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Milo Thatch is the main dude. His ambition in life is to fulfill his grandfather\'s dream - discover the truth about Atlantis. Milo\'s first task is put a team together of experts to assist him in his journey. These team members will each have a special skill. His team consists of Vincenzo Santorini-the explosive expert, Audrey Ramirez-the mechanical genius, Gaetan Moliere-the tunnel expert, and Kida-the kickass wild, fired-up woman of Atlantis. These characters are all-playable and will be used thru gameplay. Keep in mind, the characters should be utilized based on what needs to be accomplished. Switching characters is easy as walking into the Radio.
The first level, Whitmore\'s Mansion, is quite easy and basically stress free. Milo goes thru a mini training session and has some minimal tasks to accomplish. Collect goodies, and find some secret passageways. The second level, Ulysses, gets a little hairy. Ulysses is the huge submarine. The mission is to get the ship out of the station before it blows. The player needs to exercise some patience and skill, learn how to jump, climb, and swim. Swimming thru passageways without running out of air is probably the hardest task in this level. Each level progressively grows in depth and gets more difficult. There are some challenging missions like learning to steer a sub-pod and fight these nasty giant Scorpions while balls of electricity are zapping the hell out of you. The player also gets a chance to drive a Digger vehicle, a truck, and an Aktirak. Every good story has bad guys and Atlantis has plenty. There are some interesting foes lurking around in the depths of the sea, like Rock Monsters, crabs, spiders, and Atlantean Tigers. If you get too close they can sting the pants off ya. Finding Health will help you stay in the game. The player also gets 5 lives, how easy can you make it?
Controls are simple but there are numerous moves to learn. Some are easy of course and others take some practice. The characters can run, jump, climb, swim, throw and slide to name a few. Maneuvering the vehicles take a bit of practice but are real fun to drive.
The graphics are classic Disney. The characters are very well animated and imaginative. The backgrounds are colorful and detailed. Gameplay is loaded with cinematics and realistic appeal. The water is shaded cool colors of blue, defining air-bubbles, and shadows.
The background music is rather upbeat with an adventurous tone and changes with the mood of the game. There are a variety of sound effects such as splashing, rumbling of the underwater vehicle engines, weapons firing, blasting stone walls, and character outburst. You will also find that some of the character voices are fairly familiar.
· Dive into 12 Huge Worlds! Each level characterizes locales from the film and feature action, adventure, platform, puzzle and racing mechanics.
· Plunge into 4 completely unique vehicles! Go deep underwater in a submarine, drive a truck, blast through stone walls in a digger, and explore the depths in a mini-submersible vehicle.
· 6 playable characters! Each with unique abilities and skills. Play Milo, Rourke, Moliere, Vinny, Helga or Audrey. Each character will help you through specific obstacles and puzzles.
· Exciting variety of moves - run, jump, climb, swim, throw, and slide your way out of precarious situations.
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Atlantis the Lost Empire' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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