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Genre: Action / Rating: T - (Teen),up to 2 players / published by: EA - Electronic Arts

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      28.12.2009 22:44
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      4/5

      When I first purchased The Simpsons Game I didn't quite know what to expect after being disappointed with previous Simpsons games that had been released. Luckily the game wasn't like the other games and didn't disappoint me.

      Me and my fiancee have recently completed the game on co-op mode and had a lot of fun doing so. We found some parts of the story mode a bit boring and annoying, but you get that with any game. The game has pretty good graphics which was a big surprise as I was half expecting the graphics to be pixelated as they were in the earlier games. The gameplay and camera views at times can be quite annoying but this is ignorable as the game remains fun.

      The achievements on the game are quite easy to attain as most of them are achieved through playing the game. Some are a bit frustrating as you have to collect things as you go through Springfield. You've got Homer's Duff Caps, Marge's Try'n'Save Coupons, Lisa's Malibu Stacy Seals, and Bart's Krusty Koupons! There are also some cliches for you to find throughout the game which also provides some fun to the users.

      Overall, I would give this game a 4/5 as it's quite fun to play and is suitable for everyone.

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      03.11.2009 20:41
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      If you are a fan of the Simpsons then this game is for you

      Intro

      I never did have the high hopes for this game in the start having been disappointed by the newsiest Simpsons games that had been released. The Simpson road rage was meant to be their version of crazy taxi and was pretty bad game for it's own reasons. The Simpsons hit and run was much better than that but still was a bad game for it's own reasons but there seems to be some connection with these games since the Simpsons road rage was not very good and the Simpsons hit and run was slightly better but could not be considered one of the best games of all time. I said about their being a connection well there is it's because the Simpsons games over time are in fact getting better all of the time this new Simpsons game is one of the best Simpsons games so far. I fist played this game as a demo before it was released and the demo was really bad it was based on one of the levels of the game and it kept me entertained for about five minutes then I went to switch it off since I was bored of it. The demo made me think well I don't really care about this game then and I won't be buying it however times changed and I received this game as a Christmas present and was thankful for it since it meant I did not have to buy it with my own money but I would of spent my own money on this game even if I did not receive it as a Christmas present.

      Game play

      You start of this game playing as homer in homers favorite dream this start level gives you a tutorial of the basics like jump and attack simple things but it's a nice level because you can just sit back and enjoy it. The game is set in 18 levels one of them is the whole of Springfield and you walk about and you can interact with the whole of the Springfield cast that are walking around the village if you choose to interact with them they will tell you some random things but it's all funny in that Simpsons funny way as you are walking around your two members of the Simpsons family who you choose to play as you can play as Marge, Homer, Bart or Lisa they will say random things two as your walking around unfortanly when you have listened to what they have said they do get repetive not so much that it's annoying but still repetive. That's their gag lines that get repetive however if you are a Simpson fan it is a must to hear if you are a fan of the Simpsons. The levels in the game are really well designed they feel like a Simpson episode they all ways start of with a cut scene this cut scene will set the tone for the whole level it will give you a insite into what is going to happen in the level then you will start off the level the levels are constructed in a Simpson episode in a way and in the levels are their puzzles that you need to use both of your characters for like for example stepping on stones their could be two stones to step onto and you need to use both characters for that it shows the skill and team work that's built into every level. Every character has special epepilites that you can use to your advantages when attacking bad guys or that can help you in the puzzles so you would have a different game experience depending on what characters you choose to play as. When you complete the level you will get another cut scene which has a end to the whole level and makes you feel the level is complete. Then your back in the town of the Springfield. You will sometimes unlock a new character to play as when you complete the level.
      Game design graphics and storyline

      The whole game design is done really well graphically it's nice and cartoony which gives you the feel that it's meant to look like that. The storyline of the whole game is well written when I completed one level I was straight going to the next one just to find out what was going to happen I am saying that the storyline of the game is in fact one of my favorite storylines being such a fan of the Simpsons.

      Complaints

      I now have to come to my one complaint and it's just that the camera angles are awful when you want the camera pointing somewhere it's so annoying it's like it stays on what it wants to stay on not what I want it to be looking at. It's even worse when lets say you go into a building like the church I have just been into their and the camera was not even pointing at me I could not even see where I was going. It's a major floor in this game.

      Overall

      I would say that if you are a Simpsons fan then this game is for you but It will probably only last you one or two play thoughts just for the humor and the fun of the Simpsons runs out.

      This review is also on Ciao, Dooyoo and many other reviewing sites

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        24.10.2009 17:28
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        Eggcellent

        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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        08.08.2009 13:18

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        A good game in all

        This game is a classic, it allows you to just relax, and laugh at the game. There is no high labour strategy or no forcing you to concentrate, just pure fun. But don't think I am mocking the game, it still has a storyline, so does give a real feel of progression throughout the game.

        During the game you take part in campaign type missions, each time controlling different characters. All the missions (except the first) allow you to play multiplayer, so you can play one character and a friend can play another, helping you complete the level. This game doesn't just rely on its famous name to sell, the game actually has some strength to it, I think a similar game not endorsed by the Simpson's would still sell well.


