Even though it shows its age, it's still a blast to play.

User Rating: 9 | Psychonauts XBOX
Psyconuats is probably one of the most underrated games that's come out. If you haven't had a chance to play this gem, here's a quick overview.

You play as Raz, a young boy who escaped the circus to break in to a summer camp for psychics. While there he stumbles upon an evil plot hatched by an evil dentist to steal the brains from the local children and use them in tanks to form the ultimate killing machine, and it's up to Raz to stop it from happening. Now considering that this game was made by Tim Schaffer, you can imagine just how screwed up this game is gonna play out.

Anywho, the gameplay is your pretty standard platformer. You run around collecting items to complete tasks, kill the occasional enemy, and gain new abilities. Though instead of just moving from level to level, you get to tromp around in people's minds. Each one is different, depending on the personality of the person's mind your in. In one level you're running around on a huge cube that really has nothing unusual to it, then in another you're running around a suburban neighborhood that has cameras poping out of bushes, pink lawn flamingos, fire hydrants and other various locations. Needless to say you'll be in interesting, and varying locations, and no two are the same.

The characters themselves are varied as well. Each seems to have thier own quirks, and ways of doing things. There's even one that seems to have a different personality everytime you meet him, and each of them seems to be alive in thier own right.

As you progress through the game, you'll gain new badges (you are in camp after all) and with each one you gain a new power. Said powers will help you get through the later stages of the game. You'll be endowed with powers such as Telekinesis, Levitation, and even Confusion Grenades.

Unfortunately nothing's perfect.

The game starts off pretty easy, and stays that way though most of the game, untill the very end of the game. That's when the difficulty ramps up to Killimanjaro difficulty. There are even points in the last few levels where you're gonna have the sudden urge to send a character into a meatgrinder just to get him to stop talking about the FREAKING BUNNY! With that said, it doesn't get easier.

Some of the earlier locations are a little two easy. One in particular one all you do is run around and shoot targets. While another you're flying around on a ball through most of the level.

Some of the character designs are a bit beyond weird....specially in the Milk Man Conspiracy. While some seem to feel like they could really exsist, some just seem a little cartoony in comparison.

There are times when the controlls seem to be fighting against you. In one level you're supposed to be protecting a little boy from being harmed, while trying to make it to the top of the level itself. Some of the jumping sequences can be rather frustrating as well, as it seems that the camera will take up position in an angle that will get you killed.

All and all this is a game that should really deserve a place in your collection. Though it has some flaws, and some insanely frustrating parts, it's still worth a play, and snug warm place in your collection.