I judged everything about this game based on PS2 expectations since this game was originally a PS2 game and was then ported onto the Xbox360 with a different subheading.
So what can I say...oh yeah, this:
The controls were not that bad to get used to, I mean I have experienced worse control schemes than this.
The game-play itself is alright, not sure if it is just me or something but I didn't actually encounter that many glitches or any at all!
The story itself is very good once you understand it. I just can't help but giggle a bit when I look at the description for the sleeve this game came in where it talks about controlling a character named "Courage" but in the actual game, you only control them for the beginning and end game segments, in which the majority of the game, you control "Brave"
It isn't that difficult to play either, its just the fact that this game never gives up when it comes to length and when it comes to platforming segments which is probably why most of the people who played this completely hate it (that and the glitches)
Overall, this was a fantastic game to play! I understand that people hate it because of all the glitches and annoyingly long parts to it, but still, its a PS2 game originally released in 2005, re-released on later generation consoles in 2009.
the hardest achivement is the 500 POINTS ACHIVEMENT. the game is simple at 1st but near the end it gets hard i mean very hard. the near end was build to try to make u give up. the game can be un beat able if u dont have the skills it takes to beat the near end of the game. and for the others achivements they are simple to get but the 500 points achivement is very hard to get, and i rate this game a perfect 10 because it a challenge at the near end.
As was the case with me, I'm sure most people renting this game are doing it for the easy achievements for the 1000 gamerscore. Also, I'm sure you're expecting a bad game. Well, this is definitely not a masterpiece, but it's not a bad way to go to get achievements.
First off, the graphics are very dated, as this is a port of a PS2 game. The art style is funky but not horrible. The story is simple, and there's nothing "inspired" in the game, but it has it's moments of enjoyability.
You have a choice at the start of the game as playing either a male or female character, but you only play as this character for the very start of the game and the very end of it. The rest of the game you play as "Brave" the main character of the game. And when you do actually play as the character you chose at the start, if you pick a female, the voice acting is only appropriate during the cutscenes, but during gameplay it still uses the "male" voice.
The controls and gameplay are good and responsive, although they have to be considering some areas of the platforming in this game are EXCRUCIATING to deal with and get through. For the most parts the checkpoints and levels are well placed, but every now and then there are sections of platforming where you have to be exact in your jumping and movements, otherwise you fall to your death and have to do it all again.
There are "secret totems" to be found, an excellent video guide can be found here: xbox360achievements[DOT]org/forum/showthread.php?t=168867 (the volcano level video is a bit out of order, so watch it all so you don't skip anything as you go along).
So overall, expect a decent game meant for kids, be prepared to spend around 10 hours getting through this if you're also going for the secret items (if not, expect around 6 hours). Also be ready for some frustrating parts that will test your patience. Good luck!