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Ben 10 (Xbox)

Developed by Torus Games, Ben 10 is available now on PC for £24.99, PS4 for £29.99 and Xbox One for £34.99. It is quite bizarre how much difference there is regarding how much the game costs across these platforms as it is the same game on each of them.

From the popular cartoon network series to another instalment of the video game series, join Ben, Gwen and Grandpa Max as they embark on a mission to save the world. As always, I shall try to avoid any spoilers throughout my review.

As you would expect, you play as Ben Tennyson who has the ability to transform into an alien with awesome super combat powers! You begin with 3 different aliens and will unlock a further 7 more as you progress through the game. I love how each of the alien forms has unique powers both in combat and outside, there are plenty of choices so the odds are you will find a character which suits your playstyle perfectly. I also like how there are certain parts of the levels which are unreachable until you can go back and play with the correct alien, they are usually hiding a hidden collectible! The collectibles in Ben 10 are called Sumo Cards of which there are 3 per stage and provide the only real reason (apart from unlocking achievements) to replay any of the levels.

Fighting enemies and destroying breakables in the environment will drop little green energy orbs  (boost points) which you need to collect in order to power up the aliens. Extra boost points can also be earned by completing challenges as they pop up and they can range from not taking damage to killing all the enemies as quickly as possible. Each alien has 3 available upgrades to them which will enhance their abilities and could provide extra damage, health regeneration or a counter stun move just to name a few. Switching between aliens is incredibly easy provided you have both feet on the ground (or it wont work!) and is done by pressing LT and then selecting the one you want from the wheel and confirm with A. Each of the aliens has an ultimate move which when activated will take you to a cutscene rather than having it implemented in the actual combat which I thought was a bit of a shame because it just seemed to slow everything down unnecessarily.

Ben 10 is essentially 3 episodes which have been split into 6 stages. They have all been designed well, are colourful and feel as though they get more challenging as you progress so it doesn't feel too "samey". If you don’t rush through and are thorough in breaking boxes, etc. then the stages are, on average, completable in around half an hour.

The enemies change when the next part of the episodes start but they never turn out to be too taxing and once you’ve upgraded your aliens, they are even less of an issue. At the end of each episode, you’ll fight a boss which again, is fairly straightforward and shouldn’t provide you with too much cause for concern once you have figured out what you’re doing.

The controls are very simple to pick up and would definitely be kid-friendly (PEGI 7). The buttons are responsive and the animations are smooth which adds up to a pleasing gaming experience when it comes to combat and I am happy to report that there haven't been any issues regarding framerate drops. The camera angles are a little finicky at times especially when the direction you’re running in changes but it is not a huge issue and after a while, you get used to it.

My only issue with the gameplay itself came in the last level. I had been prewarned of an issue by a fellow gamer but I was hopeful that it wouldn’t happen to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t escape it and all was going well until suddenly my alien kept glitching out as if he was stuck to the ground and absolutely would not jump. Instead of jumping, he would flip out and zoom straight off of the edge of the map! Thankfully, changing aliens seemed to help stop it from happening but it is only in the last level where the floors are separated and typically, you need to double jump to get up to the next one. I really hope its something that can be fixed quickly in a future patch.

I do actually have quite a big issue with the pricing of this game, especially regarding on Xbox as that is the console I happened to play the game on. Speaking as both a mother and a gamer, £34.99 for a game where I managed to finish the entire story in roughly 5 hours of actual gameplay is outrageous. I am sure a child would take longer to play through but that isn’t the point here, I believe you’re essentially paying over the odds just for a brand name which I don’t think is fair at all. I would expect this game to be more realistically priced somewhere around £14.99 and at most I would pay £19.99 but that would only be if I was a fan of the Ben 10 cartoon series or my children were.

Overall, I did enjoy playing Ben 10 and it is definitely a child-friendly game for both watching and playing. If I had to give it a score it would have to be 6/10, it is absolutely not a £34.99 game and although fun to play, it is lacking a considerable amount of content for the price tag so I’d recommend waiting for a sale on this one.

Ben 10 has 39 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. As a big fan of achievements I really love an achievement list like this one, there are the standard progression achievements and then there are some more creative ones where you need to get X amount of kills using each alien type’s combat move, a collectible one and some for finishing the levels under a set time. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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