Megamind: Mega Team Unite Review
Megamind: Mega Team Unite box art
System: Wii, PS3, X360, DS, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: THQ Studio Australia 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 2, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In addition to your regular arsenal of attacks, you'll occasionally find power-ups littered on the battlefield. Since the game offers no instruction on their use, power-ups, too, are a guessing game left to the player to figure out. The standard fare is accounted for though – shields, damage boosts, etc.

Megamind: Mega Team Unite screenshot

The Battle mode is almost a carbon copy of the story mode, as you're getting the same gameplay modes and features as before. Since you can play with the same amount of players in story mode, there seems little purpose for the Battle mode. There are no online multiplayer features or achievements, and the extras are typical throwaways packed in with most movie-based games.

What bothers me most about MTU is that it doesn't even try to be entertaining. It takes all of the worst characteristics of movie-based games and combines them to form one terrible money grab that cares little for the end user.

That, of course, carries right on over to the game's production values. Like the controls, the visuals and audio presentation are solid, but the graphics are a generation old at best – low-poly, low-budget, and chock-full of "ship it in time for the movie release!" The framerate holds up fine for the most part, and the animations get the job done; outside of that, MTU lacks any ambition whatsoever.

The voice work, on the other hand, is respectable, though the dialogue is pretty run-of-the-mill. That's likely a fault of the movie-script writers, but there's nothing here that's outright abhorrent. The story just doesn't inspire, and if you're contemplating picking this title up to extend your experience of the animated film, MTU likely won't satisfy. The music is standard fare, and the sound effects are forgettable.

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Megamind: Mega Team Unite is a bad game – that's all there is to it, really. I'm a pretty forgiving gamer, and generally speaking, repetition isn't an instant turn-off for me (I enjoy the occasion session of Dynasty Warriors). It all comes down to fun factor, though, and Mega Team Unite has almost none of that. Yes, the controls mostly work and feel good. It's when the challenges begin, repeat, and never end that the good times fly right out the window.

Were THQ to publish this as a downloadable title for $15 or less, I'd still issue a warning against making the purchase. As a $40 retail product, MTU is absolutely a no-go for me. The visuals are laughably low-rent, and the presentation is unnecessary and drab. Instead of wasting time on this uninspired mess, treat yourself to the big bucket of popcorn when going out to see Megamind on the "big screen." Or better yet, save up those nuts and berries for the inevitable DVD release.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.9
Graphics
Barely good enough seemed good enough for THQ with this one.
3.0
Control
The controls feel good, and the pointer functionality is satisfying when it comes to shooting. Mash, mash, along with poor hit detection, however, make this a game that isn't actually much fun to play.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Not great, but not bad. The voice work is well-delivered, but the lines are trite. The sound effects and music get the job done without inspiring much excitement.
2.0

Play Value
There's only a handful of chapters, and the gameplay is repetitive and uninspired. The few solid elements presented here are appreciated, but they don't come close to adding up to a fun gameplay package.

2.3
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Create the Ultimate Mega Team–Create a four-player Mega Squad by choosing from nine characters, including Megamind.
  • Mega Multiplayer Action with Your Friends! – Team up with 1-4 players to defend the city against the Doom Syndicate.
  • Battle with Power Ups & Super Abilities – Use super abilities to fight Mega Villains & boost your action with power ups.


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