Elements of Destruction Review
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System: X360, PC, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Frozen Codebase 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 18, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One gripe many may have is how short the campaign mode is. Total play time for average gamers will probably be about two hours. However, aside from the standard campaign mode, there are two other ways to play: Free-play and Survival mode. Free-play is probably the most fun and allows you to play through an unlocked map and destroy everything you can without being tethered to rules. Survival mode is also available, but has to be unlocked.

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In addition to playing through all of these modes solo, you can also play with a friend via either local, split-screen co-op or online. If you crave competition rather than cooperation, there is also a competitive mode where you can see who can destroy the most in a limited amount of time. These modes really add some replay value to this title and make it more of a "party" style game you can play on the spot with friends.

Graphically, this title looks pretty good. Environments look diverse and vary wildly from a warm and sunny Canadian farm to a cold and snowy European villa. The color palate also ranges widely depending on the setting and helps make each mode distinctively destructive. It's worth noting that Elements of Destruction is presented in 720p HD, although you can't really tell, as none of the levels are incredibly sharp.

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Sound here is also pretty good. The level music feels a little generic, but the mad scientist voiceovers as well as the destructive sound effects are quite good. The mad scientist's voiceover definitely provides for some hilarious moments including a diabolically evil version of "Oh, Canada." However, my only complaint is for some reason the voiceover seems to taper off in the later levels. I don't really know why this might be, but I have to say I missed the voiceover when it started becoming sparse. The sound effects in this title are quite good and feature some pretty fun explosion and weather noises. Not only can you see the destruction in this title you can hear it as well!

Overall, I really loved playing Elements of Destruction. Destroying things using the weather is a delightful concept and makes for some seriously destructive fun. That, coupled with the fact that this title gives you so many different ways to play, both by yourself, with a friend, or online, makes this a standout title on the LIVE Arcade and a must for anyone who has a flair for explosions, demolition, and destruction!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Graphics look pretty good despite being rather basic, and environments are very distinctive.
4.1
Control
Cursor controls are very easy to use but feel a little inefficient on larger maps.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Level music is fairly generic, but the mad scientist's voiceover is pretty funny. However, after the first few levels the voiceover tapers off for some reason.
4.1
Play Value
The single-player campaign is not all that lengthy, but Free-play, Survival, co-op, and online modes give this tile significant replay value.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Forces of nature: Use your power to create lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and many other forces of nature to exact revenge.
  • Complete destruction: Blow buildings apart, start raging fires, and blast with lightning as you cause mayhem in towns, cities, and the countryside.
  • Multiplayer matches: Compete in two online and split-screen multiplayer modes including Destruction (go head-to-head with another player to see who can cause the most damage) and Cooperative (work together with other players to destroy the corporate menace).
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 720p (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).


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