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Are you a fan of Avatar? Then you pretty much need this game – you have no choice in the matter. It is, after all, new Avatar, and it plays well enough for you to want to experience the entire adventure. You like new Avatar, don't you? Of course you do. Anyone looking for a good game to tide the kids over will find a good product here as well. It's a little easy, but otherwise, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a solid, well-put together game.
The game captivated me with the music and the quality of the voice acting, and the gameplay wasn't half-bad either. Unfortunately, the game doesn't really have any meat on the bones, so to speak, and it just felt like something that I've played before, many times. It's not that there's anything wrong with the game, it's more of a feeling of 'been there, done that, slayed the dragon, got the t-shirt'. Still and all, it's a solid effort, and fans of the series will definitely enjoy it. The lack of multiplayer is a big hit against it, especially in a game aimed at children and pre-teens.
Older, more competently skilled gamers aren't likely to find enough depth or challenge here to interest them for very long and the lack of multiplayer in any capacity is a tremendous disappointment. However, for the game's younger target audience there is a fun, easy going action-RPG and light-hearted storyline waiting to be discovered in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and one that lasts at least a good six to eight hours with plenty of optional side quests, mini-games and unlockable content.
The plot in this game, unfortunately, follows the same story as in the GBA and DS versions, so if you've played any of the versions of this game, you'll already know the story behind the game. The environments are different though, and the objectives are not fulfilled the same way, so the game is an engaging experience anyway. Add to that the fact that the console version is a fairly lengthy game, although not as long as most RPGs, and you've got a game that is worth a look for fans of Avatar. My one complaint would be that THQ could easily have utilized cooperative multiplayer in this game as they have in such games as Tak: The Great Juju Challenge and Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, but that is a minor gripe. Overall, if you are a fan of Avatar, seriously consider getting this game.
Is this a smart purchase for your children? Yes, kids that enjoy the show and don’t care about the death-defying details of keeping true to the source material should be able to enjoy the game. Is this right for anyone above the age of 12? Most likely not, there isn’t enough here to immerse yourself into Avatar’s popular universe.
Avatar: The Last Airbender isn't so much a bad game as it is one that's disappointing because it fails to capitalize on its many interesting concepts. Even though it's geared toward kids, the game is so watered down that even they won't find it challenging. The RPG elements are underdeveloped and the fighting quickly becomes tedious due to its simplicity. The failure to include co-op multiplayer support of any kind doesn't help either. Just being able to play with one friend, much less three, would have made the whole experience more fun. Toss in some unfriendly design choices and lots of backtracking, and you're left with a game that's just not that much fun to play.
Avatar: The Last Airbender gets a passing grade, but unlike the fun and entertaining television show, the game falls well short of greatness. As a straightforward beat-'em-up, the title seems to have the right formula, including solid control and a surprisingly intuitive character upgrade system. It even includes a strong selection of levels and characters. But the game rarely represents the Nickelodeon show well, sometimes lacking satisfying collision detection during combat, featuring sparse voice work and facial animation, and omitting a multiplayer mode altogether. In the show, the Avatar's primary power is that he can fly. He's an Airbender and he can take to the skies. In the game, he rarely leaves the ground.