        Bad points

        The camera during the game sometimes feels a bit wooden, and doesn't point the right way sometimes, but its okay once you get the hang of it. Another point is that it is quite short, there is probably only about 10 hours playtime in the missions, and once you have completed them there is nothing to do but walk around Springfield collecting items for achievements or replaying the missions.


        So all in all, it is a fun game, allowing to relax from the high intensive games on the Xbox, and just sit back and have a laugh, some of the cut scenes are really very funny!

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        19.06.2009 20:15

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        A must for any simpsons fan

        The Simpsons Game....as soon as it was released i bought it...i am a huge fan of the show...and for fans it does not dissapoint. Throughout the game there are references to favourite episodes from the series...and comic book guy is there to happily point out all of the cliches that appear :)

        The concept of the game is brilliant...each level is a spoof of another game...for example...Grand Theft Scratchy....Medal of Homer. Each level has clever cuts scenes and the right characters from the series introduced to make each level feel like an actual episode of the televison show. The graphics of the game are good...its looks just like the cartoon...however it does have a draw back...the camera angles can at times become irritating, as you cannot see behind you....and at some points...even where you are going. If you are a true fan though, this shouldnt stop you enjoying the game. One particular favourite of mine was in the level of Neverquest....with Paty and Selma being a two headed dragon that you get to slay :)

        *Please note that this game does have a glitch....you must save and exit properly....if notyour save game will become corrupted and you will have to start all over again :(

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        15.04.2009 13:55

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        Give this game a go if you like the simpsons

        The simpsons game is a very fun game to play if you have young kids because it is an adventure game and you get to unlock all diffrent charcercters, but the first two you have to start off with is Homer and Bart to comptlele the level.
        This game says 12plus but i personally think that younger viewers could play this game.
        The graphics on this game are really clear and all your missions are on a clear bullet list.
        you could buy this game from any shop what sell xbox360 games and the price is around £32.99.
        You can also have 2 players playing this game .
        Their are over 40mins of new animation from the simpsons what you wont see any where else.
        You can have a friend kepping dropping in and out on your game from the co-op mode .
        The hard drive space you need for this game is 172KB to save the game . Their are also downloads you can get if you have xbox live and their are leaderboards when you play against other people

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        31.12.2008 02:31

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        A great platform game

        The Simpsons game is one of the funniest games on the Xbox 360 Console.

        If you are very into Gamerpoints, you get 5 Gamerpoints just for putting the game in the console and pressing Start at the Main Menu - apparently the easiest Achievement in the XBox 360 regime.

        The plot is a little disappointing - the basic idea is that the Simpsons know that they are in a video game, and that they are getting the plot for the game from the game cheat guide.

        Some of the levels are great and are drawn from episodes of the Simpsons, such as the Mr Sparkle episode, or the Devil Fish episode.

        There are also some very "House of Horrors" film parodies, such as the Lord of the Rings, and a Futurama cross over where your do battle with the cast of Futurama, and also the old Computer Game versions of the Simpsons from the NES releases... a geek's dream

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        14.11.2008 11:42
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        TERRIBLE!!

        I just want to say that I love the Simpsons to a T and I love the episodes but a lot like the Simpsons Movie - This was a bit of a let down if I'm honest.

        The Simpsons game is a action-platformer that involves the Simpsons (specifically Bart) finding a Gamer manual to their lives and so they use these powers that they have discovered that they have to try and save Springfield from a number of rather Predictable adversaries, e.g. Lisa fights Mr. Burns' Deforestation company, and Homer fights Patty and Selma in the form of a giant two headed dragon, and Marge fights Grand Theft Scratchy, a new video game like GTA but with Itchy and Scratchy instead.

        The graphics on this game a cell shaded (code for BAD) and are not as good as one might have expected from the long running Simpsons franchise.

        The Gameplay is terrible and I think that to be honest the game in itself is a MASSIVE let down. I am appalled with this game and I think that the Simpsons is turning into a business instead of a TV Cartoon. Frankly, and it saddens me to say this, but I think they may be running out of ideas which is unsurprising considering there have been 11 series of the Simpsons.

        I would not advise this game to anyone because I personally think that it is a game of the poorest quality.

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          24.08.2008 18:09
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          The Simpsons game is a fun experience to play through and represents the TV series very well indeed.

          Sitting here writing this review whilst wearing my Bart Simpson themed socks has made me realise what a phenomenon The Simpsons has become over the last 18 years. The very first Simpsons episode was aired in America during the year 1989, with the United Kingdoms first episode being aired on the 2nd September 1990; since this date, TV audiences world wide have been entertained with over 405 episodes of witty, comical series. A series as huge as The Simpsons, which is viewed by millions every year, would be the perfect programme to make a video game about right? Many have tried in the past, but failed to make a game that stands out in the memory of many. The latest attempt at this feat is Electronic Arts, as they release The Simpsons game, "For every platform ever invented, ever". Were EA successful in finally making a Simpsons game that will last in the memory of gamers for years to come? Let's find out...

