Psychonauts (2005 Video Game)
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For some there may be some jumping or fighting in the game that may be a bit difficult, but a little patience or maybe a break in those situations would help. The camera angles might bother a few, but if you don't get used to them with a little time, you can always play the PC version and control the camera with the mouse and movements with the keyboard. There are also a number of things to collect, and for those who do not like to collect them, then you can ignore all the items that you can't find easily or find a walkthrough that tells you the location of the items. There are walkthroughs available that only tell the locations, and nothing else, for those who feel a full walkthrough would ruin the game. I think you only need to get about half of the items to get most of the good stuff, and after that the rest will just give you a secret cut scene, but my memory is not so great so I could be wrong about that.
I think everyone should really enjoy the game once they give it a chance and go through at least 2 levels, and explore the environment and talk to the characters.
Best of all, in the US, this game can probably be found for $10-25 because it has not sold as well as it should have here. It is worth much more than that, but for that price it's worth a buy for everyone. If you don't like it, you can give it to someone who will.
There are also demos available for ps2, xbox, and PC. I do not know how to find the demos for ps2 or xbox and it may be impossible, or not worth the expense. However, the pc version is easily available for download, if your computer can run it. The xbox360 controllers can provide a console-like experience for those who do not like the mouse and keyboard controls, as they can plug into the usb slot. There are also third party adapters for almost every other console controller on the market, though your mileage may vary.
It's almost impossible to sum up psychonauts as a whole. I don't really know why, or how..all i know that it is unequivocally the greatest game ever made. I think the closest I can get to beginning to grasp the brilliance of psychonauts is by listing some of the events that it features, out of context: -A deep voiced turtles' brain in a psychic death tank.- -A giant mutated lungfish called Linda.- -Homicidal girl scouts.- -A giant flying theater critic that shoots adjectives like 'vulgar' and 'uninteresting'- -Fiery dream milk flung by a psychotic milkman.- -A mental projection of napoleon that likes breaking bridges and a cougar with pyrokinesis.
SO WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING. sitting here reading this review..the nerve of you! GO OUT AND PLAY THIS GAME OR YOU WILL HAVE LIVED ONLY HALF A LIFE!
Plot: The star of the game is Raz, a former circus star with psychic powers. He breaks into a camp exclusive for psychics and wants to become a Psychonaut, an agent with psychic powers. During his stay in the camp, his fellow campers are being kidnapped and their brains are stolen by an evil scientist. Raz must save his fellow campers and a girl who has a crush on him named Lili from the scientist. 5/5
Graphics: The graphics are very cartoonish at best. Each mental world Raz visits, depend on the mind he enters, are colorful and dark at the same time. Double Fine Productions did a fine job on the graphics. 5/5
Sound: The voice acting is the game's best part. Double Fine did an amazing job on picking the right voices for the characters. Not to mention you get a laugh from the cutscenes in the game. 5/5
Gameplay: The controls is rather simple although there are a few parts in the levels that can get frustrating at times. 4/5
Majesco Games and Double Fine Productions did an amazing job on Psychonauts. Why this game earned critical acclaim yet didn't do too well, we may never know. Psychonauts is a cult classic worth playing.
Final Review: 5/5
After a couple of too long, boring and barely necessary tutorials, the actual levels begin. The few there are that would be fine if this went for one mood, instead, it goes for all that it can in those, meaning, yeah, not that many. And while you may do a little detective work, you are helping insane people deal with their issues. This is something that could have been done before and without you, and would not be required at all if you got for free the favors that they offer after you've been in their mind. I mean, this is a pretty big deal. Can we focus on that? Anyway, that does mean that you are moving through the bizarre, absurd, creative, unique and surreal mind every time you "go in". In one, a 50's suburban neighborhood that you move on like a series of Möbius strips, overrun by G-men, all claiming to belong, working the sewer, the road, or the like, with their suit and shades clear for anyone to see, and there are cameras hidden in lawn ornaments that every so often pop out and snap a shot, the top of every car has a radio transmission tower. You'll find yourself inside at least one old-fashioned game, like a game of cards. Or a board-game, where there are three layers, or sizes. First, you look at it set up, you could grab it with a hand. Then you get onto it and get an overview. Finally, you're smaller than the pieces for it, and can knock on a door of a house that you could have had in your hand seconds ago. You'll see neon, encounter dogs and wrestlers. A few of them, you can choose which order to do them in. They're all memorable. They do, sadly, all overstay their welcome and lean on one mechanic too much. It helps a little that they each have a different one.
Since you've been learning acrobatics, you can grab, shimmy and climb ledges, walk or swing from tightropes, slide swiftly down lines and double-jump. Though there are numerous elements vital to making something like this be enjoyable, the game-play is ultimately what I consider to be the single most important one. Unfortunately, here it is... just OK. Without it, it might as well be an interactive movie or the like. 3D, compared to 2D(which recent demos of Rayman, both Legends and Origins, does, and it's so much more comfortable. So it can, and sometimes is, still being done like that today), makes it far harder to do the action/adventure plat-former. Much less do it well. And a lot of the early examples of this didn't yet know how to deal with it. Sonic, Earthworm Jim, Prince of Persia... this is, thankfully, far better than those. The problem is that the added dimension opens it up, and with more to take in, the momentum comes and goes. Or dies entirely. The camera has big problems. Even with the sensitivity maxed out, the mouse will sometimes move it very slowly, *too much so*, it *will not* keep up, there are even times where you have to constantly, laboriously, manually adjust it. Worse, the Marksmanship Blast aiming is awkward, and, with this issue, not fast enough. There are a few times where you have static views forced upon you, where the direction you go in either shifts suddenly as it pops to a different place, and/or just makes it hard for you to tell which one you'll be going in. That hardly ever leads to your death, it's mostly in areas safe from harm. A few places, it can't "follow you" into a small room, so you can't see anything until you leave it again. Completely unacceptable.
You'll gain psychic powers such as: telekinesis: pick up small items, enemies and the like, and throw them, such as for attacks. It is a strange decision to force you to hold down the key... why not allow toggling? And you adjust the predicted path with the movement ones...why? Levitation: it's the "running" feature, with a ball of energy under your feet. You can use it to Float, gradually getting closer to the horizontal surface, as you inch further in one of the four directions while in the air. You can set some things on fire. These can either be awarded by completing certain missions or by gaining ranks. You can assign three of these to your controller or keyboard for quick use. All earned ones are available at any time through a selection screen. You can't pick which ones you get. You save up for certain things, it's not really "choice", just something to earn, which is perfectly fine, makes it more accessible.
There is some creepy, disturbing and twisted material in this. I recommend this to fans of old school entries into this already unforgiving genre. 6/10