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  • Summary: Peace and harmony have reigned on Earth for a millennia, when the arrival of a mysterious foe threatens to destroy everything by altering time itself. Only a friendly dolphin called Ecco can prevent the evil force from twisting the very fabric of reality and enslaving the Earth forever. Taking the role of Ecco, you must use all your brains and skills to navigate a series of alternate realities and restore the timeline to its rightful place. There are four parts to the game (Paradise Island, Man's Nightmare, Dolphin's Nightmare, the Foe's Lair) and you must solve puzzles in each before the Earth can be saved! [SCEE] Collapse
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  1. What truly set this game apart from the rest was its sense of actually being in another world.
  2. 80
    Sooo much to love in terms of graphics, story, and sheer originality, but the endless cycle of insanely difficult die/repeat/whatthehell? gameplay will eventually dominate your experience.
  3. The modifications that Appaloosa have made may sound simple but they enhance the game beyond recognition, tightening up the gameplay to what is now a extremely polished and well focused adventure title.
  4. Overall gameplaywise Ecco has proved to be one of the most difficult games I’ve ever played...But for those who have the skills and persistence Ecco The Dolphin might be an enjoyable romp.
  5. In spite of these kinks in its layout, Ecco provides a consistently smooth experience; you'll honestly feel like a deft aquatic mammal and experience the liberating, exciting things that compose a dolphin's everyday life.
  6. It's a weighty quest alright, but much of its size is artificial, being time spent wondering (a) where you’re supposed to go next and (b) how to get there.
  7. This game is hard – we're talking brutal, controller-throwing frustration here. The biggest problem is the control scheme. Frankly, it sucks. [May 2002, p.99]

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  1. Nov 21, 2011
    8
    this game is really fun, but one of my more boring games, i never really enjoyed this game, i played it just to finish it, i guess ecco is cool but it never really draws you in Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2012
    8
    This is the best dolphin game ever made. While that might not mean anything to some, its true. As your controlling an exotic animal in water it could have been easy for the developers to take shortcuts. They took no shortcuts with Defender of the Future and gave us fluid, dynamic dolphin controls and with massive level design not seen since the original Tomb Raider. You may need a guide for this one, as its easy to get completely lost and just have fun swimming around. For that difficulty I deduct a couple points because it makes the game less addictive. Fortunately gamefaqs exists. This is a better game than the original Ecco on sega genesis by far. The story is CRAZY. Nobody could imagine this stuff; aliens, new planets, dolphin gangs, special powers. If you are a true gamer you must experience this one even if you don't end up beating it. Ecco destroys every Endless Ocean game both in gameplay, graphics, realism, and controls. Fish AI in this is more realistic. Sega must have spent a lot of resources making this, and unfortuneately it might not have paid off, but the work is still there. Play this game and give it a try. Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future is its own experience whether you advance in the game or not and I recommend getting a used copy. Expand

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