Review: Epic Mickey

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Review: Epic Mickey

The happiest place on Earth spawns the most frustrating game on the Wii.

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Such a shame, I was really looking forward to this game. I'm still tempted to buy it for the story, but I know I shouldn't.

I liked this review, but was completely blown away by the Plot device. Seriously creations that are missing their hearts!?!? WTF I mean I know Disney and Squeenix made Kingdom hearts but ya gotta leave the heartless to Kingdom Hearts. It just makes the story seem like a spin-off of what Mickey was doing before he became a Keyblade master.

Well that's too bad, I was going to get this for my brother but I'm not sure I should now.

It's heartbreaking, no pun intended. There's this world that you're just dying to interact with - and then actually interacting with it is a nightmare. The camera is complete crap, the controls are aggravating at the best of times...I really, really want to explore the Wasteland, but actually doing it just plain sucks.

Saw it coming.
Somehow I don't expect any good games to come out nowadays, except if they are from Blizzard. Ok, there are some more, but usually not the ones that are hyped the most. Personal Favourite: VVVVVV

So...would have been better as a movie?

Ultimately: typical tie-in game faults.

No! I was really, really looking forward to this. I thought it was going to be the first 3rd party Wii title I enjoyed (okay... maybe NMH), and the first Disney title I've cared about in well over a decade. I may check it out just to see anyway, but the way you described it makes it sound awful. There's nothing worse than navigation problems. It just completely destroys a game.

SensibleCrout:
Saw it coming.
Somehow I don't expect any good games to come out nowadays, except if they are from Blizzard. Ok, there are some more, but usually not the ones that are hyped the most. Personal Favourite: VVVVVV

Hooray! The video game equivalent of a used record store nerd decided to come. I think that it's a tragedy that record stores are dying. Without them, your "If you've heard of it, it sucks. The only good stuff was made with obsolete technology in somebody's basement," sensibilities have few places they can call home. In case you haven't heard it before on this site yet, welcome.

Dang it Russ, this stinks. I was with you, I'm a pretty cynical person and didn't really get my hopes up for much this seasons, but it sounds like we were all suckered in by Epic Mickey. I might get it anyway because after foolishly expending so much energy to want to like this game I don't know if I can give it a pass. Though with both you and Susan condemning it, I...I just don't know. Curses, well here's to hoping I get DKC Returns and Kirby's Epic yarn instead to fulfill my platforming addiction instead for Xmas.

Why'd you give it 3/5 stars? You spend the whole review talking about how it isn't fun at all.

Its a shame too, the concept art looked so much better than the game we ended up getting.

Zombie Nixon:
Why'd you give it 3/5 stars? You spend the whole review talking about how it isn't fun at all.

Thinking the same thing.

PhiMed:
Hooray! The video game equivalent of a used record store nerd decided to come. I think that it's a tragedy that record stores are dying. Without them, your "If you've heard of it, it sucks. The only good stuff was made with obsolete technology in somebody's basement," sensibilities have few places they can call home. In case you haven't heard it before on this site yet, welcome.

There still are good games. The criteria for a good game haven't changed but the industry chooses to fail meeting them. We have lots of stunning looking but very boring games (like Heavy Rain or Assassin's Creed) and then we have tons of "casual" shaky-dancy game titles which would all better be played without any digital hardware in the first place.

I do like modern games like TF2 or SC2, but there are so damn few of them.

That's too bad, this game looked fun.

I thought three stars was an average game. It sounded like it was solidly average in scope. He talked so negatively about it I think because like a lot of us he let the hype get to him, so he felt that much more bad about the game as a whole. It wasn't so much that the game is actually a 1/5 (And I know the Escapist isn't really a fan of the concrete rating system anyway so it's usually best to ignore it) it's just that he was supremely disappointed compared to what we thought we were getting.

Wow, that could've been another great game with disney characters gone bad. It had even more potential than KH.
Well too bad now, great review though.

Vault Citizen:
Its a shame too, the concept art looked so much better than the game we ended up getting.

Good question... does Disney advertise on the Escapist?

