Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two - PS3 Preview
Turn Left Distribution
Junction Point Studios
Mickey Mouse and his brother Oswald.
Epic Mickey 2 allows co-op gameplay.
Epic Mickey 2 allows you to use the PS Move.
One of my biggest gaming disappointments in the last couple of years was the failure of the rather nice looking Epic Mickey to appear on the PS3. It seemed that with the launch of the PlayStation Move it would have been the perfect title to make use of Sony's motion controller. Perhaps Junction Point Studios had an exclusivity deal with Nintendo, but if not Sony should have paid the money to have the game ported - even with less the stellar review scores. Now, two years on, things have changed a little bit with Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two heading to all four major platforms this November (those being PS3, XBox 360, Wii and Nintendo's new Wii U).
Written by award-winning American comic book writer, Marv Wolfman, and Junction Point Epic Mickey 2 returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions. But for the first time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces as true partners – Mickey with his magical paint brush that wields paint and thinner, and Oswald with his powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity. The game sees the Mad Doctor return but unlike the first game he now wants to help Mickey restore the Wasteland after being devastated by an earthquake or other natural disasters. It soon becomes apparent however that all is not quite as it seems as the Wasteland is suffering more damage then ever before.
Expect plenty of platform action in Epic Mickey 2.
Unlike the originals single player only gameplay Epic Mickey 2 now supports two players with drop-in, drop-out co-op gameplay with one person controlling Mickey Mouse, and the other his brother Oswald. If you're playing in single player then Oswald will be AI controlled and assist you on your travels. While you can certainly play with the standard Dual Shock controller, the game makes use of the PlayStation Move which allows you to paint the world much more accurately. Oswald uses his remote control to either fight or befriend enemies and has other abilities such as being able to fly.
As with the original game Epic Mickey 2 uses Emergent Game Technologies' Gamebryo Engine to power the game, and it certainly looks pretty good - we can only hope the gorgeous visuals aren't let down by excessive screen tearing or frame rate issues. One of the biggest complaints with the original Epic Mickey concerned the camera movement and fortunately Warren Spector, the games designer, has confirmed this has been a major focus for the sequel and has stated that "They'll be working on it until the day we ship the second game. (There have been) over 1,000 specific changes made to the camera. Our goal is that you will not have to touch the manual camera controls even once to play through the main story path of this game." The game will also support 3DTV's.
Visuals are bold, colourful and detailed.
As was the case with the original Epic Mickey, music is being composed by James Dooley, but this time with the assistance of Mark Himmelstein. We can also expect plenty of dialogue from the main characters (including the very first time anyone will hear the voice of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit) and, as Warren Spector has confirmed, he has expanded this game to include musical numbers as well which will help tell the story.
Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two looks like an entertaining title that will hopefully (and it looks set to) expand on the Wii-exclusive original game. With the most recognisable cartoon character in the world starring in this game, as well as his brother, and impressive looking gameplay we expect this to be a monster seller this Christmas - something which new Australian distributor, Turn Left Distribution, will be mighty pleased about. Expect a release in late November.
Here's the trailer for Epic Mickey 2 detailing some story and showing gameplay.