Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is one of the best games I’ve ever played, and some of that is held to the brand itself, though the gameplay and story are pretty damn fun, as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Aqua Teen’s, they’re characters on one of Adult Swim’s (the late-night Cartoon Network block) hit shows. The show has almost no plot, besides the plot from most episodes that do have plots. It stars an anthropomorphic Milkshake named Master Shake, a jerky, spoiled a-hole who constantly bosses Meatwad around, whom of which is a talking wad of meat, who is an adult but has tendencies of a child (and can morph his shape, but that’s not interesting); Frylock, which is a very highly competent flying…. box of fries, who can shoot lasers out of his eyes (though he usually doesn’t because most episodes’ conflict could be fixed that way), is very intelligent, and has built at least 2 time machines over the years, takes care of Meatwad, and puts up with Shake.
They all live together, in a house in New Jersey, next to their friend Carl, a fat, white pervert human, who is usually the butt-monkey of Shake’s jokes, and has ended up dead AT LEAST 20 times. Other recurring characters include a mad scientist and his lackey, named Dr. Weird and Steve, respectively. In the beginning, the Aqua Teen’s used to be detectives (before their show derailed into utter lunacy), Dr. Weird was the one who created most of the monsters they would end up dealing with; but as the show went on, the Dr. Weird cold openings turned into nothing more than a non-sequitur (funny as hell, mind you). There’s also a Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future, who is exactly what it says on the time, but more baffling; Dr. Wongburger, a being who looks like a pair of….. male genitals, who is fascinated with cutting people’s….. genitals of to make a ship to return to Dick Planet, or burgers, or teeth, whatever he can use; and not one, not two, but three different duos of space aliens. There’s the Moonites, who used to come down and make Meatwad into a badass criminal, though now they like to mess with them all as well as the Plutonians, who they hate; which are also a duo of space aliens who don’t like the Aqua Teens, they really aren’t evil, just kinda stupid (though, that can be said for every character who aren’t the Aqua Teens and Carl…. and George Lowe); and finally the Frat Aliens, who are a duo of Fraternity-bound aliens who love to visit every once in a while (one of them really wants you to know that his father owns a dealership, and one of them is voiced by Patton Oswalt). The show also spawned a (theatrical) movie.
Dr. Weird and Steve (right to left)
Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future (right)
Wonburger (giant dick in middle)
A Frat Alien
Now that I got that outta the way, we can talk about the game. Frylock is invited to play golf at Jersey Pines, and has to bring along Shake and Meatwad. I could tell you more, but this is one story that you wouldn’t want spoiled for you.
This game is so full of references to the show, that one can’t help but suggest that you watch through the first 100 episodes of the show before playing it (though you’ll probably wanna watch through more). There are two secrets on each level; one is a Broodwich, which if you collect all of them you unlock something awesome, and a clip from the show. The disc also comes with 4 episodes of Aqua Teen (one that originally wasn’t even on TV, though it is now shown in rotation), to give you a taste of their fine tapestry, though the best episodes are before the 4th season.
The graphics are awesome, and really do their best to bring the Aqua Teens to 3D animation. Some might argue that it’s kinda bland, but so is the animation from the show, and it’s the writing and acting that makes the show so great, which it is, and it’s also the best part of the game. All of the original voice-actors return to voice their respective characters (Scott Van Pelt and Cybernetic Ghost provide commentary for the course), and really push the absurdist humor of the edge, and cause a game that without it would be mediocre, to become something awesome.
This game is an absurdist wet dream, and I advise anyone with a PS2 to try a find a copy of this game, cause it is hilarious and fun. Though it helps to be a fan of the show, anyone can enjoy this. It may not be perfect, but I hereby give this game the “rigbybot127 Seal of Greatness”.
My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.
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