Review: James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game


Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Compatability (PS3): 3GB Mininum Space | SIXAXIS Motion Sensitive | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Network Players 2-16
Compatability (Xbox 360): 512MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplater 2-16
Rating: 7.0

On top of my head I cannot remember a great game which was developed from the release of a movie. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is one of these modest games, but if you really liked the movie and want to ‘personally’ visit the beautiful planet of Pandora, then you may like it. After the movie’s success in the box office, everyone expected a game to be released and the following is the result.

First of all the story has nothing to do with the one in the movie. The only thing that corresponds is that human beings are in search for a precious mineral (unobtanium) on the planet of Pandora and they must face a number of hostiles, starting from giant creatures and plants as well as the local Na’vi. You will start controlling Abel Ryder who is a new Resources Development Administration (RDA) recruit. After some time playing the game and making a number of missions to the RDA, you are given a choice to either fight for the RDA or else join the Na’vi as an Avatar. The two sides have their similarities but there are a good amount of differences between the two which makes replay value awesome.

RDA or Na'vi. Choose your destiny.

Fighting for the RDA is ‘easier’ than being a native of Pandora because you will have a number of machine guns and fire power at your disposal. On the other hand the Avatar has the bow and arrows as a long distance weapon even though you will fight with knives, clubs and staffs (close combat) to kill your enemies (and also one machine gun). The camera may be a bit frustrating especially for the latter because of melee combat and controlling vehicles/animals is also disappointing. You will spend around seven hours to complete the game and having two distinct sides, you may opt to play again the game.

After a number of hours playing the game, you will start completing the missions quickly to see what’s coming next. Missions are pretty linear since you will be destroying targets, capturing things and leveling up. Avatar: The Game also has a leveling system in which you will gain XP and upgrade weapons, armor and skills. This XP system is pretty simple and it is easy to level up. Multiplayer is also available and a number of ‘usual’ modes can be played. These vary from the team deathmatch and capture the flag, which I doubt you shall be playing for too long.

The visuals are the best you can get from Avatar: The Game.

The best part of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is the visuals. Running and exploring in the world of Pandora is one of the most interesting things in the game. The jungle textures are quite nice and you will spend some time watching the rivers, mountains and also the flora and fauna of this magnificent planet. A truly colorful world. To fully see the best of Avatar: The Game, 3D is the answer but unless you have a TV that is capable of doing this, then you have to enjoy the game as it is.

Overall Avatar: The Game is nothing exceptional but it also has its positives. Gameplay may not be its strong point with a frustrating camera and also some repetitive tasks. Having said all this, if you liked the movie then this may appeal to you and I really encourage you to visit this new and amazing planet created by one of the best directors Hollywood has ever seen, James Cameron.

Reviewed by Barber – April 14, 2010

Pandora is the best thing in Avatar: The Game. The environments are gorgeous especially the dense jungle. You need to see this in 3D.
Nothing epic in the soundtrack. Music and voice acting are pretty average.
Unless you got hit by the movie, you don’t need to play this game. If you did, then James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game will be a magical experience which won’t last for too long.
Final Score



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