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  • Summary: Psychonauts is a wildly surreal action adventure game where personal paranormal powers are unlocked in order to plunge into the minds of bizarre characters. Journey deep into these crazy worlds of infinite possibility to thwart the secret plan of an evil madman and realize the ultimate dream of joining an elite force of psychic superheroes, the Psychonauts. Delve into people's minds as Raz, a powerful young cadet at psychic summer camp. While working on his levitation merit badge, Raz discovers that someone is kidnapping psychic children and stealing their brains. In order to foil this evil plot and earn the title of Psychonaut, Raz must project himself into the minds of one bizarre character after another to battle their nightmares and mental demons. He does all this while continuing to earn his psychic merit badges in Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, Pyrokinesis and more. Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
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  1. A solid, traditional platformer made extraordinary through immersive narrative, a whimsical setting, and sheer creativity.
  2. If you wake up in your chair at home, having mysteriously forgotten the last half hour of your memory, but with a fresh copy of Psychonauts in hand, don’t question it. Just play and have fun.
  3. Psychonauts isn’t for genre enthusiasts; Psychonauts is for anyone who’s ever looked at a game.
  4. In the history of PS2 platformers, there has never been an example that positively drips character like Psychonauts does. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find an example in any genre.
  5. Much of the world's luster, from the textures to the character models, is sadly diminished in this version. [Aug 2005, p.85]
  6. Despite these issues, Psychonauts is a wonderfully strange platformer. The idea of perception being a reality in itself is the kind of thing I'd like to see future games explore further.
  7. It’s not revolutionary by any means, nor is it particularly long, but thanks to some clever creative control the game delivers a funny, engrossing and downright weird experience unlike most other platform adventures. [July 2005, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Dec 28, 2012
    10
    Platformer with a twist. Really varied gameplay, great humour and challenges that make you think. Great. It is really bad this game is so unknown, make sure you get it now it is available for download on all consoles! Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    Best game ever,it's puzzles,bosses,worlds,i mean minds they all feel fresh after the third time you play the game.Only bad side of this game is that it ends.
    All in all,good job Tim Schafer,you made one of the best games ever.
    And if you are someone whom score matters,this game gets 10/10 for it's fresh spirits.
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  3. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    The greatest game ever created. If you don't enjoy this game then you are truly lost in life. Everything about it is spot on and amazing. You can't ask for more. Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2013
    9
    I recently got Psychonauts on PSN, and it was worth all 10 dollars. The atmosphere is wonderful, the characters are great, even if the main character looks like Tim Burton directed a Puffs tissue commercial. Heck, they even give the extras distinct personality's. My only problem lies with the beginning of the last level and the annoyance of "Little Oly". Overall, it is a great value and is on my top ten favorite PS2 games Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    8
    Certainly doesn't have amazing graphics but it does have a good art style. The gameplay is... a bit bland and clunky. I can't give this more than a 8, it's just not that well. Fun. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2013
    5
    The game starts with the worst voice syncing I've seen, subpar graphics and lame dialog. The first portion of the game plays like a Jak and Daxer clone, but the middle part is rather enjoyable. However with the last part's terrible level design it kinda left me disappointed. Over all the game isn't that good. Expand
  7. Mar 4, 2014
    4
    Nowhere near as funny, whacky or exciting as most reviews seem to make it out to be. Personally I didn't enjoy it much and found it overrated. That said, if you're after a platformer and enjoy the style of this game, the gameplay seemed ok. Expand

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