Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth Review
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth box art
System: X360, Wii, PS2, DS, GBA Review Rating Legend
Dev: THQ 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 19, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In addition to solving rooms and fighting baddies, there are also stages which require you to ride on Aang's flying bison, Appa, and navigate different territories with him. During these stages, you control both Appa and Momo and will have to steer through different navigational rings as well as use Momo to fend off enemies.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth screenshot

The story mode, because of its simplistic platforming-style nature does not allow for very much replay, but there are other modes besides the story mode that can extend the game's play. There is a boss mode and an Appa mode, which let you replay through the various boss battles play through the different parts of the games that required you to ride Appa. But the best mode for replay value is the Vs. mode which allows you to play against your friends as your favorite characters. All the characters that are playable from the game will be playable in Vs. mode as soon as you unlock them, including Toph, Jet, Uncle Iroh, and Zuko, who were unplayable in previous games.

Sound in this game is done very well, and features both an exciting score and original voice acting from the cast of the original series. Control is also pretty good and features a basic platforming style with two buttons for attacking, a button for jumping, an action button, and a button to roll. Both of these facets of the game deliver what you might expect, and do a fairly good job of keeping the game up to par with today's standards in gaming.

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Although I missed some of the RPG elements of the first game based on the Avatar series, I think the second in the series does a good job on its own. It's a solid platforming adventure that does not involve much depth, but definitely gives fans of the series, as well as the younger sect, a game they can enjoy. It is by no means a great or epic title, but it does its job well, and at the end of the day that's really all anyone can ask of this title. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the various events of the series, and I know other fans will as well.

By Amanda Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:
racing action is captured in cinematic style and players are rewarded for showing off their skills a

  • Firebending - Experience the brand-new firebending moves while playing as Prince Zuko and Uncle Iroh.
  • Flying Levels - Control Momo and Appa in dramatic air battles
  • All-New Arena Combat - Play as a variety of characters for intense fighting action.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.9
    Graphics
    Character models and environments look smooth and polished. However, dialogue sequences with inconsistent mouth movement are extremely noticeable.
    3.8
    Control
    Very simple button movement with combo and special move upgrades.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    All the original voice actors from the TV show are here, and the music isn't bad either.
    3.5
    Play Value
    The story mode is very straightforward and doesn't allow for much replay value. However, the Vs. mode can provide some enjoyment past the initial playthrough.
    3.8
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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