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 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2
WILLOW IS HOT

’m a fan of the original Buffy game – which non-Xbox owners probably didn’t play. While Chaos Bleeds has both a new publisher and developer, it still radiates many of the shining points of the collaboration of EA and the Collective.

 

My main complaint with the first Buffy was its insane level of difficulty. Chaos Bleeds is much more manageable. That’s not to say it’s a walk in the park – more like a cautious stroll through the cemetery. Foes are tough but beatable. Another variance is the shying away from button mashing. The game is equal parts puzzle and beat ‘em up. This prevents wear and tear on your thumbs, but some of the searching is tedious. If I had my druthers, it would be 70 percent fighting and 30 percent puzzle.

 

Akin to LOTR: The Two Towers, Buffy attempts to give fans of the license all they can ask for. The writing is trademark Slayer, and everyone gets in on the action. Extras abound, and they may even get you to replay that level you spent an hour on, just to unlock another interview.

 

I wish the camera and control would’ve received more refinement, but they won’t make you die too often. All in all, Chaos Bleeds caters to a larger audience, while at the same time doing more for hardcore Buffy fans. It definitely exceeds my expectations.  -JUSTIN

LISA   8.25

Buffy’s console brawlers have always been surprisingly satisfying. You can play as a handful of colorful Buffy alumni, giggle at the very Buffy-like dialogue, and take advantage of the many unlockable extras like interviews and multiplayer fighting modes. Nice work, Buffster – your game is officially deemed fun.

8.25
CONCEPT:
Add a little puzzle solving to balance out the slaying
GRAPHICS:
Sweet models and environments, but the lighting is kind of lame
SOUND:
Great voiceovers. Who needs Sarah Michelle Gellar anyway? Her voice double is spot-on
PLAYABILITY:
A bug or two, but solid overall. The combat stays fresh hour after hour
ENTERTAINMENT:
There are many reasons to play through Chaos Bleeds: extras, the TV-quality storyline, and playing as nearly the entire cast
REPLAY:
Moderately High
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