Hello everybody and welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are not familiar with what’s going on here please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that proves being a gamer means something more than just pressing buttons or winning matches. The title that I am referring to was one of the most underrated games to ever come out for the Wii, Epic Mickey.
Towards the end of 2010, Disney and Junction Point studios were trying to make people believe that this was the best thing since sliced bread. Turns out not everybody felt the same way they did because review scores for the most part were a mixed bag. While the emphasis on story was well represented, a major problem most people had with the entire experience was controlling the in-game camera. Apparently the little guy had a mind of his own, and would wander off at times for no apparent reason. As you probably figured out already, many of these problems turned people away from playing the game, so instead of becoming something unforgettable, it turned out to be the exact opposite when everything was said and done, and that’s a sad thing.
Despite all of these issues, I still believe that this is one of the greatest adventures to ever come out on the Wii. A truly emotional story about two brothers who would do anything for each other could make even the most manly person out there shed a tear at least once, but of course they will never admit to it. Moral dilemmas occured at every turn, where even the smallest decision could have a long term effect on your progress, and also change how other people perceived and interacted with you as well. To top everything off, the immersive world full of forgotten characters, who have been overlooked by mainstream society, truly identifies with who I am as a person, lost, but just looking for that one thing that will make me happy, acceptance.
Epic Mickey is proof positive that a great video game doesn’t have to have an HD presentation, or an extensive amount of violence in order to be successful. Sometimes imagination, attention to detail, and a undying love for something we all hold near and dear to our hearts can be just as good, if not better than all of these things put together. Being reminded that I’m still a kid a heart is something very few games have accomplished for me over the years, but for some reason, after completing this adventure, I felt like one all over again.
That concludes my story on Epic Mickey, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.