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Avatar (PS3/360) £7.99
If three hours of overrated ‘3D’ and Smurfs/Fern Gully/Pocahontas/Dances with Wolves plot-pillaging left you wanting more, then you might be interested in the Avatar tie-in which was going to change tie-ins forever, but was ultimately a bit poo. It is playable in stereoscopic 3D though, so when you can afford a 3D TV in a few years you could dust it off. Chances are you won’t bother though as you’ll remember the average third-person combat and chunky jungle graphics that you won’t want to step into or have invading your living room. If you’re still interested, there are two campaign modes, one from the marine’s perspective or the slightly better Na’Vi missions where you control the big blue treehuggers using spears, bows and the like. The next best deal is £9.93 at The Hut.
If you're one of the many people out there who fell in love with Pandora and all of its visual treats whilst at the cinema, then why not travel there and take control of a human marine or a Na'vi warrior.
Whilst you can grab a copy of the game on the PS3 and 360 for £7.99 from Comet, their price for the Wii version is a little bit more expensive at £9.99, however they're the cheapest prices around for all three formats at the moment. You'll make a saving of almost £4 on the PS3 and the Xbox, and almost £2 on the Wii. Unfortunately home delivery'll push the price up a little bit, but it's free to reserve a copy in store to pick up later.
The track record that most movie tie-in games have means that most people tend to veer away from them right from the moment they're released and this is no exception because it's not a great game by any means. Even if you were impressed by the movie, don't be fooled into thinking the game's anywhere near as special because you'll be incredibly disappointed.
You can mix things up a little bit in the single player by playing as a testosterone fuelled human soldier or defending your home as a Na'vi, and each race has a unique set of weapons and abilities, which can be upgraded by earning XP as you progress through the various missions.
The jungles of Pandora are supposed to provide you with a free roaming experience, but with nothing else to do but blast groups of enemies whilst you're between missions, things soon start to feel very linear and this leads you directly to boredom.
I think average is the best word to describe the game but now that it's under £10 across the board you certainly won't be as disappointed as everyone who purchased a copy immediately on its release date.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
If you enjoyed James Cameron's epic tale of nine-foot Smurfs battling for survival against the army guys from Aliens, you might want to check out this deal for Avatar: The Game, available from The Hut for just £11.93!
Unlike the film, Avatar: The Game didn't exactly lay waste to the box-office or delight critics. It averaged a 61 on MetaCritic, and while critics didn't completely hate the game, the general reception seemed to be particularly indifferent. Yet another movie game, yet another disappointment.
A prequel to events from the movie, Avatar: The Game splits its campaign into two different perspectives from the opposing sides. An RDA grunt, or a Na'vi warrior. As you'd expect, choosing one or the other yields different results. The soldier comes equipped with a variety of weapons, from assault-rifles to flamethrowers, whereas the Na'vi is more graceful and athletic. It's an interesting design choice, both from a gameplay and story perspective, as it adds variety to the mix and gives you an unbiased view of the plot.
The selling-point for both Avatar and this game was the advent of 3D technology. I'm not a big fan of 3D, but I appreciated its subtle implementation in the film. Avatar: The Game is equipped for the new line of 3D televisions, and according to most reviewers rich/lucky enough to have experienced it, the 3D effect is quite good, lending a depth to the world of Pandora and giving you a more intimate understanding of your surroundings.
It's no great shock that Avatar: The Video Game is pretty poor but it is a little surprising to see the price for the overblown super special edition so low this soon after release. Game's price practically slices the next best offer of £52.99 from GamePlay in half.
As well as the mediocre game itself, the Limited Edition also contains an exclusive 6 inch Jake figure that looks pretty cheap and tacky and six unlockable weapon packs.
To be fair, Avatar: The Game is not all bad, it looks nice enough with some of the lush jungle environments of Pandora looking very attractive and reasonable character models and the branching storyline between the RDA team and the Na'vi adding some interest and replay value. Furthering the game's longevity is the inclusion of a variety of multiplayer modes which feel more solid and rounded than you might expect from a film tie-in.
Unfortunately, neither side of the parallel storyline offers any excitement and the game is populated with cardboard characters, devoid of personality or allure. The combat is ok but quickly grows tedious and the vehicle sections are horribly painful. While the multiplayer is better than expected it's still unlikely to pull many players away from XBL staples.
If you're a rabid Avatar fan or a collector of these sorts of special versions of games then this is a bargain well worth snapping up, but anyone else would still be well advised to avoid this game altogether.
