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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.
Alles in allem ist Die Simpsons – Das Spiel eine gelungene Abwechslung zum 16. Ego-Shooter im heimischen Regal und macht gerade wegen des gelungenen Humors der Serie alle Ehre. Spieler, welche mit den Simpsons nichts anfangen könnten, sollten vor dem Kauf Probe spielen und ziehen der Wertung ein paar Prozent ab.
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!
Official Nintendo Magazine
It'd be the finest licensed game ever if it wasn't ruined by the anti-climactic ending and an atrocious camera. Sadly, all the humour in the world can't really fix that.
Cheat Code Central
This game is truly emblematic, and that's why it's so good and can be accepted even with its flaws. The gameplay is not the best of the best, but the creativity and wit that has been put into it does it all. If you love The Simpsons, you have to love this one. Just remember that you will need more than some patience to get through it and enjoy it. If you absolutely hate jumping onto the same platform a bunch of times because of broken camera angles, you might despise this game. All in all, I had a great time and was always excited to see the next cutscene. Ay, caramba!
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.
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.
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 Wii se montre un cran en dessous de celle Xbox 360 au niveau du graphisme bien sûr mais aussi du contenu, malgré quelques mini-jeux inédits. Toutefois, les possibilités sont plus limitées tout comme la liberté d'action. Mais qu'importe, pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse...
The Simpsons game is far from one of the best controlled games out there- It's about on par with the time I tried to navigate my way through Mario 64 using just my feet (I gave up when the Z trigger proved too inaccessible). But underneath the layer of bad controls is a game of such well-thought-out whit and entertaining parodies that acts as the games saving grace.
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.
When it comes down to it, The Simpsons Game ultimately glides by with its fantastic sense of humor. It has a certain charm in the fact that it constantly makes fun of itself and video games in a loving and creative way. It's also a huge step away from previous iterations of the franchise in that it stands alone as a game and is not merely a Simpsonized version of GTA or Crazy Taxi. In the end, the inclusion of elements such as collecting "video game clichés," watching hilarious cutscenes, navigating through parody-filled environments, and listening to characters bicker amongst themselves will give the player more incentive to keep working their way through the game than the run-of-the-mill platforming or average cel-shaded graphics will.
The Simpsons Game won’t be remembered as one of 2007’s finest titles but it will certainly be remembered as one of its funniest. The game is actually funnier than the TV show has been for some years and it almost hides the fact that there’s a pretty bog standard action platform game here. Thankfully the game is subtitled so deaf gamers will be able to enjoy the game’s humour. The Wii version has a few bonus mini-games but on the whole it’s not quite as good as the other versions of the game because of its rather more cumbersome control scheme.
The Simpsons Game on Wii falls short of its next-gen brethren because of mediocre 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 decent effort on Wii. If you want to experience the laughs of this version with gameplay that’s fun through and through, seek it out on one of the next-gen systems.
Overall this a game that somehow manages to avoid the usual join-the-dots approach of other film franchises. Although it never quite lifts itself above a pretty average game, at least it proves along the way that it knew what it was and was happy to laugh both at itself as well as the games industry at large.
The many flaws of The Simpsons Game all point to one thing: a rush job. With the game announced in May for a targeted Fall release, is it any wonder that corners so obviously needed to be cut. Someday The Simpsons license will go to a developer willing to put the time and effort into making a game worthy of pleasing long-time fans and hardcore gamers alike. For now however, we'll have to settle for the big laughs and underwhelming action of The Simpsons Game.
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 atrociously bad or anything, though the significantly more irritating control scheme on the Wii version does a lot to drag it down when compared to its other console counterparts. 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--just not necessarily on the Wii. It's an OK choice if the Wii is the only system you own, but you're ultimately better off looking at any of the other console versions if you're interested in the humor-filled adventure that is The Simpsons Game.
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. Das Hüpfen und Kloppen macht eine Zeit lang Spaß, aber schon nach einer kurzen Weile merkt man, dass man hauptsächlich am Ball bleibt, um herauszufinden, was für abgefahrene Ideen die Designer im nächsten Level präsentieren. Das ist zwar auch eine gute Motivation, funktioniert aber nur in ganz wenigen Fällen. Schwein gehabt, Simpsons!
Ich habe mich sehr auf dieses Spiel gefreut und wurde ziemlich enttäuscht. Im Grunde hätte man alle Spielpassagen komplett weglassen und sich nur auf die Sequenzen konzentrieren können, denn der Humor und die Ideen sind einfach klasse und lustig. Aber ob es 30 Euro wert ist, ist die andere Frage. Es kommt beim Spielen einfach keine Freude auf und nur der Drang nach mehr Witz und Videos lässt einen weiterspielen. Nur Fans des Simpsons-Humor sollten sich das Spiel in der Videothek ausleihen und an einem Wochenende durchspielen. Danach wird es nie wieder angeguckt…höchstens die Videos.
Although The Simpsons does occasionally offer some fun moments of gameplay, its repetitive nature and the fact that too much of it is based on humour that just cannot compete with the TV series spoils it somewhat. In all, this is an average platformer that will please some, but most fans may find buying a DVD box-set a wiser choice.
Ardent Simpsons fans must see the new animation and will love the many references to the television series, but there's little to appeal to those who are not fans of the characters and their world.
We so wanted to like it and at times we really do. However, this is a game full of great highs and even greater lows. The Simpsons is a game let down by a hideous camera system and some stupid level design and a lot of very tedious puzzles. Pint-size Simpsons fans will probably enjoy it, but for the twenty/thirty-something that grew up with the yellow folk, this is just one very arduous disappointment. If you do decide to buy it, pretty please play it with a friend - you might enjoy it from time to time that way.
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.
Overall this is a game that will appeal a lot more to younger gamers and those of us who are die hard fans of the TV series. Those two demographics alone could well stand this game in good stead in terms of sales. In terms of critical appeal however there is not that much to praise. Once you have got past the post modern self aware approach and two player mode then you will find yourself fast running out of things to do with the game.
It really is a shame because The Simpsons Game deserves to be the homage to the series that it should be. It may have all the wit and style of the series, and Simpsons fans will no doubt love picking out all the references. With no effort put into caring about how the game plays, however, it means that you might not be able to actually play the game enough to get them all. There is a co-op mode, and if you can come to terms with the awful camera and shoddy controls there’s enough in the game to keep you occupied, with hidden collectibles, mini-games, and unlockable content. Gamestyle would recommend The Simpsons Game for true fans, but unfortunately no amount of Simpsons references can make playing this game enjoyable.