|System: PS2, Wii, PS3, X360, DS, PSP, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Asobo Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 24, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
It will take the average player a few days to get through the single-player mode, but you can extend that by going back and trying to find all the hidden items. You'll unlock some hilarious cutscenes which shows WALL-E acting totally outrageous during his discoveries, which turn out to be little more than junk. The unlockables are actually kind of disappointing, as they are mostly conceptual artwork; big deal!
Cutscenes follow the plot in the film, but are not taken directly from the movie. In this way, the graphics all have a cohesive look to them, you won't see incredibly rendered cutscenes and then be let down by blasé, in-game graphics. Overall, the graphics are good. They are colorful, well rendered, and are virtually mechanically flawless, although I detected some slowdown. There are great particle effects such as wind, sand, dust, sparks, and explosions. Some textures are a little on the low-res side and some environments lack detail. There isn't a lot of voiceover work in-game, but the music is appropriate if not a little repetitive.
There is no online mode, but a two-player, split-screen multiplayer mode is offered. It's mainly a combat mode within a restricted environment with a limited amount of moves. There is also a co-op mode, but it doesn't actually fit with the single-player mode, as it feels more like an add-on. The multiplayer modes are definitely not a deal breaker. Fortunately, the single-player mode carries the show.
It's not often that a movie-inspired video game gets a good review. So, if you've enjoyed the movie, you can extend that enjoyment throughout the summer with WALL-E the video game.
CCC Senior Writer