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James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (PC DVD)
- Immerse yourself in James Cameron's world. - Peer deep into the heart of Pandora and see James Cameron's universe, from your own perspective.
- Engage in a massive conflict between two worlds. - Fight for you cause
- RDA or Na'vi. Customize more than 60 RDA and Na'vi weapons, combined. Choose your skills: 20 for each clan. Drive all of the vehicles and ride the animals. Expand the battleground in online multiplayer.
- Develop your character and acquire new skills - Create your very own character and acquire skills as you progress through the game.
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game is the official videogame based on the highly anticipated film James Cameron's Avatar. The videogame will take you deep into the heart of Pandora, an alien planet that is beyond imagination. Gamers 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 videogames before. When conflict erupts between the RDA Corporation, a space-faring consortium in search of valuable resources, and the Na'vi, gamers will find themselves thrust into a fight for the heart of a planet and the fate of a civilisation.
- Immerse yourself in James Cameron's world. Peer deep into the heart of Pandora and see James Cameron's universe, from your own perspective.
- Engage in a massive conflict between two worlds. Fight for you cause: RDA or Na'vi. Customise more than 60 RDA and Na'vi weapons, combined. Choose your skills: 20 for each clan. Drive all of the vehicles and ride the animals.
- Expand the battleground in online multiplayer.
- Develop your character and acquire new skills. Create your very own character and acquire skills as you progress through the game.
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Aside from the graphics, the gameplay is generally pretty good, perhaps a little clunky - especially at points in the game when you have to fight large groups of enemies and have to respawn, after a short loading screen, pressing enter and then going back to the checkpoint - it would have been nice for a quicker respawn like in the Halo games, bringing you back into the action quicker. The controls are easy to master, especially for regular PC gamers and can be remapped anyway. The game plays a little like an RPG/3rd person shooter; you have a levelling up system (albeit a limited one) and additional weapons and armour that a especially rewarding should you play as the Na'vi. However, again this could have been better - it would have been nice to have more powers to chose from, more weapons and more armour too. Overall it keeps the game interesting.
The storyline is perhaps where the game falls down a little bit - it pretty much mirrors the film narrative but changes the characters, becoming a little bit annoying at times, leaving you wondering why you couldn't just play as Jake Sully. Another thing that fails to impress is the way most of the Na'vi's sacred ways as depicted in the film are absent; like the connection between Na'vi and their creatures - in the game you simply jump on whatever beast is closest and ride on, which seems a little careless of the developers, seeing as they worked so close with the film production; which begs another question - why not use the original soundtrack? James Horner's compositions would have sealed the 'authenticity' of the game, adding a cinematic touch the game suggests. Finally, the ending is quite anti-climatic, ironically failing to mirror the films epic finish, it seems Ubisoft just decided to cut the production short...
Overall this adds up to a pretty enjoyable game, while flawed in many ways, it is much better than some reviews have suggested and certainly kept me entertained for several hours - I would definitely recommend this to those who are craving more from the world of Avatar.
The game uses very high resolution textures throughout and probably still gets such high framerates due to the skilful use of background fog to cut down the draw distances. This also reduces pop-in which I found less prevalent and annoying than in Far Cry 2 but did not ruin the feeling this was a large world we were exploring. The graphics options are extensive and most can be set at low, medium, high or ultra high so should still run well on older systems. The best thing about the presentation of the graphics is the colours. Far Cry 2 used fairly muted colour tones for artistic effect but this game uses the most vibrant colour palette I have ever seen in a game. From memory Prey, the science fiction shooter, and the original Mass Effect were very colourful but they cannot compete with this. My monitor is a HP 2475w which has a H-IPS panel well known for good colour and it is games like this that make me remember why I paid £400 for it. The colour scheme is practically psychedelic but anyone who has seen a tropical rain forest will know this is fairly realistic. The strangest effects occur at night because all the local plants and animals are bioluminescent so glow in the dark.