It's a film tie-in which probably ought to tell you all you need to know about Avatar: The Game. Of course it's not much cop, but if I can't deter you from making the ill-advised purchase, I can at least save you as much money as possible!
Amazon and Play currently have matching prices for the 360, PS3 and Wii versions of the game, which stand head and shoulders above the competition. For the XBox 360 version you stand to make an £8 saving against the next best price from Shop To, the PS3 version will save you just under £3 (next best price is from The Hut) and the Wii version is £5 cheaper than the next cheapest (Shop To again).
What makes Avatar such a great film (to some) is not its derivative story or the quality of the acting but rather the incredible spectacle that it creates—the magic and the fantasy. Unfortunately Avatar: The Game offers none of this. Instead it is a simple, bland and slightly convoluted shooter with nothing special to sell it.
The fact that there are two branching storylines and you can choose your allegiance increases the game's worth and longevity. Sadly however, whichever side you take you'll be treated to an uninspiring quest littered with unmemorable characters and punctuated with action that soon grows tedious. Thankfully Avatar at least looks reasonably pretty with some very nice environments and serviceable, if not great, character models.
Overall, Avatar isn't a terrible game but with so many excellent titles available at the moment, why waste your time and cash on one that is merely mediocre.Click here for the full price comparisons...
Today’s news roundup sees James Cameron throwing a wobbly over claims that Avatar was a massive HALO rip off. EA’s big boss John Riccitiello announces that Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 will be out before March 2011. And lastly, Metal Gear Solid the film stalls even though things hardly got off the ground to begin with.
You’d have to be blind not to pick up all the references to James Cameron’s masterful sci-fi horror flick Aliens throughout the HALO series. Drop ships, loud mouth black sergeant, the banter between the marines, pulse rifles, armour, combat helmets – the list goes on. Now, in response to claims made by film critics that Cameron’s latest sci-fi epic, Avatar, looks uncannily similar to HALO, the Titanic director has hit back in an interview with G4.
Setting the record straight, Cameron rubbished any such claims by describing how – as it was he who inspired much of HALO in the first place – the only person he could be accused of being influenced by was himself. ‘Pay attention. If I'm referencing anything, I'm referencing the source work for Halo, which is my own stuff. So I get to do that. Nobody else gets to do that, but I get to do that. My rule anyway.’ Obviously a bit of a touchy subject, but G4 shouldn’t feel too bad for asking. According to Linda Hamilton, Cameron was ‘always a jerk’ - even before he became successful. [GamerRSS]
As if there weren’t enough great games about to storm the market and drain all our hard earned cash, EA boss John Riccitiello has just announced a (somewhat vague) release date for Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2. Riccitiello said consumers should expect both games ‘within the company's 2011 fiscal year’ which means sometime before March 2011. On the plus side that does give us all a bit of time to replenish the bank balance after having been bombarded with so many ‘must buy’ titles during 2010.
Details regarding Dead Space 2 have been plentiful. The survival horror sequel will take place onboard Sprawl, a space station/ settlement which has been built up around the remains of Saturn’s moon. The story kicks off when the supposedly extinct Necromorph infiltrate the metropolis and - as he’s the only person to have successfully combated the menace before - Isaac Clarke is called in to help. Not much is known about Crysis 2, although Crytek's Cevat Yerli stated that he intends to make "the best game that can exist on Xbox 360 on PS3", so let’s hope it’s shaping up to be something special. [PlayTM]
It’s been four years since Metal Gear Solid the Movie was announced, and despite nearly half a decade talking about it, Hollywood producer Mike De Luca says things have stalled (even though they never really got moving in the first place). De Luca citied many reasons for the lack of progress, but in the end it seemed to come down to the simple fact that everyone knows game-to-movie adaptations don’t work. Given the vast popularity and major success of the Metal Gear franchise, the videogame companies are being – understandably - very protective over their material.
After all, a philosophical De Luca added, ‘a movie can only hurt. If the movie's great, you're probably not going to sell more games... The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie… I'm not sure the movie does the same thing for the game." [Eurogamer]
Every week, we're doing a new post to tell you about the upcoming video game releases (you can see them all in the new releases category). This week, there are not very many games of interest, but we'll let you know what they are.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
8th to 14th December:
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
11th December 2009
|Beat The Intro
11th December 2009
|James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
11th December 2009
11th December 2009
|The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
11th December 2009
Any mistakes, or more games we should include? Let me know in the comments below - thanks.