv tie-ins can be dangerous ground for developers, take games like Lost and Futurama. Few shows have the fan bases and huge popularity required to give a decent enough grounding to a console game. The Simpsons, however, is quite unique; the show does have the foundations, and manages to produce what are actually quite good games every so often. The Simpsons Wresting on the PS1, The Simpsons Roadrage for the Gamecube, and The Simpsons:Hit and Run on the PS2 have all been enjoyable games. This one takes lead from the others, and the Simpsons break onto the PS3 with another good platformer.

      Story

      The story is, to put it blunty, bordering on mad. Bart finds a manual to "The Simpsons Game" on the floor, which teaches him and the rest of the family their special powers, which they use to cause havoc in Sprinfield. That is the underlying core of the game. The actual plot is impossibly wild and un-believable, but thats what we love about the Simpsons right? I won't explain the more definite details about the story, but expect to be charging around Springfield and some other "interesting" locations only a Simpsons game could deliver.

      Gameplay

      The gameplay in itself is one of the game's biggest let-down areas. The mission objectives are actually quite monotomous and simple, whilst the puzzles are basic and straightforward. Many of the levels will have you jumping around, triggering switches, manouvering ledges, and killing enemies. This is all masked by the numerous gags and variety of levels the game provides. One of the nicest aspects of the Simpsons is that it acknoledges, almost embraces, this. Comic-book Guy will pop up whenever you trigger one of the game's "clichés", which include blowing up an explosive barrel, or finding an invisible barrier. Not only that, but many of the levels are mick-takes of other games. Take for example Medal of Homer, Neverquest, and Shadow of the Collosal Doughnut. These jokes are brilliantly witty and manage to cover up the repetetive and simple gameplay, crating an illusion of varied levels. By no means is the gameplay terrible, it's just your run-of-the-mill platformer.
      The controls are nicely set out and work well. X is jump, Square is attack, and O is special attack. Asides from that each character has slightly different controls, but they are all easy to grasp and use within a few minutes.

      Fighting enemies is solid but simple. Press square to attack enemies with punches and kicks, knocking them into bits on the floor. The special powers of each character helps to spice up the game, and are a joy to use. Homer turns into a huge ball of fat, which can roll over enemies and splatter them. Bart becomes Bartman and can glide from tall places, and get to them with his grapple hook. Marge can gather angry mobs to aid in building structures and fighting enemies, whilst Lisa can use the "Hand of God" to move huge objects and destroy gates. They are the only 4 playable characters in the game, a dissapointment to some, but each character is properly filled out and has their own personality about them. There are also various points in the game where Maggie is used to travel through pipes or vents. Each level gives you control over two of the characters; the puzzles are then solved by using a combination of their powers. It's hardly brain-wracking work, but each one is fun to do and brings a little satisfaction.
      The game as a whole is very short. Easily completed within 7 hours. Scattered amongst the levels, and Springfield itself, are Duff bottle caps, Coupons, and the such like for you to collect. Only the most dedicated of fans will strive to collect them all, but apart from that there is little re-play value.

      The laughs

      And there are many. The game is packed full of jokes, witty comments, and mockery that will genuinely have you laughing; it's really just like watching an episode. The game boasts real character voice-acting and over 50 miuntes of new video footage, as well as some 8000 lines of new content. It's the real thing, and anybody who has vaguely enjoyabed the Simpsons will love the in-game laughs.

      Graphics

      The game is done in a cartoony way, just like the show, and it's pulled off very well. The game looks great, colourful and vibrant. The characters are un-mistakable and the levels fluid. No-one really expected an HD adventure, but what we got is glorious in it's own way.

      Multiplayer

      The game works on a drop-in drop-out basis. As each level uses 2 characters, this works perfectly; playing with a friend is always a good way of making a game more enjoyable. It will probably speed things up a little as well; the AI works, but a human behind the wheel is the way to go. There's no online aspects, but there isn't a need for it or a suitable spot for it to open in.

      The Verdict

      It's a good game. Fans will go wild for it, and even the less dedicated of you will still enjoy this game. My advice is that if you have £10 spare and like the series itself, get this game. Hardcore gamers looking for the next serious action game will be severely dissapointed, whilst people who have no interest in the TV show will probably find this tiresome. My big warning is that this game is one of the shortest out there; don't expect a 20 hour epic. Thanks for reading.

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      03.06.2009 21:40
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      Fun, while it lasts

      First impressions? The game looks just like the show! The graphics are amazingly faithful to the cartoon and all the major characters are lurking somewhere amongst the various levels. Animation is smooth and the frame-rate never drops. If you just sit back and watch the characters interacting with each other it IS like watching an actual episode. Audio is similarly fabulous. The entire cast from the show have recorded dialogue for the game and music and sound effects all add greatly to the overall gaming experience.

