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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.
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 was unquestionably one of the highlights of downloadable games in 2010, and certainly one of the best all round games of that year. The game, which combines dangerous motorbike riding with platforming, was originally released on the PS3, although Hello Games have seen sense to expand its market by releasing it on Xbox Live Arcade. The wait has also been worth it, being that this version also features some rather substantial additional content.
Conclusion: Joe Danger may have elements of a dozen different games, but all of those bits and scraps have been assembled into a unique quilt. It is slick, varied, and downright addictive. I heartily recommend it.
Excerpt: A year and a half ago, Hello Games released Joe Danger for the PS3 to great critical acclaim. It was a light-hearted motorcycle platformer that gave players who loved either Excitebike or Trials HD more of that kind of game. Now, Microsoft has stepped in to publish the definitive version of Joe Danger and make the 360 THE system to go to with these kinds of games.
Conclusion: Goodness knows how they've done it considering the high level of challenge and, potentially, frustration hidden inside its gameplay, but Hello Games has managed to tar everything in Joe Danger with the fun brush and it shows. Almost everything here will make you both smile and grit your teeth as you miss another time limit/flip trick/star by the tiniest of margins, but the fairly swift climb in difficulty won't stop you come back for more.
Conclusion: In all it was hard not to commend Hello games with the original ‘Vanilla” Joe Danger last year, and that was reflected with the 8/10 it was awarded. The special edition however, which could easily have been a straight port, offers just enough to elevate it to greatness within the XBLA library – as long as you are game for a laugh. Now, where did I leave my flame retardant briefs?
Pros: Looks good and plays good. Tonnes of game modes.
Cons: Still no online multiplayer, only ‘sharing’ of sandbox created tracks.