Reviews and Problems with James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
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James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (PS3)
11 February 2010
Excerpt: Hype is a terrible thing that rarely brings true gems to the surface, but more often than not creates expectations that cannot be fulfilled. Having watched James Cameron’s Avatar “the movie” in 2D I was blown away by the experience and eager to revisit Pandora in the game. Sadly, whilst I found Pandora to be just as beautiful, the gameplay failed to deliver a captivating experience.
Conclusion: It’s fair to say that here at D+PAD we’ve played a fair few movie tie-ins over the years and have grown to approach such titles with a certain degree of caution; with Avatar: The Game however, we were quietly hopeful that Ubisoft Montreal would deliver something special, but once again we’ve been left wanting. James Cameron has undoubtedly created an interesting universe in Avatar with the potential to spawn a cracking videogame spin-off.
Excerpt: James Cameron’s Avatar has been a long time coming. The acclaimed director’s first film since the award winning Titanic has been shrouded in mystery for years with the inevitable video game tie-in following suit. This year’s E3 saw Cameron spend a good few hours talking about the project during the Ubisoft press conference without even a shred of footage; instead relying on his own words to sell the product.
Conclusion: Of course, you will anyway. You can't possibly have already played Modern Warfare 2 and Borderlands and Assassin's Creed 2 and Uncharted 2 and Bayonetta and Left 4 Dead 2 and The Ballad of Gay Tony and ODST and and and, which makes the very idea of purchasing Avatar just now rampant silliness. The RDA campaign is an adequate action game, but it's never an inspiring, tell all your friends one.
Excerpt: There's just really not enough here to warrant more than a cursory glance.
Pros: Pandora is a beautiful world with some nice environments and lighting effects. Some cool powers. Melee attacks as the Na'vi is fun. Good replay value as playing both Na'vi and Human campaigns essentially gives you two games in one.
Cons: Bad voice actor for the lead role. frequent and long load times. Bad controls. Enemies aren't displayed on minimap. Enemies can be difficult to see as they blend with the environment. Driving vehicles is terrible (again, bad controls). Has a lot of features but none of them are polished properly or work together well. Boring story.