Excerpt: I’m going to try my hardest not to make any obvious jokes here, but it’s not easy when the absurd amount of possible jokes are the only remarkable thing about a game. It’s based on a movie that didn’t do very well with the critics, was only a moderate success, and failed to ever get past the feeling of “Hi, I’m Jerry Seinfeld, and I’m in this movie. Scratch that, I AM THIS MOVIE!
Pros: Diverse gameplay modes, narration throughout
Cons: Weak structuring, overreliance on Quick Time Events, sub-par graphics
Excerpt: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1-2 Memory: 60KB HD Support: 720p/1080i/1080p Sound Support: Dolby Digital Achievements: 50 Xbox LIVE Support: Leaderboards Movie-based games are usually a mediocre experience from what I have played and I tend to power-up each franchise game while thinking that to myself. Very seldom does a game come along that changes my attitude toward a movie game. Thankfully, Bee Movie does not fall into this category however.
Excerpt: The graphics in the Bee Movie Game for the Xbox 360 are very good; especially when compared to the PS2 version. The detail is higher and the models look better. Even the cinematics look better, though this may be specifically due to video resolution. There are several things in the Bee Movie Game that involve seeing things "as a bee would see them.
Excerpt: What is it? Bee Movie Game of course takes you into the world of Dreamworks' CGI film, Bee Movie, and in doing so it juggles plentiful game styles. From free roaming car diving to pollen collecting mini-games, it has plenty on offer, though most of your time is spent exploring a 3D world, on foot, or using the power of your bee's wings.
Excerpt: To coincide with the release of the DreamWorks Animation film, Bee Movie Game comes buzzing onto the Xbox 360. Having played the Bee Movie Game demo which was released on Xbox Live couple of months ago I can honestly say I was looking forward to the movie, but certainly not the game. Far too often we play movie-based games which appeared rushed and unfinished and very rarely do we see movie-based game which knocks our socks off.
Conclusion: For the common gamer, this is a typical movie licensed game, but it does have an attitude to it that upswings the value to good rather than bad. For $49.99, it might be best to avoid, but if the movie was great and your child loves it, it might be okay. Just take into consideration the controls before you buy though. If they’ve played the 360 enough then it should be fine, but if they haven’t… well… I’ll leave that up to you.
Conclusion: As far as movie-based video games go, the Bee Movie Game isn’t really bad. The game does a good job of presenting the look and feel of the movie. And while the graphics while inside of Hive City won’t necessarily push the Xbox 360 hardware to its limits, the exterior levels actually look extremely crisp and colorful. There were a few instances of frame-rate drops, which made the game stagger a bit at times, but it generally recovered quickly.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is To have high expectations on your back might sometimes result in you slacking off and not matching or even coming close to those expectations. When no one expects anything from you and with the pressure off, delivering quality will be taken note off.
Conclusion: Games which are based on movies never tend to light up the gaming world, and the Bee Movie Game unfortunately follows this trend. If you’re looking for something different then the ever-present first person shooter in your collection, you might want to give this game a shot. The colourful graphics style brings something different to the Xbox 360 system much as Viva Pinata did and will certainly appeal to the younger audience; your kids are bound to love this game.