Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
Buy On
  1. James Cameron's AVATAR is a surprisingly good video game for a game which derives from a film. Visit Pandora and be a part of the battle between Humans and the Na'vi.
  2. It's not as if there's an intriguing plot to motivate you to soldier through, either. Nothing is explained.
  3. Avatar isn't a bad game, it just rarely rises above the average, despite borrowing heavily from some superb games.
  4. Avatar: The Game doesn't succeed on any level, not in its weak gameplay and shoddy presentation.
  5. 77
    James Cameron's Avatar: The Game for Wii is mostly a teaser for the movie or an extra for after you’ve seen that movie. It’s not a great game, but doesn’t disappoint either. The atmosphere on Pandora and the rage against the intruders carry this title. If you don’t mind a rather low pace in your game, then you might as well ignore the repetition in the Wii Remote-swinging.
  6. 73
    Overall Avatar is an entertaining game with an interesting proposal, although maybe it should have had a greater exploration component. You will enjoy it while it lasts.
  7. As it stands, James Cameron's Avatar: The Game is a serviceable experience in the world that James Cameron created for the movie, but at the same time, there are enough issues with the controls, camera and combat system to keep it from being great.
  8. A decent game with some good ideas let down by an absence of blockbuster thrills.
  9. 59
    It’s a solid action game, but on the flipside, the storytelling is the pits, the framerate staggers, the co-op two player is sloppy at best…
  10. It’s a classic case of the poor video game/movie tie-in that fails to execute on almost every level, which is unfortunate since the Xbox 360/PS3 Avatar games turned out to be half decent. If you happen to have your own personal Avatar, have them suffer through this game and go play the other version yourself.
  11. A quite anonymous game that, after an entertaining beginning, becomes soon repetitive and shows nothing particular to emerge on the long run from his competitors. Look at it just if you have a Wii and are a big fan of the movie.
  12. Pelit (Finland)
    You have to give credit to Ubisoft for being original with the Wii game. They haven't ported the bigger version to moderate platform by force. The sneaking is fun and the game truly has it's moments. The script and the main character are stupid and the game is easy as a walk in the park. Where's the ambition? [Jan 2010]
  13. Games Master UK
    Lacks the variety and choice of the other formats but it's a competent sneak-'em-up. [Christmas 2009, p.68]
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    Looks nice and is actually challenging, but repetitive goals and fussy controls are a downer. [Christmas 2009, p.60]
  15. Avatar for Wii is focused in a stealth action game. The videogame let us take control on some various characters and the spectacular Banshee. The camera has some issues to choose the best way to prepare our attacks and the character needs a little more movements to play with the environment. It´s more repetitive and simple than the other versions on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Different, but not better.
  16. It's a short adventure, and when compared to the other consoles, Wii owners are essentially getting half a game. The local co-op is a nice addition, but the complete lack of extras makes this an expensive extension to James Cameron's new mythology.
  17. Avatar's control issues and mediocre utilization of the Wii's unique features lessen the enjoyment it provides a great deal. It looks good, but it doesn't have the gameplay to match its visuals. In the end, Avatar is a long on style but short on substance.
  18. Nintendo Power
    The title is worth playing once because of the compelling world in which it's set, and being able to kick human butt cooperatively with a friend is a welcome touch, but Avatar ultimately feels like yet another middling licensed game. [Jan 2010, p.88]
  19. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game it's a poor and hasty tie-in. The gameplay is based almost entirely on stealth action, but the exploration is reduced to a minimum. The combat system seems to work well, but it makes possible to kill the enemies just shaking the controller randomly.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#46 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    Talk about a huge disappointment! In case you're wondering what I mean, this game was originally meant to be good. The developers of thisTalk about a huge disappointment! In case you're wondering what I mean, this game was originally meant to be good. The developers of this game said that this game was going to be one of the few movie games that wouldn't stink! This was in an issue of Nintendo Power. Then, the very next issue, the review came. This is what they thought of it, "Despite its claims to the contrary, Avatar the Game is exactly what we've come to expect from a movie game. In other words, it's completely mediocre". They gave this game a five out of ten. I however, disagree with them. I think it's far worse! I played this game over at a friend's house, and I thought it totally stunk! We played this game in multiplayer where player two has no choice but to follow the first player, which is very boring. This game is very redundant too. All you do is go through forest until you come across a human base. Then you have to sabotage it. There are also flying stages, but those are just as redundant. The camera angles are what really kill this game however. The angles will cause the death of you more time than not! It's especially bad in multiplayer. Fans of the movie had better stick to the movie because this game totally stinks!!! Full Review »
  2. Oct 15, 2011
    the game brings nothing new. not a single bit of it hasn't already been done better. shame, because it was based on such a good movie.
  3. RM
    Jan 21, 2010
    Pros: decent visuals, interesting talent tree system Cons: repetitive gameplay, levels, and enemies, finicky controls, limited ability to Pros: decent visuals, interesting talent tree system Cons: repetitive gameplay, levels, and enemies, finicky controls, limited ability to interact with world and make decisions about where to go, what moves to make, etc., dull storyline, terrible camera angles, and extremely crippled multiplayer due mainly to the bad camera. Full Review »