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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

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Fight the power

Product: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two | Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios | Format: PS Vita | Genre: Adventure, Platform | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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It's never a good sign when you start keeping track of the number of times you've yawned while playing a game.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is a dull video game. It has the potential to be fun, but the entire experience is delivered with such a slow, monotonous drone that you'd be forgiven for falling asleep and allowing your Vita to drop out of your hands.

The game sees Mickey return to Wasteland to discover the cause of some earthquakes and fight the Blotworx.

And once again, Mickey's principle weapon is the paintbrush, which allows him to paint elements into the world, and remove them too. Playing alongside sidekick Oswald, Mickey clears a path through the world.

The paintbrush is a fun gimmick that's put to numerous entertaining purposes. There's also no denying that the game is colourful and expansive, with plenty to see and do. If you're a Mickey fan, you may well enjoy it.

But for the rest of us, Epic Mickey 2 is just plain boring.

Not so epic

Part of the issue is that the menu system is bewildering. Trying to work out what your current mission is and where you're meant to be going is a game in itself - and not a very fun one.

Elsewhere, while the 3D platforming is basically fine, the controls don't feel solid enough, and I regularly found myself having to wade through entire sections again because I fell from high platforms.

There's just a general lack of focus, urgency, and challenge to the gameplay, giving the whole production the feel of a children's game.

There are technical glitches with the PS Vita version, too. Frame-rate issues occur here and there, and you'll see characters floating in mid-air sometimes, or sticking to walls.

The omission of online multiplayer from the console version seals the deal, making the Vita version a far less appealing proposition.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is not a fun game by anyone's standards. There's plenty of content, but no real entertainment value to any of it.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
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Mike Rose | 4 July 2013
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two might suit the kids, but it's too dull and fiddly for anyone else to truly enjoy
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Feb 2013
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@xxxAcesHighxxx | 12:24 - 22 July 2013
For the most part, I must agree with @arosbooks. The refreshingly affordable price of just £11.99 on PSN or around £14 in Argos deserves at least a half-mark adding to its overall score.

My dearly departed Mum used love, and I do mean LOVE, Disney films/musicals, etc, and just for the sublime cutscenes and and wonderfully old skool sing-songs, Epic Mickey 2 was well, well worth the outlay. My mum would have loved them, and that makes me feel good.

So, my score? Erm, a seven, max. But five? That's just waaaay harsh Mickey, ahem, sorry, I mean Mike!
Oct 2012
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@arosbooks | 09:46 - 11 July 2013
Considering the price, this deserves a higher score, when you remember Pocketgamer marked EDF down for it's high price. This is £12 on PSN and if you are a Disney fan, it's well worth picking up. The songs and 2D cartoon cutscenes are brilliant and there's lots of Disney moments and characters from old films you had totally forgotten about but bring a smile to your face.

Hell, the retail version is £16 in GAME stores.

I'm guessing Mike is too cool for Disney as there is no other explanation for a 5.

The game has it's problems, but compared to other portable 3D platformers, it's worth a lot higher than a 5 and is a 6 or 7 I would say.

The depth of field comment was also very unprofessional as snide digs at the Vita promoting the 3DS isn't what a professional writer should be doing. Consumers have roundly said no to 3D - did you know the Master System used the same 'Active Shutter' technique on its 3D glasses that we are sold as cutting edge today?
Sep 2012
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Elronza Williams | 15:26 - 9 July 2013
Thank you for saving me money!