Game Review: Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A.

Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. is a Nintendo DS game that follows the events of the fourth season of Code Lyoko.  If you don’t know much about the series, you may be confused about some of the events in the game.

The ESRB rating is E.

X.A.N.A. has successfully possessed William and destroyed Lyoko, but with the virtual world gone, where is the virus getting its power?  Jeremy and Aelita reprogram a way back to Sector Five and find the answer: Replikas of Lyoko are scattered around Earth, and each time X.A.N.A. creates a new one, its strength grows.  Now the Lyoko Warriors are in a race to finish off X.A.N.A. before it finishes them off.  The final battle has begun!

In Fall of X.A.N.A. you play as Lyoko Warriors Odd, Aelita, Ulrich, and Yumi, with Jeremy as your helper.  Using the DS touchscreen and stylus, you can get information from the students and faculty at Kadic Academy and explore Lyoko.

Some people have complained that there isn’t a tutorial to teach you how to play.  Me, I’m of the mind that the lack of tutorial is a good thing, because all the actions in the game are self-explanatory and I don’t have to waste time on the tutorial when I replay the game.  Whatever your view, you have to admit that using the touchscreen to move, talk to people, and choose actions is a breeze.  As for the combat,  it’s a turn-based system.  First a character attacks, heals, or uses an item, then the game gauges the time until that character can perform another action.

The graphics of Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. aren’t necessarily the best.  When exploring Lyoko, your character is represented by a super-deformed person with an expressionless face.  When fighting, the Warriors are in full 3D form, though they are tiny because of the small touchscreen.  Slightly better is the 2D world of Earth, where everyone looks like they do in the TV series.

The game is simple, but fun, and is the rare kind of game that I enjoy playing over again; however, if you want a more intricate storyline, better graphics, and more complex levels, you should play Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity for Sony ‘s PS2 or the Nintendo Wii.  (It’s also available on the PSP, but I don’t know how good the handheld version is.)  As with Quest for Infintity and Code Lyoko (the Videogame), I would definitely recommend Fall of X.A.N.A. for any fan of the series.

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