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Xboxdynasty (XD) (Nov 20, 2006)
Bionicle Heroes macht vor allem jüngeren Spielern eine Weile viel Spaß. Leider verzichten die Macher auf jegliche Multiplayeraction. Eltern brauchen sich beim Kauf des Spieles keine Sorgen über unpassende Inhalte zu machen. Obwohl das Spiel für sich selbst genommen kein Top Titel ist, muss es den Vergleich zu anderen für Kinder geeigneten Spiele nicht scheuen. Die LEGO Spielelemente sorgen immer wieder für neuen Spaß und das Vorhandensein der Spezial-Masken sorgt für eine solide Vielfältigkeit. Trotz einiger Steuerungsprobleme ist Bionicle Heroes eine empfehlenswerte Erweiterung der Spielesammlung in der es im Moment für Kinder im Haus kaum Titel auf der Xbox 360 gibt.
TeamXbox (Nov 17, 2006)
Bionicle Heroes is a fun game that will keep young gamers busy for a good while. There’s nothing for parents to be worried about, which might just be a selling point in its own right. While the game can’t really stand on its own, when compared to the rest of the childrens’ games on the Xbox 360 (there really aren’t any) Bionicle Heroes fares pretty well. The LEGO elements are just as fun as ever, and the advent of the masks provides solid variety. A few control issues notwithstanding, Bionicle Heroes is a worthy addition to a game library that is probably totally devoid of titles for the little ones of the house.
It’s a crafty bit of gaming for sure. There’s the leveling up to be had too, along with heavy exploration. Collecting Lego pieces allows you to rig your Inika specialists to the gills, then return to previously played areas to penetrate deeper into each level a la Metroid. And you kill it, you own it. There’s a cavern in here reserved for viewing your stockpile, along with enough mini-games to keep you busy until the 720 comes out.
Game Captain (Nov 28, 2006)
Sicher, Bionicle Heroes ist ein Spiel für Kinder, aber auch die haben Qualität und Spielspaß verdient. Vergleiche ich die Lego-Spiele miteinander, so haben die Bionicles gegen die Star-Wars-Plastikhelden keine Chance. Ihr Abenteuer bietet wenig Abwechslung, dafür gibt es immerhin viel zum Sammeln und Freischalten: Wer einen Sprössling hat, der auf Bionicles steht, kann sich das Spiel mal ansehen, allen anderen Lego-Fanatikern lege ich an dieser Stelle noch einmal den Star-Wars-Klon ans Herz.
VGcore (Dec 06, 2006)
Overall, it seems as if most of the game’s expenses was put toward the visuals, but only to portions of it. The damage and explosive feedback is weak and doesn’t partake of the 360’s exceptional rendering capabilities. The controls are rather awkward – and even less intuitive. Although the game does have bursts of inspiration in the charm of the cut-scenes and quirky humor, it can’t carry the package. The game is quite lengthy, but ‘Hero Mode’ cuts down a lot of time and, ultimately, fun…invulnerability can only make you smile for so long. Ten year olds and fans of the Lego theme can probably appreciate the game, and may even be able to look past the obvious flaws, but newcomers should probably go the way of Star Wars rather than Bionicle. Either way, renting may be your best bet.
60 (UK) (Nov 24, 2006)
If you were a massive fan of the Lego Star Wars games then by all means check out Bionicle Heroes - to a very large degree it looks like the same game, and as such you'll get the same kind of grinding enjoyment out of mining all the levels for booty. But with some key differences between the two and a general lack of the variety and charm that LSW had in spades, this feels like a step back. It'd make a safe Christmas present for a young kid, but they'd thank you more if you bought Lego Star Wars 2.
Video Game Talk (Dec 29, 2006)
While I applaud the developer for attempting to use an original concept for another LEGO title, the lack of a compelling story greatly hampers the amount of enjoyment offered to the player. Additionally, the inane simplicity to the game insurmountably adds to its repetitive nature. Without any multiplayer, there is no reason to continue if you can manage to force yourself through the single player. As for its target market, kids of that age group will most likely enjoy games like Viva Piñata and LEGO: Star Wars vastly more than Bionicle Heroes. This could pass for a rental on a rainy day, but nothing more.
Bionicle is definitely a family-oriented game. There is no blood and not even a robot gets killed. This game is definitely aimed at the young and inexperienced player. Serious gamers need not apply.
XboxAchievements (Apr 19, 2008)
A game for fans of Bionicle only, as the world and plot is just not welcoming enough for anyone else plus the non-Lego look may well put off fans of the other Lego games. Put it down to experience and hope that the upcoming Indiana Jones and Batman offerings do a much better job.
