Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance from GameMill Entertainment and Bamtang brings us a greatest-hits-type adventure on PS5. Learn more in our Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance review!
Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance from GameMill Entertainment and Bamtang brings us a greatest-hits-type adventure on PlayStation 5. We’ll get a chance to relieve the original series from Nickelodeon while playing as Aang and his friends on a journey to master the elements while solving puzzles and taking on epic classic battles from the series. It features a Story Mode with 18 chapters that can be played either on your own or with someone else, thanks to the local and online co-op options that will unlock after you’ve completed the first level in the game.
Zongying, Director of the Ba Sing Se Players, wants to carefully document the many adventures of Aang and his friends in order to be able to create a play that properly sets the record straight and tells each tale in as much detail as possible. This is why she needs to hear the story of the Avatar from the beginning. You’ll be playing as Aang, Katara, Sokka, Suki, Blue Spirit, Zuko, Toph, Iroh, and King Bumi.
Once you get started, you’ll control your character with the left analog stick to move around each area. Press the X button to jump, and then press it again to perform a double jump – that is, as long as you’re playing as Aang! You can change characters by pressing up or down on the D-Pad as needed. You will sometimes need to order a character in your party to remain in place, which is done by pressing right on the D-Pad. This will be needed for solving some of the puzzles that the game will throw at you.
Your basic attacks are mapped to the Square and Triangle buttons, which will help you strike at enemies from a close range. The Square button will be for a fast attack, while the Triangle button will unleash a stronger but slower attack. You can also attack while jumping. Some bending attacks will briefly trap enemies, which will allow you to attack them with a burst. Firebenders are the only ones who can’t use trap attacks. Every character will have a special ability that can be used by pressing the R1 button. For example, Katar can heal her friends, while Sokka can provide a damage boost to party members.
Each bender can unleash a combo by pressing the Square button in quick succession. To make combat easier, you can press the L2 button to target an enemy so that your attacks focus on them. Use the right analog stick to change targets as needed so that you’re not caught off-guard! Speaking of which, if you use the Circle button and the left analog stick when an enemy is targeted, you can evade incoming attacks. Pressing the R2 button will allow you to take cover from attacks, and you can even throw your cover at enemies by pressing the R2 button a second time. If you land consecutive hits on an enemy, then your focus will be boosted, which will increase the damage, size, and range of your attacks… as long as you’re not hit.
Waterbenders and earthbenders can create ramps or slams made of rock or ice to be able to reach elevated areas. Some objects will need to be bent, which is done by pressing the Square button when a prompt pops up. Different bending moves will have different effects depending on the object. Be sure to interact with Avatar statues to save your progress and restore your health. You’ll later be using them to change your party, as well as to activate the local or online Co-Op Mode if you want to. Every once in a while, you’ll get to ride on an animal, which will activate a race. You can press the X button during races to perform a special move that will allow you to avoid larger obstacles or gain a speed boost.
You should make the most of the items that you find during your adventure. Use food to restore your health so that you can carry on fighting. Drink up a potion to receive a small boost to your character’s abilities. You can select items from your inventory and assign them to your item slot, which is activated by pressing left on the D-Pad. Consumable items can be purchased from shops, and you can sell any items you don’t want to get some extra money.
By taking on and completing quests and side-quests, you’ll be rewarded with Pai Sho Tiles. You can use them to unlock perks in each character’s Skill Tree. As you unlock perks and improve each character’s attacks and abilities, you’ll be able to keep up with the increasingly more difficult enemies and bosses you’ll face along the way. Some perks will only become available after you complete specific challenges or battle arenas. Be sure to keep an eye on the perks that boost a character’s health bar since those are certainly going to be important!
If you want to 100% the game, then you’ll have to keep an eye out for each of the special collectibles in each chapter. These can be found in chests that only appear while playing in Free Mode, which is one that allows you to mix and match characters that would otherwise not be available to you for a specific chapter. Once you complete all side-quests for a chapter, you’ll be able to take on finding all of the remaining collectibles. You can also find Bending Scrolls, which will upgrade each of the four bending disciplines.
And now, let’s talk about the trophies! Avatar The Last Airbender – Quest For Balance is a Cross-Buy title, so that means that if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll be able to download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each one will have its own trophy list. Each list is split into 10 Bronze trophies, 11 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. The first trophy to pop will be for completing the tutorial. Once that is taken care of, you’ll unlock trophies for completing objectives such as using each character’s special ability, blocking 20 projectiles with your shield, trapping 20 enemies, beating 3 bosses without getting hit, completing all animal races while collecting more than 75% of the coins, defeating each boss, and unlocking all perks to name some examples.
Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance brings us a chance to relieve the beloved Avatar series by experiencing key moments presented over its 18 chapters. Think of it as the type of game we would get back in the day as a movie tie-in videogame during, say, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System era, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect from this one. Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $49.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest For Balance review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by GameMill Entertainment.