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Toy Story 2

video game review video game review Video Game Review: Toy Story 2 Publisher: Activision
Category: Action
Platform: Dreamcast, PS1, N64, Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: July 2000

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

Toy Story 2 looks great on the Dreamcast. The graphics are crisp, clean, and colorful with enough detail to pass for a reasonable representation of the film.

Toy Story 2 follows a successful but tiresome Disney Interactive formula: beat a level, watch a film clip, beat a level, watch a film clip. Buzz is the central character and the only player- controlled character. This game has too much Buzz and not enough Woody.

Woody has to be rescued, and the supporting characters (Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Hamm) add to your list of chores. Hamm, of course, needs coins since he's a piggy bank. Mr. Potato Head is always losing his body parts, which you must retrieve.

For some reason, the mission to rescue Woody requires that you collect Pizza Planet Tokens. To be honest, that right there is a giant red sign that screams to us, "This game just takes objects and elements from the film and throws them together in the most cliched form possible."

I have picked on Rare for the endless coin/gem/token game play gimmicks, so I can't let Toy Story 2 slip off the radar screen, either.

I just don't understand why you can't control each character. The movie didn't have supporting characters for decoration; they took action.

Why can't we control Woody in some levels, aiding him in his escape plans (however unsuccessful), and eventually have Buzz and Woody meet?

Toy Story 2 would have been much better had it used the film as something in which to weave game play. However, the playable portions rarely advance the actual plot. This is easier said than done, but I don't really see any attempt to do this at all.

Lastly, the controls are so horrible (always falling off ledges, impossible to aim accurately) that the target audience will only find this game frustrating. Toy Story 2 just won't find a friend in you.

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