E3: The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game will be released across all major gaming platforms during the year-end holiday season, Ubisoft announced yesterday. The Tintin game was originally unveiled at 2009’s E3, but it’s only now that a release date and the game’s title have been finalised.

The 3D action-adventure game is based on the upcoming Tintin movie. Based on game footage shown so far, the characters and game design seem to be on the right path: they look like a Tintin comic book come to life. The cut scenes look promising and you even get to play as Tintin’s pet dog, Snowy.

It’s nice to see that the game adopts a more casual feel by adding graphical cues adopted from the comics, like the stars which pop up over the head of a villain when you punch him out. I do get a very Team Fortress 2 kind of vibe from the game.

Based on my past experience with action-adventures though, I’m concerned that the game won’t be that newb-friendly once you get past the first few stages.

Here’s what Ubisoft said about it in their official press release:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is an action-packed adventure that takes gamers on a nonstop journey through the world of Tintin; the hero and intrepid reporter from Hergé’s original comic books. Players will rediscover the movie’s enchanting environs including Captain Archibald Haddock’s ship “the Karaboudjan,” Omar Ben Salaad’s Palace and the exotic city of Bagghar and experience many of Tintin’s exciting adventures.

With various elements adapted from Tintin comic books The Crab with the Golden ClawsThe Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure, gamers are able to continue the adventure from the movie solo or with friends in one of three gameplay modes. The single-player campaign offers a unique blend of exploration, puzzles and combat. It also includes exotic gameplay elements such as sword fighting, aerial combat and driving. This next-generation of Tintin includes support for the Kinect™ for Xbox 360, and PlayStation®Move for the PlayStation®3 system.

In addition to the solo adventure, The Adventures of Tintin: The Gameoffers cooperative challenges that introduce classic characters from Tintin’s adventures. Players can work together in special multiplayer maps straight from the moody dreams of Captain Haddock, or for those looking for extra competition; Challenge mode features many opportunities for players to compete with each other for high scores.

Aren’t you excited?! Frankly I’m more excited for the movie simply because it looks even more like the comic and Captain Haddock actually looks and sounds right instead of being all drugged up like in the game trailer but hey! I’d love to play Tintin: The Game anyway.

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