|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Creat Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Midway||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 5, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Rating Pending||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
October 10, 2007 - What makes the Aqua Teen Hunger Force franchise so successful is probably the fact that whatever you expect from it, it's sure to go the exact other way. Take, for instance, the subtitle of this game, Zombie Ninja Pro-Am. Although the title promises some stealthy undead action, indeed there is none here. Instead you've got a golf-sim where you have to race golf carts and fight opponents to the tee. And then you can use a meatball for a golf ball.
If the above description left you scratching your head, there's a good chance you aren't a fan of the animated phenomenon that has been on Adult Swim ever since it's inception almost eight years ago. Any amount of words could not be enough to genuinely describe what this series is all about. Indeed I'm not sure if anyone knows. But that's sorta the point. The series completely abandons logic and centers around the exploits of Frylock, Meatwad, and Shake, who are a talking fry box, meatball, and milkshake, respectively. And the game will feature the same lawless abandon of sense and invites the viewer (or gamer as we see here) to just "go with it" and enjoy the ride.
But back to the game. Zombie Ninja Pro-Am features a story all its own which begins with Frylock being invited to play golf at an ultra-swanky country club. But Shake, who is not one to be outdone by his roommates, decides to tag along with Meatwad and compete with Frylock at the golf tournament. But of course the gameplay isn't centered around the golfing (although it certainly is a part of it) and instead features a somewhat linear approach that has you not only playing golf, but getting to the golf course, fighting foes who might beat you to the tee, and even racing golf carts! You may be wondering how these various food items might be able to fight in any type of setting. Fans of the series know well of Frylock's eye bolts. And Shake will definitely be in on the action with golf clubs and any other weapons he can get his grubby little fingers on. And Meatwad? I don't really know, but I'll bet it'll be something outrageous and uproariously funny.
Fans of the series will also appreciate all the extra characters that they will be able to encounter in um battle. In addition to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force themselves, the game will also feature appearances by Carl, the Mooninites, the Plutonians, even the Frat aliens will be swinging by to add to the mayhem of the Zombie Ninja Pro-Am. Unfortunately, the only people who seem to be absent from the party are the zombies and the ninjas. It's very sad indeed.
I'm sure that people who are unfamiliar with this series are a little bit put off by now. Yes, I will concede that the series is outlandish, completely random, and most of all insane. But that's part of the whole Aqua Teen mythos, if you will. And the game looks to continue the irreverent tradition of your favorite show on Adult Swim. So if you're looking for irreverent humor, nonsensical gameplay, and a meatwad full of good times, look no farther than Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am, attacking your PlayStation 2 this November!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer