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PsychoNauts

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) 88 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
PlayStation2
  • Enter people's minds and use your powers of levitation and Psi-Blasts to face people's worst fears
  • Rise up in rank as you collect figments of other people's imaginations, sort their emotional baggage, clear out their mental cobwebs, and crack open their memory vaults
  • Complete special training missions to earn new powers like telekinesis, pyrokinesis and more
  • Fully interactive environments - use tightropes, trapezes, ladders, poles, ledges, trampolines, climbing walls and rail slides to your advantage
  • Multiple paths and sub-challenges - the nonlinear gameplay offers greater depth and better gameplay

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Product Details

Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007PIEB0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 22, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,325 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation2

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Following in the footsteps of the award-winning titles Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, visionary designer Tim Schafer delivers his newest creation--the bizarre, psychic adventure, Psychonauts.

For years, the Psychonauts have deployed their psychically-armed operatives all over the world, but now there is trouble brewing in their own boot camp. A deranged scientist is abducting camp cadets for their brains! One student, a mysterious and powerful new arrival named Raz, stands alone against the lunatic. Raz must develop and unleash an arsenal of paranormal powers, including his most powerful weapon of all--the ability to launch himself telepathically into the minds of others. Ultimately, he must enter the psyche of his worst enemy and destroy his dark plans at their source. Entering the mind of madman has its challenges, and Raz must struggle to preserve his sanity while he battles to save the day.

In this third-person shooter, you will explore 13 levels--three that are set in the "real" world, and ten that are set inside the mental jungle-gyms and terrifying prisons of dementia. Journeying through the mind of a lunatic, Raz, you will rise through the ranks as you collect figments of imagination, sort emotional baggage, clear out mental cobwebs, and crack open memory vaults. After you complete special training missions, Raz will learn new psychic powers, such as levitation, telekinesis, invisibility, pyrokinesis, clairvoyance, and confusion.

With tightropes, trapezes, ladders, poles and other dynamic environmental features, you'll zip through an engrossing story injected with humor, vivid characters, and a spectacular range of wild, imaginative environments. The non-linear plot offers incredible depth of play, loaded with multiple paths and strange sub-challenges like digging up imaginary atomic elements, finding lost brains, and telekinetic canoeing.

You'll thoroughly enjoy the journey with Raz as you make your way through weird worlds and the dark recesses of Schafer's creative, squishy gray matter in this oddball, puzzle-game shooter. Psychonauts delivers monsters that slink like cats in the night and puzzles that will bend your brain like string theory--you'll be dazzled, confused, and challenged.

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Psychonauts are special psychic operatives with powers they use in service to the world's governments. When students begin disappearing from Psychonaut boot camp, a young recruit begins tracking down the mad scientist responsible. Face inner demons and wrestle with other people's nightmares, while accomplishing your mission -- all without going insane. Immersive story injected with lots of humor and lots of imaginative environments Challenging puzzles with alternate solutions that self-tailor to your strategies & abilities

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, creative game August 1, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
*NOTE: I have the Xbox version of this game but wanted to take the time to help people decide if they want to purchase this game or not. From what I've read, they managed to keep the game about equal to the Xbox version so my review should be pretty accurate. The only differences will be that the Xbox has 5.1 surround in game not just cutscenes and the graphics will probably be a bit better. If you own an Xbox I would recommend that version over the PS2 but honestly the game is great, and if you own a PS2 I would doubly recommend picking this up. On to my review:

Everytime Tim Schafer creates a game, I know it will be a blast. Having been on a roll starting with The Day of the Tentacle up through The Grim Fandango, each game has been delightfully intelligent, creative and an overall wonderful experience. Psychonauts is no different. In fact, it is one of the best games I have played not only this year but in a long time.

The setup is that there is a camp for psychic children who feel different in the outside world. At the camp, the counselors teach children how to harness their power to become Psychonauts, psychics who actually enter people's minds and sort out their problems. Because of this setup, each and every world is completely different from the others. Connected to a hub world of the camp, each real "level" is a person's mind. And each mind reflects the person's personality, fears, phobias etc. For instance, the beginning level is that of your drill instructor. His level is a warzone complete with mines, air plane drops, explosions, barbed wire etc.

