Most of the Movie to Video Game Titles are bad, i played many in the past but this was horrible. It was the worst game i played on xbox 360 so far.
I don't even know where to start..... Okay let's start with the game play. This game has two playable character, Lyra and Lorek. When you play as Lyra, half of the time you spend platform style game play where you jump, climb and glide through confusing and bad designed stages. Uncontrollable camera and uncomfortable button layout will make things more worse. I spent hours stuck on couple of the stages when i searched and interacted with every object but wasn't able to move on because the game doesn't register the objective you just completed. Other half of the time you will deceive people, dodging battle and Use the alethiometer to answer the questions by playing series of boring mini games. collecting orbs, dodging orbs, timing or just plain button matching mini game. there are no challenges what so ever i don't even think i failed once.
Most fun you will have in this game is when you play as Lorek the bear. Where you beat on weak enemys or bosses by smashing on x button as you curse at this game and hoping you will never play as Lyra again.
Graphics are last gen on HD. Animations and Character designs are terrible, only good thing i saw was reflections on the mirrors and the puddles. Low Quality from film cut scenes and horrible voice over will make you lose interest in the story, if you haven't seen the film, it will even make you not want to watch the movie.
This game is the example of how the game is not made. Developers failed at everything it's almost like they did not want you to have fun at all. I will avoid this game even you're only playing for achievements, 10-15 hours you will spend on this game to get 1000 is not worse it.
This game has everything that you can complain about. Bad graphics, bad voice acting, bad animations, bad mini games (that you MUST play), bad controls, ONLY auto saving, and doesn't even follow the movie in the slightest bit. The only upside of this game is the fact that its easy if you have the patience to get around the annoying mini games.
They even have mini games for just talking to people in the game! It makes a 3 hour long game into 10 hours by just making you constantly play these things. And when the game its all that fun, you're just wanting to skip every aspect just to finish.
If your renting it for achievements, they are easy, just make sure you have a plan going into the levels to pick up everything the first time through, because you really don't want to go back and replay the levels.
Oh and make sure your answering questions as often as possible to not have to answer them all after you're done playing. Otherwise you'll being answering questions for about an hour because of how the mini game and the journal operates.