When you are asked to call to mind epic heroes, the name Mickey Mouse might not be the first that jumps to your mind. It might not even be the 100th, but Junction Point Studios is trying to change all of that with their new Wii game Disney Epic Mickey, releasing November 26th. In the newest trailer for the game, the epic stakes that Mickey has before him are laid out with some deep and gravelly narration.
Many gamers are getting mixed vibes from the game. When it was first announced it looked like it had the potential to take Mickey’s design in a new direction, a la Kingdom Hearts. But when we got our first look at game play screens, all of that changed. Instead of a Mickey that was grittier and more determined we were given the same Mickey we know and love. Though this isn’t a bad thing, it still brings with it the questions of what could have been.
Certain elements of the game are intriguing. The idea of the paintbrush with its manipulation of the environment could be the mechanic the Wii was meant for, while the storyline seems very similar to what we saw in Fantasia. Warren Spector has the highest hopes for the game, saying:
“We are honored and humbled by the anticipation for Disney Epic Mickey, and we could not be more excited to get the game in people’s hands so that they can experience the thrill of becoming a hero and controlling their own destiny.”
Yes, Mickey is a great way to get gamers interested in a property, but once they are reeled in, it is up to the game to keep delivering. With plans for a sequel already being tossed around, and trailers multiplying like broomsticks, it is hard to escape seeing this game. Whether so much footage is a good or a bad thing, only time will tell. The one thing that can be said for sure is that our mouse in the yellow pants has a daunting task ahead of him.
What are your thoughts on Epic Mickey, Ranters? Are you interested in playing the game after seeing so much content for it?
Disney Epic Mickey uses a fast pass to get to your Wii on November 26th.