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Just a little bit ago Microsoft decided to renovate the Xbox 360 dashboard, including several new features and a new section within the Xbox Marketplace named Xbox Originals. Microsoft is giving you a new taste of old-school gaming. Check out these fan-favorites and see if you fall in love all over again!

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Developer: Double Fine
Publisher: Majesco

Every once in a while, a game comes along that's so innovative you just can't help but sit, stare, and marvel. And one such game happens to be Psychonauts, the brainchild of Tim Schafer, fan favorite developer. And with a title like Psychonauts, it's easy to see why he and his dev team are so popular; with Psychonauts, they created a game that was all at once intriguing, exciting, innovative, yet strangely familiar.

Xbox Originals article

Psychonauts is essentially a platforming title, though players of the game will know that in reality, there's far more to it than that. Well-incorporated into the title are some fantastic storytelling sequences, a real joy for any gamers slogging through a title. However, easily the most exciting and most fun aspect of this game is the variety of psychic powers that Raz acquires throughout his mission to discover the mystery behind the missing campers.

Naturally, Raz being an up and coming psychic of sorts, he's got a wide variety of powers at his disposal, and gains more and more as you progress through the game. These special abilities range from being able to shoot globs of psychic energy at your foes to setting objects (or enemies!) on fire to levitating to turning invisible. The sheer variety of moves and techniques available for you to use makes the game lots of fun. There are always multiple ways to deal with enemies -- set him on fire, toss him around, or just scoot past him using invisibility.

Additionally, there are plenty of puzzle elements throughout the game, and they're another aspect of the title where the different psychic skills of Raz's really shine. His different abilities are really well-taken advantage of, which definitely keeps things generally fresh and interesting and keeps the game from getting at all monotonous or boring. Mesh that with a fun visual style and a fun yet intriguing plot, and you've got yourself one heck of a game.


Xbox Originals article

by Joseph Catalanotto

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