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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Viewtiful Joe in one letter: VSep 26, 2004
First of all, let's clear up the most common question everyone has about Viewtiful Joe: "What's viewtiful!?" It means "beautiful view", but its so much more than that. Its more or less one of those "gotta play it to understand it" type of things. This game abuses the bajabbers(kweheheh..what a dumb word) out of this word, but it never really gets old. Its a game that casual gamers can pick up and play, and 'hardcore' gamers can try to master it and unlock everything. I fall into the latter of the two ^^;
*runs off and does a heelclick...in the sunset*
That's what the graphics in this game make old, crippled people do. They're awesome, one of the best styles I've ever seen. I can run Doom 3 with everything on high, but I'd still prefer Viewtiful Joe's graphics any day of the week. Including Tuesday. The graphics are cel shaded, but really 'messy'; just compare it to something like Zelda: The Wind Waker and you'll see. Its pretty hard to describe, but they're so good. Just find some screenshots.
The sound, from smashing robots to the voice overs, are quite fantastical. Especially Joe's. His voice overs are super awesome. They fit perfectly with his character and such. Some of the bosses and such can get to be pretty hard to understand, but you'll probably be able to pick up what they say after hearing it a few times. The background music is also very good, fitting, and just has a happy ring to it, in most cases. The only voice over I really didn't like was the "let's get it on" at the beginning of each level. That was annoying.
Thought the other stuff was awesome? This is most likely the best aspect of this game. The combat never gets old; its just so much fun to watch. Sometimes its hard to believe that you're the one making Joe do all that - its just so crazy. Which brings me to my next point: the combat is crazy; not repetitve OR impossible, which is the best way to have it. Switching between slow, mach speed, or in combination with zoom, doing special moves, dodging and countering, and just beating the mechanical snot out the robots; while hard at first, soon becomes second nature. The enemies are well placed and chosen, and gives the game a good flow.
Joe and Silvia are at a movie, she gets sucked in somehow, as does Joe, and he has to rescue her while showing off as much as possible. Its pretty much like when Chrono went in the teleporter after Marle in Chrono Trigger, except for the fact that he actually cared about her and went in of his own free will. The story isn't really the greatest thing, but it does provide the game with some of the best features(VFX), because of its movieish storyline. All the movie tie-ins are great, such as the cheering crowd when you get tons of V-points, or those little whats-its whose name escapes me at the bottom and top of the screen when you use your powers(those little holes that're on film strips).
Yet another of Viewtiful's strong points. One reason this lasts so long is the unlockables that are actually hard to get(but casual gamers probably won't get any of them); not ones where you can get them all in the first day of playing like most games. Plus, the combat and just about everything else just doesn't get old. This game will last you a long time.
Everything about this game is good! The only thing I think that needs improvement is the fact that its not multiplayer: another reason Viewtiful Joe 2 is going to be so viewtiful. Plus, now, its only $20 and for PS2(I think) and Gamecube. Buy it, its definitely worth it! If it had a two(or more!) player feature, it would be so much better. I can't wait for VJ2!
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
great sidescrolling gameSep 13, 2004
By Jack Thanatos
this is one of the most original ways to take a side scrolling game into the 3-d dominated game industry. the game takes a normal joe who's obsessed with movies and sucks him into the movie where he recieves the powers of his favorite super hero captain blue where you can slow things down and speed things up. it is really interesting how objects react such as the water levels rise and fall and propellers spin slower and faster so that a helicopter may fall out of the sky. it's a little tricky to learn these techniques at first, but they are alot of fun to use. they have an adult and a kids version and you may want to use the kids version at first to get the hang of it.
the game is difficult on adult. the levels obviously get progressively more difficult which requires you to master to superhero abilities. the bosses are interesting as well, starting of with a talking vampire bat, a rhyno, and a missile shooting shark. the game is done completely as if the pages of a comic book could move. i love cell shaded games, but this might be a downfall if you don't like such games. i have to say this is one of the best sidescrolling games released since the old castlevania and mario brothers games.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
CoolMay 25, 2003
I recently had a chance to play Viewtiful Joe for the Nintendo GameCube, and I must say, I'm very Impressed. Anyways, In the game you play as Joe, who is sucked into the "Movie World", and must battle enemy robot/skull/bat/joker things(trust me, they're cool)using Kung-Fu. After a ways through, you are granted a "henshin"(transform) ability. When your meter fills up, you transform in to Viewtiful Joe, a Power-Ranger like superhero with cool abilities. VJ can slow down time, Matrix-style, and dodge bullets and all of that great stuff. Or, VJ can go "Mach-Speed" and bash enemies at blazing, Sonic the Hedgehog speeds. If you get a chance, buy the demo...
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
I'm suffering from nintendo-thumb!!! And I like it!!!Oct 27, 2003
By Arnold Lipschitz I'm 32 years old. I have a wife and two kids. I'm old. I grew up with games like Elevator Action, Ikari Warriors, and Mario Brothers. Now, when I find time to play games, I play your standard FPS and RTS games. I like these games a lot, but every now and then I wish a game developer would make an old-school top-down or side-scroller game with a new-school edge. BAM!!! Viewtiful Joe is one such game! It will remind you of the times when you and your buddies would go to the arcade and play your favorite game on one quarter start to finish and that meant a good half hour or more. The gameplay is the key to the success of this game. The first thing you learn when playing this game is that you let your enemy take the first swing. When they miss you get an attack of opportunity. Go into slo-mo mode and take him/her out with a barrage of hits/kicks. This will then give you more attack of opportunities with the other enemies on the screen as long as you haven't left slo-mo mode yet. This makes for good scenes! Which makes the movie crowd happier and gives you more V-points! That's the basic essence of the game. You want to make every scene as interesting as possible. My favorite scenes are the ones with a room full of peons. Dodge one of there blows, go into slo-mo mode, and then 'OPEN THAT CAN!!!' I wanna see more games like this on the market! I've missed my nintendo-thumb.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
A return to basics turns out to be INCREDIBLY FUNAug 12, 2003
By Stephen C. Martin Games like Viewtiful Joe are sadly hard to come by these days. With all the modern technology of the consoles we are now afforded, most developers have completely forgotten their "roots". 2D gaming is a lost-passion, but thankfully every now and then a company like Capcom comes along and changes all the rules. Enter Viewtiful Joe. What we have here is a super hero story of wonderful proportions. The game takes place on a 2d plane featuring gorgeously animated 3d characters. The style is truly unmatched and sets Viewtiful Joe aside when compared to other titles. The beatem-up action is heightened by the use of super powers. You can slow down or speed up the action, as well as zoom in. The idea is to use your power to fight "beautifully" ... or "viewtifully". Get it now? Be careful though, if you use your powers too much, you can actually lose them! Viewtiful Joe is sure to be a hit this fall. It's available exclusively on Nintendo Gamecube. I absolutely love this game. Pick it up as soon as it's available. Great fighting, amazing graphics and special effects, awesome combo system and tons of challenge!