Excerpt: Capcom have knocked up a sequel, which will surely delight the fans of Joe’s first outing. Those in search of innovation and expecting a major upheaval of the formula will be in for a shock though as Joe 2 is more of the same. It does introduce a few key new ingredients to freshen the aroma at least a little bit though, which is never something to complain about.
Excerpt: If there is one new super hero in the past 2 years in which I thought deserved some great recognition it is definitely Viewtiful Joe. Viewtiful Joe has got just about everything: super speed, matrix slow motion, and the ability to do some super moves. Did I mention he does this with incredible style? Style, surprisingly, is the most important feature of a super hero. Imagine the greatest super powers executed in terrible style (Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, anyone?).
Excerpt: Late 2002 saw Capcom announce that it was going to release Resident Evil 4 and four other all-new (and apparently exclusive) games on the Nintendo Gamecube. The announcement did a lot for the credibility of a console that was still being eyed merely speculatively in many quarters. Resident Evil 4 came out in Europe recently, but one of the games in the four is now in its second iteration.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Viewtiful Joe is more than worth its asking price, but if it behooves you to do so, then buying a copy as a show of piety with Clover is not something we'd admonish you for. I mean, hey, some of us bought Stretch Panic, right?