|Not a Treasure, but not terrible either||Terrence Bosky (5237)|
|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||4.3|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||2.7|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.7|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.3|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||4.3|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||4.7|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||4.0|
|Overall MobyScore (3 votes)||3.9|
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lupin the Third, he?s a suave, goofy, world-traveling master thief. He and his gang of cohorts wander the globe testing their larceny skills, staying one step ahead of the law, punishing the unjust, and living the rich life. The 1967 manga has gone on to spawn three television series, nine theatrical films, 13 television movies, and a horde of straight-to-video specials spanning more than three decades in Japan.
Being a lecherous master thief ain't easy. Each heist has to be grander and more dangerous and there's always at least one vivacious dame to trip up the operation. Such is the life of one Arsene Lupin III. Though the madcap adventures of Japan's favorite crook have been around since the late '60s, it's only recently that the master of disguise has made an impression on American pop culture. You can thank Cartoon Network's Adult Swim for that little feat, as they've been airing the old Lupin anime with English dub the past year.
Thievery can get you very far in life. It can get you money, nifty gadgets, and even hot women! Assuming it's in the context of a game, anime or movie of course. In the real world thievery can get you some jewels, but if you're caught all you'll get is a prison cell next to a guy who likes the music of Jewel.
I have a healthy skepticism by nature, and I'm always skeptical when it comes to a licensed game; I know its origins are more commercial than creative, and I know the gameplay will be firmly derivative of an existing genre, or even a specific title. Perhaps this won't happen so much anymore, depending on the results of Sega's lawsuit against EA for marketing a Crazy Taxi audiovisual mod as The Simpsons: Road Rage -- but for now, it does.
Like many games based on popular licenses, Lupin the Third simply doesn't hold up when you break down its abilities as an actual game.