Scheduled release date:
May 25, 2016
Publisher:
Activision
Developer:
PlatinumGames
Number Of Players:
1-4
Genre:
Action
Release Date:
May 25, 2016


Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. Anybody growing up in the ‘80s knew these names and, perhaps sadly, we didn’t know them to be four of the finest artisans in human history. We only knew them as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and as many cartoons from my childhood – “Transformers” first among them – have enjoyed quite the resurgence in mainstream media over the past decade or so, it’s no surprise to see the resurrection of an arcade classic. That’s really what TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan is: A four-player arcade-like bash-fest that will be very reminiscent of the smash hit, Turtles in Time . And guess who’s behind it? That’s right, Bayonetta and Vanquish developer PlatinumGames.

Obviously, the franchise was always perfect for four-player co-op, which made it a huge draw in the arcades. Now, with multiplayer driving much of the industry forward, it’s only logical that TMNT makes a triumphant return. Mutants in Manhattan seeks to capture the spirit of early titles in the series and marries it with an updated – and very slick cel-shaded – palette, along with a modern-day multiplayer structure. Expect much of the flair for which Platinum is so well known, and although I realize local co-op has long since been replaced, there are many who believe local multiplayer remains the best way to play with others. In other words, this promising new effort really seems like the best of both worlds, old and new.

Based on the media we’ve seen thus far, this TMNT adventure will be fast and furious, allowing the player to put together some insane combos. Well, if you’re at all familiar with Bayonetta , you won’t be surprised to see such an intricate and in-depth fighting mechanic. One could argue that given the intended audience for TMNT, the combat shouldn’t be too deep but hey, Mutants In Manhattan isn’t purely designed for kids. I doubt the game will be as hard as the standard Platinum offering, despite the complex fighting systems lurking beneath the flashy surface. Besides, it’ll be loads of fun teaming up with multiple Turtles; combining individual attacks into one devastating assault should have a big impact on bosses.