GAMES - Review
09:11 - 18th June 2013, by Michael Dodson

Luigi's Mansion 2

Luigi's Mansion 2 sees Nintendo's most reluctant hero exploring five creepy mansions, solving puzzles and capturing ghosts using modified vacuum cleaner the Poltergust 5000.

You may wonder why the game's starring role has been given to the less famous of the Mario siblings, but the characterisation of Luigi as an abject coward makes for some fantastic comedy moments. Next Level Games have said they based many of Luigi's animations on Mr Bean's slapstick antics, which clearly shows. Luigi's Mansion 2 also shines when it comes to the design of the mansions - each lovingly crafted room is full of interactive objects, and the fixed camera angle almost begs you to play with the 3D cranked up, as it really looks like Luigi's walking about in a spooky, miniature doll's house.

Although we found the controls a little fiddly - the dual analogue of the GameCube original is noticeably absent - we had an absolute blast tracking down and sucking up the game's many weird and wonderful spooks. The mission-based structure of the game makes it perfect for handheld play, although we did find one or two of the quests a little repetitive. Each mansion ends with a creative boss fight, but the quantity of hidden secrets means you'll certainly want to come back for more ghostbusting action.

As a comedy survival horror, this unique title is definitely worth hunting down.
SCORE: 4.5/5
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