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James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (Xbox 360)

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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Release Date: 2009-12-04 / Published by Ubisoft

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      23.10.2010 13:01
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      Pandora's Box opened

      I have to say from the outset, if you enjoyed this film and the care and money that James Cameron put into it, you probably won't enjoy the game as much, it feels like an afterthought rather than a carefully created tie-in with the film.

      Based on the successful 3-D film of the same name, it allows you to either play as a member of the Na'vi tribe or one of the maurauding soldiers looking to find the natural resources of Pandora Planet. It is a game where the world is reasonably deep and allows your character to allegedly evolve as you play.

      You can ride large monsters, or huge robotic shells, there are over 60 kinds of weapons too, but for some reason it lacks any real sense of fun.

      The idea of the game I feel was to create an expansive universe where you can play within, where your choices affect the planet and whichever side you decide to fight for, you can create your own character or choose from those available, but for some reason it all feels a bit flat.

      The graphics are decent enough, but a long way away from the quality of the film, the fighting feels dated, the character development is too weak and doesn't go far enough, while the characters and guns don't add as much as you think they would to the game.

      Overall its disorganised, lacks the narrative of the film or the same story even though its the official tie-in, its available for £12 on Amazon. I purchased it for £12 as I liked the film, the world looks the same but the game is very different, its a third person shoot em up with a lot of depth but lacks the playability to make it a very good game.

      There are glitches in fighting mode as you can be overcome as an RDA soldier easily by the Na'vi from close quarters, there are also some quirks with riding the creatures, but other than that on the plus side the world looks amazing at times, it can never compare to the film, but as you lose yourself in it, it tries very hard.

      The game is pretty good if you can lose yourself in the world of Pandora and really enjoy third person shooting games, but it doesn't offer enough to match a very special film, its a decent game on its own though.

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      22.05.2010 20:57

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      Another failed attempt at a movie-game

      I watched the film before playing this game and when i purchased it i thought it would be based along the story line of the movie. It is similar but it is a different character which i was a bit disappointed with.

      You start off with choosing whether to be an avatar or a human. You will then play the story of which ever one you choose. I started off with the avatar and when i started first playing the game i was quite please with how certain things worked such as the avatar powers (slowing the world down, becoming invisible etc). However after about 2hours of gameplay i started to get bored and it was getting a bit repetitive.

      The human campaign was the exact same as well, good to start off with but then lacks the progression you want in a game to keep you addicted. Also the multiplayer was a rubbish attempt and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

      This is just yet again another failed attempt at a game based on a movie.

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