Disney Epic Mickey Collector's Edition
LOVE MY COLLECTORS
I just got my collectors edition right after work and I was surprised at how big the action figure really is. I thought it was going to be pretty small and when I opened it up and held it, very nice and movable and bigger than my hand. You can move his arms and legs and take the paint brush out of his hand. Now for the game play: this can get a little frustrating. When trying to fight enemies especially, the camera angles are a little too difficult and might cause you to have to repeatedly do the same level or boss over and over. The animation and colors and the story line is very good. I'm hoping to enjoy it more as I keep playing.
Going to be one of the Best Games for the Wii!
Epic Mickey is going to be well, Epic! I personally love Disney and its characters and cannot wait to travel through over 80 years of Disney history. As if that isn't enough you have the power of paint and thinner and are faced with moral decisions such as saving a friend or getting the treasure chest on the other side of the catapult he is on. One way or another you have to chose only one. With this feature you can play the game several times and get many different outcomes! I like to collect things and throughout the game you can collect disney pins. Overall, this will be an epic experience!
Epic, or just another fail? Let us see.
Mickey has always been an icon to me. I find tons of Hidden Mickeys in my life. (One big plate and two smaller plates for example.) But this could change the Disney world for ever. Think about it; this was part of Walt Disney's dream once. This could make a new ride in all of the Disney Lands or worlds. This game looks great. One of the best looking Wii game, it looks to have a great add to my games. Thank you for reading. (Look on the regular edition for my full review.)
This game just has one word: epic
This game is designed for any generation who has grown up with Mickey is able to connect to this game in some way. The cartoons of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, seeing characters from the cartoons of Mickey in black and white, Peter Pan, any character who is in the Wasteland was seen in Disney. The wasteland is suppose to represent a world without Mickey and Oswald succeeding in an opposite universe, in Mean Street, seeing Oswald holding Walt Disney's hand marks the change of Mickey to Oswald. THis game is suppose to represent the word of Oswald instead of Mickey. It is scary to see what one copyright change has been caused to what Disney is and what it could have been. This game is for everyone of all ages, it's really hard to beat even if one is 16 and it is considered as a childs game.
The Pure and simple fact that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is one of the main villains is fantastic. Just think of it like this; Oswald was Walt Disney's first creation. All of a sudden, Mickey Mouse comes out and Oswald gets tossed aside like an old shoe. Years of anger and jealousy go by, and the time has come for Oswald's revenge. The plot will probably not go that route, but between collecting Disney pins and other things, as well as battling in some of the greatest locations in the Magic Kindgom, it is already looking like other M has some stiff competition for Wii Game of the Year.
An Epic Adventure.
Epic mickey promises to really be a great platformer. It has a lot going for it, after all oswald (Walt's first character) is going to be one of the main characters. The whole idea of using paint and thinner to control a world filled with lost Disney characters and theme park rides promises to make this game one of the best, if not the best, Wii games of the fall. OH, and i cant wait to get the collectors eddition.
Epic in Every Respect
I've been hooked on Epic Mickey even from the beta screens, and in fact Epic Mickey is so very much epic in every respect. This game follows everyone's pal, Mickey Mouse, on an adventure unlike anything else. The mischievous mouse gets brought in to Wasteland, a world of forgotten characters from Disney's past. With a magic paintbrush Mickey can befriend or defeat his foes and redeem his half-brother, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This game pulls everything of very well. The paintbrush feature works really well, the graphics are beautiful and fluent on the Wii, the art is just incredible, and WOW-- don't get me started on the music. Simply EPIC. This game is so worth a buy and the best game on this holiday. Everything in the special edition is great. The Wiimote skin looks cool with the skin on, the figure looks highly detailed and pleasing to the eye, and the DVD is fun to watch, especially with the new remastered classic cartoons. The collector's edition is worth the extra twenty dollars. It's the golden icing to the silver cupcake. Wii game of the year, indeed.
Very, oh dare I say it? Epic game. It has good gameplay and a very lovely story. It's a great game to play and gives you a lot of different ways to go about doing things. Now the only thing bad that I will say about it the camera. Sometimes the camera is not you're best friend and can be the downfall when you're jumping or trying to have a look around, but if you can get past that the game is, epic. Lol.
At first I wasnt really interested in this game. The more I have seen/heard the better it gets. Epic Mickey has become a "must buy" for me this year! The collectors edition will be nice addition to the already fantastic library of Wii games this year!!
Epic Mickey is quite Epic.
Disney's Epic Mickey is one of those titles that has been anticipated for so long, it inevitably can't surpass it's own expectations. However through eyes willing to accept it for what it is, there is a fairly long and unique journey ahead.
First off, the game's appeal. Classic Mickey Mouse (1920's+) and a modern, dark atmosphere. The direction is as unique as it sounds and is a mesh of wonderful ideas. Epic Mickey is one of those cases where the conceptual artwork alone gathers immense amounts of interest. Mixing such wonderful visuals with both interesting gameplay and a consistent atmosphere is what brings a title like this to life. Epic Mickey is spot on in most areas, yet misses the boat in others.
