Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Reshelled - Xbox Live Arcade

Although I talked about this game in Trial Runs this past week, I feel it’s worth discussing the full version, even if just for a little bit. I’ve seen a lot of hate for this game since its release and I wanted to come in and give my two cents on the whole thing.

First of all, no I don’t hate the game. I don’t love the game either, but I’ve had some fun with it. Sure it’s mindless and shallow, but it’s fun in short bursts and occasionally all you want is a game where you just beat the hell out of wave after wave of bad guys. This one manages that well and is loads better than the Watchmen game I just played through. Overall though, I do prefer both the old Arcade version, and especially the Super Nintendo version.

As of this writing I have played through the game from start to finish a total of three times: once by myself, another time doing local co-op, and a third doing online co-op.

The single player is ok, but does get repetitive quite quickly. Once you play the trial you’ve essentially seen everything that the game has to offer. The local co-op does add to the experience as these types of games are absolutely meant to be played with other people.

The online is where the game really shines though. We had four turtles and although not everyone stayed through to the very end, it was still a fun experience. I did have some problems with the online though. It seemed to take a while to find a match and then when we were finally all playing, there was some noticeable lag. Occasionally I would all of a sudden appear on the other side of the screen, and things would just generally jump around the screen like that. It doesn't take away from the experience completely, but it is definitely a distraction. Co-op is definitely the best way to play this game, but I’m just warning you that the online does seem to have some problems.

A lot of people have complained about the new music, which honestly doesn’t bother me that much. Is it better than the original music? No, the original music is leaps and bounds better. However I can look past this. There's always the custom soundtrack option if it's driving you THAT insane.

No my biggest problem with the game is that I don’t think it really needed to be a remake. They could have just released the original arcade version in a perfect port and it would have been better I think. The updates to the graphics seems to take away a lot of the game’s personality. The old cartoon-ish graphics gave the game a lot of life and character, but the updated ones just left me feeling…..cold. That’s really the best word that I can think of to describe it. It’s generally lacking in personality and it hurts the overall experience.

That being said I do think it’s a fun game. I plan on playing through it again (they were smart to make beating the game with all four turtles one of the achievements) and will break it out every now and then for some quick fun in the future. However it does have its problems and thank god they lowered the price down to 800 points because at 1200, I absolutely would not have recommended it. At its current price, try it out because there is definitely some fun to be had here. 

On a final note I do feel I should warn you that this is a remake of the ARCADE version of Turtles in Time. I've seen so many complaints of things missing from the game that were exclusive to the Super Nintendo version. The developers have made it quite clear this is based on the arcade version, so you need to go in knowing that because the original arcade TMNT was much different than the SNES one. This is one of the most consistent complaints I see but it's really not valid since the missing features were technically never there to begin with.