Rated 3 out of
Avatar: The Last Airbender (DS)
The story of Avatar the Last Airbender is a rather simplistic tale, but it's had to discuss without giving too much away since the game itself is easily under 10 hours in length.
The game is a rather simple action RPG combat system with a non-random combat system. Enemies will appear on the screen and when they come in contact with you, you will be warped into a battle zone.
Outside of fighting the hordes of enemies that constantly regenerate if you move enough areas away you can also play mini-games such as Four Nations.
On the downside the ally AI is a bit on the dumb side and tends to take a lot of hits. So, you'll probably need to carry around a lot of healing items to level grind your character up high enough so that their defense can make up for their lack of intelligence. The game also suffers a bit in that a lot of the more powerful bending moves take considerable time to execute leaving the player vulnerable to attack. Another issue is if you acquire the water scroll for Katara you'll find it to be of limited value. Since Katara's healing abilities can only be used on a character that has been knocked unconscious.
Graphically speaking the game isn't anything special, but does work to create a 3D environment, but the constant need to rotate the camera in certain areas can be a bit annoying. Especially if you have a DS with failing shoulder buttons. In terms of actual problems the game suffers from bad facial design. The characters faces just feel a bit out of place in comparison to the design of the rest of the character.
The game features a decent soundtrack, but I find the limited background noise in my room from the fans that I keep on easily enough to drown it out in most instances. This leaves the game with a feeling of being a little on the low side in terms of value, but the track themselves are rather good when you can hear them being comprised of traditional music. On the downside these tracks really only work as background music and aren't exactly memorable because of it.
This version of the game is also the only handheld version to feature any voice acting. All be it the voice acting is rather limited to scenes that happen at the end of a chapter, but at least it is there.
The game doesn't offer any replay value to be honest. The game doesn't have a NG+ feature or different levels of difficulty to select. While you can replay the game looking for side quests that you had missed your first time through as long as you talk with everybody in every village you come across you should find most of the side missions with the rest coming from exploring every part of the map.
Lasting Appeal: 3
Date published: 2013-07-02