I still can’t get over the absolute disaster that was the Viewtiful Joe franchise. The first game was excellent in just about every way… it has what is most likely a permanent spot on my general list of “Greatest Games of All Time”…but after that, every possible thing that could go wrong happened… it’s as if there was a secret agent from a rival company that had infiltrated the company, and purposely ruined everything.
-disappointing sequel with fewer unlockable things (+ slow-down issues that were not present before, at least if you’re talking about the GC version) than the first game. They even had this extra mode that would’ve been perfect for unlockable stuff… “36 Chambers”, if I recall. What did you get for beating that mode of the game? “YOU GET NOTHING!” as Willy Wonka might say. Of course, this is before the days of online leaderboards existing for just about anything in a console game, so there really was no point other than the satisfaction of beating the mode.
-The cartoon… the voices were all different and mostly inferior from the first game. The dude playing Alastor sounded like he wasn’t even trying. The look of the show also didn’t really work for me. The animation seemed cheap and half-ass…overall, it didn’t look as good as the cel-shaded visuals in the games. Also, the new little kid character was annoying, unappealing, and unnecessary.
-Red Hot Rumble— all the had to do here was rip off the Smash Bros. Melee formula, but nope… they chose to make the whole damn thing like the “Coin Battle” mode, which is actually the worst/lamest aspect of Melee, imo. On most of the stages, you were usually fighting the stage more than your opponents. This game seemed like such a great concept to me… Fast forward to now, and Joe is reduced to the occasional cameo appearance in other Capcom games. Most likely, there will never be a Viewtiful Joe 3. I didn’t bother to rent VJ: Red Hot Rumble, and now it’s one of my most regretted gaming purchases.
…but not quite as bad as Desroy All Humans: Path of the Furon. Observe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LstOaR4xdLI This is disgusting. I am truly ashamed to have spent money on that. Graphics are surprisingly bad for an allegedly current-gen game (*I could’ve sworn part 1 on the regular Xbox actually looks better than this), the cities are barely populated, the humor (or at least what I saw of it) falls flat most of the time… please avoid this game. Do not even spend 1 penny on it.
*ohhh yeah— Symbionic Titan! I’m not referring to the show itself of course… I refer to the moronic, pitiful network it was aired on…good ol’ Cartoon Network. Here we have a great new show with cool action scenes, great art style/animation, an interesting concept, interesting characters, some comedic moments mixed in with the occasional more serious, dramatic stuff…and of course…OF COURSE… CN suddenly moves it around the damn schedule and eventually cancels it. It was the greatest new show on the whole network, and here it is canceled after 1 season. Yeah, fuck you.