The game starts out with you briefly playing as April O’Neal, the lovely and beautiful reporter that befriended the Turtles. After a small episode and tutorial session you are quickly tossed into the main hub of the game which of course is the Turtles headquarters. Here you’ll have a host of options available to you including some classic arcade gameplay, fighting tutorials, and stats pages that allow you to see the progress of your leveling Turtles as well as level them up. And from here you can launch the Chapters and challenges from the campaign itself.
As I mentioned, this is a third person brawler so you’ll be looking over the shoulder of your Turtle at all times. During gameplay you can switch between the Turtles to capitalize on their strengths as well as your own personal fighting style. We each have our favorite Turtles but I can say they are all a blast to play as in the campaign. The basic concept of the game is to run through each level, beat up all the bad guys, rinse and repeat.
The game has an original storyline that goes with it based loosely on the comic book series, but a lot of the conversation between the Turtles in each level is drowned out by the music and background sounds. And I have to say that this is probably the first Turtles game that I actually got bored with as I rolled through the levels and took long breaks when not playing. But from what I saw, you are not missing too much other than some appearances by your favorite TMNT characters. There are some collectibles to find scattered throughout the levels so be sure to at least be looking for those if you can get past the clunky camera. But I do have to say that the game does not do a very good job directing you where to go next. I spent more time looking where I needed to go next than actually fighting and that was frustrating. A directional arrow or a task list would have helped greatly. If you are stuck, look for hacking panels to progress in the game. That's usually the key.