previews\ Aug 1, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge - PS2 - Preview

Oogie Boogie is back and looking for a little revenge on Jack Skellington. But, of course, you knew that – the name of the game said so. But what you likely didn’t know is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge is a continuation of the original story and this time there are 24 levels of fun, action and adventure.

Oogie’s Revenge is a Buena Vista Games title that will ship in October for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox console systems. received the PS2 version for preview purposes, and while the three levels contained on the disk were scattered across the story arc, there was little doubt that this game is a visual treat.

The game takes place in a three-dimensional environment that is absolutely wonderful. The only drawback lies in the fixed camera that makes it difficult to glance around, and it does create a problem when trying to judge distances and target an object. One of the levels the preview build presented was a grave yard. Spirits were popping up and Jack Skellington was tasked with sealing back up the grave markers. To do so, he was tasked to use his Soul Robber to plop the lid back on the graves. Standing on certain areas would trigger henchmen to rise from the ground to defend. Of course, this meant a battle, and Jack could take them out with either the SR (which whips around and which is an elongated green rubberish substance), or he could morph into his alter ego of the Pumpkin King (yes, Santa Jack is also available) and light them up.

However, targeting is a bit of a problem and though there are arrows, figuring out where to position to achieve the task is a bit tricky.

The load times in this preview were incidental, and the control scheme was easy to learn. While the three presented levels – Chapter 4: Grave Danger, Chapter 16: The Grisly Gauntlet, and Chapter 20: Fire and Ice Frenzy – were scattered throughout the game, the experience did not feel that disjointed. While there are various tasks, the essence of the levels remains the same.

Other game features include the ability to collect the souls of the enemies to purchase weapon and character upgrades, 25 total levels, some unique gameplay styles such as music-based battles, and the ability to interact with a variety of characters.

The fact sheet for the game advertises this as a cinematic experience and that is spot on. This game is a delicious visual treat and is completely in line with the theatrical release of Nightmare. The textures of this title are wonderful. And the sound quality is also sterling.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge has a few stumbles in terms of fixed camera, but this is shaping up to be a wonderful bit of eye candy loaded with fun.

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