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Psychonauts - Xbox

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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Platform: Xbox
  • 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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Platform: Xbox
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007PIEAQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 20, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,946 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox

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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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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best so far this year April 23, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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. This game is hillarious. From the kid who practices looking through a peep hole in the day to get practice for when it's filled with girls to trashing a town Godzilla style, the game has it in spades. However, there are some surprisingly disturbing moments in the game that are also darkly humorous. Because you have psychic powers, you also can do some pretty cool stuff from pyrokinesis, telekinesis, levitation, invisibility, etc. These moves help you progress through the levels and pick up hidden items throughout the game.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, deep, funny, gorgeous - just great! May 31, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Psychonauts was purchased solely on the Tim Schafer name. I loved Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle and of course the Monkey Island range and so picked up this game as soon as I could without reading a single review.

First Impressions

After sitting through the various fun cut sequences (useful in getting you aclimated to the weird style of the people in the game), I was off. The initial control method borrows heavily from 3D platformers such as Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and of course the Mario franchise and so whilst I felt at home when controlling Raz (the main character), I was somewhat concerned this game was nothing more than 'another' platformer.

But the game was fun and had lots of collecting so I plodded on in the apparent cutsy world of Psychonauts... As the game progresses, however, a much darker more interesting story unfolds. One which has you jumping into people's minds where you see their fragmented thoughts and the vaulted scary emotional baggage contained inside. This, along with the unique fighting control had me hooked. Sure I wanted to collect everything - and there's lots of collecting to do - but I also was genuinely fascinated by how the story was going to play out.

Controls

Psychonauts uses the usual third-person control of left thumbstick for movement and right thumbstick for camera. You can assign your offensive moves from a skillset of 'psych' powers to the R, white and black buttons. Fans of Zelda's Wind Waker will recognize that tidy way of ensuring you have the essential fighting tools to hand when you need them. Aside from the occasional auto-camera fubar, the controls are solid.

Graphics

Now this is where things get interesting.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychonauts - Clever, Imaginative, Fun! May 8, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start off this review by saying that I play a lot of different videogames, and owe allegiance to no genre in specifics, which is why I'm not going to compare this game to others. There are a variety of aspects that the game has which make it awesome, and I will cover these individually, in seperate paragraphs.

First off, creativity. This is not a spoiler, so have no fear as I progress. The game revolves around a ten year old child with psychic abilities by the name of Razputin, or "Raz". Without his parent's knowledge, Raz sneaks into Whispering Rocks Psychic Summer camp, a secret government training facility for young psychics. Once discovered by the camp counsellors, he is informed that his parents have been called, and will pick him up in a couple of days. Until then, he is not allowed to participate in any psychic training or activities. Of course, this doesn't stop our young adventurer from doing exactly that, and this is where the game begins. The game invites you to actually explore other character's minds, usually to help them solve an internal problem (frequently due to insanity), and each of the levels creatively reflect that character's problems. For example, you are invited into the mind of Fred, a distant relative of Napoleon, who has a split personality disorder as a result of continually losing strategy games to one of the inmates at the asylum. As you enter his head to kick Napoleon out and restore Fred's sovereignty of his mind, you are invited to play a game of strategy versus Napoleon's embodiment in Fred's mind.

Humor: I have to admit that I have been particular to Tim Schafer's sense of humor ever since playing Grim Fandango, and this game made me laugh a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the greatest games ever made, impressed at the condition it was in too, very well done. Buy this game!
Published 3 months ago by Ashton Sayles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever.
Psychonauts, is simply a splendid game. It has the most absurd humor, fantastic story, and has left a gaping hole in my heart for the the sequel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dalton J. Givens
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I got the game in awesome condition! Not to mention it arrived in a fairly speedy manner. It's an entertaining game and I'm very pleased with the purchase :)
Published 6 months ago by Danielle C
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER
Psychonauts is probably one of the best games i've ever played. i think this game is beautiful along with a really cute storyline. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brittanyy
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly creative and wonderfully humorous game.
Tim Schafer is not a name to take lightly in the gaming industry. Getting his start as a writer on the popular and equally funny Monkey Island series and later having a lead... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kyle N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome awesomeq
This has to be one of my favorite games of all time. I really hope it gets a sequel on modern systems.
Published 15 months ago by Matthew Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations
Psychonauts is truly wonderful and quickly became one of my favorite games. With it's clever dialog and interesting characters, I don't think I've been this enthralled with a game... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 3D platformers of all time
Story and characters are great, it has one of the best overworlds ever, the graphics,music and humor are god-like,and it is a blast to play. pick it up any way you can
Published 21 months ago by Bstudios
4.0 out of 5 stars The game that everyone knows but never played
The Good: Excellent delivery of voice acting, graphics, sound, and story, funny and witty dialog, memorable characters, decent length

The Bad: Platforming is a bit... Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by Richard Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!!
I ordered this game mainly out of nostalgia. I had this game when it first came out and I was younger but I sold it to a friend. Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Matthew Fleetwood
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