Pikmin 2 is a real-time strategy game released for the Gamecube originally but released as part of the New Play Control series for Wii. It is a sequel to Pikmin 1, also on the Nintendo Gamecube and also released as part of the New Play Control Series. It was praised by a majority of reviewers and is said to be a complete improvement on the first game fixing the 30 Day limit of the original and having a longer game play time.
Pikmin 2 starts straight after the ending of the first, where Captain Olimar crash landed on a distant planet inhabited by Pikmin (believed to be Earth, but after the Human Race had left/gone extinct). Olimar partnered with the Pikmin to help find parts of his ship, the SS Dolphin and repair it so he can return home! After completing the game, Olimar returns to his home planet Hocotate where Pikmin 2 starts off. He lands in the grounds of Hocotate Freight, the place he works, to find out that the company is in debt. Shocked by the news, Olimar drops a bottle cap he brought back from the planet as a souvenir for his son, only to discover that it was worth a considerable value. In learning that there is more treasures back on the planet, the President of the company demands Olimar and new employee Louie sends them back there to get the company out of debt.
I have to give it to this game, it has some of the most beautiful environments i’ve seen in any game (especially in the Gamecube days), the games CG sequences are just amazing and smooth, it’s only a shame that there are only a few of them included with the game. Only when the camera is zoomed in do the textures look worse for ware, but panning the levels from far away is simply a treat. Crisp animations of the characters and enemies give the game such charm too. The game plays just as it’s predecessor, you use your Pikmin (Up to a hundred can bee used a one time) to solve puzzles, defeat beasts and collect treasures.
There are 5 different type of Pikmin this time adding two more to the previous games 3, you still have you Red Pikmin which are immune to fire, Blue Pikmin which are the only type that can swim and are immune to water, Yellow Pikmin that are immune to electricity and can be thrown higher than any other Pikmin. But this time you get two extra Pikmin types, White Pikmin are immune to poison, quicker than other Pikmin and if eaten by such an enemy they will suffer damage! The last type of Pikmin is the mighty Purple Pikmin, the strongest but heaviest type of Pikmin.
Of course you will need to learn each species different strengths and weaknesses to advance through the game and make puzzles easier for yourself, which may seem like a chore but you feel very rewarded after advancing through a level or cave for 20 minutes and finally getting that last piece of treasure. After all, even listening to the games music is a treat so there isn’t anywhere you could go wrong with this game. Also the inclusion of another captain makes tasks easier and more efficient, you can be defeating beasts while at the same time knocking down a wall on the other side of the terrain to advance in the game.
There is also the addition of a challenge mode in the game which, as it says on the tin, challenges you in various ways and lives you a certain amount of Pikmin and a time limit to complete the level and scoring the most points possible by collecting treasures, and doing it as fast as you can. Versus mode puts you against another player to win. There are two methods of winning here, players can either retrieve four yellow marbles scattered about the arenas, or capture the enemy’s blue or red-colored marble to instantly win the match.
This game will keep you entertained for at least 30 hours if not more, and if you were a fan of the original, this is a must buy!
Replay Factor: 7
Definite Improvement On The FIrst Title
Lasts Much Longer
No 30 Day Time Limit
No Full Co-op Mode
Pikmin AI Can Be Dodgy At Times
Well done Miyamoto, one of your newer IPs has brilliant charm and should be an austounding achievement to your life! I personally can’t wait for Pikmin 3!
(Sorry about no mention of how the Wii’s controls work, lets just say there work brilliant, but the Gamecube controller is still the weapon of choice)]