The Wonderful 101 Review

The Wonderful 101 - Nintendo Wii U



DISCLAIMER: Let me apologize. I meant to have this review up a long time ago but I was wanting to add a video of my personal gameplay and it hasn't worked out. So that is why I have been behind on my game reviews. Here's some advice never buy the cheapest game capture device. Do proper research and buy a good one it will save you a lot of headaches, trust me.

The Game
This game is made by Platinum Studios. Now if you know anything about Platinum its that the games they make are unique and usually hard to categorize. Some of their past IPs are Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta, Vanquish, and MadWorld just to name a few. If I had to categorize this game I would say action/comedy, but to put it more plainly its like Viewtiful Joe mixed with Pikmin. Yeah that's the best way to describe this particular game. The story for this game is interesting. The basic gist is that you are a part of a secret organization that is trying to fight off an alien invasion. All of the heroes together number 100 and the more heroes you find helps to increase the power of your unite powers. Unite powers are the powers that are specific to the main characters of the game that are named after a specific color. The deeper you get into the game the more moves you will be able to acquire ala Viewtiful Joe. Just like in that game there is a store where you can be different moves and other items to help you out in game. The graphics are very good and everything runs smoothly. I never ran into any glitches or freezes during my gameplays. The main cast of the game is well voiced and the dialogue fits each of the characters personalities. This makes for some funny in game cutscenes. Another thing I liked about the game was the level design. The way you traverse the environment is ingenious as there are many different ways to do the same thing. The puzzles can be a little jarring at times and when you play on the gamepad you can use that to help with puzzles. Its kind of hard to describe but when you play the game you understand. Now to the elephant in the room. I know a lot of you may have heard about the controls of this game and while there is a little bit of a learning curve for this game it's not as bad as some would have you believe. Once you learn it you will be pulling off combos left and right and going from one Unite power to the next with ease. The only drawback is you have to invest a little time in learning the control scheme initially. I personally didn't have a problem with the control scheme after the intro. Lastly, this game has a lot of replayability and there is a lot to do in the game. Finding all 100 heroes is not easy. It is very easy to over look or in some cases run right by them. If there is one thing that I didn't like about this game it was that the camera at times would give me issues. The characters are small but the environments and the majority of the bosses are huge. Sometimes I would misjudge or mistime certain gameplay elements simply because of the camera. It wasn't enough to make the game a problem but I did notice it.


For Parents
This game is rated T for Teen. There is a lot of innuendo in the game and at points the themes get a little dark. Its not a game for little children despite what it may look like on the cover. It is designed for teens and adults. I would keep that in mind while doing your Christmas shopping.



The Verdict
This game is a FULL PRICE. It is a great addition to the Wii U library and I hope that the game gets a sequel or at least one of the characters shows up in Smash Bros.