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Avatar: The last Airbender

Games that are based on cartoons are usually popular these days. Kids can control their heroes and take them on adventurous journeys wich they love. Therefore they will nag and whine to get what they want. Sounds like music to developers’ ears, but will the kids be asking for this game?

Avatar: The Last Airbender tells us the story of Aang, the last airbender. And as if being the last one in a very long dynasty of avatars isn’t hard enough, the entire fate of the world rests on his shoulders because only an Avatar can fight and ultimately destroy the Firenation. So he and his friends go on a long journey to fulfill his destiny.

As you see this story is pretty good so it was a wise choice not to fiddle with it. At the start of the game you’ll have to help out your fellow bender-friends after wich they’ll join you on your quest. The different characters all have their

own specialities, that way you’ll have to switch between them regularly. Besides the airbender Aang, you’ll be able to control waterbenders or an earthbender. This alternation makes the game feel less repetitive, but not much.

And that’s the main problem with this game, the gameplay. The game was built as an Action/beat ’em up game with some RPG elements added in the mix like experience and equipment. That’s all fun for the beginning, but after a while you’ll get hungry for more. Only problem is that there is nothing more, it’s just fetching stuff for people all the time and I reassure you that that’s nothing you’ll want to be doing for hours at a time.

The RPG elements are limited as well. The main thing you’ll be doing is selecting the clothes you find along the way by how many positive features they have and equipping them. If you want to, you can redistribute your XP points so that other special moves will be made available. Not that you really need to because allmost every foe can be beaten with your combo (enter the button bashing), a special move for some cool effects and the healing powers of Katara. All other moves are nothing more than some eye candy to me. They’ve tried to make it a bit more interesting by adding temporary invisibility so you can sneak past guards, but as I said before, nothing a bit of button bashing couldn’t solve as well.

The cell-shaded graphics suit the game. Nothing impressive, but they make you feel like you’re acually playing a cartoon. The sound however is another story. It’s here that you notice you’re not playing a triple A title. The conversations aren’t spoken but written. This could possibly discourage some kids to keep on playing. So lots of room for improvement here.

In the end the game is fun to play… for a while. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this title to any adult or teenager but if you know someone who like Avatar, I’m sure they’ll like this game as well.

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related game: Avatar: The Last Airbender (aka Avatar: The Legend of Aang)
posted in: PS2, Reviews, THQ
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