|System: Xbox 360*, PS3, PC|
|Dev: Behaviour Interactive|
|Release: June 19, 2012|
|Players: 1-2 (Local)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence|
Voice actor Kelly Macdonald returns as the voice of Merida, so that's good. She can sometimes be a little difficult to understand and a few more lines would've been welcome so we're not constantly hearing the same dialogue over and over again. The soundtrack is good, much like the film, but the sound effects, specifically the creature noises, sound a little bland.
The story takes roughly eight hours to complete, and that's actually not too bad for today's standards. This makes it a mildly amusing game that can keep you busy over a weekend. The storybook-style cutscenes are one of the game's strong points; they look great and do a good job of keeping the plot moving at a decent pace.
Once you've beaten the game, there's little reason to return unless you want all the collectibles that are hidden throughout the environments. Because every location is connected by a single hub world—an area called the "Ring of Stones," that lets you access a new environment once you've beaten the previous one—you can revisit completed areas to scour them for their hidden items. As far as licensed games go, this one is largely bug-free. The aforementioned camera issues are a nuisance and there's a chance you'll have to contend with some sporadic frame-rate drops, but overall it's above average for a game like this.
Brave: The Video Game successfully manages to maintain—and in some aspects surpass—the incredibly low bar set by pretty much every other licensed game. This game is only occasionally bad, but its good moments are just as rare. It's largely a middle-of-the-road affair—a fact that's reflected in its lower $50 price tag—and an experience you will forget about as quickly as a dream. This really isn't a bad game, and as far as licensed titles go, there's a slew of them that are far worse than this. However, just because it's "okay" doesn't immediately make it something you should consider for your kid, at least not when there are so many more superior child-friendly games out there. If you want more Brave, I suggest watching the film, but if you're just looking for something related to the film to play with a child, you could do worse.
Date: June 29, 2012