Conclusion: Kameo: Elements of Power is the type of launch game that every new console needs. Its cutesy image may not appeal to the hardcore crowd, but the core game is nearly flawless. It’s a game that you’ll want to continue playing – it doesn’t feel like “work”. The characters are imaginative, the visuals are outstanding, and the game is downright fun. Those looking to be blown away by next-gen gameplay might be a bit disappointed.
Excerpt: Not so long ago (although the galaxy seems far, far away) 3D Rare platformers were among the most anticipated games in the world. Their brand was synonymous with Nintendo and blockbuster status was a forgone conclusion. Banjo Kazooie and Tooie, and especially Jet Force Gemini represented huge leaps in 3D game design and stood as the high water mark for an entire industry; and all this after they revolutionized 2D gameplay with the Battletoads and Donkey Kong Country...
Conclusion: If you're a fan of action adventure titles such as the Legend of Zelda series, Kameo's a sure bet if you're looking for a good time in an original fantasy gameworld. With graphics that will always look amazing regardless of how much time has passed and how advanced technology has come, the art style is worthy of praise, and it's one of Rare's finest accomplishments yet. The audio is phenomenal, with an excellent musical score and superb sound effects and voice acting.
Excerpt: The world of Kameo: Elements of Power reminded me of Jim Henson’s fantasy films; imaginative, visually engaging and a little childish. The childish label certainly isn’t a fault since it’s just one of the things that helps bring out the fantasy world. The stirring musical score, with its catchy themes and superb chorus, promises an epic adventure game and the exotic locales deliver on this promise.
Excerpt: If anything, Rare has made things so damn difficult for themselves. They can't blame anyone else; after all, they did make so many superb games back in the day. But that was then, and this is now, yet it doesn't stop the weight of expectation hanging heavily on the neck of both Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo - two of the 360's key launch titles. It's this factor that makes us look at Kameo in a completely different light to any other adventure game.
Conclusion: Completionists beware, though, the 0GS achievements will bring down your ranking. Final Thoughts: Although Kameo: Elements of Power was probably an impressive launch title for the 360, it hasn't aged well. A short, shallow story, decent graphics, average gameplay, and hit-or-miss achievements make this game hard to recommend three years after it's release.
Excerpt: Kameo: Elements of Power has the distinction of being the first Xbox 360 title I have reviewed and I'm not sure it that is a good or bad thing for it. Being a next generation title it has a lot of expectations to live up to, not to mention that it's from the famous developer Rare and has been in development for a bunch of years. So is there any way it can live up to all of this hype? Who knows, but I'm going to tell you what I thought of it...