Bionicle Heroes

Bionicle Heroes Review for Xbox 360

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Take control of a young hero as he steps out of the real world and into the strange and dangerous universe of Bionicle. Only by mastering the powers and special abilities of the greatest Bionicle heroes will he be able to overcome the challenges ahead.

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5Out of 10
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Some games are clearly designed for a certain audience. While it's undoubtedly hard for game developers to create games that gain critical praise and massive sales, it's worth sparing a thought for the guys that slave away on titles aimed squarely at kids. Bionicle Heroes is such a title, and as such is a game that is likely to be perfect for fans of the Bionicle toys and movies, but offers little of interest for everyone else.

Bionicle is actually a Lego spin-off, and in the game you take control of six Bionicle Heroes in order to save the island of Voya Nui from the villainous Piraka. Your character can switch between each hero by changing his mask, and each brings with it a unique power, as well as a gun of some sort. The Piraka are remarkably similar to one another, and to my untrained eye the only real difference between the lot of them is their colour.

The game itself is a third-person shooter of the most basic variety. Yes, it's a game aimed at kids, but it must be one of the easiest games I've played in years. Each mask you possess acts as a life, so even if you do manage to die, it's not all that serious as you can continue as any of the other heroes. After a few of the six areas have been completed you'll have earned enough Lego blocks to max out the health, weapon power and skill attributes for the majority of the heroes, and by that stage you can pretty much run through each level, pressing the 'fire' button until you reach a boss.

The only things that stop you from doing this are obstacles. These are usually bridges that need to be built or doors that need fixing. One of the masks gives you the power to move objects (in a similar way to how you use Jedi powers in Lego Star Wars), and by standing close to the object in question and activating your special move ability, you can fix or build it, and continue on your way. At other times the abilities of your other heroes will need to be used, such as climbing walls and jumping long distances. It's all signposted clearly in the game, so it's never taxing, but does give you some sense that you're more than a guy with a gun.

'Lots of effort has clearly gone into making the game fun and easy to play for all ages...'

Every object or enemy you destroy releases Lego blocks, and these act as a currency and fill up your Hero Meter. Gold rubble is found lying on the floor numerous times in each level, and the only way to move this is to fill the meter and enter Hero mode. This is the recipe for the whole game, as you'll face room after room of spawning enemies that need to be repeatedly killed in order to fill your meter. Bosses use a similar mechanic, with the creature that the rubble turns into dishing out damage (usually three times), before you have to take them out with your own weapons. It's tedious in the extreme.

Lots of effort has clearly gone into making the game fun and easy to play for all ages, but it makes the control scheme rather awkward for anyone who's got more than a basic level of skill with a dual analogue controller. The left stick handles all movement, as if the game was a 3D platformer, while the right stick handles aim. The problem is that there's no strafe unless you hold another button, and even then it locks the aim, making it rather pointless. There's a rather helpful auto targeting system that makes aiming rather redundant anyway, but the inability to play the game like most other third-person shooters makes adjusting to the controls a real chore.

Bionicle Heroes is a multiplatform title, and it shows in the visuals. They're basic, even on the Xbox 360, with an overly blurry blur effect, depth of field and some intense bloom lighting being the only significant differences. Again, fans will no doubt appreciate the characters that are modelled in the game, and the bland environments probably aren't going to be a major problem. The less said about the audio the better, and thankfully there's very little to talk about. Characters are all mute and the music soon becomes repetitive.

As in Lego Star Wars, there's a shop that sells numerous extras, and you can mess about in a playground of sorts, but whether you'll want to or not is another matter. The Xbox 360 version also includes some generously handed out achievement points, which you'll earn the majority of by simply playing through the game.

Bionicle Heroes does little to make a name for itself, with repetitive and overly simplistic gameplay, and some rather uninspiring visuals. If Bionicle means nothing to you, there's simply no reason to pick up Bionicle Heroes, but should you have a keen interest in the franchise and can live with the novice control scheme, the merely competent action game gameplay will seem much more entertaining.

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I kinda agree with the review. i have played it and seen tons of it. Enviropnments ar freakin awesome and graphics roxk, but the story doesnt go very well with the actual storyline and gameplay is a little simplistic.

My view: 6
Gameplay: 5
Graphics; 8
Sound; 8
Posted 08:02 on 24 December 2008
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lewa ROX!

ok i know that bionicle is for not only kids but for all ages i know people that are 18 and are bio fans! i love lewa
Posted 19:56 on 10 December 2008
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YAH I WANT I FEE DOWNLOAD YE_A_AH!!!!I WANT MO BIO_LOG-ic-al or someting or another..
Posted 19:51 on 10 December 2008
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Its a load of fun, you need to get some fresh air Screwer and tiddy.

