Is It Worth It?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
The lovable pizza-eating, reptilian brothers are back in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. Activision has brought back the brothers just in time for its film counterpart, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theaters June 3rd.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT): Mutants in Manhattan did not gain much exposure prior to the May 24th release, so it kind of flew under the radar, until now. Developer PlatinumGames who also created The Legend of Korra (2014) and Transformers: Devastation (2015) has designed this version of TMNT with their signature fast-paced combative style.
This chapter of the TMNT franchise takes place in, you guessed it…Manhattan, where you and the brothers battle numerous enemies throughout the city. You’ll be taking on Shredder, Krang, and their army in an effort to prevent them from destroying everything they touch.
The story is not of epic proportions but it is present and it provides enough entertainment for the player to want to watch the cinematic cut scenes. The comic-esque style also adds to the aesthetic appeal of the game, giving it a live action comic book feel.
The most positive aspect that the game provides is the boss battles. Any gamer who has played video games from the 90s, craves the epic boss battles. While the term “epic” is debatable with any aspect of this game, the boss battles are still enjoyable. With so many of them, the player gets to see fan favorite villains from the TMNT franchise, like Bebop, Rocksteady, and many others. Not only do you get to take on these bosses but the skills and devices you have at your disposal allow for you to play with strategy.
All four brothers are playable and their moves are upgradable as well. Which means you can bounce between every character while in combat and use their specific moves you’ve selected for them. Or you can team up with friends and other players online in an effort to defeat your enemies together.
Unfortunately, there are little irritating aspects that plague this title, like the quick running time or the obvious 30fps attempting to keep up with the fast paced combative fights. Although, the biggest complaint falls heavily on the action itself, aside from the cut scenes and boss battles, the rest of the game’s action falls short.
The boring and repetitive objectives create a dull experience which takes up most of the game. Prior to encountering the bosses you must first endure mindless story-driven objectives. Objectives so meaningless, that they involve guarding pointless structures from damage, transporting objects through portals, and revealing enemy hideouts. This wouldn’t seem so bad but the task is not only overly simple but repetitive, as in you’ll repeat these same objectives, over and over, throughout every stage.
There are some elements that should have been incorporated and could possibly have made up for some of these downfalls. Besides fixing the aforementioned issues, one simple addition of local co-op gameplay would have been amazing. This addition of a local co-op feature would have been a beautiful compliment to the nostalgic style of this title.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan feels like an arcade game attempting to compete as a big budget game. Hopefully, the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will be more of an action-packed experience throughout and won’t make the same mistakes as PlatinumGames.
So is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan fitting or misffiting? Missfitting. This game will make you miss the old times when you and April were cool; when she used to call you on your shell phone. But the phone won’t ring, so eat your pizza before it gets soggy.