Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Bratz: Rock Angelz

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Electronic Theatre ImageTo be reading this it is probable that you are a gamer. And, the chances are that you are part of the sixteen to twenty four year-old male gamer demographic. So why are you reading this review? It is doubtful that you are a Bratz fan. Maybe you are curious to see if Bratz: Rock Angelz is as bad as you think it could be? Or maybe you are a Bratz fan, closet or otherwise, and are hoping it is a good as you think it could be? Alternatively there is option three; you have no idea what Bratz is and are hoping it is better than Resident Evil 4, Halo: Combat Evolved or any of the The Legend Of Zelda series. Well if you chose door number three it’s probably best you do not read on, however, if you did not, please continue…

As you may or may not know, Bratz is a fairly well established toy/entertainment franchise Electronic Theatre Imageaimed at girls between the age of four and fourteen. The Bratz are a range of characters who are preoccupied with social advancement, fashion and “hangin’ out in the mall”. Perhaps not setting the best example for children today, but that is probably a discussion for another website. As there is also a television series, a videogame was inevitable at some point. Originally released for the PlayStation One and Game Boy Advance was Bratz; an average Dancing Game that really was not anything special (and more than a little bizarre on a console without a Dance Mat of any kind… and handheld) typical for these types of franchise tie-ins, but what about Bratz: Rock Angelz? Can it break the mould?

Bratz: Rock Angelz is less of a single game, more of a selection of decently varied sub-games. The story is that one ofElectronic Theatre Image the Bratz, Jade, is offered a job at Your Thing, a fashion magazine. This turns out to be possibly the worst job ever with probably the worst boss ever and to cut a long Clueless-esque story short, she gets fired. In an attempt to cheer the aforementioned girl up, her friends Sasha, Jasmin and Cloe decide that they should start their own fashion magazine.

The game is based in a fictional city and although this city has only three main areas, there are dozens of shops to explore as one the Bratz. There are also three other areas that become available as the game is played. The magazine forms the basis of the game; the Bratz must complete several sub-games in order to complete articles. These include racing around on roller skates, designing T-shirts, photographing wildlife and posing for fashion shoots and to be honest, there is a decent amount of variety in these games. The games are also reasonably fun, however they are very easy for even the casual gamer, but then this game isn’t trying to be Bratz: Total Warrior!Electronic Theatre Image But children, namely those targeted by the Bratz franchise, could have a lot of fun with a small amount of challenge and can expect around ten to twelve hours of entertainment if following the main quest.

Another huge part of the game is the extensive clothes buying, make-up application and hair styling which, although this is probably the last game you would expect to be comparable, is very similar to the character personalisation sections of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. However, unlike Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you will need to know your co-ordination, lest your so-called friends publicly mock you. Frequently. Get it right, however, and you will receive praise from all angles. The game also features a range of unlockables, another seemingly mandatory feature these days, which unfortunately does not particularly add to the game as the tokens Electronic Theatre Image required are easy to find and the only reason to do so is to subject yourself to more Bratz related merchandise.

Graphically this game is of an average standard, the areas are generally well drawn and the bright vibrant colours fit well with the game and its designated age group. However, although quite reasonably drawn, in-game character models suffer a little too much from polygon cross-pollination. Some outfits are exposed in places they really shouldn’t be giving a sloppy feel to what otherwise is a fairly well polished game. The T-shirt and poster design programming is good though and the T-shirts are translated well from 2D to 3D. The sound in Bratz: Rock Angelz is probably one of its better points; there’s quite a lot of in-game speech and dozens of Bratz pop songs. However, you will soon find that each of the games AI characters have only but a few different phrases which can become somewhat irritating toward the end of the game. Electronic Theatre Image Although the music is hardly Radiohead, it is decently produced and can be changed in almost all places by using the Stereos in-game. New music can also be purchased from some of the games’ shops and is a nice touch.

Bratz: Rock Angelz is not a life changing work of gaming art, but then you probably guessed that already. The innocent everyday nature of the shopping and photography does make this game comparable to Nintendo’s brilliant Animal Crossing, but Bratz: Rock Angelz is nowhere near that in terms of originality and gameplay. It’s also, at the risk of sounding sexist, not a boys game. Buying this game for your eight year-old son is likely to have undesirable effects in the future! Still, it is quite well tailored for children with it’s easy game play and simple layout. It does also have a very large amount of outfits available as well as several hairstyles and a huge amount of make-up colours and face paint. All-in-all the title offers a decent, if slightly morally questionable, kids game. Electronic Theatre Image




















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