2010’s Disney Epic Mickey put players behind the magical paintbrush of the titular mouse and let them loose in Wasteland, a misfit Magic Kingdom of sorts where many of Walt’s forgotten creations went to live out their cartoon existence. While Wasteland and its alt-Disney denizens had faithful Mickey fans singing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, core gamers were left wishing upon a star…for a more polished experience. Following in the big yellow shoes of its predecessor, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two succeeds and suffers in much the same way as the title that spawned it.
Once again Wasteland serves as the ultimate fan-pleasing paradise. Bursting with cool call-outs to characters, attractions, and memorabilia, this twisted take on a traditional Disney theme park provides reason enough for owners of embroidered Mickey ears to grab a gamepad; from alternative versions of classic Disneyland themed areas—the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train-inspired Rainbow Falls and Rainbow Caverns are eye-popping highlights—to a boss baddie based on the Pete’s Dragon Main Street Electrical Parade float, every crack and crevice of Wasteland is dripping with Disney-loving details. Wasteland also receives a pop-off-the-screen visual makeover thanks to the sequel’s support of HD consoles (the original was a lo-def Wii exclusive.)
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