Big green guy diminished by lame game

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The rash of mediocre childrens video games make it little wonder so many young gamers play titles intended for older audiences

Perhaps the worst culprits are those titles based on movie franchises. Developers seem to use brands well-known to children as an excuse to be lazy, and rely on a loyal fanbase rather than quality and innovation to sell their video game.

The rash of mediocre childrens video games make it little wonder so many young gamers play titles intended for older audiences

Perhaps the worst culprits are those titles based on movie franchises. Developers seem to use brands well-known to children as an excuse to be lazy, and rely on a loyal fanbase rather than quality and innovation to sell their video game.

Shrek the Third on the Xbox 360 is a bit like that.

The game is loosely based on the plot of the film, as Shrek, Donkey and Puss-in-Boots head off to find the heir to the throne, Artie.

Along the way, they encounter legions of pirates to punch and lots of wooden crates to smash, and thats essentially the gameplay.

For young gamers, there may be some challenge and interest in this straightforward action-adventure platform, but seasoned gamers will quickly tire of its button-mashing fighting engine.

Over the course of the title, you can play as either Shrek, Donkey, Puss, Fiona, Artie or Sleeping Beauty, and the most fun, hands down, is the swashbuckling and agile Puss.

The characters are good approximations of their movie counterparts, and though the films voice actors (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, etc.) dont lend their voices here, the stand-in actors do a reasonable job of keeping up appearances.

The game will sell well to parents of kids who want to extend their Shrek experience, but chances are even a 10-year-old will quickly tire of this one.

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