We'll start with the story. Mickey Mouse finds himself in Yen Sid's workshop, a sorcerer who is creating a pen-and-paper world for 'things that have been forgotten.' When the sorcerer leaves his table, Mickey sneaks to take a look. He hears a noise and accidentally spills paint over the carefully crafted world and tries to resolve his problem by covering it up. In doing so he spills a jar of thinner, allowing a shadow blot to pass through who would later torture and destroy the inhabitants. This once lively world soon became a wasteland.
Later Mickey is dragged into the world he destroyed when a blot visits him through his magical mirror. In the wasteland Mickey meets with Oswald, a rabbit whom Mickey Mouse stole his fame from. Oswald was victim to the thinner disaster, along with his love and friends. His hatred for Mickey assisted him in coming up with the idea to capture Mickey's heart. It is up to the player to gain Oswald's trust and put the blot to rest, thus restoring the wasteland to it's former glory.
Players take control of Mickey Mouse, equipped with a brush, paint and thinner. Basic platforming controls and moves are in place, such as a double jump and spin attack. Aiming with the Wiimote, Mickey can paint or thin selected locations or enemies. Thinning an enemy will lay it to rest, while painting it creates a friendship. Based on how the player eliminates bigger enemies, the tube for either the paint or thinner will fill. Enemies can only be neutralized with paint, as spin attacking or jumping on their heads will only daze them. The only other option is knocking them off of an area, which is the most timely solution. Painting an area restores it, thus putting the town back together. It is good practice however to thin first, as there are a ton of sections both in walls and even underground. Once this practice becomes second nature, there is a lot of exploring to do. There are multiple paths and many hidden treasures in the form of collectible pins, artwork, movies, secret quest items and even power ups.
The gameplay at it's core is basic and even a hair outdated as far as platformer mechanics go, though the paint and thin options make for some interesting alternatives in battle and exploration. The camera however is not so interesting, considering there is no lock on button and it struggles to keep up. While annoying, it never prevented me from clearing an area or conquering a battle, so I'd mark it as more of an annoyance than game breaking.
Epic Mickey is unique in that it meshes many genres together. Overall it feels like a platforming adventure title with RPG elements thrown into the mix. It offers unique pacing and a ton of creative areas to explore. How players explore these areas is entirely up to their use of paint and thinner, which offers a unique outlook on something that is otherwise traditional. The game does suffer from an overly used "chore system" in which you are constantly doing minuscule tasks. Sometimes these become repetitive and override the focal point of exploring, thus making forward progression continue at a snails pace. Fixing and cleaning up a world that Mickey has ruined does make perfect sense, though the pacing could have been spread out better. Rarely the game can start to feel repetitive and even generic, but in continuing something much bigger and better always comes out prevalent. In the end the interesting aspects of the gameplay and design outshine the blemishes, though you wish such things didn't exist in an otherwise enjoyable package.
The world is average in size and filled with iconic areas, theme parks, movie references and designs. Though there are occasional uninspiring blot-filled areas, the sweeter of the bunch offer both motivation and satisfaction for continuing forward. Areas like Mickey Junk Mountain make the journey worth it. Picture climbing a mountain filled with forgotten Mickey Mouse memorabilia, such as classic lunch boxes, toys and appliances. There are also towns. Though not huge in size, they offer communities, shops and other areas to explore. There are four in total, all unique in their own way. Mean Street is a dark town with basic amenities. OsTown is a colorful neighborhood in which many of the games heroes live. Ventureland has a tropical vibe and a community made up of Pirates. Lastly Bog Easy stands before a haunted manor, inhabited by both frightened villagers and ghosts who love to prey on their fear. All of the towns have a good amount of NPC's, all ready to hand Mickey side quests in the fashion of a traditional RPG. E-Tickets, the games currency, can be spent in shops located across these areas.
To travel in-between towns and other areas, Mickey uses old film reels. These are some of the more interesting sections of the game, though are extremely short. The reels are made up of 2D side scrolling gameplay without paint or thinner mechanics. Each stage has an optional collectible film to obtain, along with a start and end point. The themes are from classic films such as Steam Boat Willy, Sleeping Beauty and Fantasia. Sadly these sections can not be accessed post game or at any other time, so players will need to play through the game in it's entirety to enjoy them again. Popular warp points, such as towns, reuse a single film every visit. Yet some of the more interesting films are only viewable once, such as the reels towards the end of the game. Overall they offer a nice change of pace and a break from the depressing, destroyed world of the wasteland.
The games visuals are solid and further backed up by a beautiful art direction. The cut scenes are presented in a movie-like manner and are re-watchable at any time via the extras menu. A mixture between classic Disney style and a new, dark art direction lead to some beautiful viewing material. The game isn't exactly consistent in delivering this style through out, though does a wonderful job most of the time. Remixed music and sound effects aid the movie reel stages faithfully, though the rest of the areas have a somewhat generic score.
Overall, Epic Mickey delivers where it counts and falls short only in areas that can easily be overlooked. Though the original conceptual design may have shown something bigger, the world came together with as much creativity and care one could anticipate. The mesh of classic Disney and a dark and dirty atmosphere makes for some of the most interesting set pieces in gaming history.