If you love adventure games full of action and puzzles, you might want to try Ben 10: Alien Force – Vilgax Attacks. This is the third installment in the Ben 10 video games and was released on October 27, 2009. The first games were based on the series’ first two seasons while the second and Ben 10: Alien Force – Vilgax Attacks was based on the third and final season of the cartoon series.
Vilgax invades the Earth using a weapon called Null Void Projector. This then beams Null Void prisoners to the Earth. Ben and two of his friends, Gwen and Kevin are ready for action as they defend their beloved Bellwood from these threats. The three decided to split up. Ben battles Psyphon, Vilgax’s servant who carries a Mr. Smoothly billboard to attack Ben. Ben uses most of his Omnitrix aliens to defeat the enemies but this resulted in draining his watch’s power. Azmuth, the creator of the Omnitrix, appears to Ben and instructs him that the Omnitrix must recharge before he can use his aliens again. This left Ben with only Swampfire, Humungousaur, Cannonbolt, Big Chill, and Spidermonkey. His two friends show up along with Professor Paradox, who transports the gang back to stop Vilgax. Paradox gives the team a message from Granpa Max who led them the Vulpin, home of the Wildmutt, one of Ben’s original alien forms. It was also revealed that Vilgax is using the planet’s resources to create an alien technology with a purpose unknown.
Ben then now heads to the refinery alone while battling some of Vilgax’s minions. This resulted in a fire in the refinery. He reunited with the team and together learned of Vilgax’s master plan. He wants to find an energy core to take over the earth.
Grandpa Max then directs the team to Terradino, which is Humungousaur’s home planet. They learned that the energy core is located in a nearby temple. Ben faces and defeats Charmcaster and destroys the energy core after.
Ben meets up with his friends and learned that Max has gone to Encephalonus IV, Brainstorms’s home planet. Ben gets Brainstorm back and defeated Darkstar. Ben destroys the next energy core and then proceeds to the core’s final location Anur Phaetos, the home world of Zs’Skayr.
Anur Phaetos is not a planet but an alternate dimension. Ben and the team arrive in Anur Phaetos with the help of Gwen’s grandmother Verdona at the cost of separating them. Ben then faces Zs’Skayr and defeats him, destroying the energy core he was guarding. They were then transported to the original dimension. They learned that the Anur Phaetos is not the last known energy core but it could be at Mor’ Otesi.
Ben reaches the lab and faces Albedo whom he barely manages to defeat. After destroying Taydenite, Ben meets up with the team and informs them that there is one more energy core in the Null Void.
At the Null Void, Ben regains Jetray and defeats D’Void/Doctor Animo. Ben finds the final energy core and used it to transport back to the main dimension where no time passed.
After the Null Void Stage, the game shifts its focus back to Earth. Where Ben and the others found the forces of Vilgax getting weaker as the energy sources have been destroyed. The game then proceeds to the confrontation between Ben and Vilgax. Winning the fight will allow Ben to get the stolen energy core that will open up more stages for the game to progress.
Ben changes back to normal and the game ends with Azmuth adding a new alien to the Omnitrix.
The game features only two playable characters: The first would be the main protagonist Ben Tennyson. During the course of the story, the player can also control the ship which is used to fly around and go from one place to another.
As the story progresses, the player will be able to meet many non-playable characters from the animated franchise. The Non-playable characters are:
Ben has ten unique Aliens to choose from. Each form has its unique abilities to solve puzzles and defeat Vilgax and his minions.
The game is highly interactive. It also needs an emulator as the game was originally designed for portable gaming consoles. To play this in PC one can set which keyboard function he/she wishes to assign on the console’s equivalent buttons.
Graphics are in three-dimension and high quality. This makes the player really imagine what it feels like to be in the game. The graphics really do resemble the cartoon and the visuals of Ben 10 and are well done. However, the locked camera limits the exploration of planets.
The game is equipped with sounds and music from the series Ben 10. If you have been watching Ben 10, you can fully experience playing as if you are part of the mission. The voice acting, sound effects, and soundtrack are all from the show which is outstanding.
The story was directly pulled from the series and would most likely appeal fans of Ben 10. The gameplay is also a balance of action and puzzle-solving as the game is not only about taking enemies down but also how to located energy sources and how to go around certain locations. Familiarization with Ben’s aliens and their specific abilities are also of great help as they each have a role to play in finishing the game. Ben might need to climb, destroy and fly on some parts of the game so the player must be able to determine which of the aliens could fill in that role. The players must also be aware that using a form’s innate abilities drains energy from Ben’s Omnitrix meter so be careful when continually using it. Players must focus on combos and save the special attacks for finishing blows or when they are most needed.
This game might be a bit complicated to kids who are not familiar with Ben 10. But for those who do, they most probably would want to finish the game and beat Vilgax.
This is a review on the online game Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks, which we gave a score of 4.0 out of 5.0 on Online Game Magazine. You can read other reviews similar to this Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks review by viewing the links below or browsing the many game reviews on the site.
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