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To begin, I'd just like to say that this is my own work previously produced on the Love Film website and I have now reproduced it over here for the benefit of the community :)
There are a lot of games in this ilk now, my earliest memory of one like this would be one of the early Lord of the Rings games and Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone on the PS2 and box. In principle these style of games are modern interpretations of the format laid out by Golden Axe back on the Sega Megadrive. Essentially, you follow a linear path and hack at enemies in the way. Some would suggest that modern titles such as Oblivion and Fable also follow that structure and to a degree they are correct, however they have branched off becoming their own unique style. If you play the early LotR games, Demon Stone, then more recently Eragon and the Narnia games, you will see a distinctly similar playing style running through, and this is one that is most true to the style set out by Golden Axe. Yes these games are now 3D enviornments etc, but the core of the game remains the same. Some people dislike this because the imagination is quite limited, personally I quite enjoy them.
As for Narnia: Prince Caspian, it's not the best, but not bad either, not too bad at all actually. Very easy and very short, but it doesn't suffer from unexpected difficulty spikes that plague most of the kids games of this generation. It looks pretty good, not the best in the world, but not awful by any stretch of the imagination, also, there are sections when there are hundreds of individual moving characters on screen and the game never slows nor freezes up. The engine is solidly built. Best part of this game for my money is the variety of characters you play, humans, dwarves, fawns, Beastmen, centaurs, giants and Minotaurs are all controllable, which is an awful lot of fun.
Don't be fooled, this is not a deep or complex you can complete everything in a couple of nights playing, but it is simple fun and great entertainment for the Kids, especially as it is not too hard for them to get to grips with. A worthwhile title. I certainly wouldn't recommend paying full RRP for it, however if you can find it for around the £20 or less, then it is worth paying that to obtain it.
I was hunting around for a new game on the wii, and having just seen this film, I thought it owrth the £15 to give the game a go. An added appeal for me was that it was multi player, and I love games that don't limit me to playing on my own!
I got th game home and read quickly through the basics of the game (I'm not much a manual reader, sorry!), knowing that I'd pick up anything else I needed as I went through the game. So here's the deal for anyone looking to buy this game; basically, you just work your way through the levels by completing the objectives in set missions.
Unfortunately, I've only ever completed the first mission, and don't intend on completing the others any time soon!! I completed the first mission as one of two players; and between the two of us it took 1 and a half hours of standing on our feet, moving the direction buttons and swinging widly to hack things down with the wii-mote. I'd like to give an overview of exactly what the plot of completing these missions are, but as mentioned I only got to level 1!..and even now I couldn't tell you exactly what I'd acheived in that mission.
Now I'm a real wii-gamer, in that I love games merely for being interactive (I'm entertained by wii sports for hours upon end), but even this pushed me to my limits of being entertained by a 'swing your remote gimmick'.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is currently in the HMV sale priced at a nicely tagged £10, so I thought to myself; why not give it a try!
I never spotted a review of this online when checking for bargains, and nobody I know even mentioned this to me, so I was taking a bit of a risk - mostly on Wii format!
Needless to say, after spending a couple of hours playing around with it, I found it to be quite impressive. It has a Lego Indiana Jones feel to it, as it uses a drop-in and drop-out Dungeon Siege type of party combat, which is set in your typical fantasy world of Narnia.
There is a lot of great cinematics that combine well with the actual free scrolling game play that could of easily of worked against the game. But credit where credit is due, it interchanged quite well.
As you progress through this 3D environment, which starts off where you need to solve puzzles and do simple quests, later unlocks a number of different characters who will fight by your side in epic battles. All of which you can control at any time and have their own unique ability, actions, commands and attacking pros and cons which are needed to complete certain tasks in order to progress.
At the end of the day, it was a risk worth taking and a gamble that paid off, as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was more than what I expected.