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DuckTales Remastered Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . DuckTales Remastered looks great, but WayForward's tinkering has led to a disappointing remake. What used to be a simple story about an adventurous duck has suddenly become the type of long-winded story Hideo Kojima would be proud of. This remains a fun quest around the world (and beyond), even if it's marred by occasional pacing problems and unresponsive controls. Worth a look. Rating: 64%
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As far as remakes go, Capcom's newest game is a bit of an odd duck. DuckTales Remastered toes the line between faithful remake and brand new reimagining. Beyond the improved visuals, this long-overdue update to the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge adds a deeper narrative and makes some significant changes to the level designs. And while many of the changes work, the whole experience left me with a weird feeling of deja vu.

It's a sensation not unlike Capcom's 2002 Resident Evil remake. No, it's not the scary atmosphere that connects these two polar opposite franchises, but rather the way both remakes use your own memories against you. On the GameCube, Resident Evil zigged when you expected it to zag. The layout was slightly different, enemies weren't where you remembered them and the story strayed ever so slightly away from the 1996 original.

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So much of DuckTales Remastered will feel familiar to anybody that played the 1989 original. Many of the level designs, secret passages and enemies are exactly the same as that classic NES game. But not everything is how you remember it, and the game is all too eager to work against your expectations. It's those differences that make this remake so compelling. Unfortunately, in a cruel twist of fate, these changes are also responsible for many of the game's problems.

As you probably already know, DuckTales tells the story of Scrooge McDuck, the world's richest duck/adventure seeker. The game picks up as the nefarious Beagle Boys are storming Scrooge's gigantic building of money. But they aren't after the swimming pool full of cash, but rather what appears to be an ancient treasure map. This sets our curmudgeonly hero into action, traveling around the world (and beyond) to score the hidden treasures before somebody else does.

DuckTales Remastered (XBLA)

The somebody else in this equation is Flintheart Glomgold, the second richest duck in the world. He's just one of the many familiar faces from the DuckTales TV series (which was canceled more than twenty years ago). The game's seven stages are filled with cameos from the likes of Huey, Dewey, Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose, Magica De Spell, Webby, Mrs. Beakley, Fenton Crackshell and even Bubba Duck. And unlike the NES game, these characters have actual conversations that develop the story.

Despite being a senior citizen, Scrooge McDuck is more than capable of taking care of himself. As he makes his way through the Amazon forest, the snowy Himalayan peaks, a haunted castle in Transylvania, African mines and even the Moon, he is equipped with only one weapon -- his cane. The good news is that this cane is able to be used as a pogo stick and golf club, giving Scrooge a fighting chance when going up against mummies, gorillas, hockey players, mountain goats and one very large mutant space rat.
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