          Throughout the single player campaign, you will play as every member of the dysfunctional family, consisting of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The game begins with Homer skipping delightfully through "The Land of Chocolate", where as the name gives a big clue, everything is made of chocolate. Eating to his hearts content, Homer soon discovers a white chocolate rabbit who dares him to follow him through the level, where he'll have to use all his abilities to catch up with and have a taste of the delicious rabbit. This level works extremely well, as it acts as a fun tutorial where you'll be made to practice jumping skills, test your fighting skills against evil chocolate rabbits and learn how the game mechanics work, such as pressing the Y button to activate objects. As the tutorial draws to an end, Homer begins to wake up on the sofa, uncontrollably drooling as he realises the Land of Chocolate was only a dream. Now you're comfortable with the games controls, the Simpsons Game can get under way. You'll take control as Homer and Bart, venturing your way through Springfield until you manage to locate a bright beam of light, standing tall as it rises into the sky; these beams of light indicate where you will need to travel to throughout Springfield in order to start your next mission.

          As you enter the beam of light, a cut scene begins where Bart ventures into a local store to purchase the new video game, Grand Theft Scratchy, but as soon as he comes out the store gleeing with joy, Marge is on hand to shatter his dreams and take the game away; to store in a safe place! An unhappy Bart strides the streets of Springfield in a depressed mood, when all of a sudden, "The Simpsons game manual" falls out of the sky. This is the key moment in the game where Bart realises that himself and his fellow family members are living in the world of a video game, and have the ability to use awesome special powers. He has no hesitation to tell Homer who happens to be walking by, and they decide to test out their special powers in the nearby National History Museum. This is the location for the first main level of the game, where Bart and Homer venture through the Museum tracking down the bullies of Springfield who have taken the museum hostage and have evil intentions which they wish to pursue. During this mission, you'll learn how to use the special powers which Bart acquires when he sports his "Bartman" costume; these include Bart's ability to whip a slingshot from his pocket to accurately shoot at enemies, and also use the cape on his back to hover over any air vents throughout the game and soar to greater heights. Bart isn't the only character throughout the game which lets you use special powers, as in future missions you learn the special powers of Homer, Marge and Lisa. These special powers include Homer's power burp and the "Homer ball", Marge's ability to use a speakerphone and gather the residents of Springfield to make an angry mob, and Lisa's ability to play her saxophone and stun the surrounding enemies or turn into "Clobber girl", which was present in one of the many special Halloween episodes of the Simpsons TV series. These abilities are a nice touch to the game as they allow the characters to venture through their missions and defeat the enemies who wish to stop them.

          Throughout most of the 16 missions that the game consists off, you will play as two characters in a single mission. This is possible by changing the characters during the mission by simply pressing left or right on the D-Pad. This is an essential feature to complete the game, as you will have to use both characters to solve puzzles throughout levels and access new areas which the other character may not have the ability to; a perfect example of this is when both characters need to each be stood on a red pad on the floor to open a door ahead, or when you need to change to Bart in order to use his cape flying abilities and soar upwards to a ledge with the assistance of an air vent. These little puzzles are a nice addition to the game, and ensure that you use the powers of each character equally throughout the campaign. However, you will need to change characters at least 2 or 3 times per mission, and this can become tedious extremely quickly; especially when you seem to be completing the same tasks over and over again. An example of this repetitive gameplay is during missions where you take control of Lisa Simpson. Lisa has a special ability which lets her move objects of a level around in order to create a new route for you to venture through or unblock certain areas, and this is done via finding a Buddha statue and pressing the Y button. This seems like a fun gameplay mechanic the first couple of times you attempt it, but can become very tiring everytime you have to access this special mode and try to figure out what to move where, and when. On occasions this can be pretty tricky to figure out, and may take quite a while. This is also the situation with other puzzles during the game, where you have to find routes to progress through the levels, find buttons to press etc... This makes The Simpsons game certainly not a game a child can just pick up and enjoy, and i'd be willing to go as far as saying only gamers who are fans of The Simpsons or are gamers with a lot of patience will be able to play through and enjoy this experience. If you are able to stand the competitive gameplay for a second play through of the game, time trials are available to challenge you to complete levels in the quickest time possible; a target time is set, and if you beat the targets, an achievement is yours; this is cleverly named "Fast Times" and is worth a nice 50 gamerpoints. This is another incentive to play through the game a second time, and will be a must for gamers looking to gain the full 1000 achievement points that The Simpsons game has to offer.

          Graphically, The Simpsons game is beautifully done and this can often help to make up for the repetitive gameplay. The game looks near identical to the Simpsons cartoon, with each character looking like their counterpart in the series. The town of Springfield which you can explore inbetween missions and search for collectibles in also resembles that which you will watch in the Simpsons episodes, and is filled with favourite Simpson characters such as Millhouse, Chief Wigum, Snake, Apu and many more. Each character speaks to you as you run past them, and you will notice they are the same voices found in the TV series; this feature helps to immerse you into the Simpsons world, and makes the game that more enjoyable.

