Toy Story 2
The characters of Toy Story fit very naturally in a video game, and Traveler's Tales has done a great job of snapping everything together. It may not be the most difficult game in the world, but it's going to be just as fun for the experienced gamer as it is for the novice. It follows the plot of the movie, and includes lots of cutscenes which you can choose to watch later as you open them throughout the game. Control is silky-smooth, and there are two options for the camera--active and passive. I ran into times where I had to switch the camera control just to make hairline adjustments to my positioning. At no point did I feel like I was fighting the camera to get through a level, which is the main pitfall of the 3D platform game. Levels are the perfect length--if they were any longer it wouldn't feel like there's a steady enough progression. Music sounds as if it's from the movie, but even if it's not, it fits nicely into gameplay. I don't think there's any doubt that the reason this game is good is because of the strength of the characters and the Toy Story world. Take that away, and you've got yourself an average game. There's really nothing to complain about, but on the other hand, there's nothing to shout about other than the quality of the graphics. I'd suggest renting it if you liked the movie, but if you're a huge fan, it's a buy.
Impressive. In a day where it's easy to poop out a generic 3D platform game, Traveler's Tales gives us something that not only looks sharp, but plays great as well. Toy Story 2 has an otd-school platform game feel to it, despite being constructed of polygons (like how Mario 64 is to Super Mario Bros., this game is exactly how you'd think the original side-scroller should look and play in 3D). Give Toy Story 2 a shot. It's not as "kiddie" as you think.
I haven't seen the movie yet, and this game makes me want to watch it all the more. Unfortunately, some of the plot was spoiled for me, oh well. As a 3D platformer, Toy Story 2 puts its elegant engine to good use with some of the best "toy world** levels I've seen. I do wish there were more variation with the goals--you've always got the same five objectives on every level. However, for the younger gamer, Toy Story 2 is a pretty good buy.
This is one of the best kid's games I've seen in a very, very long time. Graphically it's topnotch, but what's best about it is the design of the levels. Sure, it may be easy for a lot of gamers (especially the bosses which are a walkover), but the whole thing is pieced together in a package that just oozes quality. As a 'game of the movie' it's tough to fault. It has a few camera problems in places, but unlike many 3D platformers it generally does a great job.