Eyes-on at E3 / Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

I know what you’re thinking. You’re not gonna read this article because you think Ben 10 is a stupid kids show that has aliens and lasers and lots of “pew pew pew.” Well, you’re right. It is a kids show and it has aliens and lasers that pew pew all over the place. But you are so mistaken if you think it’s stupid. I’d be the first person to tell you how bad a show this is or how the 8 to 13 year-old demographic has so much crap and anime in their face, that it’ll be a miracle if these kids don’t die of dumb. Ok sorry, deep breath.

All that being said, I’ve actually seen like five episodes of Ben 10 Alien Force and really like it. I had it lopped in with the Yu-Gi-Oh’s and Digimon’s of today’s youth television offerings, but it’s not like that at all. In a nutshell, the story follows a kid named Ben who has this watch type thing that can transform him into like 20 different aliens. Generally, each of the aliens has some sort of theme, like one has frost breath, one is made of gelatinous goo and does elastic type attacks, one even transforms Ben into five little guys that emit sonic attacks.

If this is starting to sound like the makings of a videogame, well you’re not the first person to think that. The Ben 10 series has been a big seller for publisher D3, and with Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks they are bringing Ben to the Xbox 360 for the first time ever. The game’s story basically pits Ben against one of his old enemies from the original Ben 10 series, Vilgax. Vilgax is going from planet to planet trying to destroy them all and it’s up to our hero Ben to stop him using a wide array of aliens at his disposal. Quick note, the story is a completely original one and hasn’t been used in any previous Ben 10 games or television episodes.

A major difference from Vilgax Attacks as compared to the other two previous installments in the Ben 10 series, is the use of a fully 3D environment. The other games were more focused on being a side-scrolling brawler. Not that this game won’t feature plenty of combat, but there have been elements of exploration, puzzle solving, and platforming mixed into this game as well. Something else that is new to this game is the inclusion of five more aliens to play as bringing the total to 10. A loading game is also being included into the game which sounds pretty awesome. As Ben travels from planet to planet the loading game has him shooting down enemy ships and asteroids as the game loads in the background. I’ve never understood why EVERY game doesn’t have simple loading screen games, but that’s an article for another day.

The game is being called a “best of” Ben 10. It’s got characters and aliens from the original Ben 10 series combined with the characters and aliens from the newer Ben 10 Alien Force series. If you’re a fan of the show then without a doubt you’ll want to get this game. From what I saw, it looked like things were being put into the game specifically because players and fans of the show asked for it. If all this Ben 10 talk has gotten you excited then you’re going to want to pick the game up when it hits store shelves late October 2009.