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DEVELOPER: Presto Studios   |   PUBLISHER: Microsoft Game Studios   |   RELEASE: 10/08/2002

If the lack of updates are annoying then you can blame this game. For the past week or so I have been completely addicted to this DVD full of lude jokes, gratuitous violence, and censor bars. Did I mention it is also a hell of a lot of fun to play. Not since Mario Party have I been so glued to a game of this stature for the passing of seven days. Now that my time with the game is slowing down I felt obligated to do one of those review things. You know where we put up a bunch of jumbled text and slap a huge number next to it? Without further ado I present Whacked!

If there is one thing that can make a game stand out it has to be visuals. When you look at screenshots the sound, gameplay, all that shit is un-important. You are looking at what the game will present on a visual level. Whacked! comes across with a wacky style of eye candy and pulls it off quite nicely. Awesome textures and dynamic lighting heat up the levels with a certain feeling of chaos. This game is fast and the XBox has no trouble of keeping it that way. Rock solid frame rate mixed with great character models and level design show that the developers took their time to make this game great. Sure it could look better, but for what it is Whacked! looks just as good as it plays.

Speaking of how it plays, I was shocked the developers opted not to include the infamous two analog style for this game. All of your character’s movements are executed with one analog and the triggers act as your strafing mechanism. Interesting for such a fast paced game, this is perhaps because the action is so fast that requiring the player to aim would have been a nightmare! The button layout is simple enough for anyone, two of the face buttons are attack and the other two jump. No matter which button you press by default it does something, leaving buttons dormant makes me scratch my head, just make them do something else LOL! Sure this layout is infancy compared to others but the game is not aimed at the Tom Clancy style now is it?

This is the area I felt work could have been implemented. Sure the music is catchy but damn the movies are SOOO much louder than the in-game stuff. Watching one of the cut scenes requires you to lower the volume if you don’t want to go deaf. The voice overs are freaking hilarious and add a perfect sense of style to the game. You spend most of the game laughing at the cast of contestants for the insecurities and short..ahem comings. Perhaps if they would have remedied the switching sound issue this area would be flawless, except for that damned annoying title screen song, I am so sick of hearing it!

This is where the game is meant to be played. This game supports every kind of multi-gaming style your heart desires. Split screen, system link, and even XBox Live support is there baby. Trash talking your opponent while being naked is awesome..errr scratch that I was talking about one of the game’s characters sickos! Sure the single player game is chock full of goodies to unlock such as the hilarious commercials and in-game cut scenes, but this game truly shines in 2-4 player mode!

This is one of those games that 99% of gamers will pass over and it will more than likely end up in the bargain bin at your local game shop. The worst part is this game deserves so much more praise than it is getting and I highly recommend renting it for a weekend XBox party. I almost guarantee if you play loads of multi-player gaming you will purchase it. I leave you now to get back to some crazy rounds of Whacked!

Ken McKown

Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.

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