Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Image

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  • Summary: Plunge into the tropical waters of the Isle of Tranquility. As Ecco, an anergetic young dolphin you will explore mysterious locations that span four alternate timelines. Seek the majestic city of Atlantis, monument to the civilisation built by humans and dolphins. Encounter sea creatures and come face to face with alien forces as you seek to defend the Earth and history itself! Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. With only a few camera issues to stomach and a raised eyebrow given to the level of difficulty (especially in later stages), Ecco's 25+ stages of fluid, gorgeous gameplay show it has the brawn to back up its beauty.
  2. From the moment the title screens blinks on your television, to the time you finally force yourself to slap your dorsal fin on the "off" switch, you're bombarded with brilliance and visual splendor the likes we've haven't seen in ages.
  3. From the first instant that this GD-ROM starts spinning until the final level is finished, Ecco's gorgeous graphics, amazing soundtrack, and unique premise will captivate players.
  4. Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  5. It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  6. A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
  7. It looks absolutely stunning, but for all but a minority, the game play doesn't match up to expectations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Joe
    Aug 21, 2001
    Every bit as good as the old version.
  2. StephanieS.
    May 18, 2002
    How the hell would a great game like this get rated so badly!!?? Well, the controls could be better my ass, your a dolphin. HELLO!!!! I mean, any game that you con be and control a dolphin has to be damn good. You can do flips out of the water!! Holy SH*T!!! Collapse
  3. PhilS.
    Oct 5, 2001
    The game could be more clear about what you are suposed to do to get to the next level.
  4. AndreaF.
    May 7, 2002
    This game has outstanding graphics and sound, along with imaginative puzzles and unique ideas. However, the camera angles trip you up and the control is somewhat off. Also it is not very difficult to finish. Expand
  5. Jen
    Jun 26, 2001
    Although the graphics are wonderful, the gameplay itself isn't really that impressive. The camera angles are bad and the handling could have been better. Expand

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