Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue! PlayStation

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Just a wasted opportunity. Of course, we are totally missing the point here because the game is aimed at players as young as eight, and we are therefore being far too damning in our criticism, but what the hell, we love kiddie platformers just as much as any juvenile, and we still thought this game was unimaginative and distinctly lame.
  2. The game is good. Whether you've seen the movie or not, Toy Story 2, as a game, stands on its own. It's not complicated or sexy; it's just a fun, straightforward, nonlinear adventure game with puzzle and platform elements.
  3. 70
    It's a moderately fun game, and it's a fine stocking stuffer, but just don't blame me if your children's dental bill skyrockets from them gritting their teeth.
  4. Easy, but long, and it will please most fans of games like "Super Mario 64" and "Banjo-Kazookie." It looks fantastic, it's a lot of fun, and it handles superbly.
  5. The sprawling environments are the game's strongest points and greatest weaknesses---it's terrific to run down the stairs in Andy's living room, or go sliding around on zip-wires in the basement, or flying through the air with the help of a reclining chair launch-mechanism...but at the same time, there seems to be an uninspiring deadness to the world around you; it simply isn't interactive enough.
  6. If you want to see video clips, go watch the actual movie - It will look better anyway. If you want a groundbreaking three-dimensional platformer, you're still looking in the wrong place, bub. Little kids might be willing to look past the unoriginality and outdated gameplay... maybe they would even have some fun. But most kids, including those who are just kids at heart, would be smart enough to play elsewhere.

Awards & Rankings

#18 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
#10 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    8
    Usually I call movies to be better than their respective games, but this one did pretty much alright for a decent game. Game has differentUsually I call movies to be better than their respective games, but this one did pretty much alright for a decent game. Game has different review and rating per system. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    6
    Not even close to titles like the Crash and Spyro series, but still a pretty fun game. I don't believe anyone would be interested in this gameNot even close to titles like the Crash and Spyro series, but still a pretty fun game. I don't believe anyone would be interested in this game today, but I remember actually enjoying it as a kid. Full Review »
  3. May 12, 2017
    7
    Let's all just get the disclaimer out of the way now: licensed video games, unfortunately, tend to suck. While there are some diamonds in theLet's all just get the disclaimer out of the way now: licensed video games, unfortunately, tend to suck. While there are some diamonds in the rough, often times, developers will make a game based on a license for no other reason other than quick cash. It's the easiest way to release ham-fisted game and still get rich off of it. That said, Traveller's Tales worked their hardest to disprove this theory with "Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue" for the PlayStation, hoping to make a game worthy enough to stand next to one of the greatest animated films of all time (and one of my personal favorites). And it's pretty clear that they put in far more effort than most licensed games do.
    There's a number of things to like about this game: it's got solid platforming, catchy music, decent visuals and some really good, interesting level design. The game mostly follows the plot of the first film, but features some unique areas not seen in the film. It's clear Traveller's Tales didn't want to just "release something," they wanted to make something that, if nothing else, could still be a fun play even for the older crowd, and the game is mostly successful.
    It's not perfect, however: while the visuals are pretty good overall, the characters aren't blessed with the most well-animated faces (take note that their lips also don't move), and while it's a fun adventure, kids might be shocked that the game is as difficult as it is. Also, while many of the early levels are great, the final few levels are mostly unexciting, and the game doesn't really end as well as it started.
    Still, if you can find it for a good price, "Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue" is definitely worth playing through. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a nice little diversion that I'm sure many people can have some fun with.
    Final rating: 7 out of 10 "Good"
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