Ape Escape has hit the Playstation 2, and it's done so with a bang. Jimmy, cousin of the main protagonist from the previous game, has sent a large crate of monkey pants to the monkey amusement park...or so he thought. Actually, he sent over a crate of peak point helmets, which, when worn, boost intelligence. You know what that means! The monkeys put on these helmets, and, led by the evil monkey Specter, escape from the park and run amok. Now, it's up to Jimmy to go out and recapture all of the monkeys and stop Specter's plot for world domination.
Fans of Ape Escape will feel right at home with the sequel. You go from level to level, capturing a certain number of monkeys. Controls are exactly the same: designate the four buttons for your gadgets (most of which are carried over from Ape Escape 1), jump using the L1 and R1 triggers, move with the left control stick, and attack with the right.
Unlike the original, the characters actually have some personality. Along the way you'll come across a number of bosses, each one weirder than the last. It gives the game a lot more structure than the original had.
The sound is superb. Great music, though missing the charm that the original composer had. The voices are great, much better than all the unfitting voices the previous game had. Several you'll likely recognize if you're a Pokemon fan.
Ape Escape 2 takes the original and improves upon it in almost every way. Fans of the original must pick this game up.