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"Well worth $40 a must buy!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is a must have for any gamer. Its just good fun, don't get discouraged by thinking this is a kids game. It really is good fun with inventive ways of getting you to explore your surroundings. I have hardly even started to play this game and have been compelled to write a review. This game reminds me of a long long time ago when new games would come out and make you go wow because they were WOW! Not just the fancy graphics and fast shooting pace. This is a must have game worth more than $40! This remind me of the trickiness of monkey island or the fun of magic pockets. Now I am showing my age. Buy this you won't regret it, if you do give it to someone else.

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"One of the most imaginative games of the decade"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Psychonauts is _incredibly_ innovative. You begin in the real world but it is quickly clear that the main game revolves around travelling into other people's minds, sorting out psychic and emotional problems as you go. Every one is wholly unique: the sheer diversity of imagination is astounding. A few mind “levels” are “platformers”, which has led to the whole game being labelled a platformer; but that covers only a small percentage of the game.

The most memorable “levels” for me are the most alien minds. A sea monster, in whose mind you become a rampaging Godzilla; a deranged security guard who is a conspiracy nut, obsessed with an alternate personality called “The Milkman”; a man who feels hopelessly inadequate because he thinks he is descended from Napoleon; it just goes on and on, and never gets tiring.

… until the very final phases of the game, that is, when it gets ludicrously difficult; the “meat circus” is especially notorious. But don't let that put you off. There is so much good in the game, that you honestly won't mind even if you just stop playing there!

The most accurate and insightful (and positive) review of the game on the web is that by “Yahtzee”: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/…-Psychonauts

Description

Created by Tim Schafer, the visionary designer of award-winning titles including Grim Fandango and Full Throttle.

"Psychonauts" is a wildly surreal action-adventure game in which players use paranormal powers to plunge into the minds of bizarre characters. Players journey deep into crazy worlds of infinite possibility to thwart the secret plan of an evil madman and realize the ultimate dream of joining an elite force of psychic superheroes, the Psychonauts.

Players delve into people's minds as Raz, a powerful young cadet at psychic summer camp. While working on his merit badge in levitation, Raz discovers that someone is kidnapping psychic children and stealing their brains. To foil this evil plot and earn the title of Psychonaut, Raz must project himself into the mind of one bizarre character after another to battle their nightmares and inner demons. He does all this while continuing to earn psychic merit badges in subjects such as telekinesis, clairvoyance and fire-starting.

Features:
  • Embark on a third-person psychic odyssey through thirteen incredibly unique levels: three set in the real world, and ten set inside the mental worlds of misfits, monsters and madmen
  • Rise up in rank as you collect figments of other people's imaginations, sort their emotional baggage, clear out their mental cobwebs and crack open their memory vaults
  • Complete special training missions to learn the power of Levitation and the ability to focus Raz's mental energy into a powerful PSI Blast
  • Rank up to earn more psychic powers such as Telekinesis (toss enemies or objects with your mind), Invisibility (convince your foes they can't see you), Pyrokinesis (set the world on fire), Clairvoyance (see through the eyes of another), and Confusion (cloud the minds of your enemies, play tricks on your friends)
  • Put your thoughts to use-Raz can grab the thought bubble over his head and pull it down around himself as a shield, hang from it like a hot air balloon, or jump on top of it and ride it around like a skateboard
  • Interact with a multitude of dynamic environmental features such as tightropes, trapezes, ladders, poles, ledges, trampolines, climbing walls and rail slides
  • Non-linear gameplay with incredible depth offers players multiple paths and sub-challenges (digging up PSItanium arrowheads, finding lost brains, telekinetic canoeing, and winning the psychic scavenger hunt) so there is always a goal to accomplish
  • Immersive story injected with lots of humor features vivid characters and a range of unique and wildly imaginative environments
  • Challenging puzzles span a range of difficulty, with alternate solutions that self-tailor themselves to the player's own strengths and abilities

System Requirements:

Supported OS: Windows 98 SE/2000/XP (only)
Processor: 1.0 GHz Pentium(R) III and AMD Athlon(tm)
RAM: 256 MB of RAM
Video Card: 64 MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce3 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 8500 or higher (see exceptions below)
Sound Card: DirectX(R) 9.0c or higher compatible sound card
DirectX(R) version: 9.0c or higher
Hard Drive Space: 3.75 GB minimum hard drive space
Controls: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse

Incompatible Video Cards
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The following cards are not supported:
NVIDIA Geforce4 MX/MX420/MX440/MX460/MX4000
NVIDIA Geforce4 Go
NVIDIA Quadro2 Go
NVIDIA Quadro4 500 Go
NVIDIA Quadro
NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro
NVIDIA Quadro NVS
NVIDIA Quadro4 280XGL/380XGL/550XGL
Intel 82865G Graphics Controller (Intel 865G Chipset Family)
Intel 82852/82855 Graphics Controller (Intel 852/855 Chipset Family)
Intel 82845G Graphics Controller (Intel 845G Chipset Family)
Intel 82830M Graphics Controller (Intel 830 Chipset Family)
Intel 82815 Graphics Controller (Intel 815 Chipset Family)
Intel 82815 Graphics Controller (Intel 815EM Chipset)
Intel 82810 Graphics Controller (Intel 810 Chipset Family)
Matrox G450
Matrox G550
Matrox Parhelia

RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP
Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium(R) IV and AMD Athlon(tm)
RAM: 512 MB of RAM
Video Card: 128 MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce FX 5600 or higher or ATI(R) Radeon 9600 or higher
Sound Card: DirectX(R) 9.0c or higher and EAX(R) 2.0 or higher compatible sound card
Controls: Game Pad (optional)
Release date NZ
October 24th, 2007
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PC CD-ROM
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UPC
4005209072434
Product ID
1472087

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