Avatar is a great video game for the Nintendo DS gaming console.James Cameron's Avatar: The Game is the official videogame based on the highly anticipated film James Cameron's Avatar. The videogame takes you deep into the heart of Pandora, an alien planet that is beyond imagination. You will encounter the Na'vi, Pandora's indigenous people and discover other life forms the likes of which have never been seen in the world of video games before. When conflict erupts between the RDA Corporation, a space-faring consortium in search of valuable resources, and the Na'vi, you will find yourself thrust into a fight for the heart of a planet and the fate of a civilization.
Avatar The Game for DS is very fun. The game play is RPG style (though you can only play as one character, named Nok) and is not short by a long shot. If you strive to complete the game in its entirety but unlocking all skills, weapons, etc besides beating the bosses (the last boss is a nightmare to beat...let alone that you have to beat him TWICE)it will take several FULL Nintendo DS Lite charges... It really does take that long to complete.
The game is loaded with small-time bosses, puzzles, obstacle courses, etc. Some of them are real tricky and confusing at first but as soon as you figure it out what you are supposed to do you feel like an idiot LOL.
The Real Time save feature is a plus too. You can save the game progress wherever you are in real time in the game so you can resume at the same point later. You do NOT have to start over the level/objective.
Here's the cons...
The Controls are a tiny bit flawed. It's not the stylus controls (the game has controls similar to LoZ-DS Spirit Tracks and LoZ Phantom Hourglass)...the stylus controls are perfect and very accurate with detective your hand movements to attack enemies, interact with objects, etc. It's the weapon menu... Before you can use a specialized weapon you have to enable it by either tapping on the weapons menu and tapping the icon of the weapon, or (and this ISN'T mentioned in the game OR the booklet I believe) you can use the D-Pad (arrow keys) to select the weapon that way. Then you can use the L button to enable it to use it. It sounds complicated but after you get the hang of it, it because second nature and you don't even have to think twice about doing that. It's just very annoying when you first start playing and you walk off cliffs a lot... It's a good thing you don't lose points or die from doing that though (you do lose health though, and if you lose too much you have to start the objective over and the whole level gets reset (you have to kill all enemies, animals, move items around, etc again).
The Music in the game is very appropiate, but it could've been much better. The game doesn't give you the option to disable it, and during gameplay (aside from cutscenes and boss battles) it is all the same track and not changeable. Like I said, I don't mind the music and it is appropiate for the game. It just would've been nicer if they used actual tracks or MIDI versions of James Horner's score for Avatar...
Neither Pro nor Con:
The Story is NOTHING like the story in the movie, but the game story is actually very good. You play as a young Na'Vi tribe member that through a series of events you become a warrior and stop the RDA ("sky people") from destroying their lands and using mind control on the animals to use as weapons. I don't want to reveal any details though... but the plot isn't bad.
AND HERE ARE THE PROS...
For DS graphics, they are very good. The only 3D in the game are the AMP Suits and the Ikran/Banshees/Leonopteryx/dragons. The rest is "3rd person" from an above angle. The graphics are very detailed for what they are and very bright and colorful. The nighttime level with the bio-luminescent plants and animals is particularly beautiful for what they are... That's my favorite level as well.
The game has a decent selection of weapons and skills you can unlock. From bows and arrows, to indiana jones style whips, to slings (david and goliath style), a huge mallet for smashing rocks and enemies, a sloth-monkey creature that you use to access small entrances and holes and switches you can't reach, etc. The whips are fun to use to whip the humans around with LOL. The Bow and Arrow is also very neat and comes in handy a lot.
Flying the Ikran/Leonopteryx/Banshee/Dragon:
Yes, you CAN fly them in this game! In 3D graphics too. You use them to travel around Pandora to all the different levels and sections in the game and you have to fly through obstacle courses to gather 'seeds' (this games version of say Mario Gold Coins or Sonic Rings) that you use to unlock skills, etc.
The Bosses are very challenging... Even if you play the game again (I beat it twice! it was that fun enough to play again...) after beating it, while the first bosses may be easy now that you know how to beat them the later big bosses and the final boss are still very challenging opponents... In other words, they aren't ridiculously easy to beat like Bowser is in the Super Mario Bros Retro games... You have to for example when fighting a guy operating an AMP suit disable them in between them charging and firing guns at you, and then after they are disabled you can land some blows to them...and you have to repeat that like 4 times. The final boss...VERY complicated to beat and I died many times trying to defeat it...
In the game you collect "lores" by either just finding them or from defeating enemies or animals that carry them. These lores you can access them back at the village all contain a decent paragraph of information about Pandora, it's animals, plants, the Na'Vi people, and the RDA. Including information and reminders on how to beat certain enemies and hints about the game. Some of them contain upgrades for health, new skills, etc. You have to use 'seeds' to unlock them. You get a couple seeds every time you defeat an enemy, break a box, or uproot plants.
The game has a very useful feature. You can save the game progress wherever you are in real time in the game so you can resume at the same point later. You do NOT have to start over the level/objective.
You WILL have to go through a couple DS Lite Charges to beat the whole game, especially if you try to unlock everything in the game. It took me a little over a week with at least an hour up to 3 hours of gameplay a day.
Puzzles and Objectives:
There are puzzles all over the levels that you have to do to get to the other side. Some of them involve pulling levers, finding key cards to unlock doors, moving boulders to make a bridge to get across a gap, etc. The majority of them are real tricky and can be confusing but as soon as you figure it out it seems so obvious... The objectives in the game are pretty good and entertaining to complete. You almost always have to complete a few puzzles to complete an objective, and all of them have either small time bosses or powerful ones.
Well I think I covered all the basics... In all, this is a real good and fun game... Especially if you are a fan of Avatar, this game is real fun and worth owning.
To find out more information about Avatar click here!