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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3) Preview

June 10, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

While at E3 I got the chance to demo the PS3 version of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, the sequel to Junction Point’s and Disney Interactive’s hit Nintendo Wii game, Epic Mickey. It looks like Junction Point and Warren Spector have listened to the criticisms of the first game and this game will be a much more fun and fulfilling experience for gamers and Disney fanatics alike. The biggest change of course is that all the characters in the game will be fully voiced so no more gibberish speak from the characters. Mickey and Oswald now get to actually converse with actual dialogue. Oswald is voiced by Frank Welker and Gremlin Gus from the first game also returns this time voiced by Cary Elwes.

This game will be enabled for both standard or PlayStation Move controllers so you need not worry. I actually liked using the standard controller in this game. You use your right analog stick to aim your paint brush cursor at your target and it works pretty well. You start the game playing as Mickey who enters into Wasteland which is in jeopardy again. The game again uses a mix of 3D and also the side-scrolling levels from the first game. Controls and level design are comparable to the first. The good news is you can now play as Oswald in two-player co-op. If you play the game individually, Oswald will be controlled via the CPU. Mickey is again armed with his paint brush which he can use to create with his paint or erase with the thinner.

After entering Wasteland you will meet up with Oswald to get going on your adventure. The demo also showcased a boss fight with a gigantic robotic version of Pete’s Dragon. You must dodge the dragon’s attack while either erasing parts of his armor or painting parts in to defeat him and also beat the creepy crawler monsters that are controlling the mechanical monstrosity. I really enjoyed the demo and it looks like the game is a nice, tweaked improvement of the original. I was really happy to finally be able to these characters speak. Epic Mickey will be hitting PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Windows PC, and MAC OS on November 18. There will also be a Nintendo 3DS companion version of the game called Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion.

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