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Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise
Reviewed by
Cameron Grimes
on
Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise PS3 Review. Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is a step back from the first game, with repetitive gameplay, a lack of humour and some dodgy presentation and performance issues.
Rating:
2.5

Gameplay 5.0
Graphics 4.5
Sound 5.0
Value 6.0
Developer: 505 Games
Reviewer:
Cameron Grimes
Review Date:
Oct 2012
Classification: MA15+

5.0


Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise
PS3 & XBox 360 (Download Only)

Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is the sequel to the poorly received yet mildly popular Naughty Bear from 2010. Once again, you play as Naughty, a teddy bear who hasnít been invited to a party that all the other teddy bears in town have been invited to. Instead of accepting the fact that none of the bears like him, he decides to show them why they hate him so much; by killing every single one of them. Panic in Paradise is an attempt at a hybrid of a stealth and action game which ends up being only a mediocre affair. 

Gameplay

A quick word to any parents that might be reading this; do not buy this game for your children. Panic in Paradise has a strong emphasis on violence, and despite the main character being a teddy bear the game is extremely disturbing and morbid. I personally believe it was lucky to be allowed classification. 

The game is broken up into 30-odd levels, the main goal of each level having you kill a bear and all his friends. There are many ways you can go about killing your victims; basically any item you see on the map (a poorly implemented one at that) can be used, including BBQs, lawnmowers, machetes, you name it! Each level includes side missions that reward you if you kill teddy bears in certain ways, by either trapping them before killing them or scaring them so much that they end up committing suicide (an extremely charming game). 

While the game gives you many ways to complete your objectives, itís rather poorly implemented. The stealth mechanic is a joke, merely involving you running into a garden and becoming completely invisible to others, regardless of whether they saw you run into the bush or not. The side missions are also rather weak, with very vague descriptions leaving you puzzled as to what youíre actually meant to be doing. The overall gameplay has little variation between levels. While there are plenty of items and costumes to collect that take forever to find, Panic in Paradise becomes old quickly. Thereís only so much murder one can tolerate.  

Graphics 

Panic in Paradise suffers from low production values, with the unpolished graphics being on par with those of the Playstation 2 or even the Wii, just overly bland and unengaging. The wide range of death animations is quite entertaining to watch; they still manage to look brutal despite any blood being replaced with fluff.  The games frame-rate is a mixed bag as well, on some occasions it ran really slow and jumpy, and at other times ridiculously smooth. The game has an overall cheap feel to it, despite only being a downloadable game. Be warned, the game also tends to crash a lot. And I mean a lot.  

Audio 

The only voice work included in Panic in Paradise is the narrator who encourages Naughty to do his deeds. He has a surprisingly cheery tone, gleefully egging on Naughty to use different items to kill other teddy bears and congratulating him on his efforts afterwards. Itís the darkest of black humour and I really liked it, but I canít imagine this being a good influence on any children giving this game a go. The game is also riddled with the screams and whimpers of your helpless victims, which were convincing enough for me to feel bad for killing them. The chatter between the bears is quite annoying though, with squeaks and mumbles that feel really lazy. I think the game couldíve had a much better personality if the bears could actually talk, it just feels a little Ďbearí-bones (sorry). 

Final Thoughts 

Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is a step back from the first game, with repetitive gameplay, a lack of humour and some dodgy presentation and performance issues. Itís quite a meaty package if you manage to get through it all, but thereís just not enough variation in what youíre doing to justify a full play through. If youíre a person who likes slaughtering innocent teddy bears however, be my guest. You may have just found your game of the year.





 

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