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If you understood the quote introducing this section, then you are the perfect candidate to play The Simpsons Game. This is a funny, amusing, and highly enjoyable title, but there are a few issues that keep it from reaching game immortality. A little more gameplay innovation, coupled with a tweaking of the controls, and this could have been one of those games that stand as a must-own. As it stands now though, fans of the show will love it, and that's really the primary audience anyway. Cancel your appointment with Dr. Nick, drop Grandpa off at the Retirement Castle, and tell Patty and Selma they'll have to come over another night, you've got better things to do.
"…it's time for the final word. The Simpsons Game is a unique title - it's a game where the characters know they're in a game, and seek to use their new game-given powers to aid them in their journey to stop an alien menace and discover the meaning of their existence. It is this, combined with the whole cast of wacky stereotypes from this little town called Springfield, which saves the game from sinking into mediocrity. Yes, the gameplay often involves derivative platform jumping, simple puzzles and basic fighting - and apparently the camera can be a bit of a nuisance - but the variety of game-parodying levels on offer, the authentic graphics, the wonderful voice acting and the diverse soundtrack help it rise above mediocrity to become greater than the sum of its parts. So, if you are even a casual fan of The Simpsons then you will doubtless find plenty to enjoy in The Simpsons Game to justify your purchase. This is Kent Brockman, reporting live from Springfield, for AceGamez."
In the end, what you are presented with is a very solid Simpsons title. Its humor, as stated, goes beyond just pleasing regular and hardcore Simpsons fans. The self references mixed with cultural ones are worked out brilliantly, and hopefully it spurs the show’s writers to step up the effort and return it back to its roots. So aside from the camera, the game is just find-diddly-ine to go on out and pick up. Woo hoo!
I’m pretty sure that people who love the Simpsons will be keen to try this game out - regardless of any review results. Deep down, I’m glad - I love the Simpsons as much as anybody. I think fans will have a lot of fun with this one, as long as they take this for what it is: a platformer released on an aging console, with a helluva lot of personality and charm - a little like Homer himself.
Game Informer Magazine
Like many Simpsons fans out there, I was hoping that this would be the title to turn it around for America’s favorite animated family in the video game arena. With two-player co-op and a focus on the humor that has made the show a primetime staple since 1989, The Simpsons Game has everything a fan could want...but not everything it needs to be a fun, interesting game.
Computer Bild Spiele
Endlich ein Simpsons-Spiel, dass der gelben Familie alle Ehre macht. Die detaillierte Grafik der Xbox-360- und PS-3-Versionen fängt den Stil und Charme der TV-Vorlage hervorragend ein. Zwischen den witzigen Videos und der Spielwelt ist kaum noch ein optischer Bruch festzustellen. Den Versionen für PS 2, Wii und PSP gelingt das nicht so gut. Spielerisch wird das hohe Unterhaltungsniveau der Serie erreicht. Jede Spielstufe wartet mit einem völlig anderen, absurden Szenario auf, in dem nicht nur Ihre Lachmuskeln, sondern auch Ihre Fingerfertigkeit arg strapaziert werden.
Si vous avez cru déceler une sorte de déclaration d'amour à destination des Simpson dans ce test, c'est tout à fait normal. N'allez cependant pas croire que ceci m'a aveuglé au point de sacraliser à outrance Les Simpson Le Jeu. Non, il n'en est rien mais avec un peu de recul, on se rend vite compte à quel point ce titre est drôle, rempli de bonnes idées et qu'il satisfera tous les fans de l'anime ou ceux qui veulent se faire plaisir en jouant. Dommage que la jouabilité ait quelques gros soucis contre elle tout comme quelques irrégularités dans la progression. De plus cette version PS2 se montre un cran en dessous de celle Xbox 360 au niveau du graphisme bien sûr mais aussi du contenu. Les possibilités sont ainsi plus limitées tout comme la liberté d'action. Mais qu'importe, pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse...
Game Informer Magazine
Is it funny? Yes. But so is watching the re-runs of the show. Unfortunately, passive TV-watching participation is more fun than playing the game itself.
In the end, The Simpsons Game is one of those weird cases where a recommendation of it is based less on its merits as a game and more on its merits as an experience. The things that make this game are its sense of humor, sharp writing, and excellent presentation. The gameplay isn't awful or anything, it's just unmemorable. It's something that's more to be put up with while you appreciate the many other things going on than enjoyed on its own merits. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, but The Simpsons Game is absolutely worth playing. Games this spot-on in the humor category don't come along too often. Considering what a fantastic job it does spoofing the variety of clichés and crutches our favorite pastime relies upon, that's got to count for something.
Das größte Kompliment, das ich den Entwicklern bei EA machen kann, ist, dass ich das Simpsons Game weitaus witziger finde als die letzten drei Simpsons-Staffeln! Die Parodien sitzen treffsicher, die Zwischensequenzen sind brillant, die Story ist wunderbar abgedreht. Und obwohl der Brite in mir heftig grummelt, dass er auf die deutsche Sprachausgabe angewiesen ist, ist es doch gut zu hören, dass auch die im Vergleich sehr gut gelungen ist - mit Ausnahme einiger peinlich vergeigter Übersetzungsfehler. Als brillante Parodie auf die Gamesbranche und unterhaltsame Ansammlung toller Simpsons-Gags ist das Spiel also super. Nur als Spiel leider nicht: Das Missionsdesign bedient den kleinsten gemeinsamen Anspruchs-Level, die Kameraführung ist zum Teil grausam, PS2-, PSP- & Wii-Spieler müssen darüber hinaus auf den kompletten Springfield-Abschnitt verzichten.
The Simpsons Game on PS2 falls short of its next-gen brethren because of horrific controls that cause unneeded deaths throughout the game. Had it offered online cooperative play, or local co-op play that was actually fun then the score would definitely be higher, but as it stands The Simpsons is a passable effort on PS2. If you want to experience the laughs of this version with gameplay that’s actually fun, seek it out on one of the next-gen systems.
Gamestyle applauds a great effort by the writers. The jokes about EA are especially worth your time. The problem with The Simpsons Game is that as an extended episode it is great, but as a video game it is average. The makers should be forced to write lines on a blackboard: twenty times of “The Simpsons Game is not as clever as it thinks it is”.
The Simpsons Game certainly has plenty of things that should drive you forward, particularly if you are a fan of the show or enjoy gaming parodies, but we do feel that the game itself could have been a better one. Don’t get us wrong it’s entertaining enough, but it’s greatest strengths lie in all the wrong areas.
The Simpsons Game was for me as a big Simpsons-fan a big disappointment. Especially the camera and the bad gameplay where a big problem. Keep away from it.
EA will of course say that the gameplay is as refined as it needs to be for its target audience, which is probably Simpsons fans on the younger end of the gamer demographic. And, admittedly, in two-player co-op mode there is some fun to be had. But with all the game references surely there's a bit of it that's aiming at a more hardcore player. For these gamers, The Simpsons Game, unfortunately, won't cut it. And with an RRP of £49.99, I can think of much better games to spend my hard-earned cash on this month. Rent if you have to, otherwise avoid.