Ben 10 Again
Product: Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
Company: D3
Date: 06/07/2009
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Ben and his multitude of aliens are coming back for the second major game under the “Alien Force” license. Unlike the last game, simply called Ben 10 Alien Force, all of his forms will be available in this play through.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks has Ben and Gwen flying off into space to help the home worlds of several of Ben's aliens as Ben's old foe, Vilgax, rears his tentacled head again.

The level I got to play through was on Humungousaur's home world and while many of the land's puzzles required the goliath-alien's size and strength, many of Ben's other abilities were necessary. There were areas where I had to use Cannonbolt's ball rolling ability to fly across chasms or rotate stones to activate switches. Other puzzles required Spidermonkey's agility, Goop's gelatinous wall jumping or even Big Chill's gliding.

What I found nice was the ability to switch between the different aliens with very little consequence. In previous Ben 10 titles, the Omnitrix had some sort of recharge mechanic (be it time or collectibles) before you could change into an alien again, but in Vilgax Attacks, that need has been removed. Because of that, I found the action much more enjoyable and the game seemed to progress a lot faster.

The developers showing off Vilgax Attacks also discussed the fact that you will fly between the seven different worlds via mini-games. Unfortunately, we didn't get chance to see these mini-games.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is slated to hit the streets this Fall for the DS (by 1st Playable Productions), 360, Wii, PS2 and PSP (all by Papaya Studios). Fans of the show are sure to enjoy this game since a lot of the issues from the last ones seemed to have been addressed in Vilgax Attacks.

J.R. Nip aka Chris Meyer

GameVortex PSIllustrated