Posted 18:10 on 26 January 2007
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what fun this is
Posted 14:28 on 14 January 2007
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Toa TAK@ max

Not all of its revews.
Posted 19:04 on 10 December 2006
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its a sad bunc@ max

Hello!, i'm not saying that if you like bionicle your sad, all i'm saying is that a game which is scoring really badly in ALL its internet reviews, no matter how good it looks or even if you are an avid fan has got to be cack (as someone mis-interpreted pants), every reviewer on the net cannot be wrong, so go easy on the review guy. games on average in Englad cost £40-£50 upon release, Bionicle is around a minimum £30 (i'm guessing $60), if your ever in doubt at to what games cost here (as well as consoles - brits always get screwed)check out, they are an average site.
Posted 15:41 on 01 December 2006
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I personally have not gone out to get Bionicle Heroes (not enough $$$) but I have seen the trailers and have been following the game release. I have to say it looks spectacular. I love Bionicle and pay for my own sets when I can and have to say, It's a sad Bunc, in your post you've basically labeled all Bionicle and Lego fans as childish and immature simply because you dislike Bionicle Heroes? Pitiful, just pitiful. And last I checked, pounds were worth more than $ and Bionicle Heroes would have to be 70-80 bucks if your "30 40 50 quid" statement is true. Either they charge way more for video games over there in England or it sounds like you pulled random figures from the air. I repeat I am disgusted with this review and its supporters and agree wholeheartedly with Toa TAK LordCookie and the others.
Posted 02:35 on 30 November 2006
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Toa TAK@ max onicle+heroes

Now first, thanks LordCookie. Now put that in your internet address. That is sooo stupid! If Bionicle Heroes keeps on getting 5's, noone will bother looking at it. I dispise people like Tom and her.

Posted 21:21 on 29 November 2006
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LordCookie@ max

I agree with Toa TAK. You have to actually look at the game before calling it crap....
Oh, and btw, are you saying that us lego lovers? You said that it is perfect for bionicle fans, but then say it is crap. So does that mean that you are saying that we only enjoy the things that suck? Are you saying that we suck?
Thats just.... idiotic.
As TAK said, get a life...
Posted 22:55 on 28 November 2006
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Toa TAK@ max

Look, I agree with Max, this game may not be for everyone, but just look at it. You need to give games time. My friends even think its sorta cool. They are not Bionicle fans either. And the graphics are great! They look like the toy itsefl! Look,my parents enjoy LSW1 and LSW2 because the controls were simple! Yes,its aimed at kids younger than me,but who cares. Tom,did you really care about the game?Did you really play it? Did you play it for 5 minutes and typed up a review? Seems like that,even to the people who says it stinks. Next time Tom,put more effort into the game. Even as Bionicle fan,it makes ME not want to get it.

Tom. Get a life.

Posted 21:18 on 28 November 2006
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It's a sad Bunc, BTW, i pay for my own games. I earn my own money, and I still like this game much more than a 5/10. I'd buy it, but im currently going through my Wii phase. And btw, PANTS are GOOD. Would you like to walk around outside in your underwear? I think not.
Posted 21:18 on 28 November 2006
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LordCookie@ max

I'd say this review was bias. Just because you dont like Bionicle is no reason for you to crap on it. i am a bionicle, and overall lego fan at the age of 13, and I'd say this isnt the BEST game out there. Im more of a.... mmorpg type of guy, but this rating is seriously...... wrong. I tried the demo. The controls are easy to use, which makes it good. A hard to play game is a bad game (RedSteel has hard controls, but ill make an exception, as it is good). The enviroments are really good, and though the graphics aren't the best, the graphics dont make the game, do they? Take supermario for example. The graphics, 2D, bad, but yet, it is one of the best games I know. It isnt the graphics, it is the gameplay, and Bionicle Heroes has a really good gameplay.
Now, dont call me some lego obsessed person, but I personally think this rating is way off. This game isnt the best out there, but it deserves at least a.... 7.5.
Posted 21:16 on 28 November 2006
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I have to admit I'm not a fan of Bionicle, but even the reviewer guy, who gets paid to do this kind of thing, has you all reading avidly his reviews, has stated that this game is pants, One day when you all have to stop raiding MOMMY n DADDY's pockets for money and have to spend your own to buy a game, you might realise that the bionicle is PANTS and a complete waste of £30,£40,£50 quid!
Posted 12:29 on 28 November 2006

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Bionicle Heroes
Out of 10
Bionicle Heroes
  • One for Bionicle fans
  • Gets repetitive quickly
  • Bland visuals
  • Overly simple controls
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Release Date: 24/11/2006
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PC , Wii , DS , PS2 , GBA , Cube
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 7+
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