Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Review
Wii | PSP | DS
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings box art
System: PSP, Wii, PS2, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Amaze 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: LucasArts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jun. 9, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Glitches appear like ants at a picnic, and they are every bit as annoying. The character will sometimes get stuck in the scenery, causing you to take unnecessary hits. The auto-lock targeting system might seem like a good thing but at times it's almost impossible to get unlocked from a target, especially when that target is an enemy engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings screenshot

Enemies will swarm you in seemingly endless waves, and if you can't get yourself free, you'll take a lot of punishment. At times, the camera will also lock onto certain objects and not afford you the best look of the environment. This is often the case when the camera should widen out but stays too close to the immediate action, not allowing you to see the enemies attacking from behind and beside you.

Amidst some of the more exciting aspects of the game there are some redundant and just plain annoying elements. Fighting the same hordes of enemies gets tiring after a while. The boss battles are something to look forward too, as here you'll get to use your weapons in more interesting ways. There is an annoying balancing task that requires you to tap both the right and left shoulder button alternately to maintain your character's balance while navigating obstacles on a beam or ledge. It quickly becomes apparent that this is a default, make-work scenario developed to bridge the more interesting content such as running from a giant boulder, shooting at moving motorcycles, and shooting from a moving streetcar.

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The Staff of Kings is a good-looking game. It's got colorful visuals with a great blend of 2D and 3D graphics that always maintain convincing spatial depth. Environments are impressive, and although they aren't entirely interactive, you still get to cop a good feel of the more immediate items. The cutscenes are well produced and manage to convey the ham-fisted storyline. The music is epic, but the voiceovers lack authority. Indy is not voiced by Ford and the lack of charm is obvious. The sound effects are movie quality, but like many of the gameplay elements, you can expect a lot of repetition.

Due to the relative lack of replay value, the Staff of Kings will make a good rental, but it's not ready for a serious commitment.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Solid, good-looking graphics with depth, color, and smooth animation.
3.3
Control
Lots of interesting moves, but the lock-on system is buggy.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Epic music and sound effects. Not great voice acting.
3.5
Play Value
Lot of gameplay variety, but the game is short and repetitious.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Explore exotic locations around the globe in an all-new story that puts you on an epic quest for the Staff of Moses.
  • Apply your smarts to navigate Indy through challenging terrains with the many maneuvers Indy can do with his whip.
  • Engage in burst gunplay moments and use careful aim and the environment to take out enemies.
  • Face overwhelming odds and escape signature run-for-your-life moments, like a daring escape from a collapsing temple, by matching fast-paced onscreen gesture prompts.
  • Discover more than 20 artifacts and rewarding unlockables throughout the game.
  • The PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system version features a variety of robust types of burst gameplay including combat and physics challenges, puzzles and the trademark Indiana Jones chase sequences.


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