Shrek 2 for Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC. $69.99, $39.99 (PC). Rating: NN Rating: NN
Shrek is a magical movie. sadly, most of the magic doesn't survive translation into the game world. In the game, as in the movie, Shrek and Fiona travel to Far, Far Away Land to meet Fiona's parents. Of course, Shrek has his giant green hands full trying to fit in with the new in-laws. Many adventures ensue.
The game play consists mainly of simple puzzle-solving and platform action. It's quite easy, and frequent checkpoints make sure you won't have to repeat sections endlessly while searching for a solution.
You travel with Shrek, Fiona and Donkey and a fourth character who can be one of several familiar faces from the film. Each has special moves that you'll need in order to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. In the single-player game, the computer controls your teammates.
Shrek 2 looks great, offers lots of characters from the film and a decent challenge for those new to gaming. Too bad the jokes are flat and unimaginative. Youngsters will play happily ever after. Adults and teens, however, can avoid it altogether.
DISTURBING FACTOR Major. Shrek eats eyeballs.
COOL ELEMENT Other players can join and leave the game at any time without having to restart. Very nice.
VISUALS Graphically, Shrek 2 looks great. Nice models and well-detailed levels make you feel like you're in the movie.