GameSpot (Nov 30, 2006)
Bionicle Heroes is without a doubt aimed at kids and is as E10+ as a shooter can get, but even a child will quickly grow bored by the lack of challenge, innovation, and story development in this game. The blatant similarities to the Lego Star Wars series are also troubling because they often leave you with the feeling that you're playing a retextured version of those games. Although the game does have bursts of inspiration in the charm of the cutscenes, these are spread entirely too thin and don't come close to carrying the package or making up for the disappointing gameplay. Those who enjoy the Bionicle storyline will most likely have an easier time looking past this game's flaws, but if you're looking for a fun and engaging game, definitely pass on this one.
MS Xbox World (Dec 19, 2006)
I’ve enjoyed playing BIONICLE Heroes for the sheer fact that it’s uncomplicated, easy to get into and a lot of fun. However on a negative I can’t help but feel the net could have been widened to include levels of difficulty for more seasoned players and perhaps more levels and objectives other than the same repeated sequences throughout the game.
GamingExcellence (Aug 20, 2007)
Bionicle Heroes is without a doubt aimed at a younger audience. Yet, with such lack of challenge, innovation, and story development, even an eight year old could see through this one. The plot is unnecessarily thin and the poor implementation of such a great base idea is a shame to see, but it is what it is. I cannot recommend this game for adults, kids, or even a rental, unless you plan to find humour in a so bad it's good kind of way.
JeuxActu (Dec 22, 2006)
Ce n’est pas parce que Bionicle Heroes reprend les mêmes ingrédients que le surprenant LEGO Star Wars II : La Trilogie Originale que le jeu nous plaira à coup sûr. Traveller’s Tales s’est planté en optant pour une caméra à l’épaule foireuse, une visée automatique brouillonne, des phases de jeu répétitives et une facilité omniprésente. Bref, Bionicle Heroes aura bien du mal à trouver sa place au pied du sapin à Noël.
41 (Dec 10, 2006)
Die Versoftung konzentriert sich jedenfalls auf das Vorgekaute, das Uninspirierte, das ewig Gleiche. Geradlinige Levels hätte ich dabei noch vertragen; das furchtbar langweilige Zerbröseln der völlig ungefährlichen Gegner geht mir allerdings auf den Senkel. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass sich die Spannung arg in Grenzen hält, weil ich nahezu unsterblich bin - vom unverwundbaren Heldenmodus fange ich erst gar nicht an. Am Anfang konnte mich wenigstens das Aufsammeln tausender LEGO-Steine motivieren. Aber selbst das hat schnell ein Ende, weil ich die Klötzchen nicht für etwas Witziges eintauschen kann. Eine sinnvolle Handlung fehlt und dass die verschiedenen Charaktere nichts weiter als unterschiedliche Waffen sind, verhindert jede Identifikation mit den TOA Inaka. Rechnet die sich ständig wiederholende Musik dazu, den fehlenden Humor und einen nicht vorhandenen Mehrspieler-Teil.
G4 TV: X-Play (Dec 20, 2006)
Bionicle Heroes is far from the worst example of a licensed game we’ve seen lately, and young fans of the toys might get a kick out of the repetitive shooting action. There’s a ton of unlockable mini-games, items, explosions, and levels. It’s hard to find shooters aimed at kids, so on that level, Bionicle is an ok choice. Older gamers, however, will want to pass this one by.
40 (Nov 25, 2006)
Bionicle Heroes pourrait sans problème postuler pour le trophée du jeu le plus répétitif de l'histoire. C'est bien simple, même s'il y a 25 niveaux et que par conséquence la durée de vie pourrait être considérée comme bonne, on a bien du mal à vouloir poursuivre longtemps l'aventure tant les niveaux se ressemblent. Non pas d'un point de vue graphique, mais par ce que l'on y fait : on renouvelle à l'infini les mêmes actions et c'est vraiment lassant. Bref, on se demande qui va bien pouvoir apprécier ce titre car même les fans des Bionicle risquent d'être très déçus.
Overall, I can't say Bionicle Heroes is the biggest disappointment of the year because I was not expecting much. I think it's safe to say that the game proved to be more disastrous than even I anticipated. It may be mildly entertaining for children, only due to its simplicity, but this is a far cry from the types of games that kids played when I was younger. The challenges of Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog have been replaced with what amounts to automatic success for today's generation of gamers. It's a pity that the developers put such little faith into their customer's abilities, as this game only enables a generation to grow incompetent.