James Cameron's Avatar: The Game PlayStation 3

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
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  1. 58
    Avatar's not a bad-looking or playing game -- it's just very average. You may have the whole planet to explore, but your primary objectives boil down to "go to a point, push a button and or kill some guys, then go back to the start." The framework's in place -- a wide array of weapons, big enemies to take down -- but Avatar just doesn't put them in an interesting setting.
  2. The game's saving grace is that Pandora is a beautiful world to explore, and the graphics are of a higher quality than the gameplay. The design work is attractive particularly the vehicles.
  3. While you can easily drone through this game a second time due to the two distinct factions, lots of annoying flaws crop up that make it difficult to warrant a second playthrough.
  4. In some ways we can’t help but think that Ubisoft Montreal would have been wise to be less ambitious (was the support for 3D TVs – which are currently as rare as hens-teeth – really justified?) and deliver a more linear experience that simply gave you a chance to relive your favourite bits from the movie.
  5. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game can not stand out, both in quality and originality, to the remaining supply of games that you can find on the market.
  6. In the end however, these extra layers can’t fix the subpar combat and disappointing storyline at the game’s core, leaving Avatar a lackluster, though not entirely unpleasant, experience. While forgiving sci-fi fans might still appreciate this intergalactic romp, the average gamer is left with an easy choice: this game is a rental at best.
  7. In the end, Avatar: The Game joins a long list of misguided movie-turned-video games.
  8. There's just really not enough here to warrant more than a cursory glance.
  9. The bottom line is that there are plenty of other action titles that are more unique, more refined, and more enjoyable. Rent if you must.
  10. There’s no shortage of ambition here, but the game is too simple and repetitive to really consider it fun. The game wants to be an RPG sometimes, but it always results in dumb, simple action without any tactic. Avatar is a misses opportunity.
  11. It's not a bad game, and portions of it are competent, if not quite remarkable. But Avatar wears thin quickly, and the story is too fragile to compensate for the deficiencies.
  12. James Cameron’s Avatar the Game is an ambitious license that Ubisoft has taken on wholeheartedly but failed to achieve anything memorable.
  13. Avatar: The Game is a title of tradeoffs. It has the base concepts to be more than it ended up being and yet it is still manages to provide a decent gaming experience. That it has a strong movie tie-in is certain to spark interest in this title.
  14. If someone asked me if I would buy this game I would have to say no but I would rent it as it is worth playing. It is just not worth the $60 price of admission.
  15. Overall, it’s certainly not a bad game, but leaves far too many things to be desired.
  16. Unless you are a die hard Avatar fan who wants to explore the world of Pandora over and over, want to become a Na'vi without the makeup, or have a TV that supports 3D imaging, it's best to wait for the sequel to the movie.
  17. 68
    The gameplay feels like it needs more work. Loose controls, bad melee combat, weak mission design, and a wonky camera dull the experience.
  18. 68
    Avatar ultimately falls down as a game. It's just not that interesting, compelling or fun.
  19. 60
    It does little to endorse Ubisoft's claim that it's been in development for years, as underneath the admittedly high-detail visuals it's a pretty rudimentary thing. It's a long way better than bilge like the Quantum of Solace, but it's certainly got no sense of a landmark pop-cultural moment, in the way we're repeatedly told the film will.
  20. 65
    The third-person madness was a nice change from the typical FPS experience but many seasoned gamers will probably find the simplified gameplay mechanics a bit too tame for their liking.
  21. Pelit (Finland)
    73
    Jungles of Pandora offer a nice setting for an action game, but unfortunately the game itself fails to deliver. The mission structure is stolen from MMOs, the storyline devolves to preaching and the game is very easy. The graphics are beautiful and there would have been a lot of potential, considering the PR. Now the game is nothing more than an average license product. And that is a shame. [Jan 2010]
  22. Play UK
    64
    If you're a fan of the movie, you could do worse. [Issue#187, p.74]
  23. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    If you've got a 3D TV, buy it. [Jan 2010, p.74]
  24. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    50
    It's not as if previous game adaptations have set the bar high, but this manages to fall below even those minimal standards. [Jan 2010, p.116]
  25. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    Avatar is lush, beautiful, and distinct looking, and in the unlikely event you actually own a stereoscopic TV and high-end 3D glasses, you can play in full 3D. [Jan 2010, p.78]
  26. Overall A generic shooter that fails to make the most of the license.
  27. The controls aren’t tight enough – especially in regards to the vehicles – the camera is rarely on-point, the music isn’t prominent enough, the AI is iffy, and the overall fun factor dips frequently. On the other hand, there are plenty of pluses and I don’t like to frown on good ideas, even if they didn’t quite execute said ideas to the best of their ability.
  28. Avatar – The Game seems to have all the building blocks in place to provide gamers with a decent movie licence for once, and the first few minutes of play may trick you into thinking that’s exactly what you’ve got. Sadly though some blatantly obvious design flaws shine through and spoil what’s on offer in the game.
  29. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is a title strictly bound to the movie. It will hardly charm for its gameplay, but those who will love the movie and its world will probably find something good in it.
  30. While it tries to do a lot with its MMO style quests, EXP, multiple campaigns and Conquest mode, it never really focuses on making the basic gameplay mechanics a success.
  31. While the presentation is great and the combat generally enjoyable, the missions leave a lot to be desired - and there's little of the sense of wonder that the movie promises. Had the two campaigns been packed with superbly entertaining moments, the missions been more diverse in their structure, and the "vehicles" been more fun to man, then yes, Avatar the Game might have reached the heights its source material looks set to achieve.
  32. The location adds a little excitement but considering Ubisoft had a good couple of years of behind the scenes access we were expecting more than a 3rd person shooter involving a space marine.
  33. 55
    The setting and world of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is great. Unfortunately, that doesn’t count for the gameplay and story!
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Slick62
    Dec 7, 2009
    9
    Don't let the "critics" judge this game for you. Judge for yourself. Avatar has wonderful graphic. The world never feels the same. The Don't let the "critics" judge this game for you. Judge for yourself. Avatar has wonderful graphic. The world never feels the same. The game play is enjoyable and different, depending on which side you are playing. You can play as a soldier or one of the natives. I have two saves going, one of each. Lots of replayability. If your looking for something different, with a pretty good story, give this game at least a rent, it"s worth it. Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    7
    Well, Avatar was a good movie, but the game was pushed out way too early. The game had great potential, but you always know what's gonnaWell, Avatar was a good movie, but the game was pushed out way too early. The game had great potential, but you always know what's gonna happen with Ubisoft. I expected this game to be a freeroam RPG game with many quests, gear and enemies, but no, I was disappointed. You should just rent this game or try at friend's. You really can't give a score on this game. You either like it or not. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2010
    9
    For the first 20 minutes of gameplay, I tried so hard to like it, but failed. But after picking it up again and putting a few hours into it, iFor the first 20 minutes of gameplay, I tried so hard to like it, but failed. But after picking it up again and putting a few hours into it, i found i very enjoyable, ESPECIALLY for a movie-based game. This may not be the best 3rd person shooter, or even xclose to the best RPG, but if you want a game that you'll get six or seven hours of singleplayer linear MMO-ing, and maybe even a multiplayer match, this game is a good choice. Full Review »