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We owe it to ourselves to make this a success,
This review is from: Psychonauts (PC) (Video Game)I'm not going to explain what the game is about. I dont think I could put it eloquently enough to do justice to the game.
What I will say is that the design, innovation, and sheer love that has clearly gone into the game means it deserves to be played by every serious gamer. The voice acting and humour is to the level you would expect of a Tim Schafer game (he of Grim Fandango, Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle fame).
I would class this game as an adventure game more than anything else, yes, its easy to pigeonhole it as a platformer but the platforming elements are easily overshadowed by the process of simply playing through the hero's (Rasputin) story. There is one annoying platform section near the end which is pretty difficult but the rest of it will be breezed through by any experienced gamer.
The story is what this game is about, and also just having sheer good fun. Like the old Lucasarts adventure games, you cant really die in a 'Game Over, start again' fashion like traditional platformers and you are free to experiment and try things with your mental powers without the game punishing you for it. Being inside the troubled mind of a paranoid conspiracist or a man with a Napoleon complex is as bizarre as you could imagine, and very funny.
I have heard some people complain about the camera in the game but I dont have any problems with it, certainly nothing major or game-breaking. I would advise purchasing a PS2 pad and USB/PS2 adaptor to play this game, definitely better than keyboard/mouse. You should have this for Pro Evo Soccer already anyway!
All-in-all, gamers have been crying out for more originality, innovation etc in games, this has these things in spades and is a top quality game into the bargain. Buy this game and let the suits know we care about our games and are not content with 'Generic RTS 5' or 'Seen-it-all-before FPS 3'. If games like this arent a commercial success then we deserve to be force-fed bland, uninspiring clones of games that weren't so good to begin with. Make this a hit and ensure a future of exciting, groundbreaking titles, please!