We’d almost forgotten about Tim Burton’s beautifully dark, animated kook-fest. In fact, it’s been such a long time, we were thinking this would be a festive stress management sim where the wrapping paper keeps tearing and Argos stops selling batteries. But the game brought it all flooding back: unhinged characters, spookily twisted environments and a tendency for breaking out into foot-tapping song. On the surface, it’s a great use of the license.
But poke a little deeper and you’ll find something less pleasing. Capcom has created an action game in the mold of Van Helsing, or its own Devil May Cry series. Fixed camera angles, combos, A-to-B puzzling and weapon and character upgrades and all.