I've seen a lot of hate online the last few days, over the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game from Platinum Games. So I thought I should take a moment to give my quick feedback on it as well.
Now keep in mind, I've only played the first two levels. I played on Hard, and I had no prior knowledge to the combo system in place. But I enjoyed the shell out of it. (Ha, pun intended.)
Even though the open world is pretty lifeless, I still enjoyed running around as the turtles beating up foot soldiers. I like the Cel-Shaded art style that is in place, and the design of the characters that I've seen as well.
The cutscenes are way better than they were in the Out of the Shadows game from 2013, and the gameplay is faster too. I'd even say this early on, that this is one of the better turtles games that I've played.
So the basic flow of gameplay that I have gathered is this. The level begins, and you roam around fighting enemies and using computer terminals to gather intel. When you have enough intel gathered, you can go fight the boss. There are collectibles scattered around, but the levels themselves are not huge open worlds. They are more like tiny chunks of a bigger world that you can run around in.
The turtles themselves each fight with different moves and styles. You can also visit Splinter and purchase new upgrades and weapons. I have to play a bit more to fully understand what is all available, but there are things like hookshots, bombs, and pizzas to restore health.
Don't take this as a definitive review of any kind. I'm just a guy who played a game, and am telling you what I thought of it. I've noticed online that the biggest gripe is the lack of couch co-op gameplay, and the fact that the game can possibly be beaten in around 3 hours.
Well the lack of couch co-op does suck, but it's not a dealbreaker for me personally. If I want to play multiplayer, I will just have to do it online. And that's fine with me. The runtime argument though? Well all of the classic TMNT games like Turtles in Time could be beaten pretty quickly too. And those games didn't have the varied movesets we see today. But we kept going back.
So as long as this game is fun, and I keep enjoying it, I will keep going back. I'm not gonna end this by saying the game is a definite buy. To me, it was. The trailer made me smile, and I've been aching for a TMNT game to play on the One. But if you want to see the game in action for yourself, here are the first two levels taken from last night's stream.