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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Game Factory
Developed by: Neko Entertainment
Genre: RPG
Rated: E (Everyone)
Players: 1-2
Release Date: June 20, 2008
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

For the past few years, the French anime known as Code Lyoko has been garnering a rather solid fanbase within the United States. Showcased on cable channel Cartoon Network, Code Lyoko is within its fourth and final season, and this is where Neko Entertainmentís latest title; Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. picks up. The anime is currently on hiatus on Cartoon Network, which resulted in millions of viewers across the United States not being able to see how the series concludes, but fortunately for them, they can see how it plays within this latest installment.

Iím sure that the diehard fans of the anime series have already picked this title up, but for those who havenít decided to buy the game, or the newcomers wondering if the title is worth the purchase, this review is for you. Fall of X.A.N.A. starts players off within the latter half of the series, requiring gamers to know something about the anime, if not the characters, to make since of whatís going on. I will admit that watching the anime does help in understanding the story within Fall of X.A.N.A.; it isnít required to play the game and have an enjoyable experience.

The game introduces the player to the world of X.A.N.A. through an animated sequence in which you learn that William has gone missing, being replaced by an X.A.N.A. clone. Because of this, you set out on an adventure to find the real William and put an end to X.A.N.A.ís evil ways. Once the intro is over, you must speak to several individuals within the real world, gathering up important information before heading into the virtual world. Upon entering the virtual world for the first time, your roster of items which are available to use is very limited, but you will quickly acquire new and more powerful items via earning points during battles and collecting items scattered across the virtual world. These items range from health aids, strength and fighting power-ups.

Just like the previous DS title, Fall of X.A.N.A. has strong RPG (role-playing game) elements, which keeps the action interesting during battles. Due to the team-based nature of this title, your battles can get very interesting within stringing attacks one after another from your four team members. Of course if some of your players get too weak, they will have to wait a moment while they rejuvenate before being able to attack again. Depending on how strong your team is once when going into battle, you wonít really have to use items to aid you, though a recommend keeping an eye on the health of your team members. The only annoying issue I found with the battles is the fact you canít avoid them. The monsters are laid right within your path, forcing you to do battle numerous times in between collecting various items and pulling switches to access new areas.

The visuals within Fall of X.A.N.A. arenít the best on the Nintendo DS, but they arenít the worse. The opening sequence was beautifully done, setting up the game for the players. The in-game visuals are rather solid for the most part. There are areas or backdrops that are rather bland; in comparison to the anime, but overall Neko Entertainment did a solid job of recreating the experience of the anime for the Nintendo DS.

Besides the story mode in Fall of X.A.N.A., there is the inclusion of a multiplayer mode, which allows you to pit two teams against one another. This mode allows friends to do battle against one another to see who the best is. While I didnít get enough time to thoroughly test this mode out, I found it to be rather entertaining considering me and a few friends of mine actually watched the anime and we would re-enact the motions the characters give when to attack.

For those gamers who never watch the anime, nor played the first DS title, there will be some issues with understanding whatís going on within the game. Overall, Cody Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. is a solid game at re-creating the anime experience. Those gamers who take the game for what it is will enjoy the experience, but those who expect more from this title will be disappointed.


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