Ben 10: Alien Force (PS2)

By Amanda Randolph

Published on Thursday, February 26, 2009

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 7.00
Gamelength: 8.00

Ben 10 returns once again to the PS2, developed by Vicious Cycle Software.

In this game, players take on the roles of Ben Tennyson, Gwen, Kevin and five new alien forms. Ben 10 : Alien Force has a story line unique to only this game. You assist a plumber named Gorvan retrieve dangerous pieces of alien technology. The gang must fight past The HighBreeds and Forever Knights to get back these pieces and save the country from a frozen doom.

The game is rendered is a cartoon like 3-D with eye grabbing colors. The characters are smoothly shaped and not boxy. Each character is very unique looking, and the alien designs are interesting looking. The backgrounds work very well with the characters; they do not blend into the back ground but the backgrounds still manage to pop themselves. The lighting is one of the best parts of this game, it is very dramatic and realistic.

Musically, the game is solid. The BGM does well with telling the mood of each scene and is not abrasive, and will switch when an enemy is present. The characters are dubbed extremely well, the original voice actors were kept from the namesake show; and just like the show, the aliens speak in terrible puns. The dubs do well by not being lost in the back ground music but blends well with it. The attacks and actions are also well synced and realistic.

The fight system consists of button mashin combos, it is a very easy battle system. Each Alien has their own set of combos, with a list that is easily accesible through the Pause menu. Starting off, there is a minimal amount of powers and combos; by defesting bosses and collecting Omnitrix points, Ben can unlock new and stronger attacks. Tutorials teach these attacks and powers to you through out the game, making it very easy for people 10 and up to play. The game can also be playing in a Two player co-op mode. The biggest issue with this game is there are no camera controls, sometimes it is impossible to see an enemy until they are right on top of you, luckily the music will change just before, allowing you to get on your guard.

Overall, Ben 10: Alien Force is a fun game, with exciting new characters and challenges for the player, though people who are not fans of the original series may want to pass it by.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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