Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is an action game based on the third season of the American animated series Ben 10: Alien Force that was developed by Papaya Studio for consoles and PSP while the DS version was developed by 1st Playable and published by D3Publisher. All versions released on October 27, 2009 in North America, and February 12, 2010 in Europe and other regions.
Why It Rocks
With the exception of Vilgax, all voice actors from the animated show reprise their roles.
The idea of traveling to different planets is very cool, a nice nod to Ristar.
The game has 10 alien forms to choose from, an improvement over its predecessors, which only had five.
Excellent soundtrack on both versions.
The graphics are a huge step up from previous games, especially on Xbox 360 and Wii, given the former's high graphics resolution. On the former, the graphics look rather realistic, like CGI for a live-action movie, and on the latter, like a CG-animated film with the cartoon's visual aesthetic.
The RPG element from previous games is carried over here, allowing the player gain experience points and redeem them to improve the abilities of Ben's alien forms.
In between certain levels, there is a minigame in which the player controls Ship and blasts away asteroids on their way to the next planet. The console version grants the player the option to skip, while the DS version resembles a graphically-improved Space Invaders.
Challenging, but fair puzzles.
Depending on the player's preferred gameplay style, they can make the game easier or harder for themselves, with the aforementioned RPG element and the different alien attributes.
The DS version has cool completion rewards, such as being able to play as either Mr. Smoothy, Wildmutt, or Albedo instead of Ben, and Master Control (freely switch between alien forms without having to change back to Ben), as well as bios on characters, planets, and alien forms from the lore of the franchise.
The cutscenes are very well-animated and almost feel like scenes from the show, despite being CG-animated rather than hand-drawn.
Very short: only eight levels on console and seven on DS.
The graphics on the PS2 and PSP ports don't look so great, especially today.
Difficulty may be unbalanced for certain players.
Outside of gameplay, the DS version does not feature voice-overs, not even on cutscenes. This is inexcusable as other games on the same platform are perfectly capable of voice-overs in cutscenes, even if most of them may be still images with text.