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Over the Hedge shows that Activision has managed to make the perfect formula for licensed games. The mixture of action, stealth, and minigames will keep your attention for the game’s direction. The solid gameplay is made better because of the excellent presentation. The visuals are remarkably similar and the audio surprises you. Overall, this game is easily commendable.
Ab durch die Hecke ist eine solide Filmumsetzung für Kinder und Junggebliebene, ohne besondere Highlights im Gameplay, aber mit sympathischer Präsentation, kooperativem Zwei-Spieler-Modus und netten Extras rund um die diebischen Tierchen.
Ab durch die Hecke' ist ein leicht verdauliches Action-Adventure, das durchaus Spaß macht, aber auch mit einigen Macken zu kämpfen hat.
Over The Hedge is a very solid title, especially considering the slew of movie tie-ins it competes with - which all come off as looking very lackluster and limited when compared to this. It's also perfect if you're simply looking for any kids game. There are better options out there for the youngsters, such as Kao The Kangaroo, but the variety of moves, use of character likeness from the film, mini-games and overall presentation will surely please any little one or fan of the flick. If you're part of the older audience just looking for a good platform game then Over The Hedge is far from the best, but then again it isn't trying to be the absolute be-all-end-all platform action game. It sets out to create an entertaining game that compliments the film whilst keeping the attention of youngsters and in that respect it does phenomenally.
Ach ist das schade! Wieder einmal dürfen wir uns nur an einem durchschnittlichen Vertreter im Bereich der Lizenzspiele erfreuen. Man wird während der ganzen Spielzeit nie das Gefühl ganz los, dass man mit etwas mehr Zeit, einen durchaus packenden Vertreter im Jump & Run-Genre hätte auf die Beine stellen können. Vielleicht sollte mal jemand den Verantwortlichen sagen, dass es nicht nur Kino sondern gut 6 Monate später auch den DVD-Release gibt.
So when it all comes down to it, is Over the Hedge a success despite a few shortcomings in gameplay and presentation? Yes. In fact, looking at pure entertainment value for a younger license like this, Over the Hedge falls just under Ice Age 2: The Meltdown as a game we aren’t ashamed to pass on to our younger family members. The gameplay is simple enough for anyone to get into while still allowing for the necessary depth for older gamers, the experience is well-rounded with great extra content but is hurt – much like nearly every licensed game in existence – by the confusingly “necessary” need for rushed mini-games. With a series like this, we’ll most likely see multiple games pour in (just look at Shrek).
Merely 'doing the job' might offend the proud sensibilities of the gaming purist, but Over The Hedge is quite obviously a decent attempt to make the most of the license, and isn't the bloodless exercise that we feared it would be. Rated next to proper, real life combat platform games like Jak & Daxter and Sly Raccoon it's evidently a pale shadow of what else is out there, but next to other kids' games it's a massive improvement over what we've seen this year - little Shannon or Justin will be over the moon to be able to play as their favourite movie characters. Right or wrong, that's the point.
No fim das contas, "Over the Hedge" mostra ser um jogo com algum atrativo, que vai além do carisma dos personagens. Trata-se de uma vitória para uma categoria de game - a de vindos de filmes - estigmatizada pela baixa qualidade. É voltado para jogadores de todas as idades. Disponível para PC, GameCube, PlayStation e Xbox, além de adaptações para portáteis, a versão para computador é a única lançada no Brasil em português.
Even though the game is quite simple in its design and gameplay, it is well executed, and fun to play. It makes a change from the intense games which dominate the gaming industry of late, and its simplicity is what makes it a winner.
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If you have a child that enjoyed the film you may want to consider picking this one up. The characters are cute and the gameplay is very accessible, which are key components in a kid's game. I wouldn't expect it to last them incredibly long because it does get tiring very quickly. Over the Hedge is definitely a better than average children's movie to game endeavor. It at least deserves a rental unless the gamer in question absolutely loved the flick.
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Und wieder einmal beschert uns der Spielemarkt einen Titel, der passend zu einem gleichnamigen Kinofilm für Spielspass sorgen soll. Dieses Ziel wird aber leider nur bedingt erfüllt, denn wirklich Spass können an Ab durch die Hecke nur Kinder haben. Für jeden Teenager oder Erwachsenen sind die Missionen zu einfach und auf Dauer zu monoton. Besonders schade ist, dass Spiel und Film nur lieblos nebeneinander entwickelt wurden. Anders ist es jedenfalls nicht zu erklären, warum für das Spiel nicht auf mehr Material aus dem Film zurückgegriffen wurde.
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A solid movie tie-in, Over the Hedge brings younger gamers a nice mix of different play styles, fun team-based gameplay, and lots of missions. The game isn’t particularly original, creative, or inspired, but for fans of the movie and parents looking for an entertaining, if harmless division for their kids, this is a good choice.
Over the Hedge isn't nearly as bad as its status as a movie tie-in would suggest. True, it has some issues, chiefly a problematic camera system and some annoyingly difficult points, but thankfully these problems only crop up sporadically. For the most part, Over the Hedge is a surprisingly quality platformer that fans of the film will enjoy, but given its short length, one that's easily conquered within a rental period.
We can't speak on the quality of the film Over the Hedge, since it's not in theaters yet, but the game Over the Hedge doesn't really inspire much interest in the property. The PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions of Over the Hedge are mostly identical and are saddled with the usual quirks of their respective platforms--expect more jaggies on the PS2, awkward controls on the PC, and so on--though no one version is so different that we can really recommend it. This isn't an aggressively bad game, it's mostly just boring.
Nos Voisins les Hommes a tout de l'adaptation de film d'animation en jeu vidéo qui n'a pas demandé un gros effort aux développeurs. Une réalisation moyenne, un gameplay défaillant, des problèmes de caméra et un scénario auquel on a du mal à accrocher si on n'a pas déjà vu le dessin animé avant de jouer. Bref, ce n'est pas la joie et seul le mode deux joueurs sauve un tant soit peu le titre de la déchéance totale.
Over the Hedge doesn't really offer anything new or particularly entertaining for the experienced and/or older gamer. However, it's far better than I'd expect considering it's aimed at kids and based on a film. If you're a huge fan of the movie or a young gamer who wants a good two-player experience, picking up this title wouldn't be a bad decision by any means.
The end result is that the Over the Hedge game is fit for, at best, a rental, and that's only if your kids simply must try it out.
Even for kids, Over the Hedge is absurdly frustrating with its busted camera and indoctrinating logo-storm. Granted, playing with a friend makes this game a little more tolerable, but not for very long. Like most games based on "highly anticipated feature films," Over the Hedge hardly tries to be a game as much as it attempts to be a vehicle for delivering maximum merchandising. Uninspiring gameplay and negligible story cause this game to descend into barely passable status... and they never let you fly the remote control airplane, which is just inexcusable.
This formulaic title just has very little to offer. It’s certainly a pale copy of whatever the movie has going for it, minus the star power, plot, humor and soul. And unfortunately they’re going to keep making these things because enough people will buy it just because of the license. Parents, don’t get me wrong - with 35 levels and three unlockable mini-games, this game will indeed get your children out of your hair for several hours more than the movie. And with the co-op mode, it can even distract two of them at the same time. But hey, your kids deserve better than animal criminals. How about getting them an evil puppy instead?