Welcome to a long overdue installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar 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 disappointed me on a personal level because it was a poor representation of one of my favorite franchises of all time. The title that I am referring is mediocre adaptation of my favorite heroes in a half shell, TMNT: The Video Game for the Xbox 360.
In the spring of 2007, a new cgi movie based on these four kung fu fighting reptiles made its way to theaters. After its release, a number of different products hit store shelves for promotional purposes, and one of these items included a new video game installment for each and every console available. Being the fanboy that I am, and not knowing what to expect from a new developer, I decided to pre-order a copy for myself. What took place after starting the game for the first time can be explained in one simple phrase, complete sadness.
The setup is directly related to the story of the film, so explaining it in further detail isn’t really necessary here. All anybody needs to know is that a new threat has entered the world of the turtles, and it’s up to you to dispose of it, enough said. Gameplay centers around platforming segments similar to the Prince of Persia series, and a dull combat system that makes every enemy encounter boring as ever. Sounds a little dull right? Well, as much as somebody like me would like to defend one of my favorite franchises to the ends of the earth, I can’t really argue with this assessment, mostly because it is an entirely accurate description of what this title is all about.
So what did I think of the game itself? Well, I think it could have been so much more than what it turned out to be. While everything works on the control and visual fronts, the main problem here is the lack of a cooperative multiplayer option. Anyone familiar with the series should know that almost every single title based on this franchise offered the option to play with friends, and when something comes out and tries to establish a single player experience instead of what made every other adventure popular to begin with, people tend to despise it on a very personal level. At the end of the day, this definitely was not something to yell cowabunga or high five about, can’t explain my point much better than that folks.
TMNT: The Video Game for Xbox 360 was a sorry movie cash in experience that doesn’t deserve to ever the bear the name ninja turtles. Avoid it at all costs, enough said.
That concludes my story on TMNT: The Video Game for Xbox 360, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a video that I found for the game, Enjoy!