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  • Platform: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
  • ESRB: Everyone
  • Players: 1-4
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Activision
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: B
  • Sound: B
  • Gameplay: A-
  • Replay: B
  • Fun Factor: A
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: A

SHREK 2

By James Stevenson     June 23, 2004


Shrek and his pals in the Spooky Forest.
© Activision

One of the biggest summer sequels of the year, SHREK 2 has already made a ton of money and has been generally praised as a pretty good summer popcorn movie. Meanwhile, Activision readied its own version of the movie in game form. Gamers who played the original SHREK game might find it hard to get excited about a sequel but rest assured, the game is not developed by TDK and Activision has put serious time into the game to make sure it is a solid project.


The easiest game to compare SHREK 2 to is FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES. Up to four players can each take control of a character in this platformer-style game. There are plenty of objectives to accomplish such as finding 12 beans, rescuing chickens, and completing story objectives.


The levels vary from places like Shrek's Swamp, to Jack and Jill's Hydroponics Farm, to Far Far Away. Each level has its own unique charm and most of them look pretty good and convey the feeling of the movie. The level designs aren't anything new, but most are solid.


Throughout the game, players will use characters like Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, the Gingerbread man, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Big Bad Wolf. Each character has their own stats and move sets, including special moves critical to solving puzzles. Many of the areas in the game require characters to work together. And yes, you can play as Puss-in-Boots.


The last

Shrek and his pals in the Spooky Forest.

objective in each level is known as "Hero Time" and is where one character must accomplish a task on his or her own. These tasks range from things like timing button presses to n incredible platforming section that takes place at a waterfall. These don't add much to the game except to break up the action a bit and provide some new sequences.


While none of this is going to drive a hardcore gamer out to Blockbuster in order to play it, this is still a great game. Why? Because it is perfect game for you to play with your kid, or significant other it has a great atmosphere that is fun and funny. In addition to that, while it doesn't have amazing gameplay, it is quite fun to play with other people.


My girlfriend and I had played through all of the levels in the game on a preview build I had received to work on an article. It took us a few days working on each level at night and we had a good time doing it. In the craziness of E3, I somehow wasn't on the list to receive a copy of the final game, and there was hell to pay when my girlfriend noticed the full game was available but I didn't have it. That's how much your girlfriend or kids will like this game.


It's a great game that lets people come together and play together in that it appeals to all gamers of any age, gender, or style of gaming. It has a bit for everyone, action, puzzles, adventure, comedy and it set in a popular film world.


I don't think it's revolutionary, but it's good and anyone out there who has the slightest desire to play a game with someone who doesn't normally play games should pick it up right away. You'll be surprised.



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