Sep 4, 2013

Video Game Review: TMNT: Out Of The Shadows

TMNT: Out Of The Shadows is available on the Xbox Live Arcade, and PC, and will cost you $15. It will also be coming out on the Playstation Network later in the month. For this review I played it on the Xbox 360.

The Ninja Turtles are back, and though they might look a little different than what I'm used to seeing... they're back. Sadly it's not as cool as you might expect. TMNT: Out Of The Shadows is boring, buggy, and at some parts annoying.

Let's talk about the fighting because if there's one thing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can do, it's fight! There is fighting in this game, but it's not as smooth as I would have liked it to be. It's just you smashing the same buttons over and over until there are no more enemies. There are combos you can perform by leveling up but they're not very exciting. Sadly, this game is the type that has waves of enemies coming after you, and it never seems to stop. Controlling your turtle is a little wacky and they just don't respond that well.

I did like how you could switch between turtles at any time unless they were out of health. You could even play with friends online, or play with local friends if you wanted to. Sometimes you just want to be Ninja Turtles with your friends and beat up bad guys, and that's where TMNT: Out Of The Shadows delivers.

The level design isn't the greatest. Invisible walls are too common in this game. Another example of poor level design *Spoiler ahead: Skip paragraph* is during the first chapter you're in a subway station. There's a point where you reach the end of the subway station, but nothing happens. There are no enemies or doors to hack. I thought it was a glitch and restarted from the last check point. Nope. That wasn't the case. What you need to do is climb a subway car that isn't at the end of the subway station. I could only climb the subway car from one direction as well. It's things like this that made some parts of the game frustrating.

Final Say: I would try to stop you but if you're a big enough Turtle's fan you'll end up buying this game. For everyone else, I suggest trying a different game. TMNT: Out Of The Shadows just doesn't live up to the Turtle's name. I found it to be boring, repetitive, buggy, have poor level design, and hearing catchphrases over and over was annoying too. If you must get this game then at least make sure to have some friends to play it with.

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