Excerpt: After an initial no-frills XBLA port of the (now sadly delisted) 1989 arcade classic provided a serviceable first fight for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, follow-ups have introduced unnecessary elements like platforming or offbeat visuals. Out of the Shadows is the franchise’s newest chapter, but it tries too hard to be something bigger and ends up failing miserably. Despite the brevity and repetition, plenty of bugs plague these turtles.
Pros: + Provides quite a bit of fan service for the heroes in a half-shell.
Cons: - Overly complex combat options, yet doesn’t graduate past button-mashing., - Not much content for your money, extremely buggy., ? What’ll it take to get
Excerpt: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hold a special place in my heart. Growing up in the eighties and nineties I was exposed to the Ninja Turtle phenomenon: A comic series set in a crime-riddled New York City featuring mutant turtles armed with ninja weapons, classic teenage rebelliousness and an insatiable craving for pizza. A surefire formula for any imaginative kid growing up in that time.
Summary: Mikey won't stop talking about pizza. Between bouts of combat, he brings up stuffed crust, ponders the philosophy of ordering extra cheese, and complains about pizza toppings. It's all a silly monologue drawn out for comedic effect, but it's true to the spirit of Michelangelo, the goofiest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Pros: Team attacks are satisfying to pull off, Turtle banter is faithful to the series' style
Cons: Hard freezes are common, Camera flies around wildly, Difficult to know where to go, Buggy animations, Some enemies forget to fight you
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review (Xbox 360)
2 September 2013
Excerpt: For me and countless others, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haven been like four good buddies. Sure, these buddies are green, mutated turtles named after famous Italian artists but at the same time we had the chance to experience truly great adventures with them. The times of these Sunday morning cartoons may be over but the Ninja Turtles never really went away.
Conclusion: With enough effort and perseverance, one can glean battles from Out of the Shadows that feel truer to TMNT than any you've ever fought, and that might be enough for superfans to look the other way on its technical and control problems. But if you’re strictly looking for an exactingly crafted action game, you won’t find it here. The problems start early and never really stop, sending Splinter and his disciples back to the sewers.
Pros: Deep skill progression, Strong TMNT vibe
Cons: Slow and clunky, Technical issues, Sorely lacks polish
Conclusion: Concept: Struggle to take the turtles through a nearly unplayable mess
Graphics: The turtle designs are terrible, and the environments would be bland for a PSone game
Sound: how many times Donatello says “Welcome to the staff!”
Playability: Even when the game is working, it’s uninspired and awfully designed
Entertainment: It’s not even “so bad it’s good.” It’s just terrible.
Super Turtles, or Turtle soup? – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows review
7 September 2013
Excerpt: Nickelodeon purchased most of the publishing rights to the Teenage Mutant Turtles from Mirage back in 2009, and though the TV show was rebooted a while back the newest video game, , was just recently released. Based on the show, you can expect to find Baxter working for The Shredder, and the independent alien race of the Krang.
Pros: Combat is solid, Arcade mode is a welcome addition, Multiplayer combat is a blast.
Cons: Hacking mini-game is disruptive, annoying, and slow to load, Minor bugs hurt this game more than anything else, Enemies are abundant, but act as a hollow filler, Plotline is shorter than the Pro’s list, Did I mention the glitches?, Overused sound clips get old, fast!