James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ garnered accolades across the world. Yet, the game does not follow the same story as the movie. The game is set in a time long before the events that take place in the movie. The mining corporation is beginning to turn Pandora into a mining colony. You can decide whether to align yourself with the Na’vis or the capitalists. Ubisoft has a stereoscopic version of the game, which if you have 3D compatible gadgets, enhances the gameplay experience.
If you choose the role of Abel Ryder, the RDA recruit with an Avatar to control, you’re forced to fight either for the Na’vi as a full-time Avatar or for the RDA. The game sets up a series of quests with bits of story from the film. If you are on the RDA side, the game plays as a third-person shooter, offering plenty of guns and war machines to take down the flora and fauna. Fight for the Na’vi and you’ll instead wield primitive, though effective, clubs, staffs and knives. Limited ranged combat is in store for the Na’vi fighter and the majority of the action is up close and personal.
You can customise more than 60 weapons available and choose your own unique skills for each clan. A suite of vehicles and animals allows gamers to expand the battleground in single-player or online multi-player versions as they fight to determine the future of Pandora.
Disappointingly, the game has some familiarity with the nature of avatars. Cut scenes in the game are quite abrupt, and moments like the first time you enter the body of the giant blue avatar, are presented very palely, with the dialogues being delivered in a monotone. The animations are stiff and awkward. And if you thought guns were more powerful than bows and arrows, we have a reality check here.
There is a strategy minigame called Conquest, which one can access from the game’s fast-travel stations. You earn funds here that you can spend on units in Conquest mode. In this mode, you can capture territories, thereby, earning more experience points or increasing damage etc. It’s fun to play around in Conquest for a short while.
However, Avatar is not a challenging game, so the enhancements you receive from capturing territories aren’t helpful, and you can easily finish the game and reach maximum level without even knowing that Conquest exists. One of Avatar’s main selling points is its use of 3D technology, so if you own a high-definition television equipped with stereoscopy, you may get a kick out of seeing Avatar pop out of your screen. Even in standard HD or SD, the lush jungle is inviting and exciting.
– Sudeep Shukla