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Sing Along with Mickey and Oswald in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2

Sing Along with Mickey and Oswald in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2

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Disney Interactive Media Group and game designer, master storyteller and huge Disney geek Warren Spector announced the sequel to last year's Wii game "Disney Epic Mickey ," with some changes that fans will love - or hate.  The problems with the camera that plagued Epic Mickey will be a thing of the past, and Oswald will be a playable, speaking character.

Traditionalists may argue that since Oswald never had a voice in his Disney shorts, he shouldn't talk now. However, the majority of gamers who play the Epic Mickey games won't know this, and might find a silent character off-putting. He DID speak in Epic Mickey, but the sounds that emanated from the characters were more like sighs and grunts, something Warren Spector stated (in Nintendo Power Magazine) was akin to the classic Mario games.


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Not only will the characters speak in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, they will sing!  Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be a classic Disney magical, musical adventure, with songs written especially for the game by James Dooley ("Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl / At World's End," "The Simpsons Movie") and Mike Himelstein ("Shrek," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse") - note: Himelstein wrote the hilarious "Welcome to Duloc."

Oswald will not only be a playable character for co-operative play (two people playing together) but will also be a strong NPC (non-player character), with intuitive AI (artificial intelligence). What do all these acronyms mean? It means that even if you're playing alone as Mickey, Oswald will join you independently and actually help you get along as the game progresses. This is a wonderful and rare thing in the gaming world.


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PlayStyle Matters, which was explored a bit in the first game, will be further exploited in the sequel. PSM means that the decisions you make as a player toward "good" or "scrappy Mickey are actually reflected in later gameplay, Mickey with his paint/thinner brush like in the first game, Oswald with a remote control that controls electricity.  In Epic Mickey, Mickey actually changed his looks depending upon whether the player played him as kind or not.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be the first cross-platform Epic Mickey game, playable not only on the Nintendo Wii but also on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, introducing the story and characters to a much wider audience of gamers.

 

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  • I'm pretty much a Disney traditionalist, but I don't think there's anything wrong with giving Oswald a voice.  But what a huge responsibility to figure out how Oswald should sound.

  • Times like this I wished I played video games.

  • I just wish they would make these playable on the handhelds too.

  • LA Dan: You're wish is granted because Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is coming to the Nintendo 3DS at about the same time as the console version.  It's got a retro 16 bit look and is sort of based off of the classic Mickey Sega Genesis game, Castle of Illusion.

    It's gonna be a really fun holiday season!

  • Jim any idea who the voice actor will be?

  • Frank Welker will voice Oswald just like in the last game. Nintendo Power has a great article announcing the game this month.

  • The Wii is the lead platform. That chouse is strange because it has outdated graphics and controles.

    I hope the PS3 verion (that you can play with the more accurat Move controler) will be better and that it donĀ“t looks like a update old game but has the hires textures.

  • i love mickey mouse and oswald the lucky rabbit  i think they are best friends and they can also be cousins and brothers.

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