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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] A terrible storm has swept the family of Ecco the Dolphin from their watery home. Now, Ecco must search for them through a vast underwater world. Danger and adventure awaits you in Ecco the Dolphin. Use Ecco's sonar to discover hidden caverns and unlock the secrets of the crystal glyphs. Take on schools of ravenous sharks. Discover the mysteries of the deep, save your dolphin family, and protect the world from the Vortex. The fate of the whole world rests on your fins. Over 25 giant underwater levels of fighting action and puzzle-solving. Solve the mystery of the Vortex and the fate of your dolphin family. Knife through the waters and flip above the waves with animated motions created from real dolphins. All the classic gameplay from the original console game now brought to the next-gen world of Xbox 360. [Microsoft] Expand
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Sure the graphics are dated, but the game is just as fun--and frustrating obtuse!--to play as it was then. [Nov 2007, p.94]
  2. It was a tough game when it came out for the Genesis, and that hasn’t changed now. The 400 Microsoft Points (about $5) is a small price to pay for the title; the bigger cost is in the time, effort and patience you’ll need to devote to this one in order to wring every drop out of it.
  3. There is no doubt that Ecco the Dolphin shows its age, but it's still one of the most unique games out there. Watching Ecco leap out of the water and navigate the murky depths is still a lot of fun. You'll probably want to pass on this rendition of Ecco's adventure if you've played it on other systems because the improvements don't enhance the gameplay experience all that much.
  4. The only reason someone would buy this is to take a trip down memory lane, and for even the most nostalgic of gamers, that trip will end far sooner than they anticipated.
  5. It's looking a bit on the tired side. Great music though. [Issue#25, p.118]
  6. Ecco is a game with great promise, but horrible controls and a very high difficulty level combine to make a wonderfully beautiful animal into a sadistic game.
  7. Sega's most overrated game is as rubbish now as it was back in 1992. [Nov 2007, p.96]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. V1L3
    Nov 29, 2007
    It's hard to understand the critics of this title, except to say that they probably found the game more challenging. And to say Ecco is challenging is an understatment - it's BRUTAL. Still, there's no denying that the graphics, environments and animation are gorgeous, the soundtrack is stunning, and the gameplay is like nothing else you've played before. And this is without even mentioning the storyline, which easily bests even more recent endeavours (provided you're willing to put in the time and effort... and abuse the hell out of those save-states). Expand
  2. MarianneIbbotson
    Sep 30, 2009
    Ecco the Dolphin seems to be a lot like Marmite, people either love or hate it. I first played it as a little girl, and was immediately drawn in by the mysterious storyline and atmosphere of the game. The controls do take some getting used to, and can occasionally be frustrating, but with a little practise it's nowhere near as horrible to control as many reviews make out. The only real negative about the controls is the difficulty of jumping over islands - which was hugely improved in the sequel - other than that, it's not long before controlling Ecco smoothly feels pretty intuitive. The game's certainly difficult, but having infinate lives and passwords really makes up for that. The storyline is revealed slowly throughout the game, and things get pretty creepy at times, aided by the wonderful soundtrack. The graphics were, for the time, gorgeous, and they still look great to me today, and the game is a lot of fun if you can persist with it's high difficulty. I'd recommend this game, and it's sequel, to anyone looking for a great older game. Expand
  3. LeeH.
    Aug 16, 2007
    Innovative and interesting.
  4. SamF.
    Sep 26, 2007
    At the time it was completely different and innovative... however, even the rose-tinted glasses cannot help Ecco be anything more than a seriously dated and actually rather unpleasant game to play. The controls are dodgy, the graphics (whilst fine at the time I guess) are simply awful and the game play suffers from a complete lack of direction. A waste of your Microsoft Points. Expand