Arcade mode tickles your nostalgia.
Each Turtle has its own strengths and weakness.
Surprisingly deep combat system.
Lots of unlockables and upgrades.
Team attacks are satisfying to pull off.
Turtle banter is faithful to the series' style.
Awful hacking mini-games.
Unappealing comic book-like cut scenes.
The fighting never really comes together.
Campaign is short and bland between battles.
Repetitive voice work.
Hard freezes are common.
Some enemies forget to fight you.
By InsideGamingDaily on September 09, 2013
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has all the trimmings of a fantastic brawler, but none of it works as it should. For every highlight the game showcases there are multiple failures: shoddy controls, a complicated combat system, and far too many glitches.45
By PCMag on September 05, 2013
Out of the Shadows's strong fighting engine and co-op action makes it a fun title for TMNT fans, but repetitive dialogue and inane hacking mini-games mar the experience.60
By GameSpot on September 05, 2013
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows could have been a fun, short romp with exciting combat, a silly story, and familiar green faces. A few broken battles in, however, you'll forget all about that potential. This is a sad, unfortunate showing for the heroes in a half shell.30
By Polygon on September 04, 2013
Red Fly Studio laid the groundwork for a decent third-person action game, dripping with TMNT nostalgia. I was looking forward to spending time with my favorite mutants again after all these years, but Out of the Shadows made me wish they'd stayed tucked away in my memory.10
By GameRevolution on September 04, 2013
While I can barely muster my inner TMNT fanboy to suffer through Michael Bay's new film, I hope the next game builds on this downloadable from Activision. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo won't get shredded today, but there's certainly potential for mistakes to repeat themselves. At least they've got Master Splinter to teach them.50
By God is a Geek on September 02, 2013
There are fleeting glimpses of a good game here. But clearly, more money and more time was needed to make this the game it could have been. Inexcusable glitches, unresponsive controls, broken combat, bizarre gameplay design (hacking games, really?), unfair enemies and completely unnecessary loading times make for a monumental disappointment.30
By IGN on September 01, 2013
With enough effort and perseverance, one can glean battles from Out of the Shadows that feel truer to TMNT than any you've ever fought, and that might be enough for superfans to look the other way on its technical and control problems.61
By Joystiq on August 30, 2013
TMNT: Out of the Shadows feels like it isn't finished, like it was rushed out of the sewers so it could get top billing on Xbox Live during Microsoft's Summer of Arcade. It's a shame too, because Out of the Shadows has a solid foundation in its combat.50
By GamesRadar on August 30, 2013
The sun rises. The world turns. Another half-baked Ninja Turtles game disrupts our normally peaceful lives. You may now return to tearfully recalling the Zen-like beauty of Turtles in Time or the original Arcade game. At this rate, we may never have it as good again, no matter how hard they try.50
By GameInformer on August 30, 2013
TMNT: Out of the Shadows is terrible, and offers nothing as a video game or even as a piece of nostalgia. The ugly turtle models didn’t bring back any memories of the fun cartoon of my youth, and the gameplay is among the most unenjoyable experiences I’ve had during my time as a gamer. There is no circumstance under which anyone should play this train wreck of a game.20