          As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, there are items for you to collect throughout the missions and also during missions, spread throughout the expansive Springfield; the items for you to collect are Homer's Duff Bottle Caps, Marge's Try-n-Save Coupons, Lisa's Malibu Stacy Seals and Bart's Krusty Kollectible Koupons. These can be in tricky places to find, and therefore there is a lot of time and patience needed in order to collect all the items. However, for your troubles you will be rewarded with 50 gamerpoints for completely collecting each different type of collectible. For example, if you collect all off Home's Duff Bottle Caps, you will be rewarded with 50 gamerpoints. With this theory in mind, collecting all items throughout the game will earn you a sweet 200 gamerpoints, and therefore it seems EA highly relied on achievements prolonging gamer's experiences with The Simpsons game.

          Collectibles are not the only things that you will have to find throughout the game, as every episode contains a collection of "Video Game Clichés". These clichés vary in how hard they are to find, with the easiest being called "Double Jump", and being awarded for simply performing a double jump, whereas there are clichés such as "Invisible Barriers" which is awarded for trying to jump over a barrier in a certain level may take some exploration if the gamer is not using a guide. Each cliché has an entertaining description in the game when you attain it. An example of this is the aforementioned "Invisible Barriers" cliché; the description says "Sorry your precious game doesn't go on forever". Clichés with clever humour such as this one help to add to the campaign experience, and provide laughs along the way. Not only will the Cliché's and dialogue from the characters cause you to uncontrollably giggle to yourself at times through the game, but also the level names themselves might tickle your taste buds. The Simpsons game tries to make fun out of the video game industry, with levels such as "Grand Theft Scratchy" taken from the hit video game Grand Theft Auto, and "Medal of Homer" taken from the world war series Medal of Honour. Just a little touch from EA that might provide a few laughs as you venture through the campaign.

          Although the single player campaign has beautiful visuals and will keep you laughing along the way, i'm not convinced that there is enough replay value in the game to warrant purchasing the title. The single player experience can be completed within 6-8 hours, as each level takes approximately 30 minutes to beat. After completing this, all that's left to do is find all the collectibles and game clichés; you are likely to have found are a large amount of these throughout your first play through, and therefore it may not take a huge amount of time to find the rest of the items. However, The Simpsons game might be a good pick for those looking to buy a good co-op game to play with their buddies. There are not a huge amount of co-op games currently available on the market at the present time, so this may help to tip The Simpsons in favour with some gamers. Co-op gameplay is implemented extremely well, and is easy as Player 2 pressing the start button to join the game. Each level mainly focuses on a certain character, but the player controlling the other character avoids boredom by defeating enemies, and needing to be a part of solving puzzles such as both players standing on a pad to unlock a route throughout the level. Unfortunately though the co-op mode can not be played through Xbox Live, and therefore means you have to have friends in the same room to enjoy this experience. This is even more disappointing with the fact that the game contains to multiplayer; I'm not sure what could have been implemented, perhaps a Deathmatch style game type? But something via Xbox Live would have been nice, and prolong the game a few more hours, which in my opinion is needed.

          Microsoft's achievement system implemented in every game has been a huge success with most Xbox 360 gamers, and therefore I'm sure you'll be wondering how fun the achievements are to earn, aswell as whether they are easy to achieve or not. You will earn an achievement for completing every level, with this rewards ranging from 10 gamerpoints to 40 gamerpoints, and a satisfactory 100 gamerpoints going your way for completing the single player game. The two other main sources for achievements are completing all the target times for each level, and finding all collectables and clichés throughout the game. With a comical game must come a comical achievement, and this is of course present in The Simpsons game. Aptly described as "Easiest Achievement Ever", you will earn 5 gamerpoints for pressing the start button to enter the game. A humorous achievement that I'm sure will make many laugh, just like the whole gaming experience is likely to.

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            23.08.2008 20:16
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            The Simpsons game is an action platform gamer for the Xbox 360 games console.

            The story involves everyone's favourite yellow family, Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson and Maggie Simpson.

            The gameplay is a mix of your traditional running and jumping, solving puzzles and fighting. Each of the Simpsons has a special ability. Homer can turn into a Homer ball, Bart can float, Lisa can use the power of enlightenment, Marge can control crowds, and Maggie can crawl through vents.

            In each level you normally have two characters to play with, this means that in other player can control the other character for some fun cooperative play.

            Although this game is nothing special, if you are a fan of the Simpsons you will enjoy playing this game as it includes a lot of Simpson's humour.

            You can get this game for about 20 to 30 pounds so if you are a fan of the show you will enjoy this.

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            A good game overall but due to the lack of depth in the story, it deserves a 3/5 at most.

            Finally from the Simpsons TV show, out comes The Simpsons Game!

            The Simpsons game is based on the animated tv show the simpsons.

            There are lots of episodes to this game and you can also use your favourtie characters, each simspons memeber will have thier own special skills that can be used to your advantage. E.g. Homer can turn into a fat ball and squash it enemies and each member will play a key part in some of the levels.

            The graphics are average and similar to those of the animated tv version. Furthermore, I would say that if you are a beginner in these types of games, this is definitely one to buy because it is very easy to play.

            Hoever, one of the most annoying problems in the game is the ability to control the camera system as sometimes you wont see whats in front or behind you and might miss out on alot of stuff. The story is also very short so it does not really have any depth so the fun also ends earyl.

            I would definitely recommend this game if you are a fan of the Simpsons TV show because it has alot of "play ons" from other games in the gaming industry and is very funny.

