Psychonauts

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Double Fine

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'Psychonauts' (Xbox) Also Coming To PC

by Judy on Aug. 4, 2004 @ 4:33 a.m. PDT

Psychonauts thrusts players into a third-person psychic odyssey across thirteen incredibly unique levels: three set in the real world and 10 set inside the mental worlds of misfits, monsters and madmen. Once inside a mind, players can rise in rank by collecting figments of other people's imaginations; sort through their emotional baggage; clear out their mental cobwebs and crack open their memory vaults. As their rank rises, players are endowed with new psychic powers such as telekinesis, invisibility, pyrokinesis, clairvoyance and confusion.

"A completely original experience that is sure to intrigue both the hardcore and casual gaming audience, Psychonauts exemplifies the types of games Majesco is seeking to publish," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. "Richly humorous and intricately delightful, Psychonauts is unlike any game to date and we are excited to be working with Double Fine to bring their unique vision to interactive reality."

Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine, added: "I'm really excited to be working with Majesco because I can tell they understand what Psychonauts is all about, and that they believe in giving developers the creative freedom they need to fully realize their ideas. Together we are going to make what could conservatively be called the greatest game of all time ever, and I think that's awesome."

A deranged scientist is abducting students from the Psychonauts boot camp and a powerful new cadet named Raz stands alone against the lunatic. Raz must develop and unleash an arsenal of paranormal powers, including the ability to launch himself telepathically into someone else's mind -- and take on their inner demons, nightmares and secret memories. Ultimately he must enter the mind of his worst enemy and destroy his dark plans at their source, while trying not to lose his sanity in the process.

Created by Tim Schafer, the visionary designer of award winning titles Grim Fandango and Full Throttle, Psychonauts thrusts players into a third-person psychic odyssey across thirteen incredibly unique levels: three set in the real world and 10 set inside the mental worlds of misfits, monsters and madmen. Once inside a mind, players can rise in rank by collecting figments of other people's imaginations; sort through their emotional baggage; clear out their mental cobwebs and crack open their memory vaults. As their rank rises, players are endowed with new psychic powers such as telekinesis, invisibility, pyrokinesis, clairvoyance and confusion.

Featuring a humorous storyline filled with unforgettable characters and non-linear gameplay of incredible depth, Psychonauts offers players multiple paths throughout wildly imaginative settings. Along the way, players must conquer an array of challenging puzzles with alternate solutions that self-tailor themselves to the player's own strengths and abilities.

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