Whiplash (video game)
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Whiplash is a platformer video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in which a weasel chained to a rabbit must work together to escape from a product testing corporation. The game is a basic platformer, with Spanx (the weasel) as the main character, and Redmond (the rabbit) as more of a tool.
There are two lesser objectives in the game as well as the main one of escaping:
1) Free other animals using the character's abilities with the chain; The animals tend to also help by attacking humans in the vicinity when freed.
2) Damage and break as much equipment and objects as possible, doing so increases the expense to the company causing them to lose money until they are left with nothing.
Although Redmond (the rabbit) and Spanx (the weasel) are two animals chained together, the gameplay is much like any other platformer. The player controls only Spanx, using Redmond as a weapon or tool as the situation requires. Spanx has most standard platforming abilities, while Redmond is completely indestructible as a result of tests conducted upon him and so can be hurled into security guards, jammed into machinery, and used as a grappling hook, among other uses. Redmond can be inserted into special outlets to be set on fire, frozen, or become radioactive.
Many objects in the game are breakable and are assigned a dollar amount which is tracked by the game; by completing the game with more than $6 million in damage, special content can be unlocked.
Defeating the humans released special snacks that the team can eat to increase both animals' levels, which increases Spanx' health or Redmond's rage. The player is rewarded for freeing other animals trapped and caged by the company.
Whiplash was released to mixed reviews. Game Informer gave Whiplash a 4 out of 10, saying "It’s simply so boring..." My Gamer 7 out of 10, as did IGN. IGN commented, "I'd recommend renting this game and bringing it back as soon as it gets old." GamePro gave Whiplash a 4.5 out of 5 and added "Whiplash really is a hell of a game. With a little more polish before release, this game could have been a true masterpiece." Spanx, who had previously been featured as a racer in Mad Dash Racing was cited by Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine as an underrated spin-off character in comparison to Tekken's Nina Williams, stating "...dig deeper and you'll find that Spanx is in the unusual position of actually being funny. Kinda rare for a game character."
- Whiplash. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2007-03-24.
- Game Informer review January 2004 Retrieved August 18, 2006. [dead link]
- My Gamer review. September 1, 2004. Retrieved August 18, 2006.
- IGN review November 19, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2006.
- GamePro review. November 17, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2006.
- OPM staff (September 2004). "Overrated/Underrated" (SWF transcript). Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine
- Crystal Dynamics Official Website
- Eidos Interactive Official Website
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