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            Definitly best Simpsons game ever and one of the best Film/Tv games

            The Simpsons Game is a video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons.

            It is essentially a number interactive episode of the television show which has you controlling four of the members of the simpsons family, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Marge.

            There is a story involved in the game but it is very complicated and i dont want to give too much away but it does contain the Simpsons trademark comedy and is just as funny as the show (much better than the film too)

            The majority of the levels have you controlling two of the four characters with whom you can change between to utilise their special abilities (Bart can glide, Homer turn into giant ball etc.) which are needed to progress through many of the games puzzles.

            Despite the humorous and light-hearted take this game can be frustratingly hard game with continuous failed attempts at something getting you very mad but you can forgive that cause you still want to play on cause its so damn funny.

            Gameplay is nothing original and does not try to be as most levels are spoofs of other games and films. Everything from Batman and The Matrix to Zelda and Mario are blatantly made fun off.

            It really is as enjoyable as watching a few simpsons episodes and also looks the part with all your favourite characters popping up and a virtual recreation of Springfield for you too freely explore.
            Definitely recommend for simpsons fans

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            A good game for fans of the platform genre

            There is only one type of gamer that comes close to being as lonely as the fan of the point and click adventure and that is a fan of the humble platformer. In the days of the Megadrive, Amiga and Super Nintendo you could not move for top quality platforming games. Such iconic heroes as Mario, Sonic and Zool ; ) all have their origins here. Even the Playstation 1 had its fair share of the genre with 'Medievil' and 'Ape Escape' to name two. However, sine the PS2 and Xbox the number of platform games has dropped dramatically with the First Person Shooter dominating the market. Even platformers such as 'Jak and Daxter' have morphed into more action games. Therefore, it is left to the poor movie tie-in game to represent the genre. This was the reason I rented 'The Simpsons Game' in the hope of some platforming glory - and I was surprised how good it turned out.


            Gameplay

            You begin the game at the Simpson's house and from here you are given access to a 'Grand Theft Auto' like sandbox experience, were you can visit all the different areas of Springfield. In this open world are various tokens to collect that can only be picked up by the 4 family members playable; Bart, Homer, Lisa and Marge. Each character has different powers e.g. Homer turns into a ball, Bart can glide, but all must navigate the game using the usual 3D platformer techniques. The town of Springfield only acts as a hub as certain areas of the map will allow you access to specific levels; many of which are spoofs of popular games and films.

            In terms of platforming I was impressed that the game worked well with decent jumping and special powers. The gameplay is pretty generic and the camera was not always placed in the best viewpoint, but in a climate were so few games of this type are made this remains one of the best platform game on the 360 in terms of actual platforming. (4 out of 5)


            Characters/Story

            With the official IP for 'The Simpsons' on board you would expect the game to have great characters and story. However, having played many tie in games based on great IPs I can tell you from experience that this is not often the case. Therefore, when I discovered that 'The Simpsons' game is written by the script writers of the show and all the actors are present I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are as usual excellent and they all act like they would do if it were the TV show. The real revelation is the post-modern storyline that sees the family Simpson becoming aware that they are in a computer game. This allows them to make fun of games in general; going as far as to save the 8 bit versions of themselves from deletion. With the cut scenes of a quality straight from the recent film and a script full of jokes aimed specifically at game geeks like myself - I was really impressed. (5 out of 5)


            Longevity

            Like many cash-in games 'The Simpsons' has fallen into the trap of thinking that people will play a game for hours just to collect every last single bonus item. For a younger gamer who only gets a few games a year and plays them to death then perhaps this is the case. However, for the majority of people one playthru of this game will be enough and on that it is a relatively short game. It's an enjoyable experience whilst it lasted, but one that can be had over a rental period. (3 out of 5)


            Graphics

            Another area that impressed me with 'The Simpsons Game' was the crispness and quality of the graphics. Being based on a cartoon the game is cell shaded and it works so well that you feel like you are in an interactive episode of the show. There was a limited amount of glitches in some areas, but nothing was bad enough to break the game. (4 out of 5)


            Level Design

            Perhaps one of the weakest elements of this title was the limited imagination put into the level design. The actual locations themselves were fantastic from fantasy, a navel vessel, WW2 France, inside a mansion and even heaven. However, no matter the surroundings, the levels were all pretty linear with limited puzzles. EA should be commended for recreating Springfield so well, it is only a shame that they did not do more with the hub area to actually make players want to explore it. (3 out of 5)

            Sound

            With all the voice talent that have been in 'The Simpsons' for well over ten years present, the sound is great. Some of the most fun elements are the one-liners that the different characters say. This is done so well that if you walk past a character in the street they will utter a tagline from the show. The music is also very good and combined with the sound it is one of the elements that makes the game so immersive.
            (5 out of 5)


            Summary

            'The Simpsons Game' is not the greatest game ever to come out of the 360, but in terms of platformers there is only the likes of 'Kameo' and 'Tomb Raider' than can beat it. It is for this reason that I give the game a 4 and not a 3 because I crave more titles like this. I am willing to overlook the limited level design and generic gameplay just because I love to play platformers. Therefore, if you are a younger gamer, or a fan of the genre or show, then this game is a worth rental, or even a cheap buy. (4 out of 5)



            Maker: EA RRP £50
            Amazon uk £34.96
            Play.com £39.99

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              The best Simpsons game out to date

              Through the years, there have been many games based on the Simpsons and then finally, with the latest instalment, aptly named The Simpsons Game, has hit it right on the nail, with many hours of great game play with a unique story away from the series. Being able to play as the entire Simpsons family, you travel through the majority of Springfield, where you'll see all your favourite characters, plus some exclusive to the game.

