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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, 18 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko (Playstation) (Video Game)
Loads of levels and themes which keep your interest through different challenges. Hilarious costume changes and phrases. Great music. Overall, a lot of fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's Tail Time!" Er...If You Say So, Mr.Gecko, 25 Jan 2014
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko (Playstation) (Video Game)
The European PAL release of 1998's Gex 3D: Enter The Gecko for the PSone makes an attempt to be quintessentially British. As well as making references to the BBC and The Sun newspaper in the "Mission Briefing" section of the instruction manual, Gex's voice is provided by veteran actor Leslie Phillips (who you may recognize as the beverage-swigging clock hoarder in the 2001 movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider). Whether you find this setup endearing or as racist as Cheryl Cole saying no to Gamu Nhengu on The X Factor depends on how proud you are of your Union Jack heritage.

Enter The Gecko is the second of three platform outings for Gex, and the first one to be presented in 3D. After defeating his arch enemy Rez in the previous game, Gex has retired to a life of channel surfing and lazing about in his chair. One day a group of agents take the gecko to their HQ and inform him that Rez is once again hatching an evil scheme within the world of television. After the agents slip him a bung and a fancy Bond-like suit, Gex heads off into TV land to dust his hands of Rez once and for all...although that is rather unlikely given that Gex is a gecko with stinky fingers!

The TV land is basically a home world with portals leading to levels, not too dissimilar to the world structuring in Spyro the Dragon. You walk up to a TV set, jump on the big shiny square button in front of it and off to that level you go. The levels come in various themes associated with numerous TV genres. "Out Of Toon" for example represents cartoons with its exaggerated moving plants, dog like steel-jaw traps and overly colourful scenery. Meanwhile Mao Tse Tongue flies the flag of Kung-Fu with its oriental buildings and music, although the infamous mismatched audio and lip-sync are unfortunately absent! Many of the TV themes are represented twice, but there is never really a feeling of repetitiveness in this platformer. Each level throws up different obstacles and enemies to overcome, and for the most part keeps you engaged and interested.

But with all those moving platforms, trouble-making bad guys and some occasional bottomless pits, Gex would be about as useful as a MiniDisc (look it up!) in a cassette player if he didn't have any moves on him. Fortunately he does. He has a long tongue for eating flies that can provide him with more lives and hit points, while a tail swing attack is his best friend on the offence stakes. But his most interesting move is one where his sticky hands and feet allow him to crawl along certain walls and ceilings, useful for when there are no obvious jumping routes between two platforms. In my opinion it's this last move that gives Gex his identity and helps him avoid being nothing but a generic video game character.

The main aim of ETG is to pick up TV remotes. These are required to unlock later levels and eventually a confrontation with Rez. Red ones are obtained through taking particular routes through any given level. Silver ones can be picked up by searching secret areas as well as collecting various items; and then there are gold ones which can be nabbed through bonus levels. The numerous routes through each stage provide welcome longevity to ETG, while the different objectives mixes up the gameplay nicely and keeps things fresh. Provided you do have a life and other hobbies of course, we're talking a good few days of action before you've completed everything, which is welcoming indeed.

I wouldn't say that the flaws found in Enter The Gecko are massive, but they are noticeable enough to deduct marks from the overall score. I'm sure Leslie Phillips was a great actor in his heyday, but his voice doesn't work very well here for Gex. It sounds a little too polite and well mannered from my POV, like it was intended for some live-action movie material rather than a platform video game. I've seen footage of the American NTSC version of this game on YouTube where the acting is done by a guy called Dana Gould, and to be honest his voice is far more suited to Gex. He provides a slightly OTT egotistical voice that works much better for Gex's image, and it should have been in this PAL release.

Other faults include the camera. The semi-auto mode doesn't always provide you with the best view, and it can lead to some very awkward fights and jumps. Switching to fully manual will partially reduce such annoyances, but only partially. As for the pace of the game? It does feel a bit on the slow side, and it's especially irritating in the latter stages of the game when you have to cover a lot of ground in the main hub just to get to the level you want to enter.

Gex doesn't quite have the same level of charisma as Crash Bandicoot, and he certainly doesn't have the quick pace of Spyro. But overall Gex 3D: Enter The Gecko is a solid platform game for the PSone. If you are looking for someone different to play as instead of orange marsupials or purple dragons then perhaps a bluish green gecko will satisfy your control pad fondling needs.

Final Score: 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great old game, 10 Sep 2013
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Very happy worked as new! Nice start to build up my old ps1 game collection item was how it was described
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality. Delivery within 48 hours, 19 Dec 2014
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Excellent quality. Delivery within 48 hours. Very good service and realistic product value.
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