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Alex Rider Stormbreaker  


THQ has been creating a lot of games for the younger members of the family, but Alex Rider Stormbreaker is not one of those games. This game is rated ‘T’ for Teen by the ESRB with the descriptor being Violence. It seems really strange to see an older member of the family game on the Nintendo DS. Alex thinks his uncle is a boring bank manager, until his uncle is murdered. MI6 (spy agency) recruits the 14 year old Alex (editor: which means he would be just old enough to play this version of the game) to get information on those his uncle was spying on. Alex is interested in revenge, and not turning the other cheek. The perspective of the game is in a 3rd person, meaning you see your character on the screen, and the camera is right behind them. The levels are all done in full 3D, and the character has a stamina bar. This stamina bar drops when punching, kicking, and running. Thankfully it will slowly rebuild yous stand there.

Graphically Alex Rider Stormbreaker on the Nintendo DS has some very good 3D models. Sadly a lot of the graphics are grainy. It really looks like THQ worked very hard to push the Nintendo DS beyond its limitations. There are pictures from the movie which are very crisp, and clear. This game is filled with a ton of fighting. Alex Rider fights the different bad guys with punches, and kicks. There are a lot of hitting graphics. Bodies to vanish after they have been taken out, and there was no blood. There was some female attire that is questionable. Some of the animations are choppy as well.

The music in Alex Rider Stormbreaker is very majestic. The WMG really enjoyed the music, and felt the composer did an excellent job. There are a lot of sounds to accentuate the hitting, and dying of the different characters. These sounds are all very crisp, and clear. Thankfully there was no graphic sounds. Alex mentions his desire to murder the man who killed his uncle.

This game has little replay value. Each of the missions require the player do collect certain items, get to a certain area, beat a certain computer controlled character, etc. None of them will last that long, nor will yous being interested in playing them through a second time. Alex Rider Stormbreaker is a really short game, and not worth your hard earned dollars in the oh so humble (and expert) opinion of the Working Man Gamer.

The controls are quick and responsive in this game, and the designs of the controls works really well. The various features of the Nintendo DS were not really used, but the 3D levels are a nice change of pace on this machine. The fighting aspect of this game gets pretty old really quick. There were a few different kinds of levels to break up the action.

It is really sad to the WMG that Alex chooses the path of revenge, and is essentially rewarded for it. The different spy tools Alex has are rarely needed, and the game teaches yous to solve your problems by bashing in the heads of those who stand in your way. The WMG also found a problem with certain sections of the game not allowing saves.
- Working Man Gamer


Graphics: 66%
Sound: 78%
Replay/Extras: 68%
Gameplay: 81%
Family Friendly Factor: 63%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: THQ
ESRB Rating:
'T' for Teen

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