I could easily go on a five-page rant on the lack of quality of movies to video games conversions during my tenure as an editor here. Even the casual gamer can most likely tell of an experience in which they felt like a movie could have become a great video game but were ripped off in the end result. Well today we got to check out the latest movie to be translated into a video game in Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit for the Playstation 2. So does this game prove that movies can make good video games for a change? Read our full review to find out!
There are so many experiences that I could recall and say that the movies had a great chance of being an entertaining game. Although many may not think Wallace & Gromit is not the prime candidate, the movie’s light-hearted approach can make for a potentially fantastic title. So does the final product of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit end up being as great as the potential?
For those that have seen the Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit movie, you can expect the game to follow the exact same sort of storyline. The game puts you in the role of Wallace, and together with his trusted mutt Gromit, goes on an adventure to stop the rabbits from eating up the gardens. Sure the story may not sound like an Oscar nominee, it is one of those light-hearted approached games that never takes itself seriously. So don’t expect the game’s story to be anything spectacular but expect a few laughs and just good clean fun.
The game itself really feels exactly how you would expect it to - like the typical children’s movie being turned into a video game. The game at its core is really just a simple platforming adventure, allowing you to play as Wallace and Gromit, as well as a new friend who you meet in the games storyline, Hutch. With the three you get a different feel with each of the three different characters you play as. Basically you will be using all three of these characters quite frequently throughout the game in order to solve very simple puzzles to progress the game.
To be honest, there isn’t much to speak of in this game. You go through mission after mission, most of which are the same sort of experience of solving puzzles, collecting rabbits, and completing a few other objectives. The game actually controls pretty well, with very few camera issues to speak of. The actual missions in the game are good and enjoyable, but I wouldn’t say that they are the most innovative or original adventures either. What the game does accomplish is make a game that is easy to pick up for the younger crowd, but at the same time can still be enjoyed by some of the bigger kids as well. One thing the game however fails is to give you variety. Now for a younger person this may not be a huge problem, but in my case I found myself wanting to do more. If you take this game at face value - it’s good, but not great. It basically does what it came out to do, but nothing more than that.
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit is easily one of the better looking children’s games to have been released this year. Developers always seem to take such a relaxed approach with a children’s game, that their visuals never seem to come out on par with how they should. But Wallace and Gromit do not have this problem, as the beautiful Claymation of the movies has come to life very nicely in this game. The best part of this game is the character models, which are beautifully colored and have a great amount of life to them.
The only real problem with this game is the environments, which although at first seem like they might be on the right track; in the end prove to be a pretty lackluster looking game. One thing that I felt could have been done better was variety. Although the game allows you to take place in day and night time, the environments all began to look the same. For the kids the game will look great, but some of the older kids playing this game, they might not be as easily amused.
When I started playing Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, I must say that I was extremely impressed with how the game played, but as time progressed I must say that the overall satisfaction of this game slowly began to fade away. For one thing the amount of variety in this game is pretty slim, and at first the game seems like it will be get more difficult as you play on, but I found the game to be a breeze to play. Like I have been saying, this game will entertain the young, but the older fans of the movie franchise will find the gameplay to be a bit too simple and lacking variety.
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit in the end had some ideas, but never expanded upon anything to really set it apart from any other children’s game on the market today. If you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy portions of this game. But just don’t expect this game to have any new platforming elements that have not been done before. If you’re a fan, I can see why renting this game would be a good option, but in the end I just can’t see anything more than that.
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