Summary: I've played through the Golden Compass video game and I have a review about it that I would like to share for those casual passerbys who are curious. I loved the book series and somewhat enjoyed the movie. + (Pros) = (Neutrals) - (Cons) +Playability, I don't have all these different wiimote or nunchuck twitches to get it to do the right action +Button placement, the controls are simple and easy to remember +Difficulty, The little deception minigames and the symbol...
Excerpt: I bought this game following the release and watching of the film at the cinema. I have also subsequently read the book, and I feel that the game does closely follow the storyline, although rather vaguely. As you would suspect, the storyline is condensed in the game play, and you don't receive such a detailed account of the story, but it does follow the main plot.
Excerpt: I borrowed this game off my cousin as although it was on special when i brought my Wii it was not a game that jumped off the shelf at me. This games is based on the new blockbuster film from the studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Its a world where witches fly through frozen skies, giant armoured bears fight to defend their kingdom and where sinister Gobblers kidnap children and carry them to a frozen wasteland.
Pros: good game with clips of film on
Cons: can only save the game at the end of each level
Summary: By most people's standards, the Golden Compass on Wii would be described as a horrible game, but personally I think it's not all that bad. (Granted, i got it for a budget price...) Firstly, the graphics are awful, like a blurry 1st-generation ps2 game, and there is absoloutely no excuse for that. The environments are acceptable at some points in the game, but it is the expressionless and blocky characters which make the game frustrating to look at.
Summary: Developed by Shiny Entertainment, this Sega published movie tie-in attempts to envelop you in the world of the highly successful books. But can the game escape the usual brush movie tie-ins are tarred with? Unmistakeably, this title is aimed at the book's younger readers - which will delight in being able to play through this action adventure as Lyra, controlling her daemon Pan (the physical representation of a person's soul which all people have in this fantasy world),...
Excerpt: Personally, I am a great fan of the book "The Golden Compass", also known as "Northern Lights" in the United Kingdom. When I saw the film, I was disappointed with it, like many other fans. Even so, something drove me to buy the Wii game, and I'm glad to have made that choice. The game is full of action and adventure; full 3D worlds with plenty of interactivity; bonus tasks and extras.
Pros: Good gameplay, suitable for everyone, full 3D worlds
Cons: Repetitive music, graphics downgraded, loading times
Summary: This review summarises the views of a 14-year old (who ran out of enjoyment and stopped playing very early) and a more persistent 60-year-old. The game seems to be aimed at 7-10 year-olds without too much gaming experience. The game holds your hand too much, telling you what to do much of the time and which button to press to do it (usually Z), and indicating your route too easily ("I wonder how we get down. What's this - looks like a giant staircase!").