Публикувани: 21 февруари
Never played this one before, so no nostalgia, and I'm putting this as one of my favourite games of all time. Genuinely funny, great design, and very original. Gameplay may not be the best, but it is solid and fun. Platforming is tight, and goes well with the crazy environments, and there are 8 different psychic powers to use, ranging from invisibilty to pyrokinesis, each getting more powerful as you level up, so by the end of it, you truly feel like you've mastered the power of the mind, as you run quickly on a pyschic ball, firing stuff out of your head then making things catch on fire, scanners style. Enemies and boss fights are generally quite predictable, though they vary alot, from 'censors', the mind's defences shown as suited executives shouting "NO" and holding clipboards, to cannons with eyes and legs, a battle tank made completely of blue prints and a brain, and a mother who is both leader of a group of girl scouts, and attacks with cookie ninja stars.
The writers of this game must have had fun with this. In what other game can you rampage through a city of fish creatures, help a descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte beat his ancestor in a board game, or unravel a conspiracy involving government agents, girl scouts selling cookies, and a mysterious milkman? All accompanied by a range of funny and unique characters. Even the small supporting characters get development, with a russian who's searching for a large, hairless bear to wrestle, a son of a mafia member, and a cowboy who has a knack for shooting using only his mind. The world is designed with a nightmare before christmas like style, each character being recognisable and memorable in looks.
The levels are very creative. The levels in each mind are made to mirror the problem or personality of the person whose mind you infiltrate. Coach Oleander, a military man, has a mind world of a ravaged landscape, full of barbed wire and guns, and Boyd Cooper, an insane conspiracy theorist and security guard, has a mind world of a paranoid 50's like neighbourhood, full of inept government agents, twisting roads and cameras popping out of bushes. Each world has it's own little quirks and personality, which makes it more than fun, but interesting to see a developer's take on the mental problems of the characters, shown in clever and original ways in their level and character design.
This is one of the best games ever. Those who are focused completely on gameplay and not funny or original game design (or those who can't go for five minutes without shooting something), may not think the same. But psychonauts can't really be compared to ratchet and clank, or jak and daxter, games in the same era, which are great platforming games in themselves, and though they share the gameplay style, they are very different. Psychonauts has more, be it the story, cool abilities, design, humour, or characters, but it all works extremely well, and that's why it's one of the best games ever. Get it.