Naughty Bear Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Naughty Bear box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Artificial Mind and Movement 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: 505 Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 29, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (2+ Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Sub-episodes attempt to add variety to the mix by functioning differently than the normal episodes. These sub-episodes give players a secondary objective to complete or constraint they need to adhere to while they are exterminating the other bears. There are seven different types in total, but they all just serve to make the game more difficult, which certainly doesn’t make the experience more entertaining. Trying to make it through a level within a specific time limit or failing a mission because you take any amount of damage are simply awful ideas and make progressing through Naughty Bear a painful experience.

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Because of the way missions and mission progression are set up, these sub-episodes are made even more offensive. There are absolutely no checkpoints in Naughty Bear, meaning that if you’re on the third leg of a multipart episode and fail, you’ve got to start over again from the beginning. Making matters worse, not all of the game’s levels are accessible from the beginning of the game. Instead, players earn trophies based on their scores in episodes, which are required in large quantities to unlock more missions. This ensures that you’ll likely need to replay many episodes in order to get higher scores as well as have to partake in several sub-episodes that seem to delight in your aggravation.

While almost everything this game does, besides the killer bear part, is stuff we’ve seen before, there is one aspect of Naughty Bear that seems fresh and interesting. The way bears in the game interact with the things around them and react to what you’re doing is commendable. Bears who find things you’ve broken or sabotaged in the world will become suspicious, or perhaps even frightened depending on how many they’ve seen. If another bear hears or sees you attacking others, they will freak out and flee, sometimes hiding in closets in an attempt to escape your wrath. A frightened bear may even gather others and attempt to barricade the doors of a house, or simply make their way to a boat or car and attempt to escape. These kinds of reactions made the game feel, if only the slightest bit, more realistic and involved.

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Unfortunately, while the first hour or so with the game was entertaining, the repetitive objectives, environments, and gameplay make you feel like you are in some sort of insidious gaming Groundhog Day loop. The addition of sub-episodes attempts to vary the experience, but it largely fails to do so. Instead, this makes the game even less desirable due to simply adding ridiculous and infuriating constraints to missions that have no checkpoints. Naughty Bear is truly a disappointment, especially considering how good all the trailers preceding the game made it look. In the end, this game had a ton of potential but failed to turn any of it into a good title. If you still feel the need to check this one out, I suggest waiting for it to hit the bargain bin.

By Adam Brown
CCC News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
The bears look good but everything else is generic.
2.5
Control
Many context-sensitive situations, which make up a surprising amount of the game, don’t perform as they should.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While well voiced, the announcer in the game is just as repetitive as everything else.
2.3
Play Value
The game is fun for the first hour, perhaps two, but after that, you’ve already done everything there is to do besides repeating the process many more times.
2.4
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Evade “the Fuzz” and increasingly dangerous Teddies, as they scramble to react to your extreme naughtiness.
  • Earn points through scares, intimidation, and kills. Rack up the points as you rack up the body count.
  • Watch the bears gang up on you and work together. Experience a different game every time you play, with a huge number of choices that players can make.
  • More than 30 unlockable levels, each with unique characteristics and weaponry to encounter at every stage.


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