With the huge success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Play Station 2, I had no doubt that it would have a sequel. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Battle Nexus is much different from the first one. The story line starts where the first one left off. If you’re highly familiar with the 2003 TMNT series, this game covers many points throughout season two.
There are a lot more levels and tougher enemies and bosses. Once again it also features footage from the various episodes and anime cut scenes, which are still just as enjoyable.
This game can have up to four players, but in the one-player mode you can change turtles at any time during a level. That’s very helpful because each turtle has a special skill that can get you through many tough situations. Leo can damage an enemy with his dash attack, which is very helpful against a group of enemies or a tough boss, Raph can move large boxes, Mikey can descend over large gaps, and Don can deactivate computer systems.
Each turtle also has a special attack skill. Leo has a sword slash, Raph has a fire shield, Mikey has a fire blast, and Don has a mini force field, which is helpful against those annoying bats.
The life meter is a bigger concern in this game. Although you don’t die after falling in a hole, you only get one life and the life meter is only ¾ of a circle. That can get frustrating at times, I’ll admit. Thank goodness for cheat codes.
Among the new items featured are multi-colored crystals that can increase your powers and how many throwing stars you can hold. That’s why it’s good to search all around each level if you can.
To help perfect your skills, there’s a tournament mode. All you have to do is defeat a large group of different enemies ten times in a row and win a prize, like a crystal.
And as usual, the Shredder is the final boss. You actually have to fight him several times throughout this game and he is as powerful as ever.
I liked this game, but what I looked most forward to was unlocking the original classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. I heard that many fans would think, “It’s about time it came to a video game console.” I’d have to agree.
You can’t choose which turtle to be because each one is set to a certain controller, controller 1: Leo, controller 2: Mikey, controller 3: Don, and controller 4: Raph. However, my bigger concern is that the game doesn’t pause and if you stand in one place too long, a missile drops down out of nowhere and kills you. At least you have unlimited “quarters” in order to play all the way through.