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  • Summary: The oldest brother, Leonardo is the leader of the four Turtles – an accomplished tactician possessing a discipline and focus as sharp as his blades. His selfless sense of responsibility for the family sometimes puts him at odds with the headstrong Raphael, who too often only thinks ofThe oldest brother, Leonardo is the leader of the four Turtles – an accomplished tactician possessing a discipline and focus as sharp as his blades. His selfless sense of responsibility for the family sometimes puts him at odds with the headstrong Raphael, who too often only thinks of himself. With a katana in each hand, Leo is the most well-rounded fighter in the Turtle roster, balanced by an unwavering dedication to his training. He is without a standout strength or glaring weakness, defined by a general aptitude for speed, reach, damage, and reactiveness, making him the easiest for novice players to pick up and play. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 17 out of 28
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    69
    Even though it has some issues, it tries to bring back the soul of the arcade, and manages to offer a game full of action that those who play it with friends are definitely going to enjoy.
  2. Sep 2, 2013
    59
    Intrinsic problems with some of the basics; collision detection, dodgy camera, and sloppy graphics ruin what could have been a far more polished experience.
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    50
    TMNT is a video game of poor production values​​, valid only for the die-hard fan of Pizza-loving turtles.
  4. Sep 7, 2013
    45
    Out of the Shadows has all the trimmings of a fantastic brawler, but none of it works as it should. For every highlight the game showcases there are multiple failures: shoddy controls, a complicated combat system, and far too many glitches.
  5. Sep 9, 2013
    30
    What we are left with is a dull, broken button-masher of a campaign, a risible, barely playable multiplayer game, and a couch co-op which puts most players on a level playing field with Mr. Magoo.
  6. Sep 4, 2013
    30
    How can such a bad game be part of the Summer of Arcade? Those games need to be special. This Turtles game is definitely not.
  7. Sep 4, 2013
    10
    Bugs like this render the game almost unplayable. With patience and no small amount of luck, it is possible to progress in the game, but it's simply not worth it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 51
  2. Negative: 15 out of 51
  1. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    You really have to give this game a chance to appreciate it. The camera gets pretty rough at times, and there's a few weird issues withYou really have to give this game a chance to appreciate it. The camera gets pretty rough at times, and there's a few weird issues with movement. These issues are made up for with the combat. I doubt the people trashing it played it enough to actually see the strongest point of the game. Once you get through the campaign you open up the other modes of play that are all straight fighting. It really changes when you develop each turtles skills too.

    It's easily worth $15. Give it a shot.
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  2. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Played the game some more and i must say this game is soooo awesome!! The diversity in the levels are outstanding and there is so much toPlayed the game some more and i must say this game is soooo awesome!! The diversity in the levels are outstanding and there is so much to upgrade and u can also purchase a special weapon designed for each turtle. It baffles me why some people are rating this game so low, if i could go higher than a 10 i would. I want to savor this masterpiece of a game because im having a blast with it. There is one problem with this game that totally annoys me, its the camera, the camera sucks in this game, thank God its only in the campaign mode though. I do not want this game to end! Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    This game hasn't quite reached my expectations yet, don't get me wrong it ain't bad.
    The dissapointment i had was that me and my brother
    This game hasn't quite reached my expectations yet, don't get me wrong it ain't bad.
    The dissapointment i had was that me and my brother can't splitscreen and go online to play with my other friends. This is something we were hoping for. Second is the fact that splitscreen is done incredibally annoying.
    It reduces the screen size abnormally mean that both of the screens are too small to actually enjoy the game.
    But besides that, the game is incredibly impressive. It has a deep combat system which is kind of difficult to explain here, but believe me it is deeper than it looks and some of the more spectaculair moves are pretty rewarding since they are difficult to pull off.

    In the terms of graphics the game looks okay, it has some bland textures in some levels and you shouldn't expect any awe inspiring scenery, but it gets the job done. The four shelled brothers themselves look impressive, the first time i saw them they came straight out of uncanney valley for me, but it actually looks cool. They look realistic, not cartooney or sci-fi, they look like creatures you can find in the sewers yourself.

    For 15 bucks you get a lot of bang. 4 modes, five hour campaign, training mode, an incredibly difficult arcade mode.

    One tip overall, before you start doing campaign missions: DO THE TRAINING MODE AND LEARN THE MOVES.
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  4. Sep 10, 2013
    8
    I'm not going into the technical stuff.
    This is a great game for players old and young. From 6 to 36 TMNT does not disappoint. The Turtles
    I'm not going into the technical stuff.
    This is a great game for players old and young. From 6 to 36 TMNT does not disappoint. The Turtles look great, the back and forth banter is top notch and will have you cracking up. Basic controls are easy to pick up and enjoy. Local co-op 2 player campaign gave us freedom to explore, kick shell and experiment with team moves. All without being held back by each other. Three turtles to take down The Foot one to explore & grab pizza. One of the best things was that I could play this with my sons & daughter. Arcade mode 4 player classic Turtle action with the Unreal engine awesome, awesome, awesome. As a family we continue to join this game. Quoting my son why aren't there more Super Hero games that we can all play together. TMNT answers the call for old and young.
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  5. Sep 4, 2013
    7
    "Give the game a chance especially if you are a turtles fan. It is not perfect, far from it but most of the problems are technical not"Give the game a chance especially if you are a turtles fan. It is not perfect, far from it but most of the problems are technical not game-play related. At its peak when the combat comes together, especially online, it provides a great turtles experience as four players perform a team taunt giving each other a "high three" or a funky dance in celebration. Overall a very decent buy for any fan-boy of the TMNT genre, a forgiving gamer will have definite positives to take away but a picky, discerning or unforgiving gamer interested in only triple A titles may want to give it a wide berth"

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    This game mixes it up a little and draws on the themes from the recent TMNT Nick series whilst also attempting to create an atmosphere that purist fans of the comics (like myself) will enjoy. In the face of recent brawler games with large budgets it is easy to compare this to Batman: Arkham City, Ninja Gaiden etc. and it is important to distance yourself when looking at what the game has achieved. It is after all a third of the price and has far less money invested in it. The combat system is deep, easy to learn and hard to master offering longevity and replayability on this front. The personalities of each turtle shine through their individual movesets and animations. Also within the game are tons of little tips of the hat to the different games such as turtles in time for the snes that precede it such as the jump-kick move and leonardo's dash move; as a fan I really appreciate the effort. Four chapters are provided to play through and a multitude of challenges which offer a near complete range of difficulties for players up to extremely difficult to complete. Each chapter has a different style, setting and colour set and for £10 they are nicely done, but offer nothing new to generations of 3D brawlers with a largely simplistic level design; I would argue that if you bought it for that you made a mistake as it was never going to be that.

    Where the game falls short is in some of its technical issues. Camera angle problems can be frustrating at times whilst glitches and bugs are present throughout the game. As previously stated levels are simplistically designed and in some cases inhibit play. An ever present hacking game slows down the pacing at times to a crawl and is really unnecessary, feeling as thought it has just been chucked in there to extend playing time. Dialogue and video cannot be pushed past while in online mode and also you cannot reliably select your turtle of choice on the selection screen (if someone else selects the turtle before you have readied yourself you lose the turtle). Little things like this I hope will be solved in a later patch but unless the game is supported this becomes less likely to happen. The current overly negative reviews in my opinion will probably kill the chances of this game living up to what it could potentially be.

    These issues surely would have been solved with a greater testing period and herein lies a potential reason to the game's problems. Release scheduling was already delayed for the game and online gamers kicked up a fuss...I might guess that in order to keep with the second schedule for release and the XBOX summer of arcade the game has been released a little early. Either this or that the team ran out of money to maintain keeping the title at at the £10 price mark.

    Overall it's a flawed game with lots of passion in it and for this I keep returning to play it. It has a deep combat system with lots to offer, which cannot be mastered in one sitting, but it is a flawed and glitchy experience.

    Yet when I pick up the controller, I forgive all the game's negatives and really enjoy the experience...
    ...I cannot tell you how much delight I get from performing the team taunts, it's the closest to feeling like your favourite turtle you may ever get...
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  6. Nov 22, 2013
    4
    Why? JUST WHY???????? The game is repetitive and boring period. The only fun thing about this game is the training mode lol! XD Even theWhy? JUST WHY???????? The game is repetitive and boring period. The only fun thing about this game is the training mode lol! XD Even the Nickolodeon version that came out afterwards SUCKS! WHEN will we EVER get a TMNT game like Arkham City? CAN ANY GAME DEVELOPER DO THE SERIES JUSTICE??? Jesus Christ. Expand
  7. Apr 2, 2014
    0
    This game has only had technical issue after technical issue. All your fandom, and wishing to play a TMNT game combined, will not make thisThis game has only had technical issue after technical issue. All your fandom, and wishing to play a TMNT game combined, will not make this game worthy of a single dime. Do not waste your time with this horrible frustration of a game. Redfly is a terrible gaming company with a record for being barely mediocre. Their public relations is essentially non existent. Any gamer who has attempted this poor version of a TMNT game can tell you that they have not received any relief from all the glitches that have plagued this game. DO NOT BUY. Expand

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