Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Video Game Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Video games are very popular with my four boys! My son in college often plays them online with his friends who go to other colleges. My high-schooler is definitely an expert on video games, and my six-year-old twins are just getting into them. They recently had the opportunity to try out the brand-new game: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, based on the hit movie that’s currently in theaters! It’s available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. My boys tested out the Wii version.

First, a little bit about the game:
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole provides fans with the ultimate extension of the movie by allowing players to create their own Guardian of Ga’Hoole and experience the film’s storyline from a new perspective. In the game, a young owlet named Soren arrives at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree and tells of his escape from the evil Pure Ones, revealing a new threat to the owl kingdom. Players in this single-player game take on the role of Shard, seeking to protect owl civilization from demise. The game features beautiful environments, soaring flight-sim action, and a fun-to-play representation of the world of Ga’Hoole.
My six-year-olds had no problem learning to play this game (although it is recommended for ages 10+ due to fantasy violence). They easily mastered flying and picking up objects like hot coal. They loved how they could customize their characters and pick which owl they wanted to be -- horned, barn, great gray or spotted -- each with its own special abilities. One of my sons told me, “I’m the good owl, and I get to fight bad owls. My favorite part is when I got to fight the king bat!”

Here is my 17-year-old’s review of the game: “It is very fun to fly around like an owl. The flight controls are pretty good, although occasionally a little shaky, and it allows for fun missions where you can fly and race across open expanses at great speeds. It is during these open flight sections that the game really shines…. The game also allows you to customize your owl’s speed, attack, and health so you may find yourself replaying this a couple times to try out new combinations and equipment sets. This game will definitely be enjoyable to younger kids and fans of the movie.”

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is now available just about anywhere they sell video games!

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this game to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the Amazon link at left.


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