Viewtiful Joe


posted 10/20/2003 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: GC
The graphical style of this game is quite unique, you’ve got the cel-shading going on mixed with the 2-D cut out backgrounds, which leaves you with a very distinct visual style that just oozes cool. Sound is also up to par with the graphics, the music is toe-tapping catchy and the sound effects beg for a good sound system since you’ll be feeling every massive slow motion blow that Joe delivers. Once you complete the game you’ll unlock a music video featuring Do As Infinity and Ken from Da Pump, a musical collaboration from two of Japan’s most famous groups, presented in a grainy warehouse style music video. Other unlocks include a few hidden characters, and higher difficulty ratings like the insane V-Rated mode, remember Dante Must Die mode in Devil May Cry?

Of course for everything this game does right there has to be one thing that keeps this game from perfection, and it would seriously have to be the difficulty. On Kids mode the game is moderately difficult, but once you take it to the next level and attempt to take on Adults or V-Rated mode, you’re going to find the VFX meter dropping with just the slightest tap of the shoulder buttons. Some of the bosses are also extremely difficult, especially during episode 5 when you have to battle four straight bosses followed by the stage boss with no save points in between, so you’ve got to conserve your V’s until the end of the stage to power up for this massive battle. Of course don’t let this deter you from picking this game up, with a little practice you’ll be busting out six string combos with the smallest amount of VFX.

With a GameCube only costing a hundred bucks these days there is no reason not to run out and pick this game up. This is easily a contender for the game of year for all consoles, and that’s not to say that it’s been a dry year for games, on the contrary this game is just that good, easily up there with the likes of Metroid Prime or The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, it may have some difficult times, but it’s worth it to play through this game to refine your skill. Have yourself a “Viewtiful” day and go pick up this game immediately.

This is one of the best games available on the market. It's inventive, imaginative, innovative and best of all, a whole lot of fun. If you own a GameCube you simply must own Viewtiful Joe.

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