Tim Schafer's touch is also evident in the characters who are actually characters. They all have a personality and are very emotive. I haven't laughed at a video game so hard since Conker's Bad Fur Day.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still King January 11, 2007
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The greatest heartbreak for cult hits like Psychonauts is that, unlike books and movies, the shelf-life of games is such that the ones that don't get noticed in the first few months by the mainstream will never get noticed. Technology, both hardware and software oriented, moves so rapidly in the industry games can become completely outdated in no more than a year. This is one of the prime reasons I think Psychonauts is, even at nearly two years old, still worth reviewing. Having experienced the early titles for the Wii and the PS3, I can confidently say Psychonauts has lost none of its strength in comparison - a great game is a great game, regardless of generation. The other reason is the predictable backlash the game has gotten from purists and elitists. As happens with any piece of unique entertainment that grabs rave reviews across the board, Psychonauts is now experiencing the onslaught of naysayers - the same sort of onslaught thrown against the PS1 gothic platformer MediEvil and the same sort of onslaught that will invariably be lifted for the brilliant Clover adventure game Okami in the next few months.

The most common rebuttal against the game's popularity among reviewers is the claim that it's "just a platformer", as if that wasn't obvious and as if the game's place in a genre somehow negates it's innovative aspects. Mario '64 and Banjo-Kazooie are both platofrmers, both considered classics, and both inferior to Psychonauts in terms of level design, writing, characters, and gameplay variation. Psychonauts is a platformer, yeah, meaning there's a lot of collecting and a linear progression from level to level, but it doesn't feel like a platformer. The reason for this is the sheer depth of both the gameplay and the world, as well as the concept behind the levels.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great platformer! July 1, 2005
By Madisen
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In a world where even games that claim to be "platformers" (like the sequels to the Jak and Ratchet franchises) are really just gun-toting action games, Psychonauts is a welcome return to the classic platforming formula. There are plenty of items to collect (with great rewards for doing so), lots of environmental puzzles, and, thankfully, little focus of combat and weaponry.

The main game has 10 levels, each taking place inside someone's mind. Each one is very creative, sometimes confusingly so. Although figuring out what all the mental world stuff means is sometimes hard, I found nine out of ten of them to be pretty satisfying. Also, all of them have plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, from jokes about main character Raz's goggles to tiny, screaming charicature of Napoleon who struts around on stilts.

However, it's the parts outside of the main storyline that really sold me. There are tons of things to do when you don't feel like advancing the plot. You can crack memory vaults to get the characters' backstories, dust "mental cobwebs" to exchange for rank upgrades, and sort "emotional baggage" to unlock concept art--and that's just in the mental world. In the physical realm, you can explore a fully-featured summer camp, collecting PSI cards, having funny conversations with fellow children, and discovering an assortment of humorous scavenger-hunt items.

Although I wish the game would have given me more opportunities to use my psychic abilities, they were still very fun. Levitation was the most useful, but I couldn't get enough of telekinesis. And things just got more interesting when I leveled up, making my powers even stronger and cooler.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Schafer fans, your gonna love this game.
Great game, but I when I got the game case there was a small cut in the plastic on the back. Not really a big deal but I like my products to be in mint condition sometimes,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kyler Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very weird kinda tim burton style game if you know what I mean.
Bought this for my girlfriends younger sister, she enjoyed this game all the way through it. She kinda a weird person and so is this game lol.
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game!
I played this game years ago but never got a chance to finish it. I am so excited to play it again! This is a great game!
Published 4 months ago by Andrea McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful art and funny
This game has a ton of laughs. Also, if you are a fan of art, there is a beautiful look and feel to everything in this game.
Published 5 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome throwback
What a great game, and it arrived exactly as advertised -- in pristine shape, with the booklet included. This game is exactly the way I care for my own -- no scratches or divots. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars An older game, but fun never ages...
The game was delivered in flawless condition, nary a scratch on it, and a day ahead of schedule. The shipper included everything that came with the game and it runs wonderfully. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ronald
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychonauts: The Game: The Review
Awesome! Took me forever to find a copy, but find one I did. Used to have it for PC, but a console's the way to go. Great humor, great story, art direction, et al. Read more
Published 24 months ago by herosandwich21
5.0 out of 5 stars Son loves this!!!!
My son hasn't stopped raving about it. I ordered it in hopes that it would arrive before Christmas and shipment arrived earlier than expected...kuddos. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Kim Kerns
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game
A very good game and it came right one time too I have been playing this game all day :3
Published on November 25, 2011 by ShadowVizard
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Classic
Psychonauts is one of the funniest, most imaginative and well written platformers ever made. All the levels in the game look gorgeous and the level design is simply amazing (genius... Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by AmaSean
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