The Simpsons Game Review

The Simpson’s Game is yet another game starring America’s beloved dysfunctional family. It is a licensed game that features all the voice actors (there’s over 8,000 original lines for the game or something ridiculously high) and some animated segments/shorts. Basically, it’s a really long episode of the Simpsons, as an episode it’s spectacular….as a game, it’s short.

Gameplay: 6/10
Pros: Each family member has a different skill set, the levels offer a great variety and reference many classic episodes.
Cons: Gameplay is a heavy copycat of 3rd person platformers and even includes a troublesome camera and resulting frustration.

Graphics: 8/10
Pros: Playing this game is like playing the TV show. The game captures Springfield and the look of the show better than any other Simpsons game before it.
Cons: The cartoon / cel-shaded look definitely doesn’t push the PS3 or Xbox360 or is all that impressive up to other next gen games.

Sound/Music: 9.5/10
Pros: The Voicework and effort of the actual cast in this game pays off. The story is great and the quips during gameplay to the actual script itself is fantastic and hysterical.

Lasting Appeal: 3/10
Pros: You’ll absolutely want to play through the story and enjoy the script/writing and humor. If you really care about collecting things…there’s PLENTY of that.
Cons: I beat the main game in about 3 days and 8 hours (Great rental – terrible buy). Now that I’ve seen the story, the gameplay, collectibles, achievements, etc. will not bring me back to the game. I don’t care about collecting Homer’s bottle caps, Bart’s posters, etc. (though the Video game cliche’s are pretty funnY). I’m done and it was fun while it lasted…just not $60 of fun.

Average: 66.25%
Tilt: -1.25%

As a game, the Simpson’s Game isn’t very good. It is an amazing Simpsons Episode with a phenomenal script, excellent voicework and decent gameplay to get you through it all. It’s a great licensed game, but unfortunately if this game wasn’t the Simpson’s and didn’t have the money and quality voice work and humor, it would probably drop an additional 10 pts or so. If your a fan of the Simpsons, you gotta rent it. If you’re only a gamer, forget it.

Verdict: 65%

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