In Psychonauts, the game play throughout tied together with the plot well. The first two minds Raz enters to begin his quest of becoming a Psychonaut are Coach Oleander and Sasha. As I traversed through there mind and shuffled through their memories, I understood that their past experiences foreshadow the obstacles Raz will have to overcome in order to fulfill his destiny of becoming a Psychonaut. This connection made the relationship between plot and gameplay really important to me. I felt that, what I was experiencing as I explored through their minds was important to my quest and what I had to accomplish in order to reach my goal. The cut scene in the beginning were also relevant to what I was undertaking and didn't take away from the game play. As I played further into the game, the gameplay started to display characteristics about Raz himself. For example, in Lungfishopolis, when Raz encounters the giant mutated fish, his caring nature adds depth to his character and overall effects the game play. It effects the game play because, as Raz's personality and traits become apparent, the decisions Raz makes during game play effect the flow of the plot. A few aspects of Psychonauts however tainted my enthusiasm. As I delved into the many other minds in order to fulfill Raz's destiny, the cut scenes started to become irrelevant to the game play and the game play seemed to lack connection to the plot. For example, in the insane asylum where Raz encounters Edgar, the game play (searching for the cards and fighting the four mini boss fights) lacked depth and, at least to me, was just a way to add length to the game. There was no deeper meaning to the tasks and challenges presented to Raz, it was just a way to give him something to do instead of ending the game sooner. Another plot element is the love connection between Raz and his fellow camp mate. The love element added depth to the plot but as for game play, the relationship didn't effect game play at all. There were not many challenges that involved Raz and his love interest and the only really evident knowledge of his interest in her is through cut scenes and minimal game play. Overall, the connection between game play and plot is good and it adds depth to the game and makes it all the more interesting.
yes: I recommend this product