|System: Wii, PS3, X360, DS, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Heavy Iron Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 24, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In fact, the infrequent control problems found seem to stem almost exclusively from the games difficult to handle camera. While remaining perfectly still it is quite easy to direct the camera to an advantageous angle using the D-pad. However, the instant motion comes into play the camera breaks down. Shooting enemies is a fairly easy task until they get too close or return fire, as the resulting movement of WALL-E will send the camera spinning out of control and induce feelings of nausea. Using the D-pad to correct your view also does little good, since the camera will immediately begin moving again once you are done. This is often incredibly frustrating but can fortunately be somewhat alleviated by either planning ahead or just taking the resulting damage from holding your ground.
As a game with a difficulty level clearly aimed at a younger audience, getting damaged in WALL-E almost doesnt matter. WALL-E will find many health stations and healing items throughout his adventures, and EVE just naturally regenerates. Even if players do happen to get destroyed, frequent checkpoints help to ensure there is absolutely no drawback for kicking the bucket. The lack of difficulty caused by this may turn off some, but it also results in an easily approachable title that likely will appeal to many younger and more casual gamers.
Graphically, this game is by no means on par with its incredibly beautiful movie counterpart. While this is to be expected, it would have been nice if their visual quality had been more similar. The characters still look very good but the games environments and cutscenes will frequently remind you are playing the game and not watching the film. Despite these discrepancies in the visual department, the game manages to capture much of the appeal of the film with its excellent character models and animations.
If you are a fan of the WALL-E film and dont mind a somewhat easy and repetitive experience, this game should be right up your alley. Even with a fairly short single-player campaign, a plethora of multiplayer offerings help to make this game a more lengthy experience. While some of these modes are more fun than others, several can be rather entertaining distractions. Whether you play it alone or with friends, WALL-E succeeds at being an adequate movie-based video game with just enough charm and gameplay to win over a multitude of moviegoers.
CCC Freelance Writer