Summary: Parents need to know that kids play this family-friendly game in the same animated world as the movie . Animals fight with golf clubs, hockey sticks, etc., but no one dies (the defeated just fade away); there's some crude humor, but none of it is too offensive. Kids can play the game in the single-player mode or with a friend in a cooperative mode.
Excerpt: It’s summer again, which can only mean one thing – big summer movies. And, with every big summer movie comes the inevitable licensed tie-in. Unfortunately, most of these games are hit with the mandate to “Just ship it on time”, which often results in really bad games. Over the Hedge is, like other licensed games, a formulaic tie-in, though it does try to break the mold and offer something just a little different. As far as PS2 games go, Over the Hedge looks good.
Conclusion: If you have a child that enjoyed the film you may want to consider picking this one up. The characters are cute and the gameplay is very accessible, which are key components in a kid's game. I wouldn't expect it to last them incredibly long because it does get tiring very quickly. Over the Hedge is definitely a better than average children's movie to game endeavor. It at least deserves a rental unless the gamer in question absolutely loved the flick.
Conclusion: A prime example that even partnerships like Activision and DreamWorks (which has turned out some fairly enjoyable licensed games) can go wrong. This is a cash-in, and a painfully mediocre one at that.
Conclusion: While it brings nothing remarkably new to the table, Over The Hedge enhances slightly upon its genre and is a contender for a worthy purchase. Those who loved the movie and cannot get enough of it will most likely enjoy this title. The capability of two players might make all the difference; it sure makes those mini-games more fun (if not a reason for actually playing them now).