Now that Skylanders Giants is here, splitting game time between it, Pokemon B/W2 and Borderlands 2, is a pretty huge task in itself. But I thought I would dabble with a little bit of XBLA offerings, and see if we couldn’t find something fun to play.
Having played the original Naughty Bear, I can tell you the arcade sequel is a vast improvement. 505 somehow managed to get money to produce this, seeing as how the original game garnered abysmal reviews, had terrible combat, wonky AI, and a color scheme that forcibly caused my brain cells to commit suicide en masse. I’m not sure what happened though, but Panic in Paradise destroys the preconceived notions from the first game and blew me away.
Combat was streamlined, and controls were laid out to provide a pretty smooth method of dispatching your enemies. Enemies seem slightly moronic in certain situations, but also incredibly innately aware of their surroundings in others, but it doesn’t seem to cause too much trouble in the overall experience.
The big thing Panic in Paradise has going for it is the multiple unique kill animations. From impaling the bears on spiked statues to tossing your foes into shark infested waters, all of the kills prove to be actually quite amusing, though it might get rather old if level design doesn’t offer new ways to kill opponents later in the game. The demo allows for the first couple levels so you can kind of get behind the wheel of Naughty Bear and basically play out some sort of weird stuffed animal snuff film.
Despite cutesy graphics, this isn’t one for the kids but the demo is available right now, so go check it out!
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