Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers

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Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers
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Developer(s) VIS Entertainment
Publisher(s) NewKidCo
Ubi Soft (Europe)
Success (Japan)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: October 22, 2002
  • EU: March 14, 2003
  • JP: January 29, 2004
GameCube
  • NA: January 4, 2003
Xbox
  • NA: November 25, 2003
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers is a fighting video game developed by VIS Entertainment, published by NewKidCo and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox. It is the sequel to the 3D cartoon fighting video game Tom and Jerry in Fists of Furry for Nintendo 64 and Microsoft Windows. It allows up to four players to play simultaneously. It was the only NewKidCo game ever released to receive a T rating. While the PlayStation 2 version saw releases in all major regions, the GameCube and Xbox versions were only exclusive to North America. The game received mixed reviews from critics, with Metacritic scores of 63/100, 64/100, and 50/100 on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, respectively.

Gameplay[edit]

War of the Whiskers is a four player arena fighting game. Players control the show's characters in combat within arenas themed after specific episodes.

The objective of the game is to defeat your opponent in a set amount of time and rounds. There are three types of gameplay. First is Challenge mode, where the player fights a certain set of characters (The opponents are the enemies of the character chosen from classic Tom and Jerry cartoons) until either Monster Jerry, a bigger and scary mutated Jerry, or Robot Cat, one of Tom's creations, is fought and knocked-out. Another is Versus, where a basic one-on-one fight is held. The last is Tag Battle, where a player work by himself or with a friend to fight two enemies.

The four modes of play are single player, versus, tag team, and team play. New characters are unlocked if the player wins against the computer. Characters include Tom, Jerry, Butch, Spike, Tyke, Robot Cat, Eagle, Lion, Nibbles, Monster Jerry, and Duckling, who use more than 75 weapons to beat each other with. Costumes are also unlocked, allowing specific characters to have more attire. 12 destructible environments include a kitchen, beach, snowy winter, cruise ship, junk yard, unstable construction site, Italian market, haunted house, mad scientist lab, western town, castle, Hell, and a boxing arena.

Development[edit]

Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers was developed by VIS Entertainment, published by NewKidCo and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is a follow up to Tom and Jerry in Fists of Furry. The game was originally slated to the first quarter of 2002, but was delayed until the third quarter of that same year.[1] It was first released for PlayStation 2 on October 22, 2002 in North America, with later PlayStation 2 releases in other regions. The game was also released on GameCube and Xbox exclusively in North America on November 25, 2003.

It features several members of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Maurice LaMarche voices Tom Cat. Charlie Adler, who portrays Starscream in the Transformers film series, voices both Jerry the mouse and Little Quacker. Billy West, known for various characters in the animated show Futurama portrays Butch. Spike is voiced by Greg Burson, while Rob Paulsen portrays both Tyke and Eagle. Nibbles is done by Nancy Cartwright of The Simpsons fame, while voice veteran Jim Cummings voices Lion. John DiMaggio, also of Futurama fame, provides sound effects for Monster Jerry. Dee Bradley Baker, who voices the Clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and other Star Wars series and games, provides the voice of Robot Cat.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
GCPS2Xbox
FamitsuN/A21/40[2]N/A
GamesMasterN/A23%[3]N/A
GameSpotN/A6.4/10[4]N/A
GameZoneN/A7.1/10[5]N/A
IGNN/A6.3/10[6]N/A
Nintendo Power3.2/5[7]N/AN/A
TeamXboxN/AN/A7.1/10[8]
Aggregate score
Metacritic64/100[9]63/100[10]50/100[11]

Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers received "mixed or average" reviews on all platforms, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[10][9][11]

In Japan, where the PlayStation 2 version was ported and published by Success on January 29, 2004,[citation needed] Famitsu gave it a score of two sixes, one five, and one four for a total of 21 out of 40.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2002/08/26/newkidco-announces-q2-results
  2. ^ a b "Tom & Jerry: Hige Hige Daisensou (PS2)". Famitsu. 789. January 30, 2004.
  3. ^ "Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers (PS2)". GamesMaster. 2003.
  4. ^ Provo, Frank (July 8, 2002). "Tom and Jerry: War of the Whiskers [sic] Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Tha Wiz (February 6, 2003). "Tom and Jerry In War of the Whiskers - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Roper, Chris (November 30, 2002). "Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers". Nintendo Power. 178: 122. April 2004.
  8. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (January 26, 2004). "Tom and Jerry: War of the Whiskers [sic] Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Tom & Jerry in War of the Whiskers for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Tom & Jerry in War of the Whiskers for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Tom & Jerry in War of the Whiskers for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 28, 2017.

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