              The aim of the Simpsons game is to save Springfield from videogame purgatory, as you travel through many different style of levels, and be able to meet some notable faces in the gaming world. With its' simplistic game play, wide variety of missions and side-missions for you to do, the Simpsons game is defiantly a game to seek out and play. Don't just play through the game, explore Springfield, like you've never been able to before with its' most precise adaptation to date.

              Play as Homer, Bart, Lisa or Marge through levels unique to specific family members and wield unique abilities learned throughout the lengthy story-line of the epic Simpson game, as you smash chocolate bunnies, aliens, dolphins and classic gaming characters. As each character has there own special abilities, it really increases the enjoyment. As Homer, you can turn into a giant blob, and blast your enemies into oblivion with your rush attack. As Bart, your special ability is your slingshot, as you fire stones at your enemies to defeat them at long range. As Lisa, you get to wield the powerful saxophone, where you can use it to stun your foes and make them fight for you for a certain amount of time. As Marge, you wield a Megaphone that allows you to order local Springfieldians to join your mob and fight at your command and also has the added ability of using Maggie to travel through air vents and small areas to acquire key and regular items. When you progress through the game, you will unlock new abilities for your characters, instead of learning them with level ups and all that, this game is just so simple, it is just like the good old days of gaming where everything was just given to you through progression of the story.

              While you play through the game, if you perform certain actions, you will unlock 'game clichés' which have a sarcastic comedic whit about them and give you more of an urge to play through the levels more then once to unlock them all. There are also other collectable items spread out throughout Springfield and the many levels you get to play through.

              I found the game very enjoyable, with its many quirks, and fun game play that will keep attracting you to return to play more and more, even when completed. It is even more enjoyable with the easy 'drop in' two player system, which allows a friend to join the game at an instant, to really increase the enjoyment of the game. I found the game very addictive, being a big fan of the Simpsons, its' unique story and over an hour of exclusive animation for this game, was a wonderful joy to watch and be able to play as one of the worlds favourite families in an actual decent game.

              The game is original, unique and stands out from all the other Simpson adaptations. Graphically, for the XBOX 360, the game is good. There's great detail in the levels and Springfield and very smooth graphics in an anime style. The soundtrack is brilliant, very similar to the soundtrack from the series, including the original theme, plus lots more for you to enjoy which really enlightens the game with its' own personal touch. The voices are also great, straight from the TV series, each character is portrayed with the same voices, which is exactly what you want in a game like this.

              I never really found the game too difficult, until it got right near the end, where it got crazily difficult when playing on your own, where your health could be taken out in a few shots, but that's what makes it fun, you don't want the game to be just a pushover, you want some entertainment and the thrill of having to think to complete the game to get that much needed satisfaction which most games don't have anymore. So in short, this game is good for anyone, that wants to enjoy a good platform game where you can have a good laugh alone, or with your friends and overall have a good experience.

              Overall: 8.7/10

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                09.11.2007 16:17
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                The Simpsons Game is a worthy request for Christmas.

                The 360 seems to lack any light hearted games. Sure, there’s Kameo, but that’s really it. That’s changed when The Simpsons Game hit stores last week. The Simpsons is one of the best cartoons ever made, but that’s never seemed to make a good game for them. Lame boxing sims, mediocre Crazy Taxi rip-offs and terrible skateboarding games starring the family are just to start with-the list doesn’t end. And licensed games aren’t exactly the greatest either, with lame movie tie-ins, mediocre comic book translations and other junk. But the first successful Simpsons game was released in 2003, with The Simpsons: Hit and Run. It took the GTA formula, added the Simpsons and was one of the most fun games of that year. It’s been four years since then and EA is now having a go with the license. It’s not based on the recently released film (thankfully), so it means this game is giving us brand new Simpsons material. It’s a different beast from Hit and Run, as the free-roaming is gone and now there are huge gaps to jump. Does it outdo its predecessor, or should you just buy Hit and Run? It’s not quite the success that game was, but it’s this is the game that stays most true to the TV show.

                -(The Story)-
                After an incident with Marge and Bart over a violent game called Grand Theft Scratchy, Bart stumbles upon a game manual for The Simpsons Game, which informs him that he and his family have super powers. As Marge starts a mob over the violent videogame, aliens invade their earth and it’s now up to them to save Springfield as well as the place where videogames are created-‘the game engine’. It certainly captures the style of the show, but what’s really funny is how the game constantly spoofs videogames. Expect to see Simpsonized versions of Mario and the Koopa troopas, Ryu from Street Fighter and Madden football players. There are also cameos from big game makers. But it’s not just videogame characters, as there’s plenty of Simpsons to go around too. The cameos, spoofs and other jokes really make the plot enjoyable and funny, as well as the whole of the game.

