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04 October 2007
The Simpsons Game: Awful
I just finished an unenjoyable demo of The Simpsons Game, one of the bigger holiday titles for EA this year. I don't recommend you spend your time on it.

Some aliasing and blocky curves kept the game from living up to my visual expectations. On the other hand, the cut scenes appear to be mostly 2D animation and are quite good.

The entire demo is a boss battle against an evil Lard Lad, the donut store mascot brought to life by Kang and Kodos with their Halloween ray. As Homer and Bart, you must hit doors on Lard Lad's back and then pull out some wires to damage him while he's stunned. Do this three times and you win.

This is easier said than done, not because the game puts fair challenges in your way but because the game doesn't give the kind of smooth control you need to pull it off. The key issue is getting up onto the doors, and I did not enjoy trying. For example, I'd put Bart in a convenient location, use Homer to lure Lard Lad nearby, and then switch back to Bart only to find that he'd left his location. By the time I got Bart back in position, Lard Lad had moved on.

Does it help that the game makes fun of boss battles in Kent Brockman's commentary? A little, but not nearly enough. There are some truly enjoyable lines of dialogue in the game and in the cut-scenes, but you'd be better off catching a rerun of the original series on television.

The demo can be found on the PlayStation Store (for PS3 owners) and will presumably be put on Xbox Live sometime in the near future.

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--Matt Matthews at 23:31
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hmm... terrible control, boss battle, frustration... reminds me of Shadow of the Colossus

By Blogger gamer, at 05 October, 2007 08:45  

I found out later -- not sure how I missed it -- that this level is intended to be a parody of SotC. The name of the level gives it away: Shadow of the Colossal Donut.

Anyway, I don't think I was ever frustrated in SotC like I was with this demo. At least in SotC, I enjoyed being frustrated.

By Blogger jvm, at 05 October, 2007 08:55  

"Shadow of the Colossal Donut?" Is that supposed to be funny? Kang and Kodos have a "Halloween ray?" This was either not written by Simpsons writers, or the show's quality has gone that far down hill.

Also, aren't demos supposed to demonstrate basic gameplay, which boss fights are certainly not?

By Blogger JohnH, at 05 October, 2007 13:35  

The show's quality has been in the gutter for at least ten years.

The videos I've seen are cute, but I'm 99% certain I'd prefer to watch someone play through the game to see all the gags rather than actually play it myself.

By Blogger Michael, at 05 October, 2007 17:23  

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