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The Simpsons had had a big success on the PS2 platform before this Futurama game came out, so it was no surprise that they would develop this well loved television show into a game. I thought that it would be as good as the other games from Matt Groenings creations that I had played, but I was quite disappointed and found it to be merely okay and not something I would really ever think about playing through again.
I bought the game a while ago in a 3 for 2 offer, however without that it would have cost £10. It's dropped in price now, and I've seen it available for around £6 or a couple of pounds more. It's rated 12 plus, as it sticks with Futurama's humour which is for a slightly older audience than the Simpsons and has some violence in, but this is mainly just the usual getting rid of enemies violence.
The gameplay revolves around what is almost like an actual episode of Futurama, as many characters from the show make appearances and the evil villain is once again, Mom. Planet Express has been sold to Mom, and she is given 50% ownership of Earth making her the ruler of it basically. After that the game basically turns into a race to escape Mom and defeat her. However, one of my favourite parts of the game was the ending as it was actually pretty funny (however you actually have to bother to play till the end of the game to get to it!)
The script was developed by the show's writers which is probably what made it bearable for me to play throughout the whole game. It had a great sense of humour and the story kept me wanting to play to find out what happened to the characters. According to the box that the game comes in, there is 20 minutes of unseen footage altogether which is great for a super Futurama fan.
Most of the main characters in the series, actually show up in the game itself and you can play as a few of them. The playable characters are Fry, Leela, Bender and Zoidberg however other characters like Nibbler, Mom, the Professor and Hermes are seen throughout it to. The real voice actors are used for the game, so this was a bonus, as the cut scenes were just like a part of a Futurama episode.
It is basically a platformer, as for most of the game you run around collecting different items for missions, powering up yourself and other objects and getting rid of all the enemies in the level. It gets very repetitive if you ask me, as this is basically all you do for the entirety of the game, and it does get dull quickly. When you change characters this does slightly alter gameplay, but not enough to make it exciting enough to motivate you to keep playing.
I wouldn't say that there is high replay value, as the game is so boring the first time round there is probably no way you would want to play it again. It also doesn't really make you want to continue playing aside from finding out the rest of the storyline, so it's not that great a game in pace and motivation from the players point of view.
The graphics of the game are pretty well done, as they look like the characters themselves in the television show. They are not as detailed as some of the other games on this console, however they are decent enough to look at while you play the game as they are quite colourful and being able to explore a world you've seen in cartoons is always interesting. However, the annoying thing about the game was the camera angle, I don't ever really notice this while playing a game but in this it was just so annoying you couldn't get past it. It felt awkward playing the game as it would turn into very odd angles that were difficult to manoeuvre out of.
Overall, this was a pretty disappointing game and I wouldn't recommend anyone buying it. However, if you are a Futurama fan who is desperate to play it and you have the chance to borrow it or buy it for a price lower than £4, then I would say play it that way. However, there really is no reason, despite some of it's positive attributes, to actually spend time on this game as there are much better games out there.
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