Astro Boy: The Video Game

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Astro Boy: The Video Game
Astro Boy The Video Game.jpg
North American Wii cover art
Developer(s) High Voltage Software
Art (DS)
Publisher(s) D3 Publisher
Engine Quantum3[1]
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Wii
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action platform
Mode(s) Single-player, Two player co-op

Astro Boy: The Video Game is an action video game based on the 2009 CG animated film of the same name(s). The game was originally released in Japan on October 8, 2009 for the PlayStation Portable to coincide with the Japanese theatrical release on October 10, 2009.[1] It was later released on the same system as a downloadable game in North America on October 14, 2009, but then received a retail version of it and a port to the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii which was released on October 20, 2009 to coincide with the North American theatrical release of the film on October 23, 2009.[2] It features the voices of Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell, reprising their film roles.[3]

Plot[edit]

In the game, players become the iconic hero, Astro Boy, and take to the streets and skies on an epic adventure to save Metro City from the clutches of the evil President Stone and his robot army.

Gameplay[edit]

The game allows the player to be Astro Boy, utilising his array of weapons while fighting robot armies. The game features levels set on the ground, in which Astro fights while advancing by walking, and also in the air, which mainly includes Astro shooting airborne enemies down using his finger laser, reminiscent of Omega Factor’s gameplay in a 2D platformer format. Collectables include different costumes and also power-ups found in hard to reach or hidden areas. While attacking, alongside his normal attacks, a player may wish to activate a 'Special Attack', provided they have enough energy to do so. A meter limits the amount of Special Attacks a player can use, being Arm Cannon, Butt Machine Guns and also Absorb (which allows the player to recharge a certain portion of their health).

It features both a single player mode as well as a multiplayer mode, with the second player being another Astro in an alternate costume. During Story Mode, if a player loses a life while the other is still playing he or she would, after a certain period of time, be able to re-join the game with full health. However, if both players lose lives that the same time, the game is lost. A separate mode allows both players to fight in the robot games ring, and the player with the most points at the end wins.

The game offers numerous unlockable and collectable elements that include exclusive art work, different versions of Astro Boy and more, as players live the story solo or side by side with a friend in 2 player co-op mode on Wii and the PlayStation 2 system.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PSP) 58%[4]
(Wii) 50.45%[5]
(PS2) 50%[6]
(DS) 38.60%[7]
Metacritic (PSP) 60/100[8]
(PS2) 56/100[9]
(Wii) 48/100[10]
(DS) 34/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 3/10[12]
GamePro 3/5 stars[13]
GamesRadar 3/5 stars[14]
GameSpot 4.5/10[15]
GameZone (Wii) 6.3/10[16]
(PSP) 6/10[17]
(DS) 5.8/10[18]
IGN (Wii) 5.7/10[19]
(DS) 4/10[20]
Nintendo Power 7.5/10[21]
Nintendo World Report (Wii) 3.5/10[22]
(DS) 3/10[23]
PlayStation Magazine 2.5/5 stars[24]

The game was met with mixed to negative reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 58% and 60 out of 100 for the PSP version,[4][8] 50% and 56 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[6][9] 50.45% and 48 out of 100 for the Wii version,[5][10] and 38.60% and 34 out of 100 for the DS version.[7][11]

Giancarlo Varanini of GameSpot gave the Wii version a score of 4.5 out of 10. Varanini says the game features "sloppy hand-to-hand combat," "repetitive level design," "muddled and unimpressive graphics," and that the game is "too short." While he does find many problems with the game, he does say it is "slightly more fun with a buddy." He also criticizes the game for not "capitalizing on Astro Boy's skills."[15]

Jack DeVries of IGN called the Wii version "a mediocre brawler with some pretty good shooter levels." DeVries also said that "The in-game cutscenes are hilariously bad." He summarizes the game by saying "It all comes off as bland." Ultimately, DeVries gave it a score of 5.7 out of 10.[19]

Jon Carlos of Game Vortex gave the same version a fairly good review, scoring it a 67%. Carlos says "I give Astro Boy: The Video Game kudos for at least heading in the right direction when it comes to gameplay design." However, he does note "Unfortunately, Astro Boy: The Video Game isn't much more than another film cash-in. Nearly everything in this game is stale, uninteresting and forgettable."[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spencer (August 12, 2009). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Is A PSP Exclusive In Japan". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  2. ^ "D3Publisher to Bring Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios’ ASTRO BOY to Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 System, and PSP System This Fall". Business Wire. May 7, 2009. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ "D3Publisher Enlists Talent from Upcoming CG-Animated Film for ASTRO BOY: THE VIDEO GAME". D3Publisher. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
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  5. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  8. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game Critic Reviews for Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  11. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game Critic Reviews for DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Astro Boy: The Video Game (DS)". Edge: 96. January 2010. 
  13. ^ Koehn, Aaron (2009-11-04). "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  14. ^ Peck, Carey (2009-10-26). "Astro Boy: The Video Game". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  15. ^ a b Varanini, Giancarlo (2009-11-05). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  16. ^ Platt, Dylan (2009-11-10). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  17. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (2009-10-30). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  18. ^ David, Mike (2009-10-30). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  19. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (2009-10-28). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (Wii)". IGN. Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  20. ^ DeVries, Jack (2009-10-28). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (NDS)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  21. ^ "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Nintendo Power: 83. December 2009. 
  22. ^ Ronaghan, Neal (2009-11-07). "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  23. ^ Miller, Zachary (2009-12-18). "Astro Boy (DS)". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  24. ^ "Review: Astro Boy: The Video Game". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 79. December 25, 2009. 
  25. ^ Carlos, Jon. "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Game Vortex. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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