Epic Loot: Epic Mickey 2, Power of Illusion, And Archiving The Past

by James O'Connor Featured 1 Comments 16 Votes 2142 Views 28/09/2012 Back to Articles

Very early on in Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS – which I recently had a chance to sit down with for an hour – Mickey encounters classic Disney penny-pincher Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge was the star of the first movie I ever saw in a cinema, ‘Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp’, but he isn’t, as far as I can tell, popular anymore. A wealthy duck just doesn’t appeal during a recession, I think – who can get behind a dude that literally swims in a vault full of coins with the economy in its current state?

Scrooge, then, is in the game for my benefit, not for the kids who you’d think would be the primary target audience for a game like this, and placing him at the front of the game is telling. Even more telling is the way the game constantly alludes to Castle of Illusion, to which it is a sequel-of-sorts, right down to its sound effects being lifted from that classic game. Power of Illusion isn’t just about making a new game for kids, or about nostalgia – it’s an act of preservation of characters and experiences (and it’s great, with some of the system’s very best 3D effects).

Epic Mickey 2, which has been developed by Junction Point (headed up by Warren Spector), is an even more overt argument for the importance of archiving. Warren Spector is a big collector – according to a talk he gave recently at Game Masters in Melbourne, he owns extra houses that he bought purely to fill with the stuff he keeps buying – and an avid Disney fan.

Both upcoming Epic Mickey games don’t seem to be concerned with nostalgia so much as explaining why the past is important.

The first Epic Mickey was largely about consequence – a Warren Spector staple – and Disney’s past, but judging from the two hands-on sessions I’ve had with Epic Mickey 2 now, this game is more overt in the way it frames Disney artefacts. At one point, I found myself on the face of a giant Mickey watch – that really old, pop-culturally significant one that’s really hard to find pictures of online because it’s so damn rare – jumping through a canyon of Disney collectibles. At another, I found myself searching for hidden Mickey heads in the landscape, which is a homage to the various heads hidden in the architecture of Disney World. Every part of Epic Mickey 2 seems to be based on something that has impacted Warren Spector somewhere else in his life.

Once again, this isn’t the sort of thing kids care about, necessarily, but part of the goal of the game seems to be to bridge the gap between the Mickey's of grandparents, parents and children. Epic Mickey 2 feels like an extremely personal game, one that harks back to Warren’s childhood. He admitted to me, when I met him back at Game Masters, that he might grow to regret not adding online co-op. That this might be the thing he looks back on and thinks ‘I should have included that’ (with the first Epic Mickey game, it was voice acting). But the image in his head that he described, of two brothers playing and loving his gaming, is such a throwback to childhood gaming that it’s hard not to see it as a deliberate strategy to build a game that wholly evokes a sense of the past.

The game – which is great, by the way, at least based on what we’ve played – reminds me most of the sort of games Rare used to make on Nintendo 64, crammed full of little details and built to be explored. It’s the sort of experience that games rarely offer anymore, based around objects and characters that have long since been forgotten. Both upcoming Epic Mickey games don’t seem to be concerned with nostalgia so much as explaining why the past is important.

By James O'Connor

Link to us http://PS3.mmgn.com/Articles/epic-loot-epic-mickey-2
Vote for this article Log in with Facebook

More Info on Epic Mickey: The Power of Two

Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two Epic Mickey: The Power of Two

Epic Loot: Epic Mickey 2, Power of Illusion, And Archiving The Past Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
Nice comparison to Rare. The industry is lacking the loot-filled, open-world platform adventures of the N64 days.

Ratchet & Clank is similar and is a great series imo, but not quite as "magical" or memorable as RARE'S games.

Great article!

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of Two
  • Epic Mickey: The Power of TwoEpic Mickey: The Power of Two Video

Recently Read

Featured PS3 Content

Destiny - Which platform?

Destiny - Which platform?

10/09/2014 Polls 0 3
FIFA 15: Here are the songs you

FIFA 15: Here are the songs you'll get sick of this year

Gryllis 12 hours News 5 5
WWE 2K15 delayed a few weeks on PS4, Xbox One

WWE 2K15 delayed a few weeks on PS4, Xbox One

Gryllis 15 hours News 0 3
Tim Cahill is rated 74 in FIFA 15, lower rating was an error

Tim Cahill is rated 74 in FIFA 15, lower rating was an error

Gryllis 18 hours News 4 8
Destiny

Destiny's first end-game raid is not for the faint-hearted

Tano 19 hours News 0 3
Watch Dogs’ Bad Blood DLC is worth hacking into

Watch Dogs’ Bad Blood DLC is worth hacking into

Gryllis 19 hours Articles 1 6
10-year-old begs Microsoft not to change her favourite game

10-year-old begs Microsoft not to change her favourite game

Tano 20 hours News 7 5
Destiny review

Destiny review

Tano 2 days Reviews 8 8

Community Content

Awesome Gaming Stuff Of Tomorrow, Today! Vol. 3

Awesome Gaming Stuff Of Tomorrow, Today! Vol. 3

02/09/2014 Blog 9 0

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

brampa got Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

brampa 2 hours ago
Username

ferrari34 is now Level 4!

ferrari34 3 hours ago
Username

ferrari34 is now Level 2!

ferrari34 3 hours ago
Username

R3d180sx is now Level 5!

R3d180sx 4 hours ago
Username

R3d180sx is now Level 4!

R3d180sx 4 hours ago
Username

R3d180sx is now Level 2!

R3d180sx 4 hours ago
Username

punk, stonecold commented on FIFA 15: Here are the songs you'll get sick of this year

punk 5 hours ago
Username

K4ZMA, 1wiierdguy, maxiboy commented on Is there a place for the New 3DS in 2015 (especially if there aren't many exclusive games)?

K4ZMA 11 hours ago
Username

coconut1z is now Level 12!

coconut1z 12 hours ago