The story is set before the events of the film apparently (I have not seen the film) and is not well explained - for example nowhere does it explain why humans use avatars of the native race, the Na'vi. However even I know from newspaper reports about the film there is a war going on between the natives who want to preserve the planet and the humans who want to mine it for resources. Humans use avatars because they are more suited to conditions on the planet. Anyway, all this and much more information can be found in the game encyclopedia. After a few quests you have to choose whether to side with the humans or the Na'vi. If you side with the humans you have access to conventional weapons and vehicles. If you side with the Na'vi you effectively play as a Na'vi by using an avatar and use their traditional low tech weaponry and native horses and dragon-like flying creatures called Banshees instead of vehicles. I played both but found playing as the Na'vi more interesting and you do not get attacked constantly by the local beasts and plants which can get repetitive.
The game is close to a RPG in the mould of Mass Effect as your weapons and special abilities are upgradeable by spending experience points. The special abilities are similar no matter who you play and include bursts of increased speed and periods of invisibility very reminiscent of the functions of the Nanosuit in Crysis. I found the controls for vehicles hard to get used to particularly the Banshee which was a pity. I recently played Dark Void where you can use a jetpack to fly around simply using the mouse and the walk button (before you try any fancy aerial moves). Here you needed W, A and D to steer as with most vehicles but then space and shift to control vertical movement which became very cumbersome. The game has a lot of verticality if that is the correct word - you are often trying to navigate to a place, using your radar, which is either above or below you vertically. However the radar does not show whether the target is on the same level as yourself or above or below which could make navigating confusing.
The artificial intelligence of the enemies could be poor at times. It was quite funny sometimes when an enemy was shooting at you from a distant ledge then saved you the trouble of shooting back by simply falling off the ledge and plunging to their death. The game uses the third person view but is not centred - your character is well to the left of the screen. This means that when firing sometimes you hit an obstruction in front of you despite it not appearing in the aiming reticle. If a more centred over-the-shoulder view were used this would not happen. In addition the game lacks the normal zoom for ranged weapons which is unusual - the conventional right mouse button for zooming is assigned for a quick 180 degree spin which might be useful if you are using an Xbox controller but not if you have a quick mouse. I found the Na'vi bow was useless as it was horribly inaccurate until I used the aim assist which is a feature of many console games then it was fine.
The game is not a true sandbox open world game in the mould of Far Cry 2 or Oblivion as the missions follow a set order and the game maps used are not that large. However the route you take to your objectives is up to you and there are always alternative tactics you can try. In addition there are a few optional missions that can be attempted at any time. I personally enjoyed wandering around the game world looking at the unusual scenery in the gameworld of Pandora. One area where the game seems rather amateurish is the voice acting. Everyone sounds like they are reading scripts and the Na'vi characters have a range of rather strange accents, some of them sounding decidedly West African. In addition the character you play sounds like a young college boy/girl rather than a soldier and is not convincing at all. In addition the Na'vi storyline had a rather limp ending without a proper boss fight.
Overall I found the game quite entertaining despite these occasional niggles which you get used to fairly quickly. It is a good mix of traditional shooter and RPG and is effectively two games in one as you can play as a human or a Na'vi. However the feature that sets it aside from most modern games is the engine. In my opinion the Dunia engine is better than the Crytek engine used in Crysis and Crysis Warhead. It can look as good but is much easier to run than that engine. I personally am sick of lazy console ports using the ubiquitous Unreal 3 Engine which often do not even seem to improve the texture resolution for the PC so end up looking horrible. This game shows you why the PC is so superior to the console for gaming and I cannot understand why it has been so badly received other than the fact no-one is prepared to give movie tie-ins a chance. If you want a great visual experience and are prepared to overlook a couple of gameplay faults this should prove an enjoyable game for you.
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The avatar world is pretty much faithfully reproduced - if you ever wanted to explore Pandora, then you won't be disappointed. Vehicles, buildings and scenery are all highly detailed. UBIsoft have really captured the scale. atmosphere and detail of Pandora; screenshots I've seen don't do it justice. What I love most about this game is that you can take your time to explore as well as carry out the missions. Buy this game - I highly recommend it. 10/10
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