Excerpt: Whiplash received some unfair criticism around its release, all due to cartoon violence with animals, we’re guessing they’ve never watched Tom and Jerry then, or a whole bunch of other animated violence involving animals. The game is amusing and rarely ever takes thing too far, but perhaps hamsters being shot out of a cannon, resulting in one unlucky rodent plummeting to the ground and then bouncing in an almost brutal manner is taking things just a little bit too far,...
Excerpt: Imagine a corporation who's CEO believes that we (as humans) have been giving all the animals a free ride for far too long. A CEO who thinks that it is his duty to put these animals to work. Well this is the Genron Corporation, a facility who uses monkeys for anti-gravity tests, genetically alters skunks to spray gas and combines other animals into newer and 'better' species (for instance taking a weasel and a rabbit and forming a weasit... or maybe it will be a reasel).
Excerpt: Animal cruelty is one of those issues that can get people just as riled up as abortion or politics. As the owner of two rabbits, one of which was adopted from an animal shelter after being abandoned in a parking lot, it's certainly an issue that is close to my heart. It was with a sort of bemused interest that I sat down with Whiplash , which is supposedly about two lab animals who escape their captors and run amok through the corporation testing facilities, hitting man...
Conclusion: The beauty of having two characters chained together is that Redmond is a trusty weapon. Unfortunately that is the only real weapon you’ll have for most of the game. The characters themselves are the main source of the game’s humor. The game’s satire is excellent. Some of the content you’ll either find cruel or funny. For example: Wandering around the environments you’ll see crocodiles being fed fast food, animals wearing afros and running on treadmills and so on.
Excerpt: I tried to like Whiplash, I really did. There was an obvious attempt at dispensing some decent puzzles and plenty of skewed humor and while the humor works, the overall game just doesn't. It lacks the same level of polish that other Crystal D projects like the recently released Legacy of Kain: Defiance offered. Granted, these are two different teams at work, but you'd think the lessons learned overall would transfer from team to team.
Excerpt: The Xbox has lacked crucial titles in nearly all genres, aside from the FPS genre. The platform genre is no different; there is a definite lack of quality titles that any gamer should be furious. However, platform titles have received the description that they are Ã¢â‚¬Å“all the sameÃ¢â‚¬? these days. Whiplash tries to break the mold by giving the player control of two animals tied together, who must escape the grasp of a huge corporation.
Conclusion: Spanx and Redmond might not be worrying the likes of Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank just yet, but they have got themselves a highly playable game with some genuinely clever ideas. It's a shame they often feel so lost and clueless though.
Pros: Spanx & Redmond are fun to play with., Lots to smash., Some clever puzzles and bosses.
Cons: Uninspiring graphics., Repetitive corridors and unclear objectives spoil the game after a good start., The same old platform game camera problems.