Man vs. Wild (360)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Graphics: 7.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 5.00
Gamelength: 8.00

Man vs. Wild is a video game based upon the Man vs. Wild survival television series on the Discovery Channel. In the video game, the player takes on the role of host Bear Grylls to survive the hardships of various environments. Some of the environments you’ll encounter in Man vs. Wild are The Rocky Mountains, Florida Everglades, Sahara desert, Patagonia and a deserted island.

Man vs. Wild’s game play is about what you’d expect from an action-adventure game: keep your characters vitals up and complete semi-challenging objectives. You have to make sure to keep Bear hydrated, fed and his energy up. Keeping your canteen filled is difficult since water is sparse, but you’re easily able to stock up on worms and other creepy crawlers if you get hungry on the journey.

The game is pretty linear and straightforward, so casual gamers won’t have any issues picking up how to play if they’ve never played an action-adventure game before. Some tasks are slightly frustrating and overly repetitive, but most tasks are simplistic. The graphics are nothing amazing, but the voice acting is solid and the overall sound effect quality is great.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Man vs. Wild. Despite a few minor issues, glitches and confusing objectives the game is a nice change of pace from the games I normally spend the majority of my time playing. If you’re looking for a break from the norm or an easy 1,000 points for your gamerscore, I definitely recommend playing Man vs. Wild.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by DKC

Overall Rating: 7.50

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