Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Video game number one hundred and eighty seven: Naughty Bear

Video game review number one hundred and eighty seven in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Naughty Bear".

I've been looking forward to this game for several months now. The trailers you can find on the web are awesome, and the idea of a stuffed teddy bear who's "not quite right" going on a killing spree sounds like an interesting concept for a game. The trailers feature the Naughty Bear re-enacting scenes from popular horror movies....and it just looks fantastic. I don't understand how anyone could watch the trailers and NOT want to play the game.

As is often the case with video games, this one didn't exactly live up to the hype for me.

The objectives are simple enough (find bears, scare the bears, sometimes kill the bears). Completing these objectives is repetitive and sometimes confusing. In order to scare the have to sneak up on them (it reminded me of that game where the Burger King hides in the bushes and sneaks up to give people Whopper hamburgers). Actually, that Burger King game was more fun...and it was only 2 bucks when you purchased a value combo.

Back to the bears.

Once you've scared a bear, you have to scare him two or three more times before you can do some sort of "ultra scare" on them. Alternatively, you can just bludgeon them to death with whatever weapon you happen to be carrying. While this is much more fun (and easier), it gets boring fast. By the end of the first level, I had killed bears with every weapon possible, multiple times. It stopped being fun and started feeling grindy. Every kill animation is exactly the same....and you never seem to run out of bears to kill.

The next level was exactly the same as the first one. I checked out some other reviews online and apparently, that's what awaits you in this game. Just more of the same, over and over and over again. I'll pass.

My overall score? 4/10. This game had me so excited. Waiting for it was like getting in line to see Superman Returns. The trailers looked great and I couldn't wait to experience it for myself.

Unfortunately, playing it was like watching Superman Returns. Ok, maybe it was a little bit better than that movie. I mean, at least Naughty Bear isn't a big pussy like the new Superman was.

Achievements? I got these.

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