Review: TNMT Out of the Shadows

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows takes you back to how it all began. Be the four Turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael in the fight to save New York City from mutants, the Foot and Shredder. With seamless drop-in, drop-out co-op, along with team combo moves and relentless combat, it’s time for Turtle Power!

The game is a 3rd person action title in which you can string together loads of combos to take out the waves of bad guys. The developer Red Fly Studio decided to make this an Xbox Live title and at R160, it’s not a bad price. The total file size comes in at 1.78 GB which shouldn’t be a problem for most people.

For those that remember watching the original cartoon, the new version of the show or even reading the comic books, this will be your chance to once again play as one of the four famous reptiles.

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You begin guiding April when she is mysteriously kidnapped. Naturally rescuing her is a job for the turtles. The cut scenes used in this game are made up of comic book style slideshows. These are static pictures with voice-overs from the characters.

They have tried to add a lot of gameplay options which can be accessed from the main menu. You can choose Donnie’s arcade where you can beat up waves and waves of enemies. You can go to the dojo to learn all the moves the different turtles can do. There is Donnie’s workshop where you can upgrade your weapons. You can also go to the map where you can select a mission. The mission mode has 3 options, Campaign Mode where the main missions are, Challenge Mode and Xbox Live Mode.

You start the game off on a rooftop. I ran around for a couple of seconds not knowing which way to go. I would have liked a simple arrow to point me in the right direction. I eventually figured out that you are able to vault over the glowing edges of the buildings. When roaming around trying to reach your next checkpoint, you sometimes tend to get stuck against a crate, a barrel or the corner of the building. When moving too close to an object the camera will at times block your view which can make it hard to see who you are fighting or where you need to go.

You have to dodge and move around a lot during fights and when doing so the camera will lose track of the enemy you are fighting. You then have to rotate the camera back to where the action is or you end up facing away from everything swinging at a wall. This can become tedious after having to do it so many times.

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I enjoyed the look of the game, and the turtles. They look much tougher and scarier than any of the previous incarnations that I have seen. The game keeps to original formula for the turtles while adding a tougher more modern feel to it. There is constant chatter amongst them when you are running towards your next goal. The banter between the turtles is a hilarious and will keep you entertained when travelling between waypoints with nothing much going on. Unfortunately the game suffers from a lot of slow-down. The frame rate plummets during big battles, level up graphics and the occasional combo move.

The developers used the Unreal Engine and the game is gorgeous. You can see that they spent a lot of time on the look of the environments and the characters. They could have spent some more time on the cut scenes because it feels like this was more of an afterthought and they had to think of something fast to string the story together. The sound is also good. The voice acting is impressive and brings across the different characters of each turtle quite nicely.

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The action is relentless and you can put together some really cool combos with each turtle. Each one has their own unique moves and you can perform combos using a teammate as well. I feel that If not for the issues I experienced I would have enjoyed the game much more. I can see what they tried to do but the game doesn’t feel as polished as it should have been. If you are a true turtle fan these issues will not deter you from enjoying this game.

The action will be enough to keep most gamers interested but if you’re picky like me, then the issues might put you off playing this game for very long.

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