Top critical review
Got the look down but that's all.
on 17 July 2014
While I really enjoy the source material and the level design, the gameplay really ruins the game. First off the camera is really messed up it's zoomed out on the player when I felt a third person perspective would have worked better. Whenever you turn a corner the camera along with the directions on the control reverse which many times will cause you to move in the opposite direction to which you were heading. The combat is just awful and very repetitive and annoying. The jumping doesn't really do anything other than make Jack do a somersault, you can't really use it to jump any gaps so it's just a useless ability. The soundtrack is just a butchered version of the one from the film, basically for certain moments mainly boss battle they will play the first minute or so of a song from the film with different lyrics relating to what's occurring in the game and repeat it over and over again until you defeat the boss or fail. You don't really get any guidance on any of the missions, sometimes you have no clue where to go and the map doesn't help you (just wait till you get to the Hinterlands, I was stuck there for hours).
There are some positives to the game such as the level design is very faithful to the film and looks amazing most of the time and the game is definitely worth a buy just to explore Halloween Town and Christmas Town in full along with some new areas added that fit perfectly and do not feel out of place. If you're a fan of the film I recommend playing it at least once but you probably won't want to a 2nd time for a long time. Though for the love of god make sure you pick the easy difficulty, I tried Normal and it was almost impossible, thank god for the quick and easy replenish health cheat. So overall great looking game and fun to explore but really let down by gameplay which really sucks as I want to like this game.