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Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax Attacks - PS2 - Preview

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Ben 10’s success has been twofold: first a hit Cartoon Network show, and then a hugely popular video game franchise from D3. That success isn’t unwarranted – Ben 10’s character-morphing powers were all but made for game design, thus providing the developers with plenty of source material. Kid gamers have been thrilled by the results. Later this year, they’ll have another reason to get excited when Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is released.

Based on the hit series but utilizing a brand-new story, Vilgax Attacks lets players take control of Ben 10’s many alien formations. In fact, you'll be controlling all 10 of them, a first for the series, since the two previous games had just 5 and 8 of those forms, respectively. Big Chill, Cannonbolt, ChromaStone, Echo Echo, Brainstorm, Goop, Humungousaur, Swampfire, Spidermonkey and Jet Ray are finally together with Ben 10.

Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax Attacks Wii screenshots

Besides the expanded alien formation integration, this sequel instantly differs from its predecessors by taking the action into the third dimension. That means characters like Cannonbolt, who can curl itself into a ball and roll around, and Goop, who can cling to walls and jump to high platforms, can now do so in 3D. During this hands-off demo, we saw glimpses of large, wide-open levels that were packed with areas to explore, platforms to climb on, and puzzles to locate and solve.

Hands down, Vilgax Attacks is going to be the most attractive game in the series. This is the first time Ben 10 will land on Xbox 360, and that console's increased power means more visual depth and detail can be pumped into the game.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is scheduled to ship in October.


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