and Disney have another hit on their hands this year.
The team that brought you Toy Story 1 & 2, Monster's
Inc. and Finding Nemo have been hard at work on The
Incredibles, an animated tale involving a family of
superheroes, not unlike Marvel's Fantastic Four. While
the movie seems to be pulling off some heroic feats
at the box office, the game is doing the exact oppposite
on store and rental shelves everywhere. You guessed
it: another mediocre game tie in with a quality Disney
flick. Will wonders ever cease?
don't have to point out that The Incredibles movie
and videogame are definitely suited to an audience
right in line with the Finding Nemo crowd which I
would say clocks in at around ages 5-11, maybe 12.
After that milestone age, the kids are too busy shooting
up the streets of San Andreas to care about spandex
wearing middle-aged superheroes. You'll notice there
isn't a teenage boy superhero in the family and why
would you think that is? Because dear reader, Disney
knows this demographic most likely won't be going
anywhere near the movie or the game. Since I haven't
seen the movie yet, I can't comment on whether this
is a good or bad thing, but as for the game....they
should stay far, far away.
played The Incredibles at this years E3, I came away
extremely unimpressed and I'm happy to report that
my initial instincts were correct: there is nothing
incredible about this game at all. It is a lackluster
superhero beat em up that just isn't much fun. However
I place the blame almost squarely on the lameness
of it all directly on Pixar's shoulders because the
super powers featured in The Incredibles are nothing
short of boring. Super strength, elastic powers, invisibility
and super speed just don't really cut it when it comes
to really cool super powers and they don't translate
into exciting gameplay either. In a year where Treyarch
gave us the ability to webswing and wallcrawl through
a virtual Manhattan, everything else tends to pale
level in the game is suited for only one character,
meaning you can't even experiment with the heroes
and their powers. Mr. Incredible will fight numerous
waves of bad guys, Elasti-Girl will use her elastic
arms to swing around and fight enemies from afar as
well as some frustrating puzzle solving, those ever-popular
stealth missions will rest on Violet's invisible shoulders
and of course the little guy Dash with his lightning
fast speed will play the role of Sonic the Hedgehog
in this game. I would say "Been there, done that"
but to say "Been there, done that" is so
"Been there, done that" already, isn't it?
question the games difficulty because, after all,
this game is aimed at a younger gaming audience. Unresponsive
controls, a wonky camera, animations that must end
before you can move on to the next move and some powerful
bosses definitely make this experience much harder
than it should be. Older gamers who have logged hundreds
of hours under their belt playing games like this
will know what to expect, but little gamers who just
want to play as their newest favorite heroes, will
be frustrated to tears. I guarantee it. In many instances
the special moves needed later in the game require
a far too complicated control scheme for young hands.
On top of that the games attention deficit lock on
feature will have your little angel reciting those
cool new words he hears on the playground.
won't be able to argue that the game doesn't look
great; it sure does. All of the characters from the
movie are present and look just as cool as they do
in the movie. The games visuals are so enticing that
your kids won't shut up until you rent the game, at
the very least. Let them play it and they'll surely
tell you to take it back early when they need anger
management after the first four hours.
right in line with the graphics production values,
The Incredibles music and voiceover work is very good.
The cutscenes from the movie obviously feature the
real voices of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel
Jackson, Jason Lee et al, but the sound quips you'll
hear throughout the game (repeated ad nauseum) are
sound alikes (except for Jackson who seemingly had
nothing better to do that day) and you won't be able
to tell the diff anyway.
there was ever a game that screamed out for a rental
first, it would be this one. The game just has the
potential to either frustrate gamers or bore them
to death. Chances are you'll be asked incessantly
to get it for your kids, but take my advice from a
couple of paragraphs ago and visit Blockbuster for
their Incredibles fix. Definitely not so incredible.