SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
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"Are you ready, kids?" Not for this game.
Genre: Beat-'em-up, platformer
Platforms: Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Wii
Wii U
Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 2013
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: Activision
Franchise: SpongeBob SquarePants
Previous Game: SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip
Next Game: SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge is a video game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It was developed by Behaviour Interactive and was the first SpongeBob video game to be published by Activision. The game was released in October 2013 for Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360. It is the only SpongeBob video game to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii U as well as the last SpongeBob video game to be released for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Why It Sucks

  1. Shallow and repetitive fighting.
  2. Bland level design.
  3. There are only a few different enemy types.
  4. Enemies take far too many hits to kill.
  5. Special moves make negligible differences to attack power.
  6. Paper-thin story. What happens is that Plankton steals the Krabby Patty Secret Formula (again) while he makes robots attack Bikini Bottom, so SpongeBob and friends team up to ruin Plankton's evil scheme and get the formula back. Much like the many episodes of season 7 SpongeBob!
  7. So-called "Gizmos" are this game's equivalent of the familiar co-op game weapons; the Pickle Blaster is a disguised assault rifle.
  8. Gizmo upgrades only amount to increased damage.
  9. Sprockets, currency needed to upgrade the Gizmos, is tied to each character, so if you collect some sprockets as SpongeBob and then switch to Patrick, you won't have the sprocket or any upgraded Gizmos.
  10. It is easy, since it throws extra lives at you.
  11. Boss fights are repetitive and bland; all the bosses have the exact same AI with some new attacks here and there.
  12. Co-op adds nothing to the experience; not even the amount of enemies changes.
  13. Reviving allies is simple to the point where it basically eliminates any fear of dying.
  14. The game rips off Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
  15. The ending rips off the ending from SpongeBob: Truth or Square.
  16. Behaviour Interactive never bothered releasing updates to add more enemies or anything to make the game less boring.
  17. There is no online play unlike Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (sure you had to pay $10, which is the same price as Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, but at least it had online play).
  18. False Advertising: The game is advertised as a spiritual successor to Battle for Bikini Bottom, but it's an utterly different game.
  19. Awful and cheap graphics that look like it could have been done on the PlayStation 2.
    • The original DS version has frame rate issues. Even the other versions do not.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The voice acting is good, and the dialogue boxes even have the characters' emotions.
    • As a side note, this is the only SpongeBob video game to have the entire correct cast, as all others have at-least one actor different. (eg: Truth or Square has Bob Joles voice Mr. Krabs instead of Clancy Brown).
  2. Flawless hit detection.

Reception

Plankton's Robotic Revenge received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PlayStation 3 version 35.00%, the Wii U version 40.00%, and the 3DS version 60.00%. While the game was panned for its slowly developed gameplay, the return of the original voice actors was praised.

IGN panned the game with a score of 3.5 out of 10. Both PlayStation Official Magazine and Official PlayStation Magazine awarded the game a 5/10. GamingBolt rated the game a better score of 7 out of 10.

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