Kameo: Elements of Power Reviews

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Sera Di Siah
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Sera Di Siah
TA Score for this game: 725
Posted on 21 November 12 at 21:39, Edited on 21 November 12 at 22:03
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If you haven't picked up Kameo yet but you enjoy games that are a complete blast to play, you are sorely missing out. The game isn't marketed very well; it looks kiddish and cute. And, to an extent, it is "cute." But if you can shrug off the fact that you are playing a female fairy, you will find this game to be an utter blast for the whole family.

Kameo is a graphical powerhouse for Xbox 360. It looks stunning. There are times when I started playing and would just stare at the environment in wonder. The opening level is absolutely stunning. Hundreds of red dragons arc through the sky, trolls are climbing up huge castle parapets, fire explodes everywhere, and here you are climbing up a frozen ledge. This level teaches you the basics of changing into your forms. And this is what the game is all about. There are 10 elemental warriors you can morph into. In fact, you will hardly ever play as "Kameo" but you spend most of your time as the other huge creatures you can transform into with the push of a button.

This transforming takes up the majority of the gameplay. There are puzzles and enemies that will require one or more of your warriors to solve/beat. As an example, in the first level you have access to an armadillo-type creature that can roll and a yeti-type creature that can climb surfaces. One puzzle involved turning into the armadillo, speeding up off a ramp, transforming to the yeti in mid-air and then climbing up a wall with him. That is a rather simple puzzle but is a good example of the type of gameplay found within.

Enemies will sometimes require a specific character(s) to beat as well. An early instance of this are trolls who have shield in front of them. You can use Rubble's lob ability to toss a rock behind the enemy and as the rock rolls back to you, it will hit the enemy from behind and allow you to pummel him.

I've already touched on the graphics, but I want to again reiterate that they are terrific. They easily show what the 360 can do, sometimes with 100s of trolls, elves, dragons and "tanks" on the screen at one time, real time, with Kameo charging through the midst on horseback. Stunning. And not even a hint of lag.

The sound is well done, as well. The voices are decent, the sound effects are great and the music in the background is stunningly beautiful.

Kameo is about a 10 or so hour game, give or take. But it is incredibly fun and can be enjoyed by almost any gamer, regardless of age. I would definitely recommend picking this one up

Achievement wise, completing the story of Kameo will net you an easy 600G, but to get all achievements you have to replay all levels on a perfect runtrough to get the A rating. It takes long to 1000G. Nonetheless Kameo is an amazing game, doesn't matter if you want to 1000G it or not.
Given 5 stars by Sera Di Siah
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Runch Optimus
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Runch Optimus
TA Score for this game: 1,004
Posted on 22 April 09 at 21:10
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Kameo: Elements of Power is a fantasy action game where you play Kameo, an elf princess trying to protect her family and kingdom from the evil troll King Thorn.

Story:
Right off the bat, you find yourself playing as Kameo, an elf princess (although she looks more like a pixie to me) who possess the ability to turn into various Elemental Warriors and use their powers in battle. Kameo uses her abilities to break into the evil troll king Thorn's castle, only to be ambushed by Thorn and Kameo's evil sister, Kalus. When Kameo next awakens, she finds herself back in her Enchanted Kingdom, devoid of all her powers and her family imprisoned by King Thorn.

All is not lost though, as you learn that Kameo can regain the powers of the Elemental Warriors by traveling to the Shadow Realm and taking control of new Elemental Sprites. As the story unfolds, you travel around the various realms of the Enchanted Kingdom, obtaining new Elemental Warriors and freeing various family members from imprisonment. Eventually, once you have obtained all 10 Elemental Warriors, you must face Thorn in an epic battle.

Gameplay:
The gameplay is pretty straightforward and simple to pick up. You travel around the kingdom as Kameo, and switch between warriors in battle. Each Elemental Warrior has unique attacks and abilities that you can use in battle and will be necessary to solve various puzzles that you encounter throughout the world.

The action levels are passable, but don't do anything particularly inventive. In each level, you can expect to use a number of unique abilities of your warriors to beat specific enemies and solve puzzles, with a heavy focus on warriors that you recently unlocked. The puzzles are all extremely simple, and you likely won't ever find yourself being challenged or confused as to what to do. Similarly, the combat is also quite easy. Experienced gamers may find that the only times they die throughout the game are by falling off of ledges or falling into lava.

Unfortunately, the free form parts of Kameo: Elements of Power aren't much richer than the action levels. There are places to explore, but not many, and things to collect, but they aren't hard to find. Similarly, the characters that you are able to interact with are all shallow and annoying, and they don't really add anything to the story.

Kameo also has additional gameplay modes, including Co-Op (local or online) and Ranked, but honestly, you won't have any reason to play them. You'll get your fill of the action levels playing though the game - no need to play them again.

Graphics/Sound/Music:
As an Xbox360 launch title, Kameo impressed a lot of people, but over three years into the life of the console, Kameo really shows it's age. The environments are rich and colorful, but they lack the polygons that you expect from a true next-gen game.

The music and sound effects do fit the levels and environments well, even if they do get tiresome as the game progresses. As a game geared towards younger audiences, the music is rather formulaic but fitting nonetheless.

Value:
Kameo will only take you about 8 to 10 hours to beat, even if you make sure to find all the hidden collectibles. Quite simply, Kameo is short, and it's simple. However, as it's currently more than three years old, you can get the game online for under $10.

Still, given that Kameo has no real replay value, and that certain gameplay modes (such as Expert and Time Attack) are only available as paid DLC, it's hard to recommend Kameo from a value perspective.

Achievements:
The achievements in Kameo are either very easy or incredibly hard. You'll get an easy 600GS just from completing the main quest, 50 for getting all the collectibles, and 50 for playing the game in Co-Op mode.

Then, if you want a real challenge, you can attempt to get an A ranking in each action level for 50GS apiece, but this will take an extreme level of dedication and interest. In addition, you get achievements for getting A rankings in Co-Op, and as your reward, you get a whopping 0GS.

Yup, that's right, 0. Honestly, I've never seen another game that has achievements worth 0 points, yet Kameo has 24 of them! Most of them are for the DLC, giving you even less of a reason to shell out your hard-earned bucks for lame DLC.

Overall, you'll probably find yourself breezing through the easy achievements and never looking back. Completionists beware, though, the 0GS achievements will bring down your ranking.

Final Thoughts:
Although Kameo: Elements of Power was probably an impressive launch title for the 360, it hasn't aged well. A short, shallow story, decent graphics, average gameplay, and hit-or-miss achievements make this game hard to recommend three years after it's release.
Given 2 stars by Runch Optimus
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