Joe Danger Special Edition Review (XBLA)

Game Review: Joe Danger Special Edition
Release: December 14th, 2011
Genre: Action
Developer: Hello Games
Available Platforms: XBLA, PSN
Players: 1-2
MSRP: 1200 MS Points ($15)
ESRB Rating: E

Joe Danger was a huge hit when it released on the PSN in the middle of last year. People compared it to the classic Excitebike and the more recent Trials HD. This made the game a huge hit. With the Special Edition of Joe Danger finally hitting Xbox 360 consoles around the globe, you can finally see why the game was so addicting.

In Joe Danger, you are a motorcycle stuntman called Joe Danger, in the past he’s had some difficult times and had to step out of the spotlight after getting a pretty bad injury. Well, the game begins when Joe is all healed up and wants to get back into his old stuntman ways, although he might be a little bit rusty. This is where you come in.

As you progress through the game, you unlock more and more levels to progress Joe through his stuntman career. Each level has some unique collectables and challenges that you have to grab to be able to unlock medals once the level has completed. This begins as the simple task of grabbing coins, and later becomes varied challenges such as collecting the floating letters to spell out D-A-N-G-E-R and complete the whole level without breaking a combo.

Joe Danger is a fairly easy game. Most levels you can perfect after playing a couple of times and the game doesn’t stress you to complete levels before you can move onto the next one. If you’re good enough you can perfect all levels within several hours. If you have completed the single player, you can always give local splitscreen a try and race head-to-head against your friends, maybe even spend some time in the editor where you can build your own levels to play and upload for you friends to conquer too.

Joe Danger on XBLA has the Special Edition title as you get an extra mode called “Lab Mode” in which you play some completely new levels not in the PSN version. These levels have a unique style to them and bring some even more difficult and wild stunts for Joe to master.

I also had the chance to check out the Santa DLC for Joe Danger which is due to release in the next couple of days. While it doesn’t have any additional levels (which I wouldn’t expect so soon after the games release), it does give you the ability to control Santa on an ATV and collect presents instead of coins, what is more awesome than that?

After playing the game for a while, it was easy to see that Joe Danger is a game that I’ll be getting addicted to playing. While the basic premise and objects in the level stay the same, the sheer amount of levels and challenges complete will keep you playing Joe Danger all Christmas.

+ Plenty of levels
+ Addicting gameplay that keeps you coming back
+ Santa on an ATV
– No online multiplayer.

Final Score: 8 out of 10

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