Conclusion: I personally can’t blame anyone who doesn’t fall heads-over-heels in love with The Wonderful 101 because its appeal is not universal. Someone who is looking for nothing more than a straightforward action game might be a little disappointed, because the action isn’t as complex as something as...
Excerpt: Platinum Games has quickly become a fan favorite developer. Their particularly eccentric style mixed with over-the-top and unique gameplay ensures that each title provides for a thrilling ride that always seems to strike the right the chords within many.
Summary: The Wonderful 101 was originally pitched as a Nintendo franchise crossover title, and the remnants of that plan remain in the final design. The cast of playable characters are all easily linked to some of Nintendo's biggest names.
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.
Excerpt: The Wonderful 101 is a loving amalgamation of famed designer Hideki Kamiya’s best work. It has Bayonetta’s knowing humor, Viewtiful Joe’s comic-book spirit, and Okami’s sense of ingenuity. The game is more than a “greatest hits” though, and manages to dazzle on its own merit.
Excerpt: A word heard often enough begins to sound like nonsense. Something about repetition bores our restless heads, and reduces a term to what it truly is: the emanations of a fat tongue slapping against teeth while food-scented wind blows past.
Conclusion: The Wonderful 101 takes its place instantly as one of the best Wii U games to date. It is through-and-through a Platinum Games title, offering deep, addictive, and colourful action with a wry smile. A mighty triumph.
Pros: A deep, rewarding combat system, Genuinely impressive sense of scale, Wonderfully fun style and humour
Cons: No online multiplayer, Some cut-scenes go on a bit