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TMNT game is kinda gnarly, dude

June 3, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in ManhattanInspired by Marvel’s Daredevil, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been kicking bad guy butt, chowing down on pizza and cruising around town in their Turtle Van since 1984. Like Transformers, G.I. Joe and Pokemon, the iconic Turtles themselves may vary in overall popularity over the years but they remain a mainstay of popular kids’ culture.

Piggybacking off of the latest Turtles live-action movie - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan the game also showcases conventional baddies the Foot Clan and their leader Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady, the alien warlord Krang and a host of villains fans will appreciate such as Karai, Armaggon and Wingnut.

The plot, as one might expect, is slimmer than a thin crust pizza. The gruesome twosome of Shredder and Krang have joined forces to seize control of Manhattan with designs on eventually taking over the world. To do so, they are assembling some kind of crazy gizmo that will do nasty things to good people. Not cool, dude.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in ManhattanWith April O’Neil directing traffic over the remote communications system, the Turtles take care of business in the sewers, on the streets and rooftops of Manhattan itself, eventually tracking down Krang to his secret lair. While the Turtles are engaged in the main mission, April will routinely interrupt with emergencies that need the heroes’ immediate attention. Whether you fail or succeed at stopping the Foot Clan from committing those minor crimes has no effect on the larger task at hand.

The levels themselves are fairly standard and unfortunately very repetitive, your typical winding sewer searches, elevator drop battles and rooftop rumbles. Manhattan missions can be a bit daunting though as it is not always abundantly clear where you need to go. You will find yourself wandering aimlessly about which can be especially irritating when you are on a timed mission. Totally bogus to the max.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in ManhattanCleverly, developers PlatinumGames have fashioned the Turtles themselves into individually defined characters with their own upgradable moves, combos and really cool finishers such as raining down shurikens down upon enemies or teaming with other Turtles to deliver some a Ninjutsu beatdown. What developers PlatinumGames also get right is the notion that the Turtles are a polished team who always have each other’s backs. The other three A.I. characters do their jobs and do them well. You can give them elementary commands and directions but that really isn’t necessary. They effectively take down villains on their own and even control giant battle bots well during the game’s best and most enjoyable level.

Regrettably along with the unoriginal level design and hack, slash gameplay, Mutants in Manhattan has camera issues which are very hard to ignore. At times, the camera spazzes out of control and at times it zooms in when you don’t want it to, such as when you are engaged in close quarters combat. It’s a total bummer, dude.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in ManhattanThough it might be small solace to some, the cutscenes are on par with Nickelodeon’s current TMNT animated series. Full of humour and the playful bickering and shenanigans you would expect from the Turtles, the cinematics are truly wicked.

Short and sweet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan has all the makings of a great game but like an undercooked, doughy pepperoni pizza it needed to bake for a little longer in the oven. The cutscenes, the combos, the co-operative A.I. players are radical. The shortcomings though are so, so gnarly. Diehard Turtle fans or young gamers will probably be able to overlook the flaws but all others should take off, eh. Fer shur, fer shur.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in ManhattanTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Activision
Developer: PlatinumGames
ESRB Rating: T for Teens

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Rating: 6 / 10

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