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?
Conclusion: In addition to the great voice acting, there is also a great deal of background music. The majority of the music used is either directly from the first title or a remix of one of those songs. There is scantly anything new. The sound effects are also ripped straight from the first game. Just as they were somewhat ineffective in the first, so they are ineffective in the second. Joe 2 is rather on the short side.
Conclusion: Overall, the game’s style and general life make it stand out, and certainly if you didn’t have enough of Joe first time round then you will want this. If you had had enough by the end of Viewtiful Joe, then you should probably give this a miss. If you didn’t play the original but like a bit of platforming action then, well, er… lucky you.