Joe Danger Special Edition

Joe Danger Special Edition Review for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360

Joe Danger you take on the role of Joe, the world's most determined stuntman.

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9Out of 10
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Joe Danger Special Edition screenshot
Joe Danger Special Edition screenshot

It helps a lot that each of Joe's individual components are cleanly incorporated, such as the simple but engaging trick system mapped to each bumper, where increasingly intricate flourishes can be achieved by tapping and holding them in various combinations. Even the showy boost button is subtle and considered, presenting tender little squeezes of raw horsepower to assist in pulling off the more advanced moves on offer.

New to the XBLA version is the Special Edition badge, awarded on specific levels when you accomplish all of their varying objectives in one smooth, unbroken run - this is Joe Danger at its most technical and demanding. It also affords the game a sharpened focus, letting you cruise through each stage collecting the distinct objectives individually, which awards you coins that are spent to enter later events, before you pluck up the courage to take on the grander challenges.

While the crust of the game revolves around collection, combos and speed, there's plenty of variety added in offshoot events like races against the nefarious Team Nasty, puzzle challenges, or even the odd spot of tenpin bowling. Then there's The Laboratory, a set of 25 bonus levels concocted to sharpen and subsequently challenge your understanding of the game's more advanced mechanics.

There are still failings within the core game, however, such as the inability to save or view replays of your best death-defying adventures - an option that was patched into the PlayStation 3 version of the game. It is almost painful to pull off that once-in-a-million run and then immediately have to consign your masterwork to little more than human memory, forever unable to effectively showcase its potent majesty to your friends.

Local multiplayer is also offered, in the form of a diversionary two-player split-screen mode across multiple race events. Here the game loses some of its finery by sacrificing framerate, and it's unlikely to hold your attention for long; the real multiplayer challenge will take place on the leaderboards.

After the initial confusion wears off, then, Joe Danger becomes an absolute hoot that's packed full of entertaining content. Joe Danger is a heady mix of multiple objectives, but each objective is worth your time. The colours, the speed and the sheer vibrancy of it all are both overwhelming and delightful, and it is all too easy to surrender yourself into a cheery loop of restarts and retakes in pursuit of that perfect run.

Joe Danger: Special Edition is a charming triumph, an absolute joy to play, and a fresh modern title that effortlessly manages to play the same notes as the best video games of the 90s.

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dav2612@ StreetsOfSage

I'd say it does. There are a lot of events and a lot of challenges within each event.
Posted 09:37 on 20 December 2011
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Clockpunk

Still need to download the trial for this - shall do so immediately!
Posted 13:50 on 19 December 2011
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StreetsOfSage

Hey, downloaded the trial version of Joe Danger over the weekend on PSN, to my surprise a very fun game. Just wanted to know if you reckon the full version is worth the price, i believe it's £9.99. Does the full game offer enough value ?
Posted 11:22 on 19 December 2011
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dav2612@ Wido

The leaderboards is where it failed on the PS3, at least with the friends list I have.
Posted 13:27 on 16 December 2011
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Wido

Nice read! Not played the game too much, as I want to clear up some games this festive holiday so I can invest more time in the game! Those leaderboards is one component why this game will be addicting.
Posted 13:23 on 16 December 2011
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pblive

Might have to grab this over the holidays.
Posted 13:20 on 16 December 2011
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FantasyMeister

Yeah, I was watching it and thinking "I know that guy!" Looks like you'll have to go back and reclaim your top spot on a few of those scores though :)
Posted 11:01 on 16 December 2011
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Ghost5

Great review and I agree with it fully. Hopefully they can release an update with the ability to save replays?

I've been wanting this game for ages and bought it as soon as the game was on XBLA on Wednesday!

Nice to see my high score on the first level top of the leaderboards in the gameplay video! ^_^
Posted 10:31 on 16 December 2011

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Joe Danger Special Edition
9
Out of 10
Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Charming
  • Challenging
  • Fun
  • Replays can't be saved
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Release Date: 01/01/2012
Platform: Xbox 360
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