Mainly platforming, with some adventure sequences in between. The adventure sequences are decent, and the main reason I count against this game. Most of the time, they tend to be somewhat annoying, with arbitrary puzzles. However, the various puzzles that can be solved to unlock bonus items are quite fun to track down and solve, and rarely frustrating enough to upset a player. The "missions" are excellent, and very good platforming gameplay. Most require you to use a combination of combat, and your monster's special abilities advance through the level. I found the "morphing" mechanic quite enjoyable, and an excellent addition to the standard platformign gameplay.
Replay: 4. Almost none. After you beat the main game, you can play through the main missions co-op, as well as hunt down any bonuses you missed. Doing the latter is fairly frustrating and annoying, and the only reward you will likely get for doing so a measly 50 gamerpoints. Co-op is quite fun, and well worth playing, especially now that it live-enabled. However, the levels are still exactly the same as before. Going for Perfect acheivements in individual levels is both frustrating, and unrewarding.
Sound: 9: Very well done, with a few memorable voice overs. Nothing special, nothing bad.
Graphics: 8. Not bad, but I was expecting much more. You have your standard array of special effects, lighting, coronas, bump mapping, etc. The result is a game that looks very good (try getting "bug-juice" on your "screen"). However, I was expecting more from a next-gen system.
To give you guys a little background to know where I’m coming from – I played and enjoyed games such as Donkey Kong 64, and other kind of cartoonish games that has a kind of ‘Disney’ feel to it, and I liked it. In other words, if you do not like ‘cartoonish’ games, you might not find this one as interesting, and might consider renting it before you make a purchase.
The Good: This game presents a wonderful and easy to use user interface. Morphing from monsters to monsters couldn’t be more fun! The controls are responsive and easy to get a hang of – in just minutes after playing the game you’ll get the swing of how things work and find your self an expert of morphing. The graphics are very nice, perhaps not as great as they could be, still they do present a wonderful kind of aesthetic beauty to it.
The Bad: The game is not too long, in maybe six hours or less you’ll be done with it. No online play therefore bringing down the replay factor….I know a game like this doesn’t really need online play and it probably won’t fit right into it, but this game is fairly short and it just feels like it’s missing something to make it complete.
In summary: I ran through the game doing most of the tasks and it was in a very short period of time. After I did that I did not want to pick it up again. However, in my short time playing the game it was definitely fun. So, I suggest you rent it and decide if you wish to add this one to your collection.
This game, like many other games from Rare it's a pretty good looking game, the fact that it take advantage of the 360's power is clearly shown in many levels (giant bosses, literally hundreds of enemies on the screen) the game offers very good controls and a great felling of accomplishment for people playing it (you will feel that there are combinations of character use that bring forth a satisfying result) my only gripe is the camera (although it can be controlled) Overall an outstanding offer for a launch title, definitely more than I expected.