Ecco the Dolphin
Not For The Easily Frustrated
This game is one of the most challenging titles that I have played on the PS2. It combines standard adventure factors (Collecting power ups, special powers, hidden treasure) with the need to constantly be thinking of your own survival. Ecco is a dolphin (I think the title gives that away), and as such requires air to stay alive. This means that scouring the ocean floor for those elusive power ups will require extra diligence. While this adds extra challenge to the game, it also makes it a far more immersive game play experience. Game Play Ecco the Dolphin introduces a unique game play experience that can be appreciated by anyone who has played a variety of games. As a dolphin, the player has to learn to swim and maneuver in a completely different manner. Quick turns are hard to execute and require a lot of practice to perfect the art. The controls are very fine-tuned but can be easily mastered with patience. The design of the game allows for the seamless integration of the various moves into navigation. The player will learn to use a surge attack to break the surface of the water in order to give Ecco a breath of air before time runs out. The presentation of the various elements in the stories (Enemy characters, Non-player characters, neutral characters) is done well by allowing Ecco to see the enemy through his Radar sense to identify friends from foes. Overall, the game play is solid and offers a challenge to even the most experienced of gamers. Storyline The storyline of Ecco the Dolphin takes an interesting twist from previous titles released on other systems. The story is compelling, and drives the player to want to save Ecco's world. Though there will be times when the player will reach a new level without having any idea what they need to accomplish. Through diligent search, the player can reconnect with the story and figure out where to head to next. Once confronted with the problem, the storyline compels the player to complete the level. Overall, the storyline is well crafted and gives weight to the game. Cons As with all games (except the purely perfect ones), Ecco the Dolphin comes with it's own pack of problems. There are instances where the player can actually escape from the Ecco's location by swimming outside of the tunnel. This glitch happens occasionally, but the player can usually direct Ecco back into the tunnel without having to restart the game. There also are instances when the player will be searching for power ups only to find themselves wedged between a rock and a hard place from which they are unable to break away. With no way out, drowning is inevitable. The most frustrating part of this game is the lack of information. You are often started in a new level with no idea what you are supposed to do. In most cases, you are in a vast location and it takes time, patience, and a whole batch of dedication to find out what you need to do. The lack of information regarding boss battles is also another frustration factor. For those without the keenest observation skills, death multiple times is inevitable before you discover how to do battle with many of the bosses in this game. Game as a Whole As a whole, the game offers a far more challenging experience then any other game. It takes a truly determined individual to master it and complete the storyline. Though the game does get frustrating at parts, and it is often left up to the player to figure out what needs to be done, the storyline makes up for it compelling the player to keep trying. This game provides one of the most amazing experiences available on the PS2, and is guaranteed to be a game you will spend hours completing. Replay value is high because once you know what you need to do, the experience becomes that much more enjoyable. The sound effects and music are great, and add to the game play experience.
THIS GAME IS A VERY BIG CHALENGE AND THATS SAYING SOMETHING BECAUSE I AM A GREAT GAMER AND I STILL HAVENT BEAT IT IF I DONT BEAT IT I WILL QUIT GAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!