Avatar: The Last Airbender (video game)

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This article is about the 2006 video game. For the 2010 video game, see The Last Airbender (video game).
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar Wii.JPG
Developer(s) THQ Studio Australia
TOSE (Nintendo DS)
Halfbrick (Game Boy Advanced)
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Windows
Release date(s) XBOX
  • NA October 10, 2006
PC, PS2, PSP, GCN, NDS, GBA
  • NA October 10, 2006
  • EU February 9, 2007
Wii
  • NA November 19, 2006
  • EU February 9, 2007
Genre(s) Action Adventure RPG
Mode(s) Single player

Avatar: The Last Airbender (known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in Europe) is a video game based on the animated television series of the same name for Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox. The game was followed by a sequel, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, around a year later.

The game was a launch title for the Wii in Western territories.

Gameplay[edit]

The Avatar: The Last Airbender video game allows the player to control one of four characters – Aang, Katara, Haru, or Sokka – in a single-player adventure. Each character uses his or her own trademark weapon and fighting style, and is able to earn new special abilities through experience gained from defeating enemies. A variety of items can help the player with quests, or during battle (armor, chi, enchanted accessories, and healing potions). The game also enables the player to collect certain resources and bring them to artisans to make special items. Enemies include classic Firebenders, machines, and a variety of animals from the show, mainly the first book.

The console versions of the game were developed by THQ Studio Australia.

Plot[edit]

Characters[edit]

The main playable characters in the Avatar: The Last Airbender video game are Aang, Katara, Haru, and Sokka, three of which are main characters in the television series the video game is based on. Momo, a flying lemur, is also playable.

Aang is the fun-loving, 112-year-old protagonist of the video game. (Aang was frozen in an iceberg for 100 years). He is the current incarnation of the Avatar, the spirit of the planet manifested in human form. As the Avatar, Aang must master all four elements to bring peace to the world and restore the balance between the four nations. Aiding him is the 14-year-old Katara, the sole remaining Waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, and her brother Sokka, a 15-year-old warrior of the Southern Water Tribe. Haru is a young Earthbender who helps the gang in their mission to save a missing friend. Many characters from the show appear on this game such as Prince Zuko, who has a minor role in the game, only appearing in cutscenes; King Bumi, who appears in the fourth level.

Story[edit]

While training in the North Pole, Aang and Katara hear reports of a waterbender, Hiryu, going missing, which they investigate. They arrive at the Water Tribe as a Fire Nation ship attacks, led by Prince Zuko. They are able to fend off the attackers, but Katara is captured during the battle. Aang and Sokka follow the ship, but are slowed by a Firebending machine.

They follow the ship to an Earth Kingdom port. They slip into the jail and free Katara, who informs them of another prisoner named Lian the Maker, who is being forced to make machines for the Fire Nation. When they arrive at Lian’s cell, they find it empty, except for a map to an Earth Kingdom village.

They find the village under attack by machines. After fending off the machines, picking up Haru and being informed that one of his earthbending friends Yuan was kidnapped, they travel to the library of Omashu for clues to where the machines might originate from. The information from the library leads them to an uncharted island.

On the island, they find Lian, making more machines. She fears that Aang will not be able to master all four elements before Sozin’s comet arrives. Aang refused her help, seeing as how the machines were disrupting villages. Lian then voiced her contempt for him as she sends a machine to fight them to flee to the Air temple, attempting to destroy the Avatar statues. They stop Lian, but Katara, Sokka, and Haru are captured by another machine.

Aang pursues Lian and the machine to a fortress. After Aang rescues his friends, they find Zuko, also captured by a machine. Upon rescuing him, Zuko attacks the group. At the end of the resulting fight, Zuko is knocked over a cliff and swept over a waterfall.

The four enters the fortress, where they find Lian, where she finished a machine being manned by the missing waterbender Hiryu, Haru's friend Yuan and a nameless firebender. Lian tries to attach Aang to the machine, but he battles it instead. During the fight, Katara is struck down, causing Aang to enter the Avatar State and destroys the machine, burying Lian under its rubble, killing her (though she survives in the portable versions of the game.)

As the four leave the fortress, Zuko is seen crawling up on the shoreline, grumbling angrily.

Reception[edit]

Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot GBA: 7.0 out of 10[1]


PSP: 6.9 out of 10[2]
PS2: 5.9 out of 10[3]
Wii: 5.6 out of 10[4]
Xbox: 5.9 out of 10[5]
GCN: 5.9 out of 10[6]
DS: 5.7 out of 10[7]

IGN DS: 7.0 of 10[8]
GBA: 6.0 of 10[9]
PS2: 5.1 of 10[10]
Xbox: 5.1 of 10[11]
Wii: 5.1 of 10[12]
PSP: 5.1 of 10[13]
GCN: 5.1 of 10[14]


PC: 5.0 of 10[15]

Nintendo Power GCN: 7.0 of 10

DS: 6.5 of 10

X-Play Wii: 2 out of 5[16]
Compilations of multiple reviews
GameRankings

Xbox: 65.7% (based on 11 reviews)[17]
GBA: 65.0% (based on 4 reviews)[18]
DS: 64.1% (based on 9 reviews)[19]
Wii: 63.6% (based on 14 reviews)[20]
PS2: 61.9% (based on 18 reviews)[21]
GCN: 61.5% (based on 11 reviews)[22]
PSP: 55.3% (based on 8 reviews)[23]
PC: 50.0% (based on 1 review)[24]

Metacritic

GBA: 64% (based on 4 reviews)[25]
Xbox: 63% (based on 13 reviews)[26]
DS: 63% (based on 8 reviews)[27]
GCN: 60% (based on 10 reviews)[28]
PS2: 59% (based on 12 reviews)[29]
PSP: 57% (based on 8 reviews)[30]
Wii: 56% (based on 13 reviews)[31]

Despite mixed critical reviews, THQ's Avatar: The Last Airbender performed exceedingly well commercially, selling over one million units worldwide as of February 2007 and becoming THQ's top-selling Nickelodeon product of 2006. The game even went on to achieve Sony Computer Entertainment's "Greatest Hits" status for the PlayStation 2 on July 19, 2007.[32]

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