Summary: The return of Mickey Mouse to video games leaves me torn between two extremes. I’m overjoyed to see such an imaginative and exciting take on the worlds of Disney. As a land of forgotten Disney characters, The Wasteland is a fantastic setting and a breath of fresh air for the long stagnant fiction.
Excerpt: When the first concept art for Epic Mickey surfaced, I didn’t quite understand what I saw. Mickey in a dark, creepy world. Ok, Disney may have its scary moments, but it remains easily digestable for kids. This… this seemed completely different. As E3 came closer I grew my interest in the game.
Excerpt: There was a time when the mere thought of Mickey Mouse was exciting. Most of us probably remember that time, but it’s hard to imagine that today’s kids will share our fondness for the beloved character.
Summary: Anyone who knows me well knows that I was never that big into comic books or things like Marvel and DC, yet here I am reviewing my second super hero game within three months, as well as my third movie-licensed game in as many months.
Excerpt: When I first saw Disney Epic Mickey at E3, I thought, “What a beautiful, ingenious game.” Now that I’ve played it, I can still say it’s beautiful and ingenious. But, sadly, it also has gameplay issues. First, here’s the good stuff: You’ve never seen Mickey like this, frightened but so heroic.
Excerpt: It’s refreshing to see a game like Epic Mickey hit a system like the shovel ware-laden Wii because Warren Spector clearly has a lot of passion for the work of Walt Disney, and it shines through brightly here.
Excerpt: Like the mesmerizing animated film Fantasia, Epic Mickey puts the perennial Disney character in the shoes of an apprentice to a powerful wizard, equipped with only a magical paint brush. In typical Mickey fashion, he winds up making a mess, literally.
Excerpt: Mickey Mouse is still easily the most recognizable character that Disney has come up with, but outside of merchandising, Disneyland and such, he’s also scarcely used by the company these days and hasn’t starred in a cartoon for years.
Summary: Every year, there are one or two high profile 3rd party Wii games that aspire to actually shoot for mainstream acceptance. There are a lot of reasons why these games are so few and far between, not the least of which being the fact that it's always bad business to compete against Nintendo.