|System: X360, PS3, Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Krome Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Warner Brothers Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 14, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another issue that adds to the overall monotony of the game is the level design. Each level is presented as a near-straight line, and though there may be some twists and turns in the road, exploration is never really a factor and you never get to experience any type of freedom in the game. This certainly hurts the game's immersion level, especially since the world of the movie is so fantastical and presented with such depth. The one-note world of the game is a stark contrast in this respect, and feels extremely flat.
The game is far too short, and suffers from a lot of repetition, but if there is one bright spot, it is that the game's technical specs are solid. The game's overall look mirrors the visual styling of the movie quite nicely, and the world of Ga'Hoole is presented with a fair amount of detail. The only complaint one might find with the visuals is that because of the linear nature of the levels themselves, there isn't much to explore. The world presented in the movie is so full and rich, that it is a little disappointing to only have flat backdrops in the game. But aside from this small complaint, the game looks good overall. Sound in the game is also very solid, and the voicework is certainly feature-film quality. While the score isn't as impressive as the voicework, the background music is mostly unobtrusive and doesn't distract from the gameplay.
If you, or someone you know is a fan of the Owls of Ga'Hoole, this game might seem like an easy purchase, as it lets you relieve some of the great moments of the movie/books and take flight with fantastical warrior owls. However, those who are thinking about this game should know that for its $50 price tag, you are only getting 3-4 hours of gameplay (even if the gamer in question is younger) and much of the experience is quite repetitive. While Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may be the only owl-flying game to come out on your favorite console, that doesn't make it a very good game. Even though it gets the basics right, the lack of development and play value torpedo this title into the rental-sphere pretty quickly.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor