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KAO the Kangaroo: Round 2 PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: The original KAO the Kangaroo was released for the ill fated Dreamcast and the PC, but never saw the light of day on the current trio of consoles. He may be an extremely generic cartoon Kangaroo, but KAO’s sequel is a good solid platformer as well as a throwback to the origins of the genre. KAO the Kangaroo: Round 2 is a title that retains the platforming essentials, but doesn’t attempt to sail into the bold new waters that many games have continued to seek.
Excerpt: Getting straight to the point, dear reader: the development process for Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 seems to have consisted of little more than checking the relevant platforming boxes. The game is such a mish-mash of videogaming clichés: the amount of intertextuality here almost trumps the masterful WarioWare. You see, every corner brings another episode of déjà vu. Kao’s Miyamoto-influenced signature butt-stomp.
Excerpt: 2001 saw the release of Kao the Kangaroo on Dreamcast and PC, a platformer in which a loveable Kangaroo is taken from his home land and must jump and box his way back to his antipodean home. Now the Kangaroo who wears shoes, shorts and boxing gloves is back. This time his animal chums have been kidnapped by the evil hunter Barnaba, and Kao is the only one who can rescue them.
Excerpt: Roughly five years ago, Kao the Kangaroo first appeared in his own 3D adventure game on Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast console. It wasn't a groundbreaking effort by any stretch, but the easygoing run-and-jump design and charming characters made Kao (pronounced "K-O") a worthwhile pickup for anyone seeking a weekend of lighthearted fun.
Pros: Familiar 3D platformer design, Different weapons and vehicles keep the action lively, Environments are packed with destructible objects, Sharp visuals and charming audio
Cons: Straightforward levels, Lightweight difficulty, Generic presentation, Over too soon
Conclusion: The only reason I have not awarded this game the lowest possible mark is that it is not quite bad enough. It is a bog standard game deserving a bog standard score. Graphically it looks okay. The music and sound effects are okay, although the voice acting is especially poor. It’s all just okay .
Pros: Obviously one for the kiddies, as long as they're not too discerning.
Cons: Supremely unoriginal., Bad voice acting., Seen it all before done better.
Excerpt: Le jeu coup de poing ! Dans le coin droit, l'horrible chasseur Barnaba et dans le coin gauche le redoutable kangourou Kao. Afin d'aider ses compagnons, Kao se lance dans une aventure folle : délivrer ses amis enlevés et mettre KO le chasseur Barnaba. Retrouvez un kangourou unique et drôle...