:'(

I really wanted this game to be good. I really did. I'll still get it though, but at least I know what to expect. Oh, this makes me a very sad panda...

I smell several focus groups.

Wow, from that review, I was expecting a lower score than 60%. It honestly passes in your book?

Hmmmm. Well I actually bothered to play the game myself. And found a most charming game indeed. It's no Super Mario Galaxy 2. But what is? But I found Mickey easy to control and while yes, the Camera was a little annoying at first. It didn't take long before it was merely a little niggle. Hell, I found the camera on this to be more co-operative than certain games (Uncharted 2 and Prince of Persia.)

I think this is one of the games where people were so hyped up for it (especially when we saw the concept Art.) yet it didn't manage to be perfect.

is there a law against well made non-sports wii games?

The problem is I'm still likely to pick this up if only for all the Triva Porn like Oswald. I recognized him when my mother didn't. Playing this, while a challenge, might just prep me for that "Dusty Disney Vault" category on Jeopardy.

Anything from "Song of the South" in the game by chance?

reviews for this seem to be all over the place, some people just dont like it, some say it gets better, and some say the flaws are over exaggerated, Ill probably get it at some point but money is tight right now so it will have to wait

Ah that's disappointing, the first Wii game I've actually bee looking forward to and it isn't good

This makes me sad :(

Moriarty70:
The problem is I'm still likely to pick this up if only for all the Triva Porn like Oswald. I recognized him when my mother didn't. Playing this, while a challenge, might just prep me for that "Dusty Disney Vault" category on Jeopardy.

Anything from "Song of the South" in the game by chance?

Increase the rating a bit if you're a Disney freak like me and are likely to squee whenever you get a pin.

actually on some puzzles like the mentioned phone puzzle can be skipped by resucing gremlins

for me the deal breaker are the horrible camera controls

Wow. I also read reviews from X Play (G4TV.com) and they gave Epic Mickey 5/5.

Starting to think that between these written reviews and Zero Punctuation's reviews, this site is a lot better at analyzing games then X Play is.

X Play has begun catering to the big game companies and always saying that their games are great without really diving into them. Then a new game company with a fresh idea comes along and X Play says it sucks. Hmmmm...

I knew this was all hype and high expectations. Glad it failed, Wii should be banned. Make way for the Kinect for your dance games people!

I am sorry for those who are disappointed by one this.

Given the game's lack of connection between action and result, the typo of "causal gamers" at the end was rather amusing.

Susan Arendt:
Increase the rating a bit if you're a Disney freak like me and are likely to squee whenever you get a pin.

That's the thing though, I don't look at scores. I've always read/listened to the reviews themselves to determine if I'll like the game. For example, if the story is great but the camera is wonky, I know I can forgive it where some others can't.

It's funny because my best friend is all about the Meta-critic and Rotten Tomatoes.

Also, pins? What do they do that causes the squeeing?

Moriarty70:

Susan Arendt:
Increase the rating a bit if you're a Disney freak like me and are likely to squee whenever you get a pin.

That's the thing though, I don't look at scores. I've always read/listened to the reviews themselves to determine if I'll like the game. For example, if the story is great but the camera is wonky, I know I can forgive it where some others can't.

It's funny because my best friend is all about the Meta-critic and Rotten Tomatoes.

Also, pins? What do they do that causes the squeeing?

I didn't literally mean rating, just that you'll likely enjoy the game a bit more if you're all about the Disney.

As for the pins, they're a big collectible both in the game and at the Disney parks: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/context-sensitive/6411-Context-Sensitive-Playing-the-MMMMG

Zombie Nixon:
Why'd you give it 3/5 stars? You spend the whole review talking about how it isn't fun at all.

Imho the escapist give too kind ratings (exception for Zero punctuation).

The game´s graphics, art style and story setting look very cool (except I don't like Mickey as a main character but I guess there's none else). Just too bad it's bad then.

And the reason I would never buy it is that it was on the Wii. OF COURSE it would be bad. The Wii controls suck and any game without classic controller support is more than likely not going to be good.

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