|System: Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Vicious Cycle||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: D3 Publisher||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jul. 6, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The aerial-combat sections are also surprisingly hard for a kids game, but theyre a lot more action-packed. In one mission, you have to follow another airplane thats filled with your minions, shooting threats out of the sky until you arrive at the boss. These scenes arent as inventive as the puzzle-platforming, but they break up the more intellectual sections with some good old-fashioned explosions.
The multiplayer is done well enough that it will entertain small children, but its nothing too impressive. All four modes are set in the flying levels instead of the platforming ones. One is a simple dogfight, another is a contest to destroy your enemys fortress before he destroys yours, the third entails flying around to pick up minions, and the last one requires you to fly through as many rings as you can before time runs out (flying through your enemys rings changes them to your color).
The graphics in this game are, as we reviewers like to say, not bad . . . for the Wii. Despicable Me is no Super Mario Galaxy or The Conduit, and its certainly no Gears of War 2, but the visual style reminds us of the movie, and each level has a little bit of personality. The cutscenes are too long and not very impressive (its usually just someone telling you about the next mission), but theyre skippable, so no harm done.
The sound has its ups and downs. The voice acting isnt bad, and the music and sound effects capture the spirit of the film, but Gru says obnoxious things all the time (How could you be so terrible?) that get old long before youve finished the game.
For someone who enjoyed the movie, doesnt mind slightly difficult gaming, and is willing to put up with a few flaws, Despicable Me would be worth maybe $10㪬. Unfortunately, the asking price here is $40, so we can say without reservation that you shouldnt drop your hard-earned money on this one -- unless you find it in the discount bin. And if theres one good thing about movie games, its that you can almost always find them in the discount bin eventually.
CCC Freelnace Writer