What do you do when a movie you love gets a game made after it? You play it of course! That’s what I did when I found out that Atlantis the Lost Empire was gaining its own PlayStation 2 title, and having immensely enjoyed the Disney film, I had to have the game. So i’m here to share my thoughts on Atlantis the Lost Empire for the original PlayStation as this weeks Throwback Thursday title.
First let me say that I am extremely biased towards this game, because I was enamored with the movie it came from. Atlantis was advertised as one of Disney’s darker films, a new almost independent venture into territory Disney was unfamiliar with. Guns, Explosives, entire cities destroyed and swallowed by the ocean, backstabbing, lava runs, exploding volcanoes, hierarchy, inheritance, science versus faith, all of these issues were tackled in a Disney film, and it had a recognizable and unique cast of characters who were an eccentric bunch, crazy, yet good at heart. The best part was that the game allowed you to play as the different cast of characters who each brought different weapons and experiences to the game.
Like most movie to game adaptations, the game follows the movies story as Milo Thatch and his expert team go on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis, yet they find a living, breathing(literally) thriving city sustaining itself thousands of depths under the ocean.
The game is a platformer, and adds variety to its gameplay by allowing each character that you utilize to apply their own abilities, as well as utilize different vehicles and different platforms through different actions.
The graphics are great, as the 3D displayed is pretty good (though standard with other Disney related titles of its kind) as they’ve done a great job at transferring the 2D graphics to 3D visuals. The game is presented in an amazing way, with cutscenes that look straight out of the movie.
Though a bit repetitive, it’s a great game that anyone feeling a bit of nostalgia should pick up and check out. You will easily fly through the story, but it’s meant to be quick polished fun, and that’s what it is.