STAFF REVIEW of World Gone Sour (Xbox 360 Arcade)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
by Brent Roberts

World Gone Sour Box art We've all played our share of puzzle platforming titles in our days, however, in World Gone Sour we are treated to the unknown world of some of the most vicious and hateful enemies yet, pissed off Sour Patch Kids. Imagine a game where a Sour Patch Kid decides to go rogue, bent on a quest for vengeance because you accidentally dropped and forgot him and ate his friend instead. Now this candy will traverse the dangers of counter tops, movie floors and more just to get to you and show you why you shouldn't neglect your candy.

At first glance one may ask themselves, "What was Capcom on when they thought that World Gone Sour would be an entertaining idea?" Upon playing the game though, you quickly realize that whatever Capcom was on, that you got some too as you realize that this game is a fun guilty pleasure. To start things off, the humor in the game is more situated to crazy drunk bar laughs where you can't believe what is said all the while laughing all the way.

The announcer who is the Creed Bratton from "The Office" talks at various points throughout the game adds a sense of humor that is a nice blend of offensive humor with comments such as "bounce, yeah that?s right bounce for me baby yeahhhhh" and other times poking fun at other video game titles by comments such as "jump on it, you know like a little mushroom character". Even though the humor is more adult oriented the main focus behind the game is the platforming which takes its cues from other popular platformers, but with a little sluggish feel to the controls you can find yourself cursing the most simplistic levels simply because the controls don't respond quick enough to help you navigate levels that some require split second timing.

Another aspect that has to be talked about in direct relation to the control scheme is the camera. Sometimes the camera angle can be your friend by showing you secrets that are hidden throughout each level, but other times you can have the entire screen blocked off, preventing you from getting an accurate judgment of what needs to be done to solve a puzzle, or part of a level. Even with the control scheme not as perfect as other platforming games, there is still a lot your character can do. Your basic jump and smash the ground move, wall jumping, grapple swinging, double jumping, and more are all included, however, as you progress you will come across other stranded Sour Patch Kids that will follow you and assist you in solving puzzles or even growing larger or smaller to solve some of the puzzles you will find throughout the levels. By rescuing other stranded Sour Patch Kids, your character can utilize them to become bigger which will allow you to defeat larger enemies and bosses, or you can shrink your character as well so you can fit in those tight spaces. In World Gone Sour you'll bear witness to the answer of an age old question and that is, size does matter.

In a platforming game the control scheme is the most important, however some titles squeak by with surprisingly good graphics and sound, and unfortunately this isn't one of those games. The level designs are done adequately, however as you traverse the levels you'll see that nothing really stands out as exceptional when compared to other arcade titles. While the game World Gone Sour does little to impress graphically, Capcom tried to make the sounds and effects of the game entertaining and enjoyable and they got it half right. If you're a fan of Method Man, then you're in for a treat as his song "World Gone Sour (The Lost Kids)" graces the game, but that unfortunately is where the star power sound ends. The other sounds and sound effects you will hear are generic and almost sound as though they were taken from other games.

Is World Gone Sour worth the 400 MS point price that Capcom is asking? Yes and no. While the controls, graphics, and sound are all marginal at best there is still something sadistically enjoyable about watching computer animated Sour Patch Kids get dismembered and impaled on various traps. You could say this is right up XboxAddict's own mindset and you would be right. If you do enjoy platforming games that won't give you diabetes and give you hours of sadistic fun, then World Gone Sour is the game for you.

Overall: 6.9 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.3 / 10
Sound: 6.1 / 10


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