Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows third-person beat ‘em up tailor-made for people who grew up with the franchise. Each character has their own feel: Leo’s balanced, Mikey’s swift, Raph is brutal and Donny has range. Each character brings a different experience to the table with their own variety of moves which showcase their personalities.
The primary campaign is broken up into four chapters and seeing as there’s only one difficulty, it provides a solid struggle the entire ride. You can tackle this by your lonesome and switch between Turtles on the fly or you can take on the enemy with up to three friends via online co-op. There isn’t too much variety thrown into the mix when it comes to gameplay — it primarily boils down to combat, navigating the environment. They try switch things up every now and then by making you hack panels, but ultimately, this is a game that’s all about running from A to B and beating up a whole lot of enemies in the process. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s worth noting in case anyone out there was expecting more than meets the eye with this one.
The cut scenes are done in a comic book style which in my opinion is not the best option. The story is fairly basic (April’s captured — go get her!) and nothing here is going to shock or fool you, Speaking of dialogue, the brothers randomly babble every so often. Most of these are pretty amusing, but hearing them over and over and over and over again does get tiring. Mikey’s lengthy talk about pizza made me grin at first, but hearing it four more times in one sit-down was tiresome.
In addition to the campaign, there’s challenge modes for various maps, a unique skill tree for each character, a dojo for training/practice, concept art and an arcade mode. This mode has seven side-scrolling levels and it’s a very nice bonus that holds the potential for plenty of good times. That said, throwing that many characters with only one camera can make things get very crowded at times or even make it tough to spot your combatant, especially if the camera is behind something restricting your vision or providing a wider shot. Minor gripes aside, this is certainly what you’ll want to play if you have more than one friend over.
The combat system is clearly inspired by the Arkham franchise and understandably so. It’s not as smooth as the aforementioned title, but it’s still a thrilling experience to land these combos and special moves over and over.
The combat is undeniably exciting, but the game does have a few bugs and glitches. There’s minor stuff like floating weapons and clipping — that’s stuff I can overlook and doesn’t bother me. The main issue that annoys me is that you can not control the menus with the mouse.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a must play if you’re a fan of the franchise. even if it not you will still get fun out of this game