Review by Silence34
"Bang, Bang, shoot'em up the party never ends."
Introduction: Kid Icarus has made an appearance after 25 years. The main enemy in the first game was Medusa and 25 years later in Kid Icarus uprising we find that she's back. You play as the angel Pit serving under the goddess Palutena fighting to save the world from the underworld invasion. The game itself is divided into two types of combat, air and land. The player uses the stylus to aim and fire the weapon and the joystick to move which are the general controls of air battles. Land battles get a little more complicated because if you flick the stylus in any direction Pit looks in that direction. Another thing to note is that by quickly moving the joystick Pit dashes which is helpful in avoiding enemy fire and it also increases your attack power if used during the dash.
Game Play- The gameplay takes a little while to get used to because it is so much different than what most games before have used. The main reason is you have to use the joystick to move and the stylus to aim at the same time which was difficult at first to get the hang of. In air battles because you are just going in one direction the controls are pretty easy to get the hang of, but land battles make the controls a little awkward because you have 360 degrees of movement. However, once you get the hang of it the controls make for a pretty intense and enjoyable game because it requires a very quick reaction time to play.
Story- The story was not the best aspect of the game. It's your typical save the world from the enemy type story, but you do get a lot of surprises along the way which does add for entertaining twists in the game. If you are into a game with cut scenes and long detailed dialogues then do not buy this one. The dialogue between the characters was interesting and does add to the game by seeing the characters interact, but it is not a necessary component to the game. So the story is entertaining it's just not the main focus of the game.
Graphics/sound- The graphics were amazing the visuals were just mesmerizing at times and really took advantage of the 3D effects. The sound was pretty good it added to the general theme of whatever you are doing in the game. So overall nothing disappointing in this area.
Augmented Reality: The game comes with 6 cards that can be viewed under the ar option in the game. I liked this option because it was interesting seeing the game characters in your world and see them battle it out. My only disappointment is that you can't view your other ar cards with this game so you can't take a picture of Mario and Pit together. Also really it's not a part of the game you will use often because there's not much to do with it other than take pictures and watch them battle for a minute. So overall it is interesting and a nice add on but not really something that will make you impressed or unimpressed with the game.
Multiplayer- The multiplayer is divided into two types Light vs. Dark, and free for all. Free for all is self explanatory. In Light vs. Dark there are two teams of three a light and a dark team. Each team fights to kill the members of the other team and once the teams health bar is depleated the last person to die on that team becomes the angel and the team life is replaced with the angel. The team who defeats the opposing angel first wins. The battles are really involved and high paced which make them a lot of fun to play. I personally like having a wi-fi multiplayer option on a handheld game because it's easy to pull out and play anywhere with wi-fi. The game is a lot of fun and anyone who is a fan of multiplayer shooters will spend a lot of time playing Light vs. Dark.
Play time- the overall game is about 8 hours worth of game play but if you are a gamer that likes to collect treasures and items then you'll spend several more hours playing the game. It's also one of those games that would be fun to pull out and play for a few minutes and stop so you can spend more time playing with it after you've beaten and collected everything in the game. The multiplayer gaming is addictive and will wind up using several hours of game play. Overall it's not one of the longest games ever but it is a game you can easily take out play for a few minutes then put down which will wind up adding to several hours of playing.
Overall I give the game an 8 out of 10 because it was a lot of fun to play but the unusual controls and the lack of a really detailed storyline do take away from the game a little bit.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/02/12
Game Release: Kid Icarus: Uprising (US, 03/23/12)
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