Months back I got super stoked when I heard about the release of the video game Naughty Bear. I figured the game would be more of a graphic wonderland, yet with the same charming type of adventure we found in Fairytale Fights.
Forgotten for months, yet stored in the memory vault, I came across the game this weekend and picked it up for a whopping $49.99. A bit high, considering Fairytale Fights is now found for under $20.00, used at Gamestop. I hoped though that after this big punch in my wallet, that Naughty Bear would be worth my money.
Naughty Bear has made a present for Dabbles, another bear that lives in the forest, however Naughty Bear was not invited to the party, yet when he goes to deliver his gift to Dabbles he is denied. The narrator of the game basically talks to Naughty Bear and tells him he needs to seek revenge on Dabbles, and all of the other bears residing in the forest.
Not much of a plot, but when your slashing up other furry animals in a forest a plot is not really that important. What’s important however is whether or not that game is worth that much money. First though lets dig deeper into the other aspects of the game.
Game play in Naughty Bear for the PS3 does not offer a whole lot. You slash, fight, and kill your opponents, all of which are other stuffed animals. In this case however enemies are made up of bears. Other missions call for not attacking your rivals, but having them kill themselves by scaring them to the point where they take their own lives, Granted the very first time you scare a bear to suicide, its hilarious, a few suicide deaths later though, and it grows old.
The game is broken up into mission sequences, and the better you play a mission the better the trophy. In order to advance to other levels however you will have to get silver or gold trophy’s, which means if you fail to nab a silver or gold trophy at the end of a mission, you will have to go back and do it again in order to unlock your next mission.
It’s a bit frustrating, however the game is mostly pretty easy to snag a silver or gold trophy, so you won’t be running into many repeat missions.
Naughty will in fact advance, or power up the better you do on each mission, allowing him more strength, life bars and so on.
Naughty Bears offers decent enough graphics, although the bears could have been done up with a bit more detail. Environments however are lush with color, and they fair in rather nicely. I would have liked to see something a bit more colorful and jolly, especially when it comes to the other bears homes in the forest. All in all the graphics are decent, but for a $50.00 game, I would have like to have seen more detail and attention to the graphics, since this particular game does not offer much else.
The controls in Naughty Bear fr the Playstation 3 are done up flawlessly. There is really no other way to put it. I had no issues with the camera angles, glitches, jumps or skips. The button used to pick up items, and the button used to make a kill all worked effortlessly and perfectly.
Music and Sounds:
Throughout the game, the music changes from a happy chime for when Naughty first enters the forest where his rivals live. However as he makes his way through their quite little village picking them off one by one, the tune changes to a more malicious one, which is neat. Whenever help comes to the village, a siren type sound rings to warn Naughty that he has to be on the lookout for the police.
Is Naughty Bear Worth the Intro Price of $49.99?
No, sorry folks. I know that most of you looking here were hoping to discover that this stuffed animal slasher game was worthy of a purchase. Sorry to say that this particular one is not worth that sort of money. If anything, an intro price of $19.99 would have been more realistic to what you are actually getting.
Granted the game has it’s fun worthy moments, there is just not enough of them packed into it.
Naughty Bear is definitely worth a rent though; besides that, save your money and buy another new release, or simply wait for this one to hit the used bin for $20.00.