Pros: Graphics and that's about it
Cons: Don't go soiling your pants just yet...
THE BASIC BEEF
At last! After all these years of waiting, Luigi gets his very own starring role, in hopes of coming out of Marios shadow. Truth is, Luigi has stepped out of Marios shadow, and stepped into a complete umbra of pitiful mediocrity. So why have we been anxiously awaiting Luigis title? Many of us, enjoy playing as Luigi in many games, most of which Mario is the big star. Before Luigis Mansion, he has had no game of his own, and us, as well as him, were expecting a nicely done title. So what did we get? A game of 2-hour longevity, a total kiddy rip-off from our friend; Resident Evil, and sorry excuse for a plot. Why does this have to be as bad as it is? Luigi can have a decent game of his own, cant he? Sure he can, but Miyamoto doesnt seem to think so. Apparently, he knew all of us wanted a Luigi-starring game. However he must have wanted to keep Mario as top-dog, and keep Luigi digging for scraps.
So what is the plot all about? Well, Luigi has just won a free mansion through a contest he didnt even enter. Hearing the news, he instantly calls Mario to inform him of the news. Arranging a rendevous at the mansion, Luigi gets lost along the way, and when he finally gets to the mansion, Mario is nowhere to be found. Not only that, but the mansion is worn-down and old, being in no comparison to the catalogs picture. *Yawn. Anyway, when entering the mansion, and Mario nowhere in sight, Luigi decides to do a little exploring. On his entrance to the second floor, Luigi is instantly attacked by vicious ghosts. When all appears tragic, a weird little man comes in with a vacuum cleaner and saves Luigi. Escorting him to his lab, outside the mansion, he introduces himself. His name is Professor Elvin Gadd, and he studies ectoplasmic forces. He explains the weird mansion, and how it only appeared a few days ago out of thin air. With Mario in obvious trouble, Luigi decides to pack E. Gadds invention-the Poltergeist 3000-and suck the mansion free of ghosts. As we now see, Mansion sucks, and Sunshine blows. I see a pattern.
MY INSULTING/COMPLEMENTING OPINION
I had anxiously awaited the Mansion game since the GC release in November of 2001. It was my first GameCube title, and was long ago sent to Game X-Change, probably now being played by some poor sap that didnt know what he was getting into, a lot like Luigi. Luigi has really bit off more than he could swallow, and now finds himself in the deepest reaches of back-shelf pity purchases. You cant help but want to try this game, as it is a revolutionary title. My opinion is very simple yet complex: I hated this game for its lack of creativity, longevity, plot, sound, and GC worthy fun. I plead you to heed my warning: Luigis Mansion is not what you were expecting, and will deliver sad disappointment to any Luigi fan.
SURPRISES AND VISUALS
The only surprise found in this game is its lack of creativity. Other than that, if you consider a tarp-covered ghost a surprise, this is the game for you. The main weapon, the Poltergeist 3000, has no surprises of its own. Now, lets say all you are good for is cleaning houses; Luigis Mansion is a successful training session. In Luigis Mansion, you suck up some ghosts, and on Mario Sunshine, you wash off tar. When it comes to Mario&Friends, Miyamoto is starting to lose creativity.
WELL WHAT ABOUT..?
Graphics, however, deserve a full 5 stars. Everything in the game is very nicely detailed and polished. A GC-Miyamoto game is expected to have good graphics, and Luigis Mansion does an excellent job delivering. There is a big disappointment, however, in the graphics category; the ghosts. Everything in the game is awesomely displayed, but the ghost are just too cartoonish and lame. I dont like to be fighting an orange, floating obstruct object (which can resemble a condom) throughout the whole game. The ghosts are something to laugh at, as they are so pathetically laid out.
Sound is a terribly hashed up element that needs to shut up. There is pretty much no music throughout the whole game, and the voices, as with Sunshine, are ridiculous. I am getting really frustrated with Miyamoto in the sound, mainly because previous titles had such stellar compositions such as Ocarina of Time. All you hear throughout the whole game is some stupid, and horribly annoying ghost laughter, then a loud sucking sound as the ghosts perish, and then some. Sound is a no-brainer; 0 stars
Game design is just too familiar. Similar designs and levels are found in Resident Evil, a game that must be at least 3 times better than this re-hash of Luigi being a hero. The corridors are small and narrow, and the rooms themselves almost always contain some type of annoying ghost. Basically, you use a flash-light to stun ghosts, then use the R button to suck em up into the Poltergeist 3000. When it comes to Boo ghosts, you simply get in range and suck em up. I must really emphasize my harsh opinion on this games design and controls.
IT DOESNT HAVE
2-player compatibility, good sound, plot, design, weaponry fun, decent controls, challenge, and a game-play time of over 2 hours.
HOW SHOULD I PLAY THIS GAME?
Though I recommend you dont even try this game, I will recommend you to play it with a guide. Dont gather up an audience when playing this game, as it has a very low action factor.
THE ENDING; SAPPY OR HAPPY?
For the time being, I would recommend Miyamoto to stop games that have anything to do with Mario OR his friends. I would especially recommend Miyamoto to never again make a Luigi-starring game. For now, I recommend Miyamoto to introduce Donkey Kong to GC in a big-name adventure game. Lets look at the facts: Luigis Mansion - a Mario related game; failure. Pikmin - a non-Mario related game; instant success. Mario Sunshine - Mario BASED game; failure. Star Fox Adventures - a non-Mario related game; best title on the GameCube for now. So, I hope you all can do the math, because it seems Miyamoto has lost all creativity on Mario, and his little brother. Miyamoto, its time to stop it with your Mario games and start making installations to different series youve created. Zelda (which is expected to be a failure), Donkey Kong, and another possible Pikmin installation could really bring you up. Bottom line is that Luigis Mansion is a broken-down shack with nothing to offer. There is no way to get scared within, so spare yourself the trouble and stay out.