If you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of games for the past few years, you’ll know that we really enjoyed Transformers: Devastation. The game’s mix of cel-shaded cartoon visuals, wild melee gameplay and rocking soundtrack made us such a fan.
PlatinumGames were the maniacal masterminds behind that action packed release. They’re known for crafting the types of games that reach into our ass kicking fantasies and lets us play them out. Their upcoming release features those four “shell kicking” turtles that have been around since the 80’s. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan looks to follow the Transformers: Devastation formula while also introducing some cool elements of its own.
The Turtles are back and hopefully this time, they’ll have a game worth paying attention to. Here’s everything you need to know about TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan.
1. All Four of the Turtles are Present and They Each Have Unique Abilities
Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are teaming up once again to get rid of the newest threats to their home city. Each turtle can pull off some wicked combos with their signature weapon, plus they each have the ability to pull off tag team maneuvers and special abilities. Leo can tap into his ninjitsu to slow down time and pull off a tag team whirlwind attack. Donatello can heal his brothers with pizza slices and his tandem maneuver lets him pull off teleportation attacks.
Raphael is a stealthy brawler who can go invisible and his team attack comes in the form of a powerful shockwave. And finally, Mikey is a natural born disco dancer that even inspires his enemies to let the groove take over them. His special ability allows him to cheer on his fellow turtles and boost their stats during battle. Make sure you click on each turtle’s name above to see them in action.
2. Some of the Franchise’s Most Familiar Villains Make an Appearance
Any TMNT fan who knows that a new game is on the horizon always wants to know which series baddies will pop up. Mutants in Manhattan won’t disappoint in that area. Some of the longtime villains that have been revealed thus far includes:
– The Shredder
– General Krang
There’s plenty more familiar characters that will show up in the game, such as Master Splinter and April O’Neil. The Foot Clan, plus those evil Rock Soldiers will definitely be the cannon fodder that you’ll clear out in NYC’s streets. If you’re curios to see one of the game’s boss battles in action, make sure you check out the video posted above.
3. The Gameplay Features Open-World Elements and Online Co-Op Play
Mutants in Manhattan is split into numerous stages. Each turtle has the ability to tap into their parkour abilities, which allows them to run up and down buildings. They can also parachute themselves through the air. As you explore each location, you’ll take on several different missions and fend off any enemies that try to stop you. Once you manage to complete the missions given to you, the stage’s main boss will emerge and challenge you.
During the single-player campaign, you’ll be able to seamlessly switch between each turtle as you play. As for the 4-player co-op option, you and three other players can tackle any of the game’s stages as the turtle of your choice (there’s no offline couch co-op, sadly). If any of your teammates gets downed in battle, you and the other turtles can attempt to quickly revive them. Should any of the turtles not be revived in time, a minigame ensues where the turtles will head back to their sewer home and eat some pizza as fast as possible. If successful, you’ll get to hop right back into the current stage you’re in. Supporting your fellow Ninja Turtle is essential as you attempt to rescue NYC from the evil Shredder and his minions.
4. The Art Style and Plot are Inspired by TMNT’s Golden Era
Just by looking at the game in motion, it’s easy to tell that it’s sticking to TMNT’s comic book origins. The visuals are inspired by the main artist for the IDW Publishing series, Mateus Santolouco. PlatinumGames has made it clear that they’ve paid close attention to TMNT’s previous comics, cartoons, video games and films during their work on Mutants in Manhattan. The game’s plot is being penned by someone who knows the turtles and their ever expanding universe very well – Tom Waltz.
5. The Game’s Pre-Order Bonuses Come in the Form of Costume Sets
If you’re looking to hop on the pre-order list for TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, there’s two incentives in it for you. Doing so at GameStop means you’ll get the exclusive “Rock N Roll” costume pack. This DLC pack lets you outfit each turtle in some badass outfits that bring out their metal side. GameStop is also giving away a sweet looking poster as an additional pre-order bonus.
If you choose to purchase the game digitally on PSN, Xbox Live or Steam, then you can obtain the equally as cool “Samurai Pack.” This costume set lets you outfit each turtle in the type of armor that makes them look like their TMNT 3 film counterparts (man, that movie blows).