Astro Boy: The Video Game

Astro Boy: The Video Game is an action platform video game based on the 2009 CGI animated film of the same name. The game was released in Japan on October 8, 2009 for the PlayStation Portable under the name Atom (アトム, Atomu) to coincide with the Japanese theatrical release on October 10, 2009.[1][2] It was later released on the same system as a downloadable game in North America on October 14, 2009. It received a retail version of it and a port to the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Wii which were released on October 20, 2009 to coincide with the North American theatrical release of the film on October 23, 2009.[3] It features the voices of Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell, reprising their film roles.[4]

Astro Boy: The Video Game
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Developer(s)High Voltage Software
Art Co., Ltd (DS)
Publisher(s)D3 Publisher
EngineQuantum3[1]
Platform(s)Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Release
Genre(s)Action, platform
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

PlotEdit

In the game, players become the iconic hero, Astro Boy, and take to the streets and skies on an epic adventure to save Metro City from the clutches of the evil President Stone and his robot army.

GameplayEdit

The game allows the player to be Astro Boy, utilising his array of weapons while fighting robot armies. The game features levels set on the ground, in which Astro fights while advancing by walking, and also in the air, which mainly includes Astro shooting airborne enemies down using his finger laser, reminiscent of Omega Factor’s gameplay in a 2D platformer format. Collectables include different costumes and also power-ups found in difficult-to-reach or hidden areas. While attacking, alongside his normal attacks, a player may wish to activate a 'Special Attack', provided they have enough energy to do so. A meter limits the amount of Special Attacks a player can use, being Arm Cannon, Butt Machine Guns and also Absorb (which allows the player to recharge a certain portion of their health).

It features both a single-player mode as well as a multiplayer mode, with the second player being another Astro in an alternate costume. During Story Mode, if a player loses a life while the other is still playing he or she would, after a certain period of time, be able to re-join the game with full health. However, if both players lose lives that the same time, the game is lost. A separate mode allows both players to fight in the robot games ring, and the player with the most points at the end wins.

The game offers numerous unlockable and collectable elements that include exclusive art work, different versions of Astro Boy and more, as players live the story solo or side by side with a friend in 2-player co-op mode on the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DSPS2PSPWii
Edge3/10[5]N/AN/AN/A
FamitsuN/AN/A21/40[6]N/A
GameProN/AN/AN/A     [7]
GameSpotN/AN/AN/A4.5/10[9]
GamesRadar+N/A     [8]     [8]     [8]
GameZone5.8/10[10]N/A6/10[11]6.3/10[12]
IGN4/10[13]N/AN/A5.7/10[14]
Nintendo PowerN/AN/AN/A7.5/10[15]
Nintendo World Report3/10[16]N/AN/A3.5/10[17]
PSMN/AN/A     [18]N/A
Teletext GameCentralN/AN/AN/A3/10[19]
Aggregate score
Metacritic34/100[20]56/100[21]60/100[22]48/100[23]

The PlayStation and PSP versions received "mixed" reviews, while the DS and Wii versions received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[20][21][22][23] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PSP version a score of two sixes, one five, and one four for a total of 21 out of 40.[6]

Giancarlo Varanini of GameSpot said the Wii version featured "sloppy hand-to-hand combat," "repetitive level design," "muddled and unimpressive graphics," and that the game is "too short." While he did find many problems with the game, he did say it was "slightly more fun with a buddy." He also criticized the game for not "capitalizing on Astro Boy's skills."[9]

Jack DeVries of IGN called the Wii version "a mediocre brawler with some pretty good shooter levels." DeVries also said that "The in-game cutscenes are hilariously bad." He summarizes the game by saying, "It all comes off as bland."[14]

Jon Carlos of Game Vortex gave the same version a fairly good review, saying, "I give Astro Boy: The Video Game kudos for at least heading in the right direction when it comes to gameplay design." However, he noted that, "Unfortunately, Astro Boy: The Video Game isn't much more than another film cash-in. Nearly everything in this game is stale, uninteresting and forgettable."[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Spencer (2009-08-12). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Is A PSP Exclusive In Japan". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  2. ^ "アトム [PSP]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  3. ^ "D3Publisher to Bring Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios' ASTRO BOY to Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 System, and PSP System This Fall". Business Wire. 2009-05-07. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  4. ^ "D3Publisher Enlists Talent from Upcoming CG-Animated Film for ASTRO BOY: THE VIDEO GAME". D3 Publisher. 2009-07-14. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ Edge staff (January 2010). "Astro Boy: The Video Game (DS)". Edge. No. 210. Future plc. p. 96.
  6. ^ a b Brian (2009-09-29). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  7. ^ Koehn, Aaron (2009-11-04). "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". GamePro. GamePro Media. Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  8. ^ a b c Peck, Carey (2009-10-26). "Astro Boy: The Video Game". GamesRadar+. Future plc. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  9. ^ a b Varanini, Giancarlo (2009-11-05). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (Wii)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  10. ^ David, Mike (2009-10-30). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  11. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (2009-10-30). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  12. ^ Platt, Dylan (2009-11-10). "Astro Boy: The Video Game - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  13. ^ DeVries, Jack (2009-10-28). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (NDS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  14. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (2009-10-28). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Review (Wii)". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  15. ^ "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Nintendo Power. Vol. 248. Future US. December 2009. p. 83.
  16. ^ Miller, Zachary (2009-12-18). "Astro Boy (DS)". Nintendo World Report. NINWR, LLC. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  17. ^ Ronaghan, Neal (2009-11-07). "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  18. ^ "Review: Astro Boy: The Video Game (PSP)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 27. Future plc. December 25, 2009. p. 79.
  19. ^ Jenkins, David (February 2010). "Astro Boy: The Video Game Wii". Teletext GameCentral. Teletext Ltd. Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  20. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game Critic Reviews for DS". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  21. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  22. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  23. ^ a b "Astro Boy: The Video Game Critic Reviews for Wii". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  24. ^ Carlos, Jon. "Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii)". Game Vortex. Retrieved 2014-01-23.

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