STAFF REVIEW of Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)

Friday, October 31, 2003.
by Shadow20002

Grabbed by the Ghoulies Box art Well, i just have received yesterday in the morning. I have played it for at least 4 to 5 hours already. This game rated for "Everyone" means it's even the description sounds to be very scary but you can play it without any fear.

The story is telling like a comicbook. Well, you control a boy (Cooper) that journey in the forest with his girl (Amber) but in the mid-way to go home, they are tired. So Amber suggest Cooper to get in the nearest mansion over there. By entering the mansion, the girl has being capture by the resident of the mansion. Now, you have to get your girl back before anything go wrong with her. You are on your way alone in the mansion, there are NPCs that will help you on your quest but only few of them. They will give you tips and hints how to get pass each room. Each time you enter a room, there are challenges you must complete before the door will open for you to walkthrough. And for the first time in video game console (i think), you gonna fight with a thumbstick !! Your left thumbstick is for the control of the boy and the right one is for punching and kicking. I was like really in pain first time i play with it but after a while, it's feel just great. Just imagine that you gonna never break your buttons of XBAY with this game. When you do some combos, just move to the direction and keep it until Cooper do the super hit, yeah no need to push the buttons like hell anymore. Also, there are QTE like in Shenmue 2, you have to push a combinations of XBAY to pass it, if you fail, you lost some points of your life. There are approximatively 100 items you can pick up to bash the ghoulies, use them wisely cause somewhere in the game, you must use them to destroy the boss. The ghoulies are everywhere in the mansion included mummies, skeletons, imps, undeads, spiders, etc. What is funny is some ennemies are not really what you think. Just try to bash somes moving chairs, haunting TVs, haunting clothes and even a punching-doors. If that is not enough, you can unlock somes real challenges by collecting the ancient books laying in the mansion.

Ok for this part, i must say i'm not really a fan of cel-shaded graphics but for this game, it's different. The look of a cartoonish effects really matter about this one, cause it's suit very well for his genre. You can find also some cool bump-mapping in some floors or on objects.

Ah, this part is somewhat like Morrowind. Don't be surprise if you can only hear "ahhh", "oh yeah", "ohh", "hehe", "huh" or you know the rest, your Xbox is working fine and the game too. Just because Rare have decided to cut it and only put texts to read. So, you have to read everything to understand or to know what you have to do in the room. Sound like a little pain but it's ok.

Bring Perfect Dark Zero !!! :P

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10


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