|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Backbone Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Eidos Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 27, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Visuals in this title are quite good, and have been seriously upgraded since the PSP version. Death Jr.: Root of Evil on the Wii is capable of running at 480p and it shows. The in-game animations are particularity good, and are among some of the best I have ever seen in a non-Nintendo developed title on the Wii. Characters look smooth and polished, and animations are extremely fluid. Cutscenes also look phenomenal on the Wii, and really represent what this console can bring to the table. The only shortcoming with this title has to do with the look of several of the game's stages. Environments suffer from some very repetitious texturing, and there isn't a whole lot of detail. However, even though the background environments do not look as polished as the characters do, they don't look bad per se. If the detailed backgrounds were sacrificed to maintain a consistent framerate, then all is forgiven.
The sound scheme features some very solid voice acting and average background music. The voice acting is especially remarkable because so much of the humor in this title depends on the delivery. Voice acting is top-notch, and as such, jokes are routinely made much funnier. Background music is pretty generic, and each level has its own music theme. It is pretty bland overall, and it doesn't really stand out as great game music.
The gameplay does not extend past the 10-15 hour mark, and once you finish the game, there's not much reason to go back through and play it again. Even though you have the option to play as a different character, this doesn't change the story, and the different character upgrades don't really provide much replay incentive. While it might be nice to invite a friend over to play Death Jr. co-op, the gameplay still suffers from being a little stale after the first playthrough.
Overall, Death Jr.: Root of Evil is another solid platform entry in this largely successful franchise. Although this title is technically a PSP port, it has a look and feel all its own. The graphics look great in 480p, and the gameplay benefits immensely from the Wii-specific controls. If you've already played the PSP version, the Wii version may still be worth checking out, just because the controls make for a whole new Death Jr. experience. Overall, this is a great port and a must-buy for fans of the series. It is also a great choice for platforming fans who may not be familiar with the series. Either way, you're bound to have some serious fun with Death Jr.!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer