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Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs - 360 - Preview

Pre-E3 2009 PreviewE3 2008 GameZone Previews

What happens when dinosaurs, the once dominant species, are found in a tropical paradise by Sid, a clumsy sloth who falls through a hole in a sheet of ice? Will mammals have a chance of survival when their sharp teeth and enormous bodies once again roam the land? Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs explores this high concept with its ragtag group of misfits including returning characters: Diego the saber-toothed cat, Sid the sloth, Manny and Ellie the mammoths, Crash and Eddie the opossums, Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel, and many more. We recently were able to get hands-on with the Xbox 360 iteration to see if the title is translating well to the video game medium. 

With a variety of different characters, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is set to provide fans of the film franchise a chance to play as their favorite characters from the film. Players won’t be able to select their own characters, but instead will be forced to play as particular characters in individual levels. In one of the featured levels, Scrat, of course, is trying to retrieve his beloved nut that was stolen by a pterodactyl-like creature. Throughout the level, players will be using Scrat as if the game was a platforming title by jumping, crawling, and climbing all over the environment.  

 

Other various levels that were shown off included: Sid being chased by a mother Tyrannosaurus Rex avoiding obstacles, Sid collecting dinosaur eggs in vein of Marble Blast and Buck (a new character in the film) fighting off mini-carnivorous dinosaurs with a dozen or so attacks that he comes equipped with.  Speaking about Buck (who is voiced by Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead fame), the latter half of the game is focused on his exploits in the Ice Age world. Playing as Buck, players will have to be ready for quick-time events, third-person action sequences as you shoot projectiles (i.e. mushrooms) at your enemies, riding on the back of Pachysaurs to stomp and knock down obstacles, and even fly on the top of pterodactyls to reach new heights. 

Not all of the voice-cast will be represented in the video game as Denis Leary and Simon Pegg both had prior commitments to attend to. Outside of the two comedians, a majority of the cast has lent their voices to the video game including: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Josh Peck, and Queen Latifah. 

 

Players will have a few scattered clips from the film to embrace, but for the majority, the cut-scenes were done with in-game CGI. Altogether, the visuals aren’t going to blow your mind, but the environments they have put together – especially Scrat’s – were colorfully displayed. 

For multiplayer levels, which is all offline based, players are able to select between baby T-rexes and miniature sloths that were featured in Ice Age: The Meltdown

Releasing June 30, gamers will have a wide selection of platforms to play Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on including: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii and the PC.

 

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