      The game itself plays as a pretty standard platformer. There's not much originality here and general gameplay is passable if somewhat simplistic. But the actual adventure that plays out is bizarre and fairly surreal (in a nice way). I won't spoil the plot for you but the story pokes fun at the gaming world in a very clever way. Videogame violence (Grand Theft Scratchy, anyone?), various genres and some retro classics all make an appearance. Seasoned gamers, especially, will recognise parodies of several longstanding gaming franchises including Sonic the Hedgehog, Nintendo's Mario and Ryu from the Streetfighter series.

      There's not too much left to say about this title. The Simpsons game, like its grown-up cartoon brother, works on several levels and as such it will appeal to all age groups. Children will love the opportunity of actually playing a cartoon and will delight at the game's fabulous visuals. Adults, on the other hand, will appreciate and snigger at some of the more subtle humour and wry observations. To be honest, there's quite a limited gaming experience here. Indeed, most people will have completed the main story in 6-8 hours of play. But as an experience I guarantee those 6-8 hours will leave you with a smile on your face.

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      25.10.2008 21:57
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      A great way to waste an afternoon, but not for serious gamers

      I bought this game second hand in the hopes of finding something light-hearted and funny to play with my girlfriend (she's a Simpsons fan too). Sadly, the co-operative mode was just a bit frustrating for the both of us - despite the name, the second player usually ends up just tagging along, and doesn't really get to play the game properly.

      As a single player game though, the game is much improved, which saved it from being summarily resold at CeX...

      Gameplay: A fairly typical 3D puzzle/platformer, with a hint of "free roaming" while searching for missions. Nothing special here to speak of. Controls are fairly basic, but get the job done.

      Graphics: Cartoony, but good. It's the Simpsons, so no full graphic realism here, but the cartoons look great at high res on my HD TV...

      Sound: The original voice actors from the TV series provide the voices for the characters in this game, but the range of vocalisations is a little limited. It can get rather repetitive hearing Homer issuing the same "d'oh" again and again (despite the amusement factor of repeatedly running him into a wall!)

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      22.02.2008 17:48
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      amazingly fun so long as your after humour and not gameplay

      in my opinion this game is great. it brings all your favourite characters to life in such an enthusiastically humorous notion

      one thing to be said is that you dont buy this game for its in depth gameplay. its very choppy at best. you play this game to the very end however purely for the humour. its chockablock full of fresh wit and and even stupid jokes aimed at the competition in the gaming world. guaranteed to keep a smile on your face througout

      the game plays very much as a traditional playstation platformer. a game manual falls from the sky informing the simpsons of how to use their "super powers" to fight their evil captives, who happen to be all of the EA officials. so really its a basic run around and beat up all the bad guys thing.

      it would be extremely dull if they didnt manage to pull of the humour, which im pleased to say they do extremly well.
      i really would recommend this game for anyone with a sense of humour... but maybe not anyone who wants a really challenging state of the art game

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        21.02.2008 12:44
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        a good game overall just a few faults

        as a fan of the simpsons i was excited to see this game released the idea that you would be able to walk round springfield and interact with the different characters seemed to give the impression that there would be gags aplenty. i was abit disappointed with this because the characters would only have limited speech when you interacted with them. the free roaming enviroment of springfield i did like though i thought it was very good and if you got tired of just walking around you could just go to a bus stop and hop on a bus. once you have unlocked each character you can also change who you are at the bus stops. the playable characters are hormer, marge, bart and lisa it would of been nice to be able to some sort of great escape scene with maggie as you often see in the tv series. the graphics i thought where very good the game is supposed to look as if you were in the cartoon itself. you start of as homer, you have to act out one of his dreams in candy land by eating all the chocolate bunnys which i personally thought was the best bit of the game im sad to say. the special abilites the characters have come from a comic book which is based on the simpsons and they have super powers which to be honest didnt seem that great obviously bart could turn into bartman, and homer could turn into a giant ball. lisa power was to play the saxophone and marge's ability to nag people. some of the levels i thought where abit tedious if you made a few mistakes. the levels where very platform based but 3d they mainly involved dodging obsticles and jumping over things. there where lots of things to do like you had to collect tokens fo each of the characters. i liked the game the only problem i had with it was some of the character controls where hard to get used to and some of the tasks when you had to use two characters to acivate a switch or do something was awkward. but overall it was a good game it just had a few teething problems.

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