This adventure takes a great game and, while it's not perfect, improves it to become a super fun and unique action experience worth considering. The Wonderful 101: Remastered is a refreshing take on action games because you're controlling a mob of mini-fighters, each with its own look and backstory, and can transform the entire group into special weapons by drawing a shape on the screen. It might take a little bit of trial and error to get this mechanic down, but a couple of hours in, you'll no doubt get the hang of how to effectively draw the shape you want.
And it's not just weapons. You can also draw other objects to form as a group, including a bridge or a glider plane to reach a location across a chasm, for instance. "Unite Morphs," as they're called, is what makes this game a fresh and memorable experience, as it's a clever combination of combat and puzzle-solving. Most of these abilities need to be purchased with virtual currency throughout the game, but you now start off with a few good ones, unlike the original 2003 game, which made it tougher for newer or younger players. "Multi-Unite," which lets you summon A.I.-controlled weapons to help in a frenetic battle, is highly recommended on tougher levels. Combo moves will also need to be mastered in order to advance through this game. The boss battles are a major highlight: Without giving away too much, they're big, creatively designed, and challenging -- once you figure out a weakness, of course. Aside from a bit of steep difficulty and a few control issues, such as drawing an object that isn't recognized by the game, The Wonderful 101: Remastered is a fantastic game reborn for new platforms and with improved graphics and more. From its unique gameplay mechanic and polished production values (including a great musical score), this 10-hour or so single-player brawler is a great buy -- especially for those who love fast-paced Japanese action games.