is an actionhack and slashvideo game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision. It was released for... read more
is an actionhack and slashvideo game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on May 24, 2016.
The game is an action hack and slash game with cel-shaded artstyle, in which players control the four titular characters, including Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, from a third-person perspective. Different characters have different abilities and powers, as well as different fighting styles. Each turtle also has their own ultimate ability. For example, Leonardo can slow down time, and Michelangelo can perform cheerleading, which reinstate the cooldowns of other turtles' abilities. Players can shift between turtles at will in the single-player campaign. The turtles can perform successive attacks to create a combo. The four turtles also have the ability to parkour and use parachutes while traveling around the game's world. Players encounter numerous green orbs in the game. These orbs, also known as Battle Points and can be spent to upgrade the turtles' abilities. The turtles can also scan their surroundings and tag enemies.
The game is divided into different stages. In each stage, players encounter random enemies before reaching a boss. When the player character is killed, other turtles (controlled by artificial intelligence in the campaign or by other players in the multiplayer) can help revive the players. If the turtles are not revived, they will be sent back to the subterranean lair. A mini-game will then begin, tasking the turtle to eat pizza as fast as possible. The game supports four-player online cooperative multiplayer.
According to developer PlatinumGames, the team developed licensed video games as creating new intellectual propertieswas difficult. Mutants in Manhattan is the third licensed game developed by Platinum, after the company partnered withActivision to create The Legend of Korra (2014) and Transformers: Devastation (2015). According to Platinum, they developed the game based on their own vision instead of the previous comics, films or games. According to game designer Eiro Shirahama, the team watched the TMNT animated series and also played the old TMNT games for the Super Famicom while working on the game so as to understand the universe and the characters. The game's artstyle was inspired by Mateus Santolouco, the artist of the series. Tom Waltz, who had previously written TMNT comic books for IDW Publishing, is the game's lead writer. The game's existence was first leaked by Xbox.com, Australian Classification Board and a user in Twitter. PlatinumGames later officially announced the title on January 26, 2016. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on May 24, 2016.
The game received negative reviews from critics. Ben Makedonski from Destructoid awarded it a score of 4.5 out of 10, stating "it doesn't even necessarily succeed where Platinum Games usually excels." Dave Rudden from IGN rated it 4.9 out of 10, calling the game short, bland, and highly repetitive, while also expressing criticism at the lack of local co-op multiplayer. Digital Foundry's John Linneman criticised the game for not reaching 60 frames per second on any platform, even though an Activision producer stated that local co-op multiplayer was omitted to reach it. Game Informerawarded it a score of 6 out of 10, saying "Controlling the turtles is fun, but the structure of the levels, missions, and bosses leave much to be desired " IGN awarded it a score of 4.9 out of 10, saying "Short, bland, and repetitive, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan isn't worth playing for its few good gags." Hardcore Gamer awarded it a score of 2 out of 5, saying "About the only real way one can recommend Mutants in Manhattan is if you’re a really die-hard Ninja Turtles fan and have have access to online multiplayer, and even then, the tedious level and mission design is sure to get grating after a while. In the end, sadly, not even an old-fashioned Ninja Rap could save this mess."