Reviews and Problems with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
3 November 2009
Excerpt: Well, that didn't take long! While I was lamenting over how awful Transformers was on PSP and how movie games will never be any good, along comes Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to prove me wrong. It is nice to see a movie game, specifically a kid's game, know what it wants to do and is very transparent about it. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs won't set a new standard on how to approach licensed properties, but it offers enough entertainment to not make it a bust.
Excerpt: With the release of any kid oriented movie these days it seems that a multi platform video game also oriented towards kids must follow. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is no different. However this particular game seems to shine a bit brighter than some of its recent counterparts. It's better than most games like this for three reasons. First of all Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a compliment to the story and isn't a rehash of the movie.
Conclusion: As the ice melts, we see a decent game to play. It may not be the brightest star in the sky, but the single player game doesn't pander too much just because it is a kids game. The challenge mode and collectibles round out the replay value.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is This season is well known for its movies. Its summer and everyone is up for a little night out at the movies to watch the next best movie ever. Only problem is, that very same period is filled with lackluster movies and pointless sequels. This brings us to the 3rd installment in the Ice Age movies. With it of course, comes a videogame to excite or stun fans of the movie.
Conclusion: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs provides a good deal of variety and the occasional funny moment. However, it doesn't offer any real challenge, and the experience is short lived. While the action and platforming sections are fun to play, the racing and shooter levels are too simplistic and require only a modicum of skill and some button mashing to complete. The multiplayer modes, meanwhile, vary wildly in terms of quality.
Pros: Varied gameplay, Genuine laugh out loud moments, Great voice acting from the original movie cast, Authentic character animation.
Cons: Only one very easy difficulty level, Weak multiplayer.
Excerpt: The short form of this review is that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is great for kids under ten who enjoyed the movie and have relatively short attention spans. If you or the person you're thinking of buying this game for fits in that category, then Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a good choice. If not, then, well, you're going to find the game to be pretty short and very easy. The game simply won't present much of a challenge to older gamers and platform fans.
Excerpt: At this point, just about any animated film is capable of raking in the big bucks in movie theaters. The latest "Ice Age" is no exception, but there's never any guarantee the corresponding video game will be any good; in fact, history tells us the game typically falls well below expectations. Thankfully, we've seen some better efforts in the past year and provided the developers could nail down some decent gameplay that would entice fans, they might have a winner.
Excerpt: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is based on the third Ice Age film from Twentieth Century Fox and features the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah and Josh Peck who reprise their film roles as Manny, Sid, Ellie and the crazy possum brothers Crash and Eddie.
Conclusion: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is wonderfully-compatible with young kids. The rating may be Everyone 10+, but that's really pushing it. The violence is nowhere near what I used to watch during my Saturday morning cartoons as a kid. Masters of the Universe would be rated T(een) by today’s standards. If you’re a parent and looking for solid kid-oriented entertainment, which also won't leave any life-long emotional scars, then pick this up.