Overall, the game was good. It had it's faults as well however.
Graphics: The games graphics are intended to place 2 dimensional characters in a 3D world similar to many recent comic book games. It does this very well at times. During cutscenes, however, the artistry is horrible. Occasionally, the cartoon cutscenes are nice enough to come strait from the simpson's movie. Other times, they are not even to par with the original simpsons. The characters occasionally look misshaped and distorted in some of the cutscenes, and it is fairly inconsistent when it is nice or crappy graphics.
Story: The story is pretty good. It starts out slow, as you are allowed to learn each of the characters powers. Which is weird that they introduce each characters powers so slowly, then suddenly toss a bunch of extra ones at you later in the game with a 2 second tutorial. The game consists of numerous episodes. The primary idea of the game is similar to that of Conker's Bad Fur Day. It constantly makes fun of videogames, and is actually the center of the whole story. If you enjoyed Conkers, then you could probably enjoy this games as well, as this seems like a franchised attached, slightly kid friendlier version of conkers.
Gameplay: As others mentioned, the camera is troublesome. Other than that, I found the gameplay to be genuinely fun. The abilities of each character are incredibly unique. Marge can summon people to join her in her fight, and instruct them to attack for her, lisa can use her Buddhist powers to attack enemies and move objects from above, her saxophone can even stun enemies. Each character has 2-3 unique abilities. Each episode uses 2 of the characters (until the last episode), and each characters abilities are needed to get through that episode. So it does face numerous puzzles, although to keep it easy, they usually strait out tell you what character and what special ability is needed to get to the next area. The game also is incredibly diverse. Rather than simply being restricted to punch and use powers the entire time, there are numerous other different types of "parady game play" including a space invaders and even DDR.
Setting: Besides taking place in springfield, each level as an incredibly diverse range of locations fought through, from a world of chocolate, to a game making factory, to a fantasy rpg world, to a japanese game world. There are numerous different places the simpson's visit, creating a great deal of diversity in your environment. The entire city of springfield is included as a place to walk through as an inbetween for missions. However, there is not much point to it. Besides being a place needed to walk from point a to point b, there just no reason that springfield had to be included at all. It does not offer anything to the gameplay other than a chance to place more "hidden items" needed to be found for a 100% score. All of the springfield people walk around, but most of them only possess one or two one line quips, that in general were not that funny.
The game was pretty fun to play, and enjoyable, especially once the story got rolling. It could be frustrating at times, especially when you couldn't figure out what the place or thing they wanted you to do next was. The game got a 4 in my book because it could have been so much better. Had they done more with springfield, such as add minigames or side quests, had they had you characters had stats (like speed or hit combos) they could increase, or unlockable powers, such as alternate ammo for barts slingshot, or perhaps hit combos so you can alternate between hitting and kicking, the game would have been much better. It was a great game though, I just felt it was lacking. Unless you are obsessed with 100%, just play the story through and through, about 8 hours of game play. It's a rental, and I can't say that anything about it was so incredible that I would be inclined to play it again, or go back and get 100%, however I don't regret playing it one bit.
THE SIMPSONS have had other video games in the past. Some were entertaining, while others were ho-hum. THE SIMPSONS GAME tries to do what THE SIMPSONS do best and parodies and mocks pop culture. Being a video game, the game parodies other video games. There's a fantasy world level (think EVERQUEST), a GTA-themed level, and a battle combat level (ala the MEDAL OF HONOR series). There's even one point in the game where these versions of THE SIMPSONS meet 8-bit versions of themselves. … more
This is going to be short. I RARELY play video games, but this one had a base conceptual appeal to me. I insisted on getting it when we ordered our Xbox. I've hardly managed to get through much of it. As usual I'm flummoxed by the seemingly easiest of obstacles to overcome (How long did it take me to jump the donuts to the cake?? Don't ask). Overall, it's a highly entertaining game and not too terribly frustrating for a cerebral … more
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