The original Xbox was probably more known for its mature games library, in comparison with the others two competitors. But amidst all that bloody first person shooters and high octane racers, Microsoft did release their take on the Party game genre with what was a very popular and addictive experience in Fuzion Frenzy. The game combined a bunch of different mini-games into one fluid experience that many to this day still enjoy. The game wasn’t perfect, but unlike many games, it did warrant a sequel. Thus now here we are checking out the latest release from Microsoft on their new console the Xbox 360, Fuzion Frenzy 2. So how does this party game fair on the latest generation of consoles? Read our full review to find out!
When you look at a game like Fuzion Frenzy 2 you see a game that really does try to do things differently then most other games. Most games have one goal, one idea, one concept that they build upon throughout the gameplay experience. Fuzion Frenzy 2, on the other hand, has a ton of different types of mini games to go through that all play pretty different from each other, making the experience on paper a lot more rich with value.
Like the original, there is a story to be told in Fuzion Frenzy 2 that "attempts" to explain exactly why we are playing all these different mini-games. In fact, Fuzion Frenzy 2 is one of those games that you wouldn’t expect to give you much of a story, and when you start realizing that the storyline for this game looks like it was thrown together overnight you probably won’t care all that much.
The big question is how many mini games are there, and how are they? Well, there are around forty plus mini games that you will be able to delve into that range from all sorts of different fighting and puzzle style adventures. The variety in the games is probably one of the game’s strongest suits, as it really allows for a much more versatile experience that makes the long list of games seem even more impressive.
My problem with Fuzion Frenzy 2 comes in two fold, and I will explain both of them now. First off, this is a game that for the most part doesn’t stray very far away from what we saw in the first game. The setup is very similar, many of the games feel used, and from what I can see the developers didn’t take this game much further then it already was.
On the same token, my other problem with this game were the mini games themselves. Fuzion Frenzy 2 sets the game up by having you travel to different planets and when you go there, the over-the-top and often annoying host will pick the first game. Then the winner will pick the next few and the last one is like the "ultimate mini game" sort of speak, which tries to bring everything together. This setup looses its flavor very quickly and the whole single player experience just grows tiresome. You will have some games that are really enjoyable, and others that just don’t pass the test.
The big draw for Fuzion Frenzy 2 has to be the Xbox Live support, that is really where the game is meant to be played. The single player experience really does miss the human aspect to it, as many times the computer AI just doesn’t really give it that full-fledged party game feel. The online portion of the game does make up for it, providing a much more deep experience that makes a lot of the mini games I didn’t like playing by myself a lot more manageable.
Like many party games, you are going to find the games that you enjoy playing, and the ones that you don’t. What really measures a great playing party game is by how many games you really do enjoy playing. For me there was still that problem of having played the original and feeling as though this game didn’t setup a truly new and next generation party game experience.
Visually I have to say that similarly to the gameplay side of things, the visuals of Fuzion Frenzy 2 did leave a lot to desire in my mind. Although I understand the need for a over the top far away camera view to play these mini-games, I have to say that I was expecting things to be a bit more impressive across the board. The character models are a bit bland, lacking detail and the environments although varied, still doesn’t display the needed detail that you would want from this title. It is not a bad looking game, but it still has plenty of room to grow into a much better one.
As much as I love party games, there are some that just don’t manage to put all the eggs in the right basket and that is the case I feel with Fuzion Frenzy 2. This is a game that has a lot of great ideas, some of which do pan out, and a lot of which turn out to be not so entertaining. Fuzion Frenzy 2 is a game that has a ton of choices, which does help. But when it all comes down to it, Fuzion Frenzy 2 needed some more originality to really put it over the top.
In the end, Fuzion Frenzy 2 does manage to do some things right, but for the most part you just get the feeling that more could have been done to make this game great. Fuzion Frenzy 2 has some really fun mini games, but more and more I saw myself just wanting to get through them in hope of finding more entertaining ones. This game plays great online and thus if you like online games you might want to check this one out. Otherwise if you’re just planning to play a game by yourself, I would stand clear of Fuzion Frenzy 2.
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