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The Reviews Are In – is TMNT: Out Of The Shadows Hit or Miss?

Just in case you haven’t heard yet, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game has finally hit the streets. Available now on both Xbox Live and Steam, Out of the Shadows is a new game based on our four favorite heroes. After Activision won the publishing rights for the next few TMNT games, it was only a matter of time before we saw a new title like this. Red Fly studios has definitely produced something interesting here, but it would appear that not everyone is having a great time with the new title. A few of the more significant reviews for Out of the Shadows have come in and it would seem that they aren’t all that stellar. IGN and Joystiq weren’t entirely negative about the game, but they did speak out about a few possible technical issues.


The thing to remember about these reviews is that they were all likely done with a critical eye in mind. These aren’t necessarily huge Ninja Turtles fans we’re talking about, but they do have some valid criticisms for Out of the Shadows. One of the main issues discussed in both reviews was about the bugs in the game, which do seem to be problematic. Whether it be awkward camera angles, possible frame rate concerns or unexplained aspects of the gameplay, these reviewers had a lot of issues with the latest TMNT game.

 TMNT Out of the Shadows released

That being said, they also had a lot of positive things to say about OOTS as well. In both reviews, each critic pointed out that the combat system was perhaps the greatest aspect of the game. Considering that this is an action oriented beat ’em up title, it’s probably a pretty good sign that the fighting mechanics work well. Modeled after the mechanics of Batman: Arkham City, TMNT: Out of the Shadows features a system which rewards you for combo streaks. As you fight off a crowd of baddies, you’ll be warned when one of them is about to strike, giving you time to either counter or get out of the way and keep your streak going. The higher your streak goes, the better your special moves will be.


Another aspect of the game that seemed to be pretty interesting was the conversations held between the turtles. Much like in the popular title Battlefield: Bad Company, the characters have a bunch of interactions that add a bit of camaraderie to what would otherwise just be another TMNT beat ’em up. While neither of the reviewers from IGN or Joystiq appreciated this, a contributor to Kotaku seemed ecstatic about the discussions that our heroes in a half shell were having with each other. While the reviews seem to think that this kind of thing is repetitive and annoying, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans are clearly eating it up like a delicious peanut butter and mango pizza.


In the end, it’s hard to know what to think about these reviews. If you’re a fan of the Ninja Turtles, you’ll just have to check this one out for yourselves. You know we’ll be providing you with our own review soon, so look forward to that in the coming weeks. Until then, if you’ve played TMNT: Out of the Shadows for yourself, tell us what you thought of it in the comments below. Are the reviews correct? Is this just a mediocre game? Or is there a lot to love about this latest addition to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game library? I’m sure everyone is curious to know what fellow fans are thinking, because sometimes it can be easier to make a decision about a game after checking out the honest and heartfelt opinions of someone who truly cherishes the franchise than it is to just take the critics word for it.

The Author

Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior is an author and English professor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana. His short stories have been published around the world, and he has two non-fiction books in print. He has contributed articles to several different sites, and has been a fan of the turtles since he was two years old, and his favorite ninja turtle is Raphael.

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