Where to start... This game fits like a glove for the 360 and is a MUST PLAY for all 360 owners. Video: Stunning game play and cinematic graphics through out the game. Sound: WOW!! Well orchestrated theme music, background music and sound effects. I can't rave enough about the cinematic and background music. Game Play: This game is very well written. A good story line from beginning to end, easy to follow. Game length is perfect and the auto saves help a lot. The game can be easy in some spots and very challenging in others. It is a perfect combination to keep you playing with out getting to frustrated and wanting to quit. The ending was nice as well... Play the game and see the ending for yourself.
Rare has done a good job here bringing to life a immersive and incredibly beautiful world of fairies and trolls (ie. elves and orcs if you ask me). It's reminescent of Zelda64 and about as intutitive though not as expansive.
This is a good game for young or intermediate gamers, mostly because of scale of difficulty and learning curve, sheer size (vast isn't a descriptive term I would use), and replayability.
For the more serious gamers that want to take shot at massive scores required for an "A" ranking, one handy combination I found was using Deep Blues Oil slick with either ash or thermite. One score achieved on Thorns pass was over 29 million.
In summary, a fun game and looks great, but hardcore gamers are going to want something more unless they are looking for a short adventure game.
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Ah, yes, Rare's other 360 launch title. It should be noted that Kameo had been in development for 5 years, first announced for the N64. So, with about 5 years to play with, you'd think Kameo would have had far more depth and length. However, this isn't the case.
Graphics: Let's start off with the best part about this game: the graphics. Kameo's graphics are, in my opinion, some of the best out there in terms of Xbox 360 titles. Most everything looks absolutely stunning, and it all fits together nicely. However, a few bad textures and particle effects plague the game - some looking almost as if they weren't changed since the N64's version. But overall, Kameo's graphics pack a punch and look great whether you have and HDTV or just a regular one.
Gameplay: Kameo's gameplay is a mixed bag. The shapeshifting aspect of the game can be quite fun, but the problem is that none of the shapeshift "characters" are given enough time to develop. As soon as you get one shapeshift and just get used to the skills and controls, you'll get another. While there are quite a few unlockable skills for each shapeshift, none are required and they are nothing more than fun, extra add-ons.
The combat system is a bit more in-depth than it appears, but it still ends up eventually just becoming a button masher. Enemy AI can be quite interesting at times, as they sometimes will end up fighting each other because one of the blokes hit another. I enjoyed the fact that there is much freedom in Kameo to manipulate them. Enemies can be thrown off of cliffs, thrown into each other, or even used as clubs.
Sound: The sound in Kameo is, for the most part, decent. The background music is all orchestrated, which adds a nice effect. Voice acting is decent, especially for a video game. Sound effects all fit nicely together.
Overall: Kameo is still worth a play, especially if you're looking for a good ol' adventure game to go through. Even with its faults, it still is a a memorable journey.