Monday, October 15, 2007

Chicken Little for the PS2

So I know I'm a bit of a sucker for a good kids game ... but I usually find them entertaining and a game being a bit on the easy side doesn't bother me at all. I don't have a lot of time to play games, so if I can experience the whole world without redoing a level 20 times, I'm there. This game was quite easy until the last driving level which drove ME mad until I finally got it right ... but picky picky picky. Overall, this game was quite well done ... the graphics are not the greatest on the PS2 (and I'm scared to think of how these graphics looked on the Xbox unless they prettied them up, but I doubt it) but the experience was fun. The levels were interesting and there was actually a lot more varied gameplay (platforming, driving, shooting) then I expected. Imagine something like a Ratchet and Clank, without the graphical polish or quite the finesse, and you've still got yourself a decent game. Overall, I give this one a 7.0 out of 10 and would recommend it if you are just looking for a fun experience.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Kameo: Elements of Power

Well, it only took me around 2 years after this game (and the 360) launched to get around to playing and finishing Kameo. I am really not sure what took me so long, but I'm finally happy to report that I finished this sucker last night. First of all, I am really not sure what people's issue is when it comes to certain platformers. THIS IS NOT A KIDS GAME - not to say that it won't be enjoyed by people of all ages, but if you think it's just a dumb game for kids you are totally missing out. The various "elemental warriors" are really just a fancy way of implementing unique attacks and moves. The way this is done in the game is great, although you'll find some of the warriors pretty useless except for very specific instances in which you require their powers.

People have said this game is short - well, I didn't really find that myself. It might be because I played it in pieces, but it was definitely worth the price at launch and now that you can get it for $20 if you haven't played it, go get it! The graphics are gorgeous (even today) and other than some frustrating control issues (like most games have) and the occasional wonky camera (which ALL games of this genre have) it's a real gem. 8.0 out of 10!