GGUK ain’t afraid of no ghost!
Its time to venture into a spooky world of discovery. Luigi’s Mansion 2 is the upcoming title for the Nintendo 3DS. Luigi’s mansion 2 is very similar to the original title and focuses it’s attention on Luigi, who has been sent by Professor E Gadd to explore haunted mansions and capture ghosts using the Poltergust 5000.
Powerful paranormal beings lurk within the mansions and need to be removed. Professor E. Gadd’s sensors indicate that there is something spending most of it’s time messing around in the library and, as Luigi, you’ve got to capture it and study it’s weird pores that intrigue the professor so much.
Using the L shoulder button Luigi can blow with the Poltergust, which can remove debris such as spider webs, covers, or barrels filled with coins. The R shoulder button allows Luigi to vacuum up various objects through the game, including the ghosts. The X button is used for looking around the creepy environment and the A button is for using the strobe function, which can be used to stun ghosts. This releases a small stream of light in the path of the spook, helping Luigi fight with up to three ghosts simultaneously. While you can move Luigi with the circle pad, the 3DS can also use the gyroscope and accelerometer for movement purposes. The B button can be used to look down and run while moving, but during my time playing the game, I was moving very slowly from room to room, soaking up the atmosphere.
My objective was to find my way to the library and to help with this I was able to bring up a map of the mansion. This top-down view allows the player to see all of the rooms of the mansion and plan a route between the different floors. It is also possible to zoom in and out using the plus and minus buttons displayed on the bottom screen.
A small cutscene starts with something being thrown out of a security camera and slowly emerging into Luigi. It’s easy to see why this game is so adorable, the colours are sharp and the sprites are polished. The environment has an eerie feel as you slowly make your way up the path towards the impending mansion that lays before you. It’s dark as you explore the grounds outside before you set off investigating inside. Players will see an area filled with various objects that you’ll have to interact with using the trusty Poltergust 5000. A small statue stands in the centre of the outside area and a side pavilion tent area houses a chest for you to open. Benches are laid with golden coins for you to suck up, as trees wave back and forth in the distance. Are you afraid? You should be. It’s a very unnerving, but exciting experience on the 3DS.
Before you venture into the spooky mansion a strange presence is felt. Bending down, Luigi peers through the keyhole, before entering this strange building. Once inside the mansion, you can see that is home to a selection of oil paintings and a security camera that sits high up in the corner of the room, and you’ve always got that nagging feeling you’re being closely observed. Exploring the rooms, you’ll see two armoured knights standing side by side with swords and shields, telling you that you aren’t allowed to enter this room yet. On further investigation into other areas, players will discover a purple and gold vintage car that stands alone in the middle of a room, and the lights in the mansion flicker on and off with some thunder in the background to add to the gripping atmosphere. Bank notes are hidden for players to collect and you can gather gold coins from various vases and cardboard boxes as you explore each corner of this dusty and spider web filled mansion.
Without going into too much detail and spoiling the story for everyone, it was really good to play. It’s simple to use the Poltergust 5000 to blow and suck up items and the story progresses as the player continues their investigation. At the end of each level, the game tells you how many ghosts you’ve captured and how many treasures you’ve collected.
From what I’ve played, which was a small timed preview demo, the game remains solid, offering a good selection of puzzle oriented areas to explore and ghosts to capture. Luigi’s Mansion 2 is due on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012.