Have You Played… Kameo: Elements of Power?

A big thank you to Sean who penned last week’s “Have You Played” when I was unable to do so. He did a fantastic job and gave a great game recommendation. Let’s hope that he will write for this feature again if he is ever up to it. Now on to this week’s video game recommendation, Kameo: Elements of Power.

Kameo is an action-adventure game that was originally released for the Xbox 360 as a launch title way back in 2005. Since then, the game was included in the recent Rare Replay video game compilation. In my opinion, it is one of the last good games created by big name developer Rare. This is likely because the game was first meant for the Nintendo Gamecube, one of my favorite gaming systems. When Rare was purchased by Microsoft in 2002, Kameo was moved onto the original Xbox and then moved for a 3rd time and final time to the Xbox 360. The game was received generally well when it released but it did not become as popular as I think it could have. When people talk about their favorite Xbox 360 games I rarely hear them talk about Kameo, but it is definitely one of my favorites.

You play as Kameo, a female warrior who is able to transform into 10 different unique Elemental warriors. Transforming into these warriors allows you to solve puzzles and to defeat enemies in a variety of ways. The warriors are not all unlocked from the start, you have to progress through the game, saving them one by one. All the warriors give you abilities that can also be used to open up secret areas in the world. That is one thing that I remember loving about the game. It has a beautiful fantasy world that really opens up as you progress through the game. The graphics are good for being one of the first Xbox 360 games. The game itself is pretty short; you will be able to complete it during any weekend. However, exploring the whole world will give you a few more hours. Kameo is one of the first Xbox games to be made cross compatible with the Xbox One, making one less reason for you not to play this amazing title.

 

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