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  • Summary: Psychonauts are operatives that possess psychic powers. When a crazy scientist begins abducting Psychonauts for their brains, it's up to you to put an end to it once and for all. Playing as new cadet Raz, you must develop your paranormal powers, which include telekinesis, fire-starting, clairvoyance, and telepathy. Enter the minds of other people to collect figments of their imaginations, to resolve their emotional problems, and to unlock their memory vaults. As you progress in your missions, you'll earn even more psychic powers that will help you solve a variety of puzzles. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 100
    The best platform game ever to grace the Xbox. The combination of solid gameplay and a clever and intelligently written story make this a game that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.
  2. Call us crazy, but we're willing to bet the farm that the world of Psychonauts is the most inventive, creative, and downright vision that's ever graced a videogame. [May 2005, p.76]
  3. Psychonauts may not be particularly innovative in any of its undertakings, but it breathes new life into a stale genre by virtue of its humor and creativity alone.
  4. 90
    It's one of the best platformers the system has seen, mostly thanks to its amazing visuals and downright hilarious dialogue.
  5. Psychonauts marries platforming, adventure games, stellar art, fun dialogue and a great gaming experience – it's a polygamous experience that I definitely recommend to all gamers.
  6. 87
    The first half of this game is easily one of the most enjoyable I've had in the past year. But as is the case with many humorous games, the laughs begin to fade in the home stretch and in the end Psychonauts started to wear on me.
  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: 33 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. BrianJ.
    Apr 25, 2005
    It's a pitiful world we live in when an amazing title like this is not loved by all fans of gaming. It has amazing characters, well written dialog and story and oodles of fun. If you don't play this game and enjoy it you are not a gamer. Expand
  2. BirthdayBoy
    Apr 12, 2005
    Extraordinary, original, beautiful, deep game. It's Zelda for grownups. The young-looking graphics are not indicative of the experience. One of the best games of all time, from one of the greatest game designers. Expand
  3. ChristopherH.
    Jul 7, 2007
    One of the top 3 greatest games I've ever played. And I don't like platformers.
  4. ScottC.
    May 2, 2005
    Psychonauts not only sets the bar higher for games, but in my opinon, forms the genre of movies you can play and participate in. Superb story that grips you and makes you laugh and truly Think (and not just about the game puzzles). Few games can accomplish that, and this is such a game. Even people who don't particularly like this style of game will have to admit it is an exceptional game. Highest recommendation possible. Expand
  5. JohnD.
    Mar 15, 2006
    this came is the best game ive played all year. It is creative,funny,not all that long but worth it.
  6. Mark
    Jan 22, 2007
    Best platformer ever! A classic by Tim Schafer and his team, Double Fine! Simply not to be missed!
  7. UweP.
    Oct 11, 2006
    Definitely overrated. Maybe because it's an 'underdog' of a game by Schafer, and people wanted it to be a return to form for him. It's just not anywhere close to delievering the clever humour and characterizations of, say, Grim Fandango. And, unfortunately, it does feel like a point'n'clicker shoehorned onto an average platformer. What ticks me off the most, though, is the amount of rubbish you have to collect. It's like Rare's worst platformers/collect 'em ups multiplied by ten. Expand

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