                -(The Controls)-
                The controls in The Simpsons are great. They’re simple and easy to learn, meaning you can take a break from the game for a week and pick up and play the game and not struggle. Basically, you jump with the A button, do a special attack with the B button, punch with the X button and do an action with the Y button. You use the right analog stick to control the camera, use the D-Pad to switch family members and move with the left stick. The left trigger is used to strafe/target enemies and the remaining buttons are used to switch between character abilities. You can switch targets by moving the left analog stick. That’s it, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the controls.

                -(The Gameplay)-
                The Simpsons Game is a Platformer. There aren’t too many of these on the 360, so that’s nice. But, it’s a shame that there seems to be more focus on humour rather than making a brilliant gameplay experience. It’s not that the gameplay is bad, but it feels dated by today’s standards. There are more clichés here than any other game before it, with invisible barriers, death pits and other things seen in games from years ago. Yet, the game actually mocks itself when it comes to clichés. Basically, when you come across something like an invisible wall, the game actually tells you that it’s a cliché. Comic Book guy will pop onto the screen and tell you that this has been in games a thousand times before. It’s pretty funny, and this makes it easier to forgive the dated gameplay as its intended. What’s not okay is how bad the camera is. If lots of enemies crowd around you, you’ll be too busy trying to get the camera in a good position to notice you’re dying. It’s also worth noting that some of the platforming sections are tougher than they should be thanks to the camera.

                You are always with another Simpson. Aside from the first level, which serves as a tutorial and makes you take Homer through the land of chocolate, you’ll pretty much have a fellow Simpson beside you. You can switch between them easily with a touch of the D-pad button, and because there are usually only two members, you don’t have to worry about which button to press to get the needed family member. A majority of the puzzles require teamwork, whether it’s simply you pressing two switches at the same time or something more complicated, expect a lot of the puzzles to involve you using teamwork. Also, each character has their own unique abilities. Homer can morph into a giant ball, Bart can turn into Bartman and do things like using hooks to get over pits, Marge can command people by using a microphone and Lisa can pray to a Buddha and do moves like a flick, which sends enemies flying. Unfortunately, aside from Homer who has quite a few abilities, the family members have very little abilities, making them feel repetitive.

                Another good thing that comes from multiple playable characters is co-op, even if it’s only split-screen. No online play here, which is disappointing. Anyways, the co-op works like this-you connect another controller and the other player can jump in at anytime. This means if you’re stuck on a level because the A.I. can’t really help you, you can get your friend to join in and help you out. The Simpsons Game was pretty much built for co-op, and it is definitely fun. It’s just a shame you can’t go online with the co-op. And because the gameplay revolves around specific character’s abilities, sometimes one player is just sat there picking his nose and eating it maybe. It’s disappointing that some of the levels weren’t tweaked, so for example one player uses the abilities while the other fends off enemies. Sadly, that’s not the case. Still, the fact there is even co-op is good as playing with a friend is fun enough, it’s just a shame that there’s no online play and that sometimes only one will have fun. Also, considering there are four members in the Simpsons family, four player co-op would have been nice.

                There is also combat in the game. It’s about as complicated as a piece of paper, as you have one attack button and maybe some moves at your disposal, like Homer can burp or smash through people as he’s in the giant ball mode. You can pick up these items around each level, which change each character. Bart can pick up this robot suit which changes him into a Robocop and lets you fire lasers, Marge can become cop and hit people with one shot, Lisa can become the classic ‘Clobber Girl’ from Treehouse of Horror and kill enemies instantly, and Homer can change into a spicy ball. As weird as they sound, they do add variety to the combat, as there’s nothing particularly varied about mashing the X button.

                There’s one thing that is very arguable, and hard to decide. Is the game repetitive or not? While the combat is repetitive, and what you do in each level can feel samey, each level looks and feels completely different from each other. Because this is the Simpsons, the game can be very random at times, as you may end up in France and have to take down all the white flags before Germans see them, but next you’ll be in a world similar to the one you’ll see when you take drugs, as it’s colourful and has crazy looking characters. This means the game is unpredictable, and I never felt like this was repetitive. So, it’s thanks to the levels that this game isn’t as repetitive as it could have been.

                Around each level there are lots of items to pick up. You can pick up food and other items to fill up each characters power meter, which lets them do abilities. If Homer can find lots of Hotdogs and other food, then he can do many abilities. Aside from that, there are also lots of special items to collect for each character, like Bart can collect Krusty tokens, Homer can collect Beer caps and Lisa can collect Malibu Stacy tokens. If you can find all of them in each level, you’ll be rewarded. Find them all and you’ll get achievements. It also adds incentive to replay the game as you can find them all. There’s usually about 4-8 in each level, which might sound easy but they’re harder for a couple of reasons. One, they aren’t easy to find. Two, between each level there’s a huge sandbox area to explore, which include Springfield and ‘The game engine’. There are about 45 in each area for each character, so now its sounds harder doesn’t it?

                Yet, the game isn’t exactly challenging. The game is very shallow with every element of its gameplay, from its combat to its puzzles to its platforming-nothing is very complicated. Also, it’s hard to get a Game Over screen. Only when both playable characters are killed is when you have to restart. So, basically, you could hide from the enemies until the other guy revives. Plus, you can actually go up to the deceased and revive them by pressing Y, meaning there’s little chance of death. Even if you fall into a pit of death, if the other guy is alive you’re fine. Then again, the A.I. for your team mate isn’t exactly bright. They seem to be the ones that the enemies overrun all the time, then when they’ve killed your team mate they overrun you. It can be tedious at times, but one long range attack and they die, so it’s not hard to get out of the situation.

                So what I’ve told you about the game might make the game sound like total tripe. The thing is, though, is that the game is fun. The humour, the pointed-out clichés, the cameos, the level variety-everything comes together to make a really fun game. Co-op is slightly less fun thanks to the fact that you may be sat waiting for your partner to finish, but it’s still fun. It really does depend if you like humour or are a cold-heartless person. It seems there was definitely more focus on making this look and sound funny rather than making the best playing game ever. And it’s fun for all ages. Sure, the game is 12+, but I’m sure many people who are under 12+ watch Simpsons because, in the end, it’s just a cartoon. That said, it does have a lot of adult things in it. If you look on Gamespot, it say it has ‘Alcohol Reference, Crude Humour, Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Language’, but most of the Simpsons episodes has this stuff, so if you are young and watch the show regularly, don’t let me stop you!

                -(The Graphics)-
                Graphically, The Simpsons Game has an attractive look to it. The game uses a cel shaded look, which really does resemble the show with the hand-drawn look to it. It actually feels like you’re playing an episode of The Simpsons. It’s great. That said, it’s not exactly pushing the system in terms of graphics with simple textures, a decent use of lighting and other small effects. That said, the game is smooth, unless you’re in co-op, then it can stutter. So the game feels smooth, meaning it really does feel like an episode of The Simpsons. Also, the game constantly uses these cutscenes which are animated like the show, which certainly suit the game. They look great, with the best animation yet, and it adds to the feeling that you’re inside an episode. Unfortunately, the game also uses these in-engine cutscenes, which don’t look impressive as the mouth animation on these scenes look mediocre. But the animation is otherwise excellent, with smooth animation from characters as they jump from ledge-to-ledge and beat up people. The animated cutscenes animate excellently, looking as good as, or maybe better than the film recently released.

                -(The Sound)-
                Definitely the best thing about The Simpsons Game is its sound design. Everyone from the show returns to voice over their characters, meaning everyone sounds familiar if you’ve seen the show. They all do a fantastic job too, meaning you’ll be enjoying what they’re saying. The dialogue is hilarious. The jokes are very funny, as the witty writing from the show goes full throttle here. There are some of the funniest jokes here I’ve heard in years and it helps that you can understand them too. Also, there are constant references to videogames, like when Bart says ‘with bigger technology videogames are still crap’ and other shots at videogames. It’s all very humorous, especially when you see posters of videogames called ‘God of Wharf’ and ‘Need for Speedo: Sexy Time’. Also the music fits the tone of the show, with catchy, whimsical tunes that fit the setting of the level. The effects are good enough, especially the burping sounds of Homer, which sound pretty funny. Overall, this is one of the best sounding games of the year.

                -(The Replay Value)-
                The biggest knock against the game is its questionable value. As a huge Simpsons fan, I rushed out and paid full price for this, but I don’t think anyone else should do this. The main quest is woefully short at 6-8 hours of length. There’s some replay value from the tons of collectable items hidden around each level, as well as the clichés you may have missed. Unfortunately, that’s really it. Another big miss is the fact there’s no co-op for Xbox live. It’s very disappointing that there’s only split-screen co-op, which is decent, but if you have split-screen then there is no other option. Maybe EA will do what Rare did with Kameo where you could download an update that let you play on Xbox Live, maybe they won’t-we’ll have to see. There’s downloadable content planned for the future, so fingers crossed!

                -(The Score)-
                Controls- 9
                Gameplay- 7
                Graphics- 8
                Sound- 10
                Replay Value- 6
                Overall Score- 8.0

                -(The Ending Comments)-
                In the end, you’ll buy The Simpsons Game depending on whether you like the Simpsons or not. If you are like me and love the Simpsons then this is an obvious must have-and not just because it had the Simpsons on it. This is one of the funniest games I’ve played all year, thanks to the many jokes, gags, references and other humorous parts in the game. It’s also very fun on it’s own as there’s just something enjoyable about beating up people on Springfield and travelling through the land of chocolate. If you’re looking for something deep, serious or lengthy then this isn’t it, but if you have a sense of humour or like fun then you can’t go wrong with The Simpsons Game. Game of the year? No. Most fun game of the year? Definitely.

                -(The Extra Info)-
                This was published/developed by EA games
                This was released on November 2nd, 2007 and is also on PS2, PSP PS3, Wii and DS.
                This is available from Amazon for £39.99

                Thanks for reading. Stunt 101

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              • Product Details

                The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. In this action-comedy, the full cast of voice actors from the TV show and movie reprise their roles to lend the ultimate in authenticity and realism to the game.