5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This isn't Mario 64!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Luigi's Mansion (GameCube) (Video Game)The first thing that struck me when I started playing Luigi's Mansion, was the scale of the gaming area - or lack of it.
The play is limited to the mansion of the title and even though Nintendo could have opted for a 'parallel worlds' theme as in Mario 64, they didn't. Instead, we help Luigi rescue his brother, Mario, by searching through the various rooms of the (admittedly large) mansion sucking ghosts up in a vacuum cleaner, finding keys to locked doors and helping Professor Gadd reclaim his art collection - which has run away!
Another feature conspicuous by it's absence, is the - win a special power for completing a task - theme prevalent in most platform adventures. The limited actions you have at the beginning, are the only ones you're going to get, though you do get a few power ups for your vacuum cleaner!
Had this game been released in six months, when the Gamecube has established itself as a viable console and has the software support to prove it, I don't think it would receive much attention from anyone except pure Mario Bros. fans. By that time (hopefully!) much larger, more in depth games will have been released and Luigi's Mansion would look a bit tame - but, with only a few games released at the moment it should be quite popular.
Nintendo obviously haven't opted for releasing an all time classic as part of the first wave of software for their new console, Mario 64, the first platform-adventure release on the N64, was amazing for its time and nothing really touched it until Zelda 64 (and later Donkey Kong)appeared on the shelves - maybe this has made Nintendo wary of peaking too soon, but Luigi's mansion does stand out in its own right.
The graphics are stylised and attractive, think original epsisodes of Scoobie Doo, and there are some really neat effects that show off the Gamecubes advanced capability. The playability is good (if a little frustrating at times) and not having a plethera of moves to deal with any given situation is strangely refreshing.
While the premise is undeniably simple, there are subtle, almost intangible nuances to this game and it does draw you in. It is, as any game worth its' salt should be, extremeley hard to put down.
In short, this is a good game. Not excellent, not amazing, just good - a no frills platform adventure that will have you coming back for more.
I am giving it four stars as,in my opinion, it could have been a little bigger. I don't think (once you have gotten over the size issue) any platform-adventure fan will be disappointed in this title and there are enough nice little touches to keep you amused.