Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno Review
Wii | PS2
Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno box art
System: PS2, Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: THQ 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 14, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The combat system itself is also below par, even when compared to previous Avatar games. Although the combat has never been all that varied, Into the inferno gets rid of the combo system that was used by the last two games and just gives you a single combat button to spam in order to defeat enemies. You can also use elements to defeat enemies, but because of the aforementioned control issues, this is rarely practical and generally ends up in character death.

Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno screenshot

The graphics here aren’t too shabby, but they aren’t that good either. The look of the game has a cel-shaded quality to it, although not as fully realized as in games like last year’s Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2. There are a few areas where there are some seaming and framerate issues, but thankfully, there are much fewer glitches than in past Avatar games.

However, what the game lost in graphical glitches, it has made up for in audio glitches. During several cut-scenes, the sound will not engage at all, and you will have to sit in silence until the actual gameplay begins. This happens randomly, and if you really want to hear the audio in a cutscene, you will have to exit your current game and restart. These glitches are definitely annoying, and it is a real shame because the level music and voiceovers are actually fairly good. But not knowing whether the audio will play or not really negates this positive element.

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Overall, I was extremely disappointed with this title. The animated television series was one of my favorites of the past few years, and I was really hoping that the game based on the final season of the show would go all out and deliver a memorable experience. However, the only thing that proved to be memorable about this game was how terrible it was. From the broken controls to the mysteriously disappearing audio, this game should definitely be avoided, even for die-hard fans. Although it might be tempting to play a game based on such an awesome series, the game channels none of the amazing spirit of the show. The best way I can describe it is weak—like a Firebender stuck in the ocean during Sozin’s comet.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

Graphics have a pseudo cel-shaded look and are about average.
Standard Wii-mote controls are pretty run-of the mill and work well enough.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voiceovers and music are not bad, but the sound will randomly disengage, and you can miss entire cutscenes as a result.

Play Value
Although you can replay different levels and gather collectible artwork, there really isn’t much incentive to do so, especially considering all the poor aspects of the game.

Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play as Aang and friends in this action-packed video game.
  • Based on the final season of the acclaimed TV series.
  • Interact with characters from the TV show while performing thrilling martial arts moves with enhanced controls in order to defeat the Fire Nation.

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