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Disney Epic Mickey (Nintendo Wii) discussion [game]
 
7.74/10 from 12 user ratings

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Disney Epic Mickey (Nintendo Wii) Review (7.9)  by  

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For North America...Nov. 25th for Europe, 26th for UK

Since Christmas is just over three weeks after release, I may just put it on my list instead of buying the game myself. Either way, I can't wait.

UPDATE OMG - I bought the game on release and have posted my brief impressions somewhere in this thread!

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Posted: 09/15/10, 19:00:52  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 00:39:26
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Played close to six hours. I LOVE Disney, so I can't stop playing, but wow, this game has some major flaws. The controls are way off and the CAMERA. I NEVER complain about the camera in 3D games, but Epic Mickey has, without a doubt, the WORST camera I have ever experienced in a game to date. It's absolutely dreadful in spots and has driven me to the brink of insanity a number of times. It's nearly game-breaking, in my opinion.

Other than the controls and camera, the game is actually really great, haha. I love the atmosphere, the characters, the locations, the quest system...it's all really good. But it could have been such an amazing game if Junction Point had been given another year of development. Or maybe hired better game designers.
Posted: 12/03/10, 00:29:18  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 00:29:41
@Orbital74 Damn. Every review and every impression I've read complains about the camera.
Posted: 12/03/10, 00:45:06
Yeah, honestly, get it for cheap if you buy it. My deep love for early-era Disney is the only reason I can put up with this game's flaws. If I didn't have an attachment to the material, I don't think I would have made it past the first hour. There's a fun game here, but it really is buried behind some horrid technical problems.
Posted: 12/03/10, 00:58:54  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 01:00:03
I have this game. However, I cannot play it because it is a present for one of my kids. After all of the reviews, I wonder if I should get him something else (he didn't ask for it).
Posted: 12/03/10, 02:02:27
But that's true, Simba. My kids love the hell out of Sonic games and many of those games were seriously flawed and unpolished. But they really do appeal to kids. But Epic Mickey was kind of a gamble for me because my kids aren't really into Mickey Mouse. They like Disney characters, but nowhere near on the same level as Sonic or Mario. So I was hoping that this would be a good game because even if they don't care too much about Mickey, they will enjoy it if it's quality.
Posted: 12/03/10, 02:29:54
I'm not going to oppose the camera thing, but I think this game is still totally worth playing, and kids will probably enjoy it (if you help them though a couple of platforming spots). The painting mechanic alone would make it fun for them, I think. And the open, playground-ish nature of the world. Epic Mickey doesn't do everything well, but the things it DOES do well, no other game even features. If you don't think of it as a pretender to Mario's throne (it's more like Banjo, anyway), I think you will enjoy it.
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:03:28
Hmmm, I just don't know what to think. Everyone seems to have the same exact reactions to the controls and camera, which is bad. I'm not concerned with any difficulty in the platforming. My kids are seriously hardcore gamers in terms of skill, and it's at the point where I'm learning from their techniques (especially in SSBB, jeez). But if the controls are bad, I already know that my kids are going to be frustrated. If it was a Sonic game, they would just trudge through it because they love Sonic so much. But Mickey doesn't have that kind of clout in their eyes, so...
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:24:11
I think you're being way too harsh Orbital.

The camera can be a bit difficult, but it in no way breaks the game for me, neither does the gameplay. The platforming is okay, and the real fun lies in the paint and thinner design.

Also, Casper. Your kids should have no problem playing this game. If they can get through Sonic and the Secret Rings, then they will absolutely have no problem with this! Think of it like an old school platformer from back in the N64 days. It really does give off that vibe sometimes.

I am really loving this game guys, and I don't think any of you should feel discouraged from it just because of the camera and platforming. Like I said, if you expect Super Mario, then you may be disappointed. However, the game kicks ass in so many ways and I think ever Disney fan who is tired of see the company be run down by Miley Cyrus needs to give this game a try.

Mickey Mouse is back!
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:28:19  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 03:30:57
I'm undecided about buying this game, and was hoping you guys could give me some scoop. I don't like, neither am I very familiar with anything Disney at all except for two things: Disney World, which I've been to many times, and Ducktales. I like exploration-based 3D platformers, especially those with huge landscapes to explore.

Do you think I'm going to like this?
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:37:13
YES. It's all about exploration.

And it takes a lot of inspiration from Disney World.
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:44:10
Yeah, there's a decent amount to explore. Hopefully you're fine with "find three of these" and "take this doodad to that person over there", because that's what the vast majority of the exploration consists of.

It's not a bad game, but I've played so much better on my Wii this year, so I'm disappointed. My love for Disney is pushing me forward.
Posted: 12/03/10, 03:56:21  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 03:56:45
I'm going to Hawaii tomorrow so I wont be buying for ten days or so.

That said I'd like to point out one thing as someone who has not played it and who's opinion as of right now is moot. Deus Ex judged by fps standards even in 2000 wasn't even close to being passable. The thing is though it wasn't a fps game, it was an rpg/adventure game in first person. There is a difference. Judging it by what it actually was overall and not trying to pigeonhole it into a genre it was never a part of has left it at or among the top of all PC games ever made.

I have no idea if this same principle applies to this game however it's worth noting.
Posted: 12/03/10, 04:12:38  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 04:13:03
Epic Mickey isn't even close to what Deus Ex was at the time of its release. I couldn't get into that game, but I understand completely why people were blown away by it and feel that it deserves every ounce of praise it received.

Epic Mickey feels like an early Gamecube-era platformer with a camera worse than most N64 titles and a neat, but ultimately forgettable moral system. The only time your actions REALLY matter is during boss fights. Speaking of boss encounters, they've all been pretty great so far. I can't complain about them at all and a lot of that has to do with the camera working flawlessly during them.

Edit - ANOTHER beef I have with this game - you CANNOT BACKTRACK to many areas you've previously visited. This is RIDICULOUS, considering those stages contain items you need to complete side quests. For example, I missed an item I needed to finish a quest given to me. If I want that item, I can now buy it in a shop for 1000 E-tickets. In this game, that's a crazy amount of currency and it will take me hours to get that money back if I decide to buy the item. If I don't buy it, too bad...I can't re-enter the area and look for it, so it's either buy it or fail the quest.

STUPID design decision. Just horrible. In a game all about exploration, I should be able to, you know, EXPLORE.
Posted: 12/03/10, 04:23:03  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 04:26:16
Impressions from my 11 yr old son.

He absolutley loves it. He's not a big Mickey/Disney kid but he loves it. He hasn't had any problems with the camera or platforming and he is a very good player of all types of games.

I can't start it yet, but hopefully this weekend I can jump in this weekend.
Posted: 12/03/10, 04:26:59
@anandxxx

I thought it was based on Disney Land?
Posted: 12/03/10, 04:49:16  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 04:49:33
@Orbital74

I guess that's why a lot of people are saying that game needs to be played multiple times.
Posted: 12/03/10, 05:12:42
@helaciouscrumb

That's actually very encouraging. Perhaps my son (and his brothers) will like it afterall.

Orbital74 said:


Edit - ANOTHER beef I have with this game - you CANNOT BACKTRACK to many areas you've previously visited. This is RIDICULOUS, considering those stages contain items you need to complete side quests. For example, I missed an item I needed to finish a quest given to me. If I want that item, I can now buy it in a shop for 1000 E-tickets. In this game, that's a crazy amount of currency and it will take me hours to get that money back if I decide to buy the item. If I don't buy it, too bad...I can't re-enter the area and look for it, so it's either buy it or fail the quest.

STUPID design decision. Just horrible. In a game all about exploration, I should be able to, you know, EXPLORE.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Even if my kids do like this game, it sounds absolutely horrible for me.
Posted: 12/03/10, 11:28:33
@casper884
Wait, what? You're a dad now?? Since when??

@Simbabbad
Don't tell me you're gonna let some bitchy reviews sway your desire to try a game that easily. Have you learned nothing from Other M?
I for one WILL get this game first chance I get and I KNOW that these supposed flaws won't bother me at all.
Posted: 12/03/10, 15:59:32  - Edited by 
 on: 12/03/10, 16:01:30
I think these flaws would bother me though, it sounds like a lot of the core gameplay is just plain lacking.

If it were any other time maybe I'd give it a shot, but I'm so far behind on games I own and like, and games I don't own and know I'll probably like, that I really don't need to jump into something that sounds kind of mediocre to me just in case it might click.
Posted: 12/03/10, 16:16:26
@Simbabbad

That just means the camera is unarguably awful, but what about the other positive stuff people mention? The joy of creating or erasing walls and platforms? Eh? Yes?

Ahem. I'll be renting it.
Posted: 12/03/10, 17:11:04
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