Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble - GameCube

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Also for: PSP
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Clover Soft. Co.: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom (GB/US)
Released: 2005 (US)
10 Mar 2006 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)
Accessories: Memory Card


Lights, Camera, Action! Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble takes players back to the movies, as you battle to become the greatest action hero of all time.

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble is the first non-platformer in the series, instead being a fast-paced and crazy multiplayer 'beat-em up'.

The storyline is that Captain Blue has decided to retire, and is therefore looking for a successor who can take over as the hero in his films. So this is where Joe and his various rivals must battle it out, set against the cartoony film set backgrounds, in order to prove they deserve the role. Backdrops include the wild west in 'Midnight Shootout', fighting on top of an aircraft against a giant dinosaur in 'King John Dogfight' and fighting with rivals as they fall from a high building in 'Sky-High Building Battle'.

Players score points by completing the four missions set throughout each level of the game, which range from defeating enemies against the clock to collecting gems and defeating boss characters. Each mission follows on directly from the last, giving the stages a hectic, fast-paced feel, with most missions taking under one minute to complete. Plus, as an added twist, players can steal points off their rivals by attacking them!

Perhaps the coolest feature in the game is that players can collect special VFX powers which, when activated, allow them to slow down or freeze time, attack at mach speed and even use sonic attacks against their foes.

There is also a co-op mode, the first to date in the franchise, in which two players can team up and battle their way through the game's Story Mode. Plus, with multiplayer action on offer for you and up to three friends, the option to select any one of the 25 stages unlocked in the game's Story Mode and twelve playable characters, six of whom are only unlockable in Story Mode, Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble contains plenty to keep gamers happy for some time.