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February 14, 2005
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
October 2005THQCapcom1$99.95

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These early graphics look superb.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is, in many movie fans opinions the ultimate in stop motion animation. Released in 1993 the movie used the process of shooting every single frame of models moved a miniscule amount at a time. It's an interesting process used years ago to create visual effects for movies such as King Kong, but Tim Burton's movie was the first feature length stop motion movie. According to IMDB the average score from over 18,000 movie watching people is an impressive 7.8/10. Some 12 years later, and almost two years after the games initial announcement, Capcom are putting the finishing touches on a game that looks as whacky as the movie.

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It's getting hot in here...
The Nightmare Before Christmas told the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. This game will actually be more of a sequel to the movie rather then just using the same plot so fans of the characters will be enjoying more wonderful adventures.

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One of the cut scenes.
In terms of gameplay players will take control of Jack Skellington, the spindly gothic hero from the film. Jack has the use of a brand new whip like weapon which has the ability to capture souls, this weapon has been created by Capcom especially for the game. Little has been seen of the actual gameplay to date however I wouldn't be surprised to see the company taking some inspiration from their highly acclaimed Maximo titles despite being a different development team within the company.

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The spider from ROTK...
As you would expect this game will make extensive use of the assets from the movie including visuals and audio. Whether Capcom manages to get some of the original actors back to record extra lines for the game remains to be seen. On a positive note Chris Sarandon who voiced Jack in the movie has done some voicework for Jack Skellington in Kingdom Hearts while Ken Page who played the evil Oogie Boogie also provided voicework for Square's game as well.

In co-development, and co-publishing, with Disney Interactive this game is certain to be a big title for fans of the movie. The main issue will be if Capcom can make this game reach out to casual gamers, especially those with little or no knowledge of the movie which, let's be honest, isn't as mainstream as something like Star Wars or Spiderman.