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Justice League: Chronicles (GBA)

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      16.05.2009 02:16
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      "Justice League Chronicles" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Midway. It is based on the animated television series of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay of this title reflects a standard action platform release. Encompassing three different "episodes" the player has access to a total of six playable characters. The first episode will see the player using Flash and Green Lantern, the second Superman and Wonder Woman and the third Batman and Hawkgirl. Players navigate in all directions and defeat swarms of enemies which appear throughout. Each of the characters features the same punches and kicks without any combinations; each superhero will execute the same standard attacks. During my testing I found the controls to be unresponsive. To switch between characters the player must press the "Select" button and on numerous occasions I found myself pressing this button repeatedly before my character actually switched. I also found the collision detection to be poor. Many enemy encounters require the superhero to be literally nose to nose before any punches connect and deal damage. The game is generally easy to complete but becomes difficult in its poor gameplay mechanics.

      The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the superhero. The visuals are bland and two dimensional. When the superhero finds himself or herself in wilderness settings, the images loop frequently and do not host a wide variety of features such as ice patches in the arctic regions. The character detailing is also less than inspired with the only noticeable character traits being the hero's respective logo. The soundtrack is also of a basic standard with generic "beeps" for sound effects and orchestral music scores which don't overly suit the intended fast pace action of the title.

      Overall, I would not recommend Chronicles to prospective buyers. Its average at best visuals combined with poor gameplay and control mechanics makes for a less than satisfying gaming experience.

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