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Naughty Bear is a video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.[5] Players control the eponymous bear as they use various things to earn "Naughty Points", with extra points being given for random missions.[6]

The game is set on a paradisiacal island where teddy bears live in harmony. The main character, Naughty Bear, is a shabby teddy bear who has a tendency to be mischievous, which earns him the dislike of the other bears. Like the other teddy bears, he does not speak but instead conveys his emotions through a variety of sounds and facial expressions. His actions are influenced by an unseen narrator with a demeanor reminiscent of that of a young children's television show host.[7][8]

Plot

Naughty Bear is the only bear on Perfection Island who is not invited to Daddles' birthday party. Naughty tries to be nice anyway and even crafted a gift for the occasion, hoping he and Daddles could become friends. When two other bears, Chubby and Giggles, see that Naughty has a present, they laugh at him. This makes Naughty sulk back to his house. He then decides to get revenge on the bears, going on a killing spree "punishing" the various other inhabitants of Perfection Island and any outside help that comes to their aid.

The episodes that follow have Naughty deal with a variety of unusual events: fighting ninja bears to take out Mayor Chubby whose re-electoral promise is to kill off Naughty; battling the military to punish Cozy for using birds to spy on him; killing Nibbles for raising the Un-Ted; fighting his way through the Bear Emergency Action Response (BEAR) unit to kill oil baron Trembles for intending to kill Naughty and build an oil rig over his hut; and executing Fluffy for unknowingly threatening all existence while taking down his robot bear army.

In the seventh episode, a bear named Sunbeam makes contact with aliens. However, the aliens enslave the bears and take over the island. After killing the aliens, Naughty Bear is congratulated by the other bears for his effort, and was even offered a cake. However, Daddles smashes the cake in Naughty's face, humiliating him in front of all the bears on the island as they all played him. Heartbroken, Naughty Bear goes back to his hut, but not before he destroys the cabin all the bears are in with a rocket launcher.[9]

In the eighth episode, released as downloadable content, Naughty is invited to a cake tasting party to be the guest of honor. However, much to Naughty's dismay, it turns out to be a trap by Cop Gordon as he calls in the superhero Danger Bear and his X-Bear team to bring Naughty Bear to justice. In retaliation, Naughty not only punishes Gordon, but also the X-Bears and Danger Bear's number one fan, Bubbles.

Development

The development team have stated that much of the