IGN Preview of Bionicle Heroes
We were treated to a demonstration of a playable build of Bionicle Heroes when we stopped by Eidos's booth at E3. The game is based on the popular LEGO line of toys of the same name and ties in to the Bionicle story. Though designed as a kid's game, we were shown a quite sophisticated action-adventure game that looks to contain a complete experience. What else would you expect from TT Games, the makers of LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game?
In Bionicle Heroes, you play the role of the good guys (their line of toys is launching later this year) and must defeat the evil Paraka. To do so, you'll be required to locate and use different Toa. These Toa masks afford you new elemental powers and capabilities necessary to access new areas of the stage, including hidden areas that hold even more bonus items. For instance, we were shown a forest stage with some broken bridges too long to easily jump. To get across, you have to equip the Air Toa which allows you to jump farther than normal. This may seem like a simple puzzle, but that's what the game is designed around -- ease of use. The game is completely designed around the young gamer. From the simple controls to the puzzles designed to make a child think, this game targets its audience from every angle. You can't even die. When you lose all of your hearts, you also lose your Toa which is regenerated somewhere else in the level for you to find.
The developers aren't thinking just about making a one-time use game. Each level is designed to be played through in story mode and then again in free play. Each time you break apart an enemy, you can collect their LEGOs which can then be used to upgrade your character at the end. You can then go back with your new character and find that you are able to access new areas that you couldn't reach previously. Likewise, when a stage is cleared, you can go back and play that level as a Paraka which will also give you new powers and new areas to explore.
Bionicle Heroes was shown off on a PS2 and looks quite good for a current generation game. It should be on target for its planned release in late October. Stay tuned for more.
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