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Ms. Splosion Man - disappointment?

Late |  Jul. 15, 2011 at 09:48

Most Useful Answer Late  Jul. 15, 2011 at 09:48

The first Splosion Man is probably my favourite ever XBLA download - fantastic both in single player and in co-op play. So I was really looking forward to the sequel...

Admittedly it's still very early - I only downloaded it late last night, so haven't played much. 6 or 7 levels of the single player campaign, and I've not yet touched the multiplayer.

The game is a lot more polished than it's predecessor, with beautiful backgrounds, new cannons, zip lines, etc, an array of new scientists to splode - and your hero has a LOT more character than her male counterpart (I particularly love how she keeps singing snippets of girl-power songs, etc.)

But I'm definitely feeling disappointed so far. The zip lines and cannons feel like a chore rather than the enjoyable experience we've come to expect. And too many parts so far feel like you're playing a "Real Time Event" - you're flying along and just tasked with hitting a button (any button) as you pass certain objects.


Perhaps it's just me; or perhaps it gets better...
Maybe the multiplayer will blow me away and all misgivings will be forgiven and forgotten...

What say you, folks?

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Late  Jul. 15, 2011 at 09:48

The first Splosion Man is probably my favourite ever XBLA download - fantastic both in single player and in co-op play. So I was really looking forward to the sequel...

Admittedly it's still very early - I only downloaded it late last night, so haven't played much. 6 or 7 levels of the single player campaign, and I've not yet touched the multiplayer.

The game is a lot more polished than it's predecessor, with beautiful backgrounds, new cannons, zip lines, etc, an array of new scientists to splode - and your hero has a LOT more character than her male counterpart (I particularly love how she keeps singing snippets of girl-power songs, etc.)

But I'm definitely feeling disappointed so far. The zip lines and cannons feel like a chore rather than the enjoyable experience we've come to expect. And too many parts so far feel like you're playing a "Real Time Event" - you're flying along and just tasked with hitting a button (any button) as you pass certain objects.


Perhaps it's just me; or perhaps it gets better...
Maybe the multiplayer will blow me away and all misgivings will be forgiven and forgotten...

What say you, folks?

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emmajk42  Jul. 15, 2011 at 15:11

Sorry, I can't help thinking of man-splosion every time I see this game title, and that's a totally different topic :D

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JoshuaClark  Jul. 15, 2011 at 15:40

I imagine there's a story behind that I really don't want to pursue Emma...

And Late, I have to admit that after buying Splosion Man I was a little disappointed by it, given all the hype. It seemed very samey, and the only bits that really made me smile were the references to The Maw. Boss fights were good though, they were challenging in a way few platformers dare to be these days...

I haven't played Ms. Splosion Man, but it seems to be receiving the same glowing praise as its predecessor. Maybe I've misjudged the original. Feel free to verbally lynch me for it, but I'm not sure it's not just an 'above average' game.

JonLester  Jul. 15, 2011 at 16:15

Splosion Man was godly and thoroughly delicious. It's a shame that I can't link you to my gushing review on my old site, copyright being what it is. I'd highly recommend its cooperative campaign, though, because it's up there with Portal 2 in terms of satisfying puzzles and occasional acts of brutal violence against your buddy when he misses every single f*cking jump... sorry. On the other hand, Comic Jumper hid a very repetitive and bland shooter behind TP's trademark wackyness.

Our Ms Splosion Man review will be going live this weekend.

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 15, 2011 at 16:15
Late  Jul. 15, 2011 at 16:17

The first was definitely one of the top xbla games for me. I'm gonna have to think about a top five or something for a separate thread...


I note one of the quotes that flashes up during a load screen on Splosion 2 is along the lines of "Remember - any screw ups you make can be effectively disguised by shouting at your friends that their timing was terrible!" lol

Last edited by Late, Jul. 15, 2011 at 16:19

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