Played by Mikey Bencic
Special thanks to Activision – Available on XBLA
I’m not sure what the multi-generational appeal and secret is of the turtle’s success is. But, the name alone has always been pretty frickin’ awesome. Whose imagination doesn’t get sparked by the words Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, put together, in that order? If a man dressed as a bat punching fuckers in the jaw is awesome, Turtles dressed in pastel painted ninja rags, is an orgy of awesome.
Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you agree and I don’t have to retread the shockingly bloated history of turtle-tastic influence on pop culture and especially video games. From classic home consoles, to the hey-day of arcades, Leo, Don, Raph, and Mikey (Mike and Don = my favs) will always hold a special place in my mutated heart.
Borrowing ingredients from Arkham City, old school arcade sensibility, even a sprinkling of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, OOTS may be too many good ideas squeezed and juiced to the point where all the flavors get lost.
Opening music: Directly from the original 1991 Turtles film, “Turtle Power”, you’ll quickly be drawn back into this mutated world. The song alone (or at least the repeated chorus) is catchy! Nice addition, I totally had a flashback.
Soundtrack: Many licensed mainstream games seem to dilute soundtracks down to background ‘noise’, rarely embracing the silliness or vibe of the characters. ‘Shadows’ though has a fantastic hip hop/Asian beat. This is the music the turtles would blast riding the Turtle Van into battle with the foot clan.
Voice Performance: Current cartoon cast lend pipes, family/brotherly love to the Turtle-verse, and having all 4 dudes fight together through the entire game is progress from past games focusing on solo action. Solo turtles? Yawn. Team work, baby!
Character design: The proportions, …