Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Review
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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U*
Dev: Junction Point Studios
Pub: Disney Interactive Studios
Release: November 18, 2012
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Cartoon Violence

Technically, the graphics are quite well-done on the Wii U, as well. Having seen the Xbox 360 version in action, I'd argue that the Wii U's graphics are a shade better, especially when it comes to lighting and character depth. I'll note that there are reports of people encountering major frame rate issues in the Wii U version of the game, but I didn't experience them during my playthrough, so I'm not sure what causes them to crop up.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Screenshot

The musical design in the game is as fabulous as the graphic design, and the player is often given the chance to affect the soundtrack or just generally play around with musical devices during the game. The composers have definitely nailed the Disney feeling in the game's music.

The voice acting, on the other hand, is a mixed bag that ranges from tolerable to execrable. Mickey and Oswald sound about how one would expect them to sound (yes, despite the fact that this is the first time Oswald has ever been voiced), but many of the side characters rely on funny accents for personality. This is particularly jarring when black and white 1930s cartoon characters start busting out with 1980's surfer-dude slang or sport “ethnic” accents that sound downright insulting. There's also a problem with tutorial phrases, especially from your guide-gremlin Gus, which repeat on an endless loop even if you're trying to explore or solve an unrelated puzzle during the main storyline.

Even after playing Epic Mickey 2 for many hours, I'm not entirely sure what I think about it. On one hand, I enjoyed exploring the game's world quite a bit, but on the other, I often found myself bored or frustrated with the actual gameplay. The worst moments are those involving inexcusable game design decisions, like multiple doors that take up to a full minute to open after being triggered, leaving the player confused as the door sits there and rumbles but refuses to open for a good long time. The best moments are those that involve simply experiencing the lovely world that Junction Point has put together, from playing around in the musically-themed 2D platforming sequences to discovering a delightful piece of Disney nostalgia in an out-of-the-way corner.

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My final judgment on Epic Mickey 2 is going to have to call it a thoroughly average experience overall. If only the main story and gameplay could begin to keep up with the wondrous vision that the game's world-builders came up with, Epic Mickey 2 could have been a fantastic game. Sadly, instead it's a journey of discovery that is bogged down by mediocre gameplay, bad A.I., and occasional bugs. It's a game that requires quite a bit of patience to enjoy, and I honestly can't blame anybody who finds that patience to be in short supply.

By
Becky Cunningham
Lead Contributor
Date: November 26, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Epic Mickey 2 is a treat for the eyes, with a nice variety of gorgeous areas to explore.
2.5
Control
Although the camera is better this time around, wrangling Oswald is a pain and painting with the analog stick is frustrating.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is excellent, but the voice acting is a mixed bag, especially the bad accents and looping tutorial messages.
3.4
Play Value
There are a ton of side quests and choices that could add replay value, but only if you can get past the game's failings.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Players can play as Oswald in drop-in, drop-out 2-player co-op mode, with "The Power of Two" evident as Oswald participates in Mickey's adventure every step of the way.
  • All in-game characters - most notably Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, whose voice will be heard for the first time ever - are fully voiced by the official voice actors of those characters.
  • Players will experience Disney's forgotten characters and attractions in all-new levels and further explore levels from the original "Disney Epic Mickey" game, but now changed, impacted by world-changing events that have shaken Wasteland apart. New 2D levels based on classic Disney animated films and shorts will offer compelling puzzle-based, platforming gameplay.
  • Players will enjoy an original game story co-written by award-winning American comic book writer, Marv Wolfman, and Junction Point. The storyline will feature a variety of new and returning characters that will further immerse players in Disney's rich history while adversaries familiar and new will challenge players.


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