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Epic Mickey (Wii) - due out Holiday 2010

Written by Nicko on Sunday, 8 August 2010No Comment

Announced way back in October 2009, Epic Mickey is one of Disney’s latest gaming titles, and is coming exclusively for the Wii in 2010.

Whilst the prospect of a Disney game may make some Wii owner’s sigh with boredom, Epic Mickey is being billed as a potential great for the console, with the Nintendo exclusivity hopefully meaning a well designed end product, rather than another downgraded PS360 port.

Described as a platformer/action RPG, players take the role of “Mi Mo” as he is sucked into the Cartoon Wasteland, home to Disney’s long forgotten cartoon creations, lead by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. You must then traverse the game world in an attempt to earn Oswald’s trust, and together save the land from the “Phantom Blot” and make it back home. Whilst sounding like a fairly routine story line, the interesting game play elements and a very promising art style make it a very intriguing prospect.

The game borrows from many an RPG, in that your actions have a “karma”-esque effect on your character, and their reputation within the game, which in turn affects your appearance. With three possible states available (Hero, Neutral or Scrapper), your choices, interactions and even game play style will all help determine which category your character falls into. Armed with a “magic paintbrush”, Mickey is able to paint or erase certain objects, scenery, etc, which has an effect on your karmic status, and more importantly can reveal new item stashes and routes to the next area.

Rather than being a modern day interpretation of Disney cartoons, the game is very much a tribute to the early days of the company, with a very distinctive art style and great looking character models. Although graphical ability isn’t the Wii’s strong point, the visuals are still being heralded as one of the major draws of the game, which isn’t something that is said very often when commenting on this platform.

Hopefully some of the old dormant Wii-ers have made it this far into the review and will keep their eyes peeled and their ears perked for Epic Mickey. There’s a buzz about it from the ever dwindling gamers who still care about the Wii, who yet again find themselves hoping anxiously that it lives up it’s potential.

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