'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manahattan' Hands-On: A Fitting Revival Of The Button-Mashing Classics

After trying it out, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan plays great
After trying it out, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan plays great Sony

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is the latest Ninja Turtles game coming out, and the first one from developer Platinum Games. Those excited by the surprise announcement will be even more excited about how the game actually plays.

One of the most interesting things about Mutants in Manhattan is that Platinum Games has created their own style of the turtles that is not directly based on anything released before. The game versions of the turtles are an amalgam of the original TV series, the new TV series, the comics and more.

Like other Platinum games, Mutants in Manhattan features a somewhat traditional two-button combo system of light and heavy attacks. Mixing these two buttons up opens up a big variety of combos for all four turtles, who all have different movesets. Additionally, players will be able to customize their loadouts with different special attacks and even items, opening up whole new styles of play.

Combat felt silky smooth, and features some great inclusions. There’s a great traversal system, with players able to scale any building with ease. Also in this traversal system is the ability to bounce on store awnings and even grind on rails. There’s also a very helpful lock-on mechanic so you never lose sight of your target.

Each level in Mutants in Manhattan revolves around the boss fight for that level. Players wander around each level, exploring areas and finding collectibles. Along the way, random encounters pop up for you and your friends to mow down. Players continue to explore each level and gain powerful upgrades and items until they are ready to face the boss.

Whether playing solo or with friends, Mutants in Manhattan will always feature all four turtles on the screen, focusing combat on co-op gameplay. Combo moves, which need to be triggered at roughly the same time, allow for players to deal out massive amounts of damage. Playing by yourself will let you to swap between the turtles on the fly, allowing for you to set up your own combos.

Unfortunately, despite the emphasis of co-op play, Mutants in Manhattan will not feature any local co-op play. The reason for this was because Platinum Games didn’t want to divide the screen up at all, allowing each player to get a full experience. Players will still be able to team up with up to three other friends, but must do it online.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will be releasing on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on May 24.

So what do you think? Are you interested in the co-op focus in combat for Mutants in Manhattan? What do you think of the different take on the Ninja Turtles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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