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Awesomely Underrated #4: Kameo- Elements of Power

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Poor Rare. They had such acclaim in their Nintendo days and seem to have become a joke
on their formal self like many other companies. Perfect Dark failed to have any long term
staying power for the 360, Viva Pinata didn't sell quite as well as they wanted to. 360
owners would prefer the world of brown found in many shooters like Gears or War and Halo
3. What may of them have missed out on is a little gem made by Rare called Kameo:
Elements of Power.

The game has a long history of development. The title was originally conceived as a
Nintendo 64 title before Rare was bought by Microsoft. Then it was ported to the gamecube
before moving to the XBox, and finally the XBox-360. It was a launch title, so while the
graphics are nice, they don't hold a candle to more recent games. The hardware is new so
perhaps the developers couldn't take advantage of it the way they can now. This may be a
reason why Kameo may have been vastly ignored after launch.

While the game is essentially an action/platformer it has some neat ideas. Kameo has the
power to transform into Elemental Warriors with various abilities. While she starts with only
three, she collects a total of ten over the course of the game. Their skill sets are different
and each Elemental Warrior has certain skills needed to progress through the game. If
you're smart and remember to travel back to earlier worlds with later Elemental Warriors
you may find yourself uncovering some extras to make Kameo stronger. There is some
limitations; Kameo can only summon one of three different Elemental Warriors at a time, so
some strategy needs to be put into it.

The game is quite beautiful for a launch title. So many XBox 360 games are shooters that
embrace the "Real is brown" motif. Kameo is quite the opposite. The world is bright and
colorful which is a nice change of pace. The story is pretty trite: Kameo has to rescue her
ancestors and defeat the Troll King, but the npc's are least nice to look at and the dialogue
isn't too bad either. The focus on a game like this afterall isn't a deep story but the
adventuring.

It may be a case of "great game on the wrong system" but Kameo isn't that bad of a game.
It got decent reviews from most sites. It's not a shooter which is a nice change of pace for
a 360 owner. Acheivement whores will be happy to know that at least 600 of the points can
be earned by merely going through the game. It's also pretty inexpensive and worth
picking up for people with extra cash wanting to play an underrated game. Sure it's not a
Zelda or a Mario, but it's well done. Rare should be pleased with themselves, and I'm sure
they would be even more, if more people noticed.
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About naia-the-gamerone of us since 1:51 PM on 09.13.2007

My name is Naia (pronounced either Nay-a or Neye-a, like yay or like eye). I've been poking around here for a while, although I don't comment as much as I used to. I am I'm a starving artist in LA trying to keep my sanity. I do mostly freelance work and I'm always looking for people (even on DToid) to do fun projects with in entertainment. That can be either in theater, film, TV, or video games. I want to be like Kermit the Frog and be part of a group that entertains and makes people happy. I also love blue slimes, puppies and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

I've been playing computer and video games all my life. My dad was a programmer so we got an IBM 5150 PC very early on in the 80's. For Christmas in 1989 my parents surprised me with a Nintendo and it's been downhill ever since. I have/had most consoles over the years, mainly from Sony or Nintendo. I've had some Sega consoles and an Xbox 360 too.

I'm a big fan of the JRPG trinity of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Fire Emblem (more DQ and FE lately, but I didn't hate FFXV). I was a finalist in Nintendo's DQ6 trivia contest back in 2011. I play RPGs, Action/Adventure, Platformers, Puzzles, and Point-n-Click Adventure games. I will play fighters and shooters, but they have to be the right kind of game.

Also, Rydia is my hero.

I'm such a nerd, I like to keep track of all the games I've completed in an excel file (it's almost 400). Now that my backlog is out of control I have a word document for that too. My goal is to for once and for all eliminate the backlog, or at least keep it to a number in the single digits.

I have a lot of things to say about the game industry, it's something I care deeply about and love giving my opinions. I like to rant about shit. I'm here just to share what I have to say, in hopes someone is willing to listen.

Also for the record, my Top 5 Games of All Time
1. Chrono Trigger
2. Final Fantasy 4
3. Super Mario 3
4. Dragon Quest 11
5. Phantasy Star 4

Yes, I love my retro games (and DQ 11)


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