When the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series premiered in 2003, so did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Playstation 2. It’s definitely different from any of the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games I played, not only with graphics, but game play control as well. I don’t like the vibrating joystick very much though.
You can choose between any of the four turtles. Their fighting skills are all the same except for their jumping attacks that you unlock after the first level. Leo has a split kick, Raph has a rushing sai attack, Mikey glides with his nunchukus like a helicopter with rapid kicks, and Don swings his Bo staff down hard, which is great at a distance.
If you’re highly familiar with the first season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series this game is based on, you’ll see that it’s almost completely accurate to the line. The main reason I say “almost” is because some of the anime cut scenes between levels were not featured on the series, but I still found them just as enjoyable. If you’re not familiar with the series, that’s okay. The story line is still easy to keep up with and that’s always a good thing.
The various enemies are a bit harder than in the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games and, as usual, you have to defeat them all in each pathway in order to continue forward. At least there’s a map that will show you where each enemy is and where they are, with a slight exception to the Foot Tech Ninjas that turn invisible and like to jump on your head. I am a bit concerned that you’re only given six lives with no way of getting any one-ups. At least the lives all reset after each level.
There are a total of six stages with about six areas each, including three challenge areas to increase each turtle’s skills. Every stage has a big boss, but there are some areas with a mini boss. However, only certain turtles face certain mini bosses. For instance, only Raph can fight Casey Jones, only Mikey goes up against Hun, and only Don faces Baxter Stockman in his exo-suit. A little strange, don’t you think?
I’d have to say that the most fun boss to fight is the big boss of level two, who is Nano as a giant. He was difficult to figure out at first, but once I understood what tactic to use, Nano became more of an exciting challenge.
The digitized voices are also a great addition. It’s so much more interesting for each character to have a different voice, which are the same voices from the series, than to have the same voice for all four turtles as before, if there were any.
Of course the final boss is the Shredder once again. I must say that he is harder to beat than ever before because he will eat you alive with his massive combo attacks and speed if you get too close. That’s why I think Don is the best turtle to fight him.
This is a good game. Unlike the others, you get a save file and a different ending with each turtle. You’ll have to beat the game with all four turtles to unlock more of the secrets it has to offer.