|System: Wii, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: Junction Point|
|Pub: Disney Interactive Studios|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Actually, Oswald is probably the most important new addition to Epic Mickey 2. Those of you who had a chance to play the previous title will remember that Oswald served as the story's MacGuffin. Well, this time Oswald has been promoted from MacGuffin to the centerpiece of Epic Mickey 2's unique gameplay. In fact, Disney was handing out customized Oswald ear-hats at E3 this year, and if an ear-hat doesn't prove you're important, I'm not sure anything can.
Also, remember all of that stuff I said about Epic Mickey being darker than previous Disney franchises? Well just forget about that for a second, because Epic Mickey 2 also a musical. At times players will be compelled to burst into song in order to advance the plot, which probably means that I'm not going to play it around any of the people I've played Rock Band with. They'll just put a ceiling on my excellence.
All in all, Epic Mickey 2 is a fairly solid step forward in the Epic Mickey franchise. Even if you don't get caught up in the Disney-centric historical component, it's a rock-solid title that you can play when your parents force you to babysit your step-brother. Plus, Epic Mickey 2 contains at least one interesting historical moment; Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, whose voice has never been heard, speaks for the first time since he was created in 1927. This by itself might actually be enough to convince me to pick up Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two when it hits shelves this fall.
Date: July 2, 2012