Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Face Raiders

So AR Games was not that fun, but hey, there are more games pre-installed on the 3DS. Face Raiders was something I was pretty unaware of when I bought the 3DS, but that does not mean it should be ignored. Let's check it out!

Face Raiders
Developed by Nintendo
Published by Nintendo
Played on Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by: Tobbii Karlsson

Face Raiders works prefectly. Let me just start with that. You look around in the room you're currently in and fight against floating heads that you photograph yourself. I'm not even sure how many faces I have now, but there are plenty. Once again, there's no story of any sort. You simply have to fight these heads and give them magic Afro-hair in order to win. There are a lot of variety on the enemies behaviour, some attack you and some just escape you. If you die, you won't get the face to your collection and you'll have to try again.

Visually the game is almost entirerly photo-based. Most of the time the world will be made up of the cameras view, and all the enemies have photographed faces. However, some have hats and helmets which are rendered in 3D. You also sometimes shoot holes in reality and look out into space. The visuals look great both in 2D and 3D. There's some good tunes in the game, but nothing that really stays in your head post playing.

The gameplay works, but can get a little bit repetive. You shoot balls with the A button and use bombs with the B button whenever you have them. Shooting Butterflies will regain your health and shooting faces that isn't the main enemy will earn you bonus points. Each stage has a boss with gameplay twists. Some have shields you have to break and some are proper puzzles.

This may be a short review, but there's not that much to cover, however, size is not of importance in this case as the little that is here is so entertaining that it makes up for anything feeling left out. My favourite face is the one featured in the title card, it's Christopher Eckelston, it's great to see him play around with Robert Downey Jr. and Shigesato Itoi. Great fun.

Gameplay: 9/10        Controls: 8/10        3D Visuals: 8/10
Replay Value: 8/10        Visuals: 8/10        Audio: 6/10
Total Score 8/10.0
Amazingly Fantastic
Buy This Game

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