Excerpt: Calling Psychonauts a majorly innovative game might be a bit too much credit for the latest baby by Tim Schafer who we know from games like Full Throttle and Grim Fandango. After all, it remains an obvious platform game.
Conclusion: Madagascar is a pretty decent kids game based off of a movie franchise, which is almost unheard of in the current days of the console. Unlike some of the other E 10+ titles out there, Madagascar is definitely geared toward the younger player, as its ease and shortness suggest.
Excerpt: Mention the words "Tim Schafer" around most gamers, stand back, and let the slack-jawed reverie ensue. Tim is a god among the hardcore. He's one of the few bona fide auteurs in our medium, a man who has done the unthinkable: He makes the kinds of games that he wants to make. They're angsty.
Conclusion: known as Double Fine Productions – foray on the Xbox and a departure from the adventure games everyone knows him for. (Honestly, I felt a pang of animosity when I found out about Psychonauts. Here was a PC giant – Tim Schafer, the Tim Schafer – reduced to making a console game.
Excerpt: Kid friendly movie tie-ins are big business and there was no chance that the big CGI movie of the summer wouldn't be accompanied by a videogame. Madagascar tells the story of some larger than life Zoo animals and Activision has brought the movie experience to our consoles and PC, with most of the...
Excerpt: Few games go through four years of development and two publishers, and come out smelling of roses. Psychonauts is a game Microsoft no longer wanted as part of its first-party portfolio and despite positive word of mouth and much interest from the gaming hardcore, Tim Schafer's debut console project...
Conclusion: I cannot recommend Psychonauts highly enough. I played a few boards on Xbox and the entire game on the PS2. If you have the option, you probably should go with the Xbox version, but if you only have a PS2 you will not be disappointed.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: For anyone who wants to experience how games can provide entertainment beyond the simple act of play, Psychonauts is one of only a handful of titles that can give you what you're looking for.