The Simpsons Updated Hands-On

We have super happy fun fun and tour the land of chocolate in an updated version of EA's upcoming Simpsons game.

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While we've seen EA's upcoming Simpsons game quite a bit recently, the game continues to pleasantly surprise us. The tongue-in-cheek adventure finds the animated family braving the perilous world of video games in a platformer that stars the whole clan. We had the chance to check out some new levels in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game at EA's press event today. These levels showed off the game's smart wit and fun gameplay.

The version of the game on display at the event featured a broad sampling of levels that included many we've seen before and two new levels. The first new level, The Land of Chocolate, serves as the game's tutorial. For those unfamiliar with the classic fantasy sequence, this level is set in a candy-fueled dream had by Homer. The level opens with a cinematic that's right out of the cartoon and then segues to gameplay. Your goal in the level is to follow a white chocolate rabbit through a chocolate village and to the top of a cake. Along the way, you're filled in on the basics of gameplay and the various collectibles in the game.

The second level was dubbed Super Happy Fun Fun and is a video game parody along the lines of what we've seen in Medal of Homer. The level is a fast-paced mashup of video game and series in-jokes that work well together. The opening cinematic finds Homer and Lisa confronted by a large Milhouse, looking suspiciously like the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy. Despite his giant stature, the bespectacled dude is still as insecure as ever and fawns over an unimpressed Lisa. As Lisa and Homer journey through, they encounter ice and fire levels. They also engage in a turn-based battle that mixes Pokémon and Final Fantasy, which is all good, funny stuff. Sharp-eyed players will recognize Comic Book Guy as sumo wrestlers you'll encounter, but more importantly, the mighty Mister Sparkle.

Both levels showcased the solid platforming mechanics and controls that have stood out in our previous looks at the game. Controlling and swapping characters is easy, while the level design is a good mix of traditional running and jumping.

The game's presentation makes smart use of the processing power of both consoles. The graphical muscle is devoted to ensuring the characters and environments look authentic when compared to the cartoon. As such, the character's animations, both in action and when idle, look great. In addition, the environments are spruced up by some high-tech flourishes, such as transparencies and other special effects that look sharp. Audio in the game stood out thanks to a hefty amount of dialogue from the series cast and well-written dialogue. In-game music was low-key and didn't really stand out.

Based on what we played, The Simpsons is shaping up to be the best game made for the family in a good long while. It's funny, looks good, and--more importantly--seems to play well, which isn't something that can be said about many of the previous Simpsons games. Fans of the series or anyone looking for an engaging platformer with a sense of humor will do well to keep an eye out for the Simpsons when it ships this October for the DS, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360.

Discussion

121 comments
d3vilg0d
d3vilg0d

im not a fan of tv/movies to games but this game spund cool can finally dust my wii

motang
motang

Sounds very interesting, I sure hope the original Arcade game is an unlockable feature.

Testament
Testament

i hope the acarde version is unlockable

Mikey_PJ
Mikey_PJ

Really can't wait for this one, I'm gonna get it no matter what...

LFCspiderpig
LFCspiderpig

the possiblity of cut scenes from the episodes sounds great

RockHardNuts
RockHardNuts

This game looks like it has potential. I'll probably be picking this up, because even if it turns out to be not so great, the fact that its a Simpsons game will be it saving grace (yes, I do LOVE the Simpsons)

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I might get this but there are so many other games coming out so I might miss it. djekin 'godhatch has obviously never played The Simpsons Hit & Run' I played it and I did not like it much, my little brother loved it though, I rathered GTA which is what they were copying, like road rage when the copied crazy taxi, and simpsons skateboarding when they copied tony hawks, I never liked the simpsons versions much but the others were great, especially tony hawks, I would not be suprised if this was copying something aswell. still it might be good...

p00phead
p00phead

please give us easy achievments

Jo_Dal92
Jo_Dal92

Wow its coming out for almost every new platform. It looks very funny and promesing.

SirMonotone
SirMonotone

Looks & sounds awesome. Love The Simpsons. :)

sonic2010
sonic2010

i used to play this game when i had my ps2 & now that i own a PS3 cant wait for it. the game probebly will be much much better on the OS3 with good qulity.

instantdeath999
instantdeath999

This game looks fun. Now to decide on what version/versions to get....

drparka
drparka

looks pretty cool, my only hope its that it wont be insanely hard as the old simpson games for the nes, snes, sega an gb.

edhc44
edhc44

@mienzio The Simpsons Arcade Game on the XBLA would be awesome... Anyway, this game is starting to sound appealing to me... Keep the info comming!

ps2ghostgamer
ps2ghostgamer

It looks good but i heard it was coming out on PS2, now I'm disappointed

mienzio
mienzio

playa42018 I couldn't agree more...I would love to see The Simpsons Arcade Game come out, I'd buy it in a second

Cruzadr
Cruzadr

huh...this is not a movie tie-in, otherwise we'd be swamped with at least 10 levels of bloody spiderpig!

playa42018
playa42018

release The Simpsons Arcade game on XBLA in my opinion.

jj_696
jj_696

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omegakie
omegakie

might wait till this game is cheaper then buy it

Hawk456
Hawk456

This game looks like it has potential and not basing it on the movie was the smartest decision for EA this year.

heroface
heroface

at least they didn't tie it in with the movie it wouldn't have been so excitng to wait for if we already knew what it was about... i love the look.. hoping for a halo-esque level!

Spybreak
Spybreak

I love how the Simpsons games know they're a Simpsons game and play around with that. Homer inflating and rolling around is just too funny.

stenknz
stenknz

I like the style\look of this game! Looks very much like the Simpsons but 3D Must get for me

ajmaster696
ajmaster696

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ShmenonPie
ShmenonPie

This may be one of the best movie tie-ins ever. The only movie tie-in that has ever been any good before this one, assuming that this one is good, is Peter Jackson's Kong, which was pretty cool. Apart from that, movie tie-insa tend to suck. @Innglor: Evil Genius rocked! It was an awesome game!

Innglor
Innglor

Shadow Jude .... evil genius ( you make lair in mountains and stuff rly kool just like james bond or austin powers ..... and its spoof game !

shadow_judge
shadow_judge

Hey, just wondering... are there any "spoof" game, just like they made spoof movie?

DFTricks
DFTricks

The best video game that was tranformed from a funny tv serries was Family guy. I hope that with the Medal of Honor joke it get's even funnier :D

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

movie games tend to be rubbish, but by the look of this, its gunna be really gd

rbop
rbop

Can't wait.

fkholmes
fkholmes

This looks good, I am looking forward to it :)

kave-man007
kave-man007

SIMPSONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Hit and Run was great! Hope this one will be too :)

Xerocai
Xerocai

Yesss... Another Simpsons game!

evilmonkey_clou
evilmonkey_clou

Looking like the best simpsons game since since hit and run, Ill have to keep an eye on this.

renknram
renknram

Kinda like what I'm reading..... will definately follow this!!!

Xarcand
Xarcand

godhatch... lol if people heard "simpsons game" they would think of the horrible faliures in the past, this looks pretty good though simsons boxing ftl -.- (arcade and hit and run were pretty fun :P)