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      26.02.2010 00:47

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      Overall, not a bad action game

      This game is fantastic. It's great fun and has some really great characters that you can't help but love. The game play is simple, the story line's pretty good, and the dialog is usually pretty funny.

      The basic story of this game is that there is a special camp for psychics where they learn different abilities and train to someday become Psychonauts, which is a psychic soldier. Raz is the main character. Since he needs his parent's permission to attend the camp the counsellers call his dad to come and get him. So now he must get all his merit badges before his dad shows up. However, as he goes along he uncovers a plot which involves the removal of children's brains.

      The game play is really simple. You can change what kind of attack you're using so that it's more helpful in whatever the situation is, and sometimes certain powers are more helpful then others. The buttons all seemed very responsive to me and I didn't have any glitch problems.

      The graphics are very good. They are very animated but in a good way. The character designs are pretty interesting, and sometimes, comical.
      The characters are just great and I found myself warming to them. You only get to play Raz in the game which is a shame as it would have been good to have played as others too.

      Unfortunately the worst part of this game is that it's too short. It's extremely fast paced so it does stay entertaining.

      This game most defiantely falls into the category of platform game. So if you enjoy these sorts of games then you will love this I reckon. This game is a great deal of fun but is a little short to play. Probably not worth it until the prices goes down somewhat unless you can find it cheaply somewhere.

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      09.09.2008 13:54
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      Mind-bogglingly good

      Psychonauts is one of those games that if you simply must play if you're an enthusiastic gamer. Set in a summer camp for kids gifted with mind powers, this zany action platformer breathes new life into the genre and still stands the test of time; despite it being several years old now it is still an impressive game and gives a lot of newer ones a run for their money.

      Most of the levels take place actually inside other people's minds, and they are so imaginative and varied that you look forward to playing the next one. For example, the first level sees you step inside the rather militaristic camp leader, and completing a gruelling obstacle course set in the the harsh void of his mind. There are so many moments of pure genius that will bring a genuine smile to your face. This is pure gameplay at it's finest; the graphics aren't particularly impressive but it has a pleasing art style nonetheless and it's effortless to look past all of that because the core game is so damn fun.

      I have already completed it once and am now on my second playthrough; this shows the quality of the game because it's something I would rarely be bothered to do. You owe it to yourself to give Psychonauts a try; there are few games with so much comedic brilliance and varied, quality gameplay.

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        07.09.2006 20:35
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        Excellent platfom / puzzle game

        This is one of those games that help to remind you just why playing video games can be so addictive and time consuming.

        This is a great little platform / puzzle solving game with a decent amount of playing time and some good repeat value that is well worth getting hold of. Set in a summer camp for clairvoyant kids. You play the role of Raz who has snuck into the camp and is only allowed to stay for a day but when the brains of some of the kids get stolen then it is up to you to solve the mystery and save all of the others.

        There are many great characters in this game and they are all drawn in a quirky style which makes the whole feel of the game rather endearing. The game has a very open feel to it and you can wander about the grounds quite freely, you will want to find the store pretty quickly as this is where you can buy stuff to help with the game and lots of areas that will reveal bonus items.

        In order to complete the levels you must enter the minds of the various characters, all of the settings that you find yourself in are very different and creative in their design. In the levels you have to overcome the usual platform obstacles and I found the controls really responsive and unlike some other 3-D platform games the camera positions were smooth and easy to get used to.

        The thing that I especially like about this game is the variety in all of the levels that prevents it getting boring. Added to this there are a decent number of puzzles to solve which helps to break up the platform style play and the puzzles give you an opportunity to utilise the various psychic powers that you have.

        There are lots of areas to explore in this game and it is this factor which provides the game with a lot of playing time, you could just race through it but the real fun is taking your time to explore and ensure that you get the most out of each level.

        Visually the game is top quality; slick and well structured it also boasts an excellent set of voices for all of the main characters. It has the overall feel of a top quality Disney DVD with a slightly dark edge to it.

        Overall this is definitely worth checking out and I would rank it up there alongside Kill all Humans for entertainment value. Available on Amazon for £17.99 new or from £12.99 in the new and used section.

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