STAFF REVIEW of Whacked! (Xbox)


Saturday, November 30, 2002.
by Yellowlab

Whacked! Box art I wasn't sure that I would like this game at first, but after a few times playing it, it got very addictive. I found it to be creative and I love those warped commercials(How to Walk with a Rock, Baby's First Chainsaw, and Major Woody's Spank Tank) and cinematics. It's easy to learn and fun to compete against others. The weapons are original (yolk a matic, prickly cactus, and good bye doggie...) and challenges are somewhat difficult, but not to the point of throwing the controller at the wall. The characters are hilarious (Lucky,the footless handless rabbit, and Charity, the uber hyper brat, are my faves)and the announcer is a hybrid of Elvis and a used car salesman. The furious gameplay is a great way to let off tension and blow off some steam. I hate those @$&* chickens though! Some of my favorite challenges are dodgeball, tag, king of the mountain, and other assorted recess scenarios. I really enjoyed Oddworld, so this game really appealed to me. Overall, I would not recommend the game to kids because there is plenty of language and violent content. It is funny enough to keep adults entertained and challenged, but too much so for children. I have to give this game a 5 out of 5.


The controls are easy to learn, but not childishly so. The only level I find confusing is Space Age. It is hard sometimes to find and follow the leader beam. I have not found any glitches yet in the game beseides that.


Graphics are great, but not to the extent of Halo or Splinter Cell. The stage environments are colorful and original. Some of my favorites are Ghost Ship, Arctic Pipeline, Jimmy's Kitchen, and Can Can. The cinematics are done very well and the commercials have a cheesy retro feel.


The sound is not crucial to the gameplay, but the game does not need it. It's not intrusive or annoying, it just adds atmosphere to the gameplay. The commercial music is so funny. I can't get the Scrapple or Nateos jingle out of my head!


Suggestions:
Make more commercials! I love those things. I couldn't wait to unlock more. More environments instead of repeating some of the same. Introduce more characters to unlock.
The leader beam idea is great, but sometimes I lose it in Space Age.


Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10

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