REVIEW – Rise of the Guardians (3DS, Wii, Wii U)
A triple review by Jeremy Hardin
Let your imagination soar in Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game as you play as one of the classic childhood legends, including: North (aka Santa Claus), Tooth (aka the Tooth Fairy), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny), Sandman, and Jack Frost. In this action-packed adventure game, each Guardian has their own set of upgradable and extraordinary abilities that will help you take on the evil spirit “Pitch” and his infectious nightmares. Along the way, you’ll unlock new powers and spellbinding special moves that will increase your character’s strength and skills throughout the game, plus you can unleash cool team attacks with your fellow heroes. With drop-in-and-out multiplayer action supporting up to four players on consoles, you and your team of Guardians will work together to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world!
Direct from the Dreamworks film, Rise of the Guardians, players will get to experience the fight against Pitch using all 5 of the characters from the movie, including: North, Tooth, Bunnymund, Sandman, and Jack Frost.
- Shadow Stompers – Locate and destroy all Nightmare enemy clusters.
- Protectors of Belief – Protect the Guardian’s friends from Pitch’s Nightmare enemies.
- Cage Break – Rescue the Guardian’s friends trapped in Pitch’s cages!
- Find Your Center – Collect the five nesting doll pieces in each realm.
- Gate Guardian – Reclaim the five Guardian Gates located in each realm.
- Treasure Collectors – Recover the stolen Guardians’ artifacts locked in chests!
In addition to the missions, there are also Rewards (Achievements) you unlock by completing particular missions. The problem I have is that for most of these missions you will be fighting against so many enemies, it becomes almost stale and boring. Thankfully in the Wii and Wii U versions the other 4 Guardians join in the fight as AI partners and they do a good job of helping defeat the Nightmares. Unfortunately on the 3DS you have to go at it solo. You can still switch between characters on the fly, but there are no AI helpers.
Controlling your Guardian is very simple, but I felt that the characters all moved a bit too slow for my liking. I would like to point out that you can increase their speed, but I didn’t notice a difference. Okay, so your basic attack is executed with B, while Y, A, X are assigned as your special attacks. To dodge an attack press R while moving and to block an attack hold L to create a shield in front of you.
Final Score: 3 out of 10