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Joe Danger Special Edition – Review (XBLA)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: Joe Danger’s presence has been with us for a year now but up until Tuesday only PS3 owners have been able to enjoy everything that Joe had to offer. With the news that Joe Danger was coming to the 360 a few months back, as a Special Edition a lot of people were shocked. Hello Games had decided to unleash game design nirvana on both major formats for all to enjoy.
Summary: The team at Hello Games got an opportunity that I wish more studios, particularly those smaller companies with limited budgets, would get: an honest-to-goodness second chance. Not to say that Joe Danger was a bad game in need of a redo when it originally released on PlayStation Network. Far from it! We gave it a 9 out of 10 , after all. But, at some point, you have to stop adding features and put your game out for the world to see.
Conclusion: It packs a huge amount of content and variety, offering endless hours of unabashed fun. There’s often a stigma attached to the 1200 MSP price tag on XBLA titles, but the massive, almost overwhelming amount of content and the pristine, perfectly-polished production of Joe Danger: Special Edition definitely gives you more than your money’s worth.
Excerpt: As a child, I always used to doodle a wicked sweet pair of shades and a massive grin on the sun, forever beaming comforting Crayola rays in the background of my picturesque scrawls. I grew up with age. Guildford-based Hello Games, thankfully, did not: Joe Danger's cardinal rule seems to be that if you can draw a smiley face on something then you absolutely must.
Summary: Stepping into the shoes of the world's most determined stuntman, players have to combo, boost and pull ludicrous tricks across more than 50 events to thrill the crowd and put Joe back on the podium.
Excerpt: Joe Danger doesn't know what he wants to be. His cape, body suit and helmet are modeled after famous daredevil, Evel Knievel. Yet Joe Danger aspires to be more than just a bus-jumping stuntman.
Conclusion: Joe Danger: Special Edition is the definitive version of the game and one that the plucky stuntman can be proud of. It is disappointing that the new content isn’t available to PSN users who supported the developer in the first place, but it does give Live Arcade users the chance to experience this enjoyable title for the first time and in full glory – essentially increasing Joe’s fanbase in the process.
Conclusion: As far as the 360-specific additions are concerned, there are a few extra environments and characters for you to get your teeth into, but the core of Joe Danger is resolutely the same as its PS3 cousin. And for once, that’s a fantastic thing. If you enjoyed Trials , and if you like Sonic or even Tony Hawk , you owe it to yourself to give this a try.