Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Review

Epic Mickey 2Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Available on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Genre: Action
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Developer: Blitz Games Studios
Release Date: November 18th, 2012

Parent Talk: Epic Mickey 2 is rated E for everyone. Imagine, if you will, the violence of a typical Disney animation motion picture and you know what to expect. The game was designed with children in mind, and that’s exactly who will enjoy this game.

Plays Like: Much like the original Epic Mickey, the game is all about creation and destruction using Mickey’s magical paintbrush. Players can wipe away obstacles with a simple stroke of the brush, or magically create objects that help them achieve their goals. At its core the it’s an action platformer, wrapped around these elements.

Review Basis: Finished the single player game, and tried the c-op mode.

I enjoyed the original concept of Epic Mickey. I loved the idea of bringing Disney’s lesser-known characters to the spotlight, and also giving players freedom to help shape the world with a magical brush. Sadly the original concept and the videogame we got were too far apart. While Epic Mickey 2 tries to fix some of the problems with the original, it ends up stumbling worse than its predecessor.

The Great:

Your goal in the Wasteland is to either help destroy it or restore it to its former glory. The story, characters, and the very universe itself push you to be good, but ultimately the choice is yours. The way in which various Disney characters and places are incorporated into the game shows the developers have a real love of the source material. It’s this choice, and how you can alter your game world and characters around you which really highlights the game’s potential.

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The Good:

+ The new co-op mode is by far the best way to play the game. One player picks up Mickey, the other Oswald and away you go.

+ Nice audio visual presentation helps draw players into this mysterious world.

The So-So:

+/- Given the more open-world design of the game, it’s important to have objectives that keep things interesting. That only happens about thirty percent of the time. The rest of the objectives are mundane and tiresome.

The Bad:

– Jumping is extremely problematic. From poor camera angles to questionable platforms, players will find themselves falling to their death more often than not.

– Mismatched hit boxes make combat a chore. Enemies can hit Mickey while very far away, but players have to get up super close to do the same. It makes combat frustrating.

The Ugly:

Left to his own devices Oswald is the biggest hindrance in the entire game. He gets in the way of attacking enemies, he won’t help you solve puzzles, and at the end of the day you’ll wish you could take your magic paintbrush and simply erase him from the game.

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The Lowdown:

Epic Mickey 2‘s world is more impressive than anything else. From the songs, to the way the various characters and movies are all incorporated make you believe this is going to be something special. The problem is the gameplay. There is real potential for this franchise, Disney just needs the right people to harness it.

Final Score: 5.5/10

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