Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex

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Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex
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Konami handles a counterpart of a franchise and it goes wrong.
Genre(s): Action
Platform
Platform(s): Wii
Xbox 360
Release: Xbox 360
May 26, 2010
Wii
NA: May 31, 2010
EU: December 17, 2010
Developer(s): Black Lantern Studios
Publisher(s): Konami
Country: United States
Series: Ben 10
Predecessor: Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
Successor: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction

Ben 10: Alien Force: The Rise of Hex is the fourth game in the Ben 10 video game series, the third game to be based on the Ben 10: Alien Force series, and the first downloadable game based on the series.

Why It Goes Out of Hero Time

  1. A step backwards compare to its predecessor: It feels more like a flash game from the Cartoon Network website instead of an actual video game.
  2. When you first boot up the game, the "press A" text will appear very choppy.
  3. Horrible sound quality.
  4. Lazy cutscenes. It's just slideshows with text with zero voice acting! This is unacceptable, because Ben 10: Alien Force had actual animated cutscenes with dialogue and this was also released on the Wii 2 years before this game!
  5. Bad controls. The D-Pad is for the camera and alien selection, and sometimes when you press left to look behind, you will accidentally trigger the alien selection.
    • In this game, Ben's Omnitrix boost during his alien form can be increased while shaking the Wii Remote. But because of the alien forms lasting only for a few seconds, you will have to constantly shake the Wii Remote and yet it will never work, because you will soon go back to human form.
  6. Horrible graphics that's even worse than Ben 10: Alien Force. First off, because this is a 2D platformer, Ben is very tiny, but also so tiny, you can't even see his face, which makes him more of a rendered Atari 2600 character. Even the DS games had more detailed graphics.
  7. Misleading tutorial. Ben tells you that you can use Swampfire to grow roots using the 2 button, but you're supposed to use the Z button to do so.
  8. It was so bad it was delisted from North America.
  9. The animation in this game is even worse than Ben 10: Alien Force. While the animation in that game was laughable and stupid, the animation in this game is so clunky it feels like the characters are actually robots (and also unfunny).
  10. The alien powers you get only last for a few seconds, and attacking enemies drains nearly most of your energy.
  11. Much like Ben 10: Alien Force, you start out with 2 aliens.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It is the second game to FINALLY live up its name after Vilgax Attacks, because now you have ten aliens to unlock (eight if you discount Swampfire and Brainstorm).
  2. The Xbox 360 version has slightly better graphics and controls, but that's not saying much.

Trivia

  1. This is the last Cartoon Network game to use the channel's old logo (i.e. the one used from 2004, which was changed following the CHECK IT era).

Reception

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex received mixed to negative reviews. Ryan Clement of IGN said, "Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex is a waste of ten dollars. It has mundane, awkward platforming, no story context, and a strange difficulty imbalance."

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