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I truly is a shame that Disney had to close Junction Point Studios. I, myself have a degree in Video Game Design (but have not yet gotten the opportunity to work in the field) and in my opinion, the Epic Mickey series was really well done, good gameplay, great story, and importantly very entertaining. Disney should team up with Square Enix again and release more of the Kingdom Hearts series onto the more advanced systems, such as Xbox, Nintendo Wii, and with Square Enix’s ties with Sony, they can ease their way into the Playstation as well. Kingdom Hearts was the only reason I bought a Playstation 2 back in the day.
This is sad. I really enjoyed the first Epic Mickey. It was a great game, and I was really looking forward to the second one. But when it came out, it seemed to be more of the same, and did not have very favorable reviews. And on my budget, I felt it best not to buy the game. Apparently so did a lot of people.
It’s not mentioned in any reviews I’ve read, but the gameplay seemed most directly inspired by Traveller’s Tales’ expertly produced LEGO games, with paint and thinner replacing LEGO building. Perhaps that company should have had first crack at Epic Mickey.
I actually enjoyed the first game (played it twice to try to achieve both endings), but for all it’s production value and beautiful design, the mechanical and camera issues were annoyances which often threatened to sink the game.
The LEGO games also sometimes have this problem, but because they consist primarily of straightforward POINT A to POINT B levels rather than “open-world” play, camera issues don’t often affect normal gameplay.
It’s probably too late to save the (I think) cool concept of Epic Mickey, but perhaps we’ll get a LEGO DisneyParks game one day…
Hate to see a good studio go, but I can see why it had to happen. Both game were okay, but not all that great. Both suffered from nagging technical issues (camera, lock-ups, A.I….) that really held things back. Ultimately, looks like a business decision based on sales. First game sold 1.3 million on Wii, which isn’t bad, but second game sold somewhere around 270K across multiple platforms, which is not a good return on investment when you consider budgets.
Glad to see a few of the team members are already getting picked up by other studios.
I love Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He is my favorite new character. I also love Roger Rabbit. I wish Disney would do more cool things with its rabbits. I would like to request an Oswald ride please.
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