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The Golden Compass review

Great book. Iffy film. Game from hell


  • Seeing favorite characters
  • Imagining what could have been
  • Reading the book instead


  • Boring levels
  • Glaring story inaccuracies
  • Wonky controls

Warren Spector recently claimed that he would have loved to have worked on games set within Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe. This, frankly, would have been amazing- the books fit him like a glove. Their themes of alternate parallel universes, their steampunk mentality, the weighty references to works of literature, their hive of moral ambiguity, and the homosexual angels would have been right up his street. This game could have been a legendary RPG, and it wouldn't have shied away from the religion-prodding either.

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DescriptionThe game sucks for many reasons - mostly because it's broken and pug fugly. But what did you expect from a movie tie-in?
PlatformDS, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating12+
Release date4 December 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)