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Pitfall Harry is back for another rumble in the jungle in Pitfall: The Lost Expedition, a great action/platform game in the tradition of the classic series. Pitfall Harry returns to the South American bush, naturally, and he has about 50 levels in which to find a vanished scientific research team.
Pitfall spielt sich richtig klasse. Abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben, witzige Charaktere und eine tolle Dschungelatmosphäre sind Garant für stundenlangen Jump&Run-Spaß. Der Humor hat mir besonders gut gefallen, denn ganz ernst nimmt sich Harry selbst nicht. Leider kostet die schlechte Kameraführung einiges an Nerven. Dennoch ein sehr gelungener Titel, der recht günstig zu haben ist und als Bonus die Original-Pitfall-Spiele 1 und 2 enthält.
Pitfall has its flaws, which I've pointed out in both this review and my review of the PS2 version. But what I've found in reviewing two versions of the same game is that, unlike most titles which become boring quickly, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is still fun. It's good for multiple play-throughs in a row. How many games can you say that about? I can list a few, most of which were released a year or two ago. If nothing else, this game captured the essence of what it means to be a fun game.
Video gaming's first platforming action star without dungarees, an Italian accent, and alarming facial hair, hasn't weathered the last two decades with anything like the respect of the Italian Stallion. Activision still thinks there's enough in this franchise to salvage, so they greenlit Pitfall: The Lost Expedition, and hoped gamers had short-term memory loss after Pitfall 3D. They needn't have worried; this Pitfall is one of the finest platforming romps of the year. Shocking, but true!
Some of the IGN editors aren't impressed with Pitfall: The Lost Expedition, but I'm not one of them. This is a worthy sequel to the classic franchise in every way. Tight control, innovative single-arm abilities, and huge, ambient, varied environments to explore; classic play elements reborn in 3D such as the abilities to run on crocs, swing on vines, jump across pits, and battle scorpions; and it looks pretty good, too. This is an overall fun, engaging title that successfully mixes the platformer and adventure genres.
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Overall though, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is a good platforming experience that is only somewhat overshadowed by its limited gamespan. However, it’s a solid return to next gen consoles for Pitfall Harry, and the inclusion of the original Pitfall and Pitfall II games makes this a must have for action fans. Let’s hope that the next adventure of Harry’s is just a bit longer next time…
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is a fun, entertaining, humorous platformer with its flaws. A lot of what makes the game as good as it is, is the elements it borrows from other already-established games, such as Metroid Prime, the Zelda series and even Prince of Persia. The storyline starts off un-compelling, but as you progress into the game, it becomes a bit more engaging. And by the time the credits roll, you should have a smile on your face. I did. In the end, I really like The Lost Expedition, and am glad I played through it. It is a charming game. Not a perfect one, but an acceptably enjoyable one. I recommend the game to any adventure or platformer fan.
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is as much give and take as you'll find in a modern platformer. For every good quality it features, there's an issue to be found. However, this is not to say that all enjoyment from the game is negated in any way--in fact, if you can find it within yourself to simply grin and bear some of the problems the game has, you'll likely find The Lost Expedition to be pretty enjoyable. Sure, it probably won't please any hardcore Pitfall! purists, but if you're just on the lookout for a solid platformer for a weekend rental, then Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is right up your alley.
Die Neuauflage des Klassikers Pitfall ist im Jahre 2004 leider ein nur durchschnittliches Action-Jump´n´Run-Spiel, das aufgrund der witzigen Story und der liebevollen Charaktere vor allem jüngere Zocker ansprechen dürfte. Dem steht aber die schwache Kameraführung im Weg, die das Game nur für Menschen mit Stahlnerven spielbar macht. Ansonsten ist das Spiel allerdings durchaus gelungen und kann mit dem Dschungelszenario und guter Jump´n´Run-Kost punkten.
Harry Pitfall ne perd pas en charmes ce qu'il gagne en volumes. Si ce titre de plates-formes ne se démarque pas vraiment de ce qu'on peut trouver sur le Cube, il arrive facilement à retenir le joueur grâce à des environnements exotiques et une difficulté bien dosée. Le gameplay et la diversité des énigmes auraient pu bénéficer d'un peu plus de soins mais l'ensemble fait tout de même preuve d'une bonne efficacité.
For a genre that gamers and retailers declare dead on an almost-daily basis, there's still a ton of platformers coming out on consoles. I need more than two hands to count all the ones last year, in fact -- from old standbys like Jak II and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, to strong runners-up like Metal Arms and Whiplash, to never-heard-of-its like The Hobbit and The Haunted Mansion. There were such a vast number of hop-n-bops last year, actually, that they ended up cannibalizing each other's sales and only Jak 'n Ratchet sold in any large quantities. Looking at things that way, it's probably best for Pitfall: The Lost Expedition that it's not facing much competition in February -- with a platformer as decent but unremarkable as this one, there's no way Activision could have competed with the big boys of the field.
Behold the dashing jungle hero! Swift swinging butt-kicker of naughty natives perfectly at home with a broad in one hand and a vine in the other! He doesn't need a gun'not when he's got his mighty sling! He's just like Robin Hood, except that he steals from natives and gives to museums.
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