Excerpt: You can go a long way with a smile. When determined stuntman Joe Danger popped his first wheelie on PlayStation 3 in 2010, it was because UK-based indie start-up Hello Games were broke and had to ship the game. Still, that didn’t stop the exuberant little game from turning many frowns upside down.
Excerpt: Joe Danger 2 is the sequel to the popular game "Joe Danger"; a game made by the British independent developer, Hello Games. The game is a mix between racing and platform, where the objective is to get to the end of the stage while trying to accomplish as many challenges as possible. This was my first time playing a game from Hello Games, and I must say they did a pretty good job making this sequel.
Excerpt: The original Joe Danger was a game that drew much of its inspiration from the past, but it was also a game that had an identity all of its own. There was so much fun to be had that I just couldn’t help myself placing a 9 at the foot of my two reviews. Unlike the original game, which was first released on the PS3, Joe Danger 2: The Movie has had its big premier on the Xbox 360.
Summary: I'm glad to be done with Joe Danger, it really wasn't my cup of tea. I'd hoped a kid-friendly version of Trials would have been great, but instead I found it frustrating and pretty annoying, but for all the wrong reasons.
Excerpt: Nearly two and a half years ago, the original Joe Danger hit the PS3 and provided that system with a fine physics-based biking game since it lacks the Trials series. It essentially combined the skill needed to excel there with a very light-hearted tone more akin to Excitebike, and like that classic, also gave you rivals to race against.
Summary: If you're a fan of Joe Danger, there's more of what you loved in the same candy coated flavor as the original. If you're not a fan of Joe already, there's not much reason to recommend this sequel which, while at times can be genuinely fun and rewarding thanks to its smooth difficulty curve, ultimately ends up more frustrating and irritating than enjoyable.
Pros: Easy to learn, hard to master; the sweet spot of difficulty, Colorful, varied environments and objectives, Level editor for lots of replayability
Cons: Confusing and unclear in instructions at times, Oddly-spaced checkpoints or lack thereof make restarts frustrating, Not much content for the price
Conclusion: That these complaints – really the only ones I can level at Joe Danger 2 – are so trivial means it is a very solidly made and entertaining game. It differentiates itself from its most obvious rival by taking a simple mechanic and melding it with another genre, and then applying a riotous and often amusing theme to the whole package.
Conclusion: Concept: Race and jump your way through a bevy of obstacle-laden courses
Graphics: Bright and colorful, but sometimes the constant visual activity distracts from the action
Sound: A few thematically-tied musical melodies enhance the movie homages. I could do without the shouting director
Playability: Controls are tight and responsive.