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POSTED 24/11/12


EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO

Disney Interactive

PS3/Move (also on Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U)

I used to say, “I and me”, now it’s “us”, now it’s “we”...

OK, now the seemingly random intro that’s vaguely relevant due to both a rodentical and Michaelismic connection is done, onto the sequel to Mickey Mouse’s Wii-only jaunt Epic Mickey. There’s more to this ‘2’ bizzo than just sequelity, for this time you’ve got a friend in me – erm, Oswald... Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

He’s a denizen of Wasteland, where discarded cartoon characters live out their days. He’s also fucktonnes cooler than the Mouse, but we’ve always loved underbunnies. Mad doctor The Mad Doctor returns, having messed up Wasteland bigly and badly in that first outing. He promises he’s here to help – honest - and he’s belting out show tunes! We hope he’s not lying to us through song. We hate it when people do that...

While dear Oswald buys it, bunny-buddy Ortensia and Gus the Gremlin have tingly Spidey senses. They get Mickey on the case, who takes Oswald’s hand and sets off to investigate. The squeaker’s armed with paintbrush and thinner, while the rabbit gives funky remote control doodad action. Even playing alone, Os tags along, controlled – usually terribly - by console. Otherwise, real players can drop in and out. It’s preferable.

Basically it’s fetch quests, collectible hunts, basic puzzling and baddie roughing-up. Open more Wasteland and you can revisit later. As well as predominant 3D platforminess, there’re 2D in-betweeny bits reminiscent of Castle of Illusion on Mega Drive. Nice!

Presentation-wise EM2’s gorgeous. The palettes and vibe of classic cartoons are recreated magically, while audio adds volumes. Yes, even Doc’s musical numbers. Disney tragics will adore the abundant fan service, from classic character art to touches like the arcade proprietor’s surname...

It’s not the greatest platformer, and the endless want-want-want of Wastelanders can overwhelm, but EM2 regularly enchants. You want it all, but you can't have it.

take me back to the start...

 



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