Everyone's favorite hero from Down Under returns in an all-new Australian adventure. Once again it's up to Ty the Tazmanian Tiger to take back the Outback and do whatever it takes to stop the evil Boss Cass and his menacing Über Reptiles. By land, sea, or air, travel the Outback through 44 unique missions, selecting from a barrage of 21 different boomerangs, and put Boss Cass away for good.
There are two things that really stood out in this game for me, and the graphics wasn't one of them. It's not that they were "bad", but considering what I've seen lately in some other recent titles, they just didn't make themselves memorable in any way. Overall, I think the delivery of the graphics via a well cadenced storyline, combined with really great playability, was a more important factor (and smart decision by the people at Krome Studios) in the enjoyment of Ty2. At the end of the day, I was immersed, so they did the job and did it well.
Graphical glitches. Noone likes them. The right analog stick allows you to swing your camera 360 degrees. However, there are several spots where a building wall or ceiling got in the way, making it impossible to see where I was going. This is especially frustrating, esepecially when these problems seem to arise only at the worst possible moment. That said, they were few and far between, so the entire gaming experience is not lost because of this.
Ty2 sports a cartoon-like environment with a roam-anywhere, dynamic feel that kept me wondering what was around the corner. Mechies will love the added depth of visual relativity when Ty the Tazmanan Tiger (you), straps his tiger butt into a larger-than-life Bunyip-a mechanical beast that helps level the playing field to help you take control of the Outback.
In a 3D landscape, you need 3D sound. Thankfully, TY2 has a Surround mode to take the edge off. There's a distinct gaming advantage you gain when sitting in the center of a nicely attuned, 5.1 stereo image. The usual stereo and mono modes are of course present as well. TY1 offers excellent voice overs that keep you entertained, and TY2 doesn't dissapoint you with all Aussie slang abound.
Musically, the theme song for Bush Rescue hooks you right in with an unquestionably Australian flavour, and the rest of the music throughout the game follows suit, adding to the game's ambience.
Set in the Australian Outback, you are Ty the Tazmanian Tiger, determined to put Boss Cass back in the slammer. Ty begins his adventure taking the occasional lesson from his friends on how to use the controls, and how to operate in the harsh, Aussie Outback.
There is a whole slew of resources and characters to help with your main objective. Most notably, the bunyips are series of mechanical vehicles that are my personal favorite, because they take what would have been a relatively average game, and give it an extra dimension of playability. The bunyips allow you to smash, dive, lift and fly your way through parts of the game that would otherwise take forever or be down right impossible in the Down Under.
Leveling up is an important aspect to doing well in Ty2. You can trade, buy, and upgrade, using opals you collect. Larger character defeat yields more opals, not to mention there are many hidden areas in each map for each mission, that can quickly increase your personal wealth.
Bush rescue will certainly appeal to the younger generation, and the older generation will enjoy TY2's depth and overall immersive quality. Par for par with other action games, TY2 can hold its own for its demographic - kids. Adults may find the simple storyline and lack of