COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game Review

Updated: 12/13/2012 11:04 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

I have seen the ads on television for DreamWorks new movie called “Rise of the Guardians,” so I was familiar with the basic theme of the game when I received a review copy of “Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game” for the PS3 from D3Publisher.

The story of “Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game” is that the boogeyman who is named “Pitch” has been scaring children with his nightmares. After learning of this, North (aka Santa Claus) summons the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost to come and help him get rid of “Pitch.”

I really liked the story a lot and thought that it was really fun to see all of the legendary characters join together and use their special powers to stop the evil “Pitch” It was a new and unique story, and I think most people will find that it is interesting and entertaining.

The game features five main legendary characters that you can play as. They are North (aka Santa Clause), Tooth (aka The Tooth Fairy), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny) Sandman and Jack Frost.  You can play by yourself and swap between each of the five characters, or you can find three other friends and you can all play together in multiplayer. 

I thought that was really cool that you can have four people playing at the same time. I feel that it adds more excitement to the game.

When you start the game you can choose which level you want to play. You can choose one of the five characters levels. The first level I choose was North’s level. You go to the North Pole and fight “Pitch’s Nightmares” in Santa’s Toy Shop and other areas. 

When you play a level you have various tasks and objectives that you must do. You need to find five dolls, defeat a certain amount of nightmares, save people and creatures that are locked in cages, protect people and creatures from the nightmares, protect portals that will let you warp around the level and to find treasure chests. 

There are quite a few different things to do and at first I was very overwhelmed. One nice thing and I’m glad they added it, was that you can pull up a map and see where all of the different things you must do are. 

I felt that these objectives were very challenging and just right for the age group the game is intended for. The game is rated E for people ten-years-old and up and I think that is appropriate.

One really cool thing is that at certain points in the levels, a weird bed will appear and you have to fight a ton of nightmares. 

Once they are all defeated, you can destroy the bed and you can warp to “Pitch’s” dark world. 

There you must fight him. You can see his health bar and you must get it down to zero. When “Pitch” is defeated you are sent back to finish the level you are on.

Each legendary character has their own unique power and special moves that they can learn. As you defeat more and more nightmare creatures you gain experience. When you gain a certain amount of experience you can upgrade your characters powers to make them even stronger. 

You can also unlock weapon upgrades for each character.

You can also gain a form of currency in the game and you can use this to buy artwork and special power up gems. You can use these gems to make your character’s attacks do more damage or strengthen his toughness so they will not take a lot of damage.

The controls were very simple and easy to learn. They were not complicated at all.

The graphics were also really great and all of the characters looked amazing and very detailed.  The art for the cut scenes was very interesting. There really is not any animation, but there are pictures with the character’s voices talking. I have never really seen art like this before and I really liked it. 

So which character did I like playing the most in “Rise of The Guardians: The Video Game?” It was Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny). He was Australian and had boomerangs for weapons and I really liked them a lot, because you could throw them and attack enemies at a distance. 

He also had a great move that I eventually unlocked, where he would throw out a bunch of Easter eggs and they would explode and pretty much destroy everything on the screen. So yeah, Bunnymund was my favorite.

I really liked D3Publisher’s “Rise of the Guardian: The Video Game” a lot. It is based on the DreamWorks animated feature film and the graphics were amazing. It was fun being able to control all of the legendary characters and to also play with three other friends. The story was unique and interesting and I think a lot of people will like it a lot. The game is also very challenging.

Aaron Chalich is columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.