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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: 27 out of 52
  2. Negative: 15 out of 52
  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. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    Best Turtle game yet. Combat much like Arkham games. Lacks in many areas, but a step in the right direction. Cannot beat the price pointBest Turtle game yet. Combat much like Arkham games. Lacks in many areas, but a step in the right direction. Cannot beat the price point either. 6.0 id much too low in my opinion. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    Summer of arcade goes out with a bang with its best for last title tmnt out of the shadows. I'm a huge fan of tmnt so i was excited to hearSummer of arcade goes out with a bang with its best for last title tmnt out of the shadows. I'm a huge fan of tmnt so i was excited to hear about this game. I can proudly say it is not a disappointment. Red fly studios developed a true to series tmnt game with a combat system similar to batman Arkham series. It's very satisfying to pull off counters and beat the snot out of ninjas and other fools that get in your way. Besides the campaign you have arcade mode, dojo to practice your moves and learn the basics, concept art, leveling up your turtles, challenge mode etc. this game is big and it's only $15! The graphics are really nice for an arcade title and the turtles look realistic albeit a little creepy. The only complaint I've had with this otherwise extremely appealing title is the voice acting. Some of it is BAD. None if any of the cast from the nickelodeon television series are present here. Overall though this game is awesome and is a blast to play. I highly recommend it if you grew up with or love the tmnt series as a kid or if you're a fan of the show...buy it now! Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2013
    8
    This is a good game. All the negative reviews I've encountered thus far seem to be judging it as if it's a $60 game and had a Tomb Raider-typeThis is a good game. All the negative reviews I've encountered thus far seem to be judging it as if it's a $60 game and had a Tomb Raider-type budget. It's not and it didn't.

    First, let's get the bad out of the way. The game does have quite a few glitches and many people have mentioned issues with the camera; however, the game isn't long enough and the checkpoints are plentiful enough that restarting from the last checkpoint if you get stuck really isn't that big of a deal. At most, you've wasted a couple of minutes. And, for me, I really didn't encounter a lot of issues with the camera. Only when I was in a cramped space did the camera tend to geek out a bit, but the vast majority of the levels give you plenty of large, spacious area, so those moments were rare, to say the least.

    The only issue I had was with the controls. I've heard people say that it's better on a controller, but my main problem was figuring out how to do all the strings, moves, and specials. Really, though, this has more to do with their training and tutorial features more than the actual game. Moreover, this only affected me when it came to the dojo as I couldn't complete certain moves. I can live without the dojo.

    On to the good: Everything else. For $15, not only do you get a decent-length story mode, but you also get a challenge mode and an arcade mode. You also get a leveling system with skill points that you can use to boost the various turtles. Some people have complained that certain turtles are bad, but I didn't think any of them were unusable. I played mainly as Mike, who is traditional the weakest of the bunch, and had no issues. Certain turtles may well be better than others, but the game is not hard in any sense of the word, so I don't see how it matters. The point is just to have fun.

    In any case, your level and skills transfer over to the various modes, which I think is awesome, and it's very ingrained in the fighting system, which I have to say is far more advanced than what I was expecting for a $15 game. I noticed a lot of people criticizing the fighting system for it's sluggishness (at times), but I had no problem adapting to it and, quite frankly, didn't go into the game thinking it would be as smooth or as polished as, say, a God of War or something.

    I also want to address the looks of the turtles. People seem to forget that the turtles have had a lot of facelifts over the years and have been depicted a lot of different ways. (Any one remember that they used to ALL wear red masks?) The only "goofy" thing with these turtles is that they look more like... turtles. In the past, the turtles' physiques far more resembled humans than turtles. In truth, most depictions have them looking a lot like beefy green guys wearing a shell suit rather than actual turtles. So, it was a simple design choice to stress the "turtle" part of the characters, and it's not really one that bugged me at all.

    On a minor note, I was floored when the game first started up and I heard "Turtle Power" playing. That right there almost made me score the game a 10, lol. Music selection A+++++.

    So, I gave this an 8 and the only thing that prevented it from getting a 10 was the lack of help in figuring out the controls (and the fact that you couldn't change them); otherwise, it was a fun game and definitely worth the $15. And keep that in mind: IT'S ONLY $15. If you see it on sale and you're a TMNT fan, you're doing yourself a huge disservice in not picking it up. Remember, if something like this is successful, there's always the possibility they decide to give it a bigger budget and do a bigger, better game.
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  5. Sep 8, 2013
    7
    The game is true to the turtles, if they can fix the glitches and the weird camera would be amazing... now, is just GOOD. Makes me wish itThe game is true to the turtles, if they can fix the glitches and the weird camera would be amazing... now, is just GOOD. Makes me wish it was a open world like arkhan City. Expand
  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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