Summary: Platinum Games has made a name for themselves as the go-to developer for over-the-top intense action games. From 'MadWorld' and 'Vanquish' to the fan favorite 'Bayonetta' and even ' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ', their focus has been on incredibly tight brawler controls and fast-paced experiences. Most recently, they have lent their development skills to the Wii U and provided Nintendo with the exclusive title, 'The Wonderful 101.
Excerpt: Pikmin met The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. They fell in love, got married and had a baby. That baby is The Wonderful 101. This is part Power Rangers, part Pikmin, and all campy 60s super heroes. Mix in a little Nintendo and you have yourself a Wii U game that hardcore gamers are going to worship.
Boring filler and shoddy camera keep The Wonderful 101 from living up to its name (review)
15 September 2013
Conclusion: The Wonderful 101 is a good game … at times. Once I got the hang of its combo system, the battles were nearly always exciting and challenging, but Platinum’s Wii U debut has too much filler and a busted camera. You can still have a decent time beating up Godzilla-sized enemies, but it’s just a bumpy road between those high moments. All that said, this is the best game on Wii U from a non-Nintendo developer.
Pros: Fun combat The Wonderful 101 is all about bashing in giant-robot brains with a huge group of superheroes, and it’s just as fun as it sounds. Developer Platinum, which is probably best known for its stylish beat-em-up Bayonetta, has once again crafted a deep combat system that rewards skilled play. The titular Wonderful 101 refers to a superhero force that the player can command to form massive weapons like a hammer, a whip, or a sword. These different offensive abilit...
Cons: Shoddy camera A few hours into The Wonderful 101, I already knew that I was dealing with a broken camera. I had experienced two separate areas where the camera got stuck looking up at the ceiling. I had to hold down the R-button (which supposedly controls the camera) to get the screen to kinda focus in on my characters. But I eventually got to a point where I had to stop playing because the camera was so bad that it made me feel nauseous. I was guiding my band of hero...
Conclusion: Concept: Perform feats of derring-do while controlling a mob of superheroes
Graphics: Bright colors and a cartoony style make this an excellent homage to the Japanese heroes-and-aliens TV shows that inspired it
Sound: Corny dialogue and heroic music accompany the action well
Playability: It uses the GamePad in innovative ways, but drawing shapes with the touch screen or right analog stick doesn’t always work
Entertainment: The overblown characters and dialogue are great,...
Conclusion: Part Bayonetta, part Viewtiful Joe, The Wonderful 101 is a game with a phenomenal, hilarious presentation and plenty of great ideas that is frequently hamstrung by its reliance on some unfortunate design choices. Specifically, if it chose to explain itself better and reconsidered its reliance on inconsistent touchscreen input for precise gameplay demands, it would be a much better game.
Conclusion: The Wonderful 101 is both a showcase for the amazing potential of the Wii U’s GamePad and for its pitfalls. It’s amazingly inventive and full of color and bright-eyed character, but its control problems are so persistent they’re unignorable. Even that doesn’t ruin what is otherwise a clever and adventurous action game, but The Wonderful 101 is kept from being as truly wonderful as it might have been.
Pros: Cool, flexible combat, Awesome bosses, Oodles of style