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Feb. 16, 2006
Over the Hedge - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
14/6/2006ActivisionEdge of Reality1-2$69.95

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The characters looks whacky.
Here we go again. Another American Summer, another CG movie and another inevitable game tie-in. It seems to be that Activision's decision a couple of years ago to concentrate on licensed properties is starting to pay off with Spider- man, Shrek and X-Men games generating a lot of sales. 2006 sees the introduction of a new Dreamworks CG movie franchise, and Activision have come to the party with Over the Hedge, a game which looks like being tremendous fun for youngsters, and perhaps some adults as well.

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Running around the back yard.
The storyline of the game is, like the movie, fairly well still under wraps. In essence it's a story about a group of friends who go on an adventure beyond their normal home area. The movie, and game, include characters such as RJ the raccoon, Verne the turtle, Hammy the squirrel and Stella the skunk, players turn a suburban neighborhood loaded with dangerous obstacles and traps into their own personal playground.

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That's Verne the turtle.
Over the Hedge is a wildly adventurous game that takes players on an interactive adventure beyond the story seen in the film. In over 30 mission-filled levels, 10 of which include locations not seen in the film including the exterminator's lab, the sewers, and the wild Western theme park, gamers can switch between two characters on the fly, or select multiplayer mode to join forces with a friend. Gamers interact with all characters from the film, as well as all-new characters that live only in the game.

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Characters look great.
In an attempt to free captured friends and rob the humans of their beloved food, players master each character’s special moves and learn how to use them to work together. Special moves include: RJ’s “golf ball barrage,” Verne’s “spinning shell attack,” Hammy’s “Hammy time” which allows him to streak around and overcome opponents in the blink of an eye, and Stella’s “stink.” Players move on to gain new abilities that allow each animal to perform advanced combo attacks as well as pick up hidden tools and armor.

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Going to fix the plumbing?
Over the Hedge will also include some multi-player action as 2-players work together to get through the neighborhood. If that wasn't enough you can expect plenty of mini-games include the likes of “Golf Cart Derby,” “RC (radio-controlled) Car Racing” and “Suburban Mini Golf” as players take on side challenges to win energy-filled snacks or powered-up weapons and items.

Over the Hedge isn't going to be a triple-A title for adult games - it's clear that both the movie and game have a younger audience in mind. If, however, Dreamworks can get the same wide appeal as their hit Shrek movies, then the game may also branch across age groups. Expect the game to hit the shelves at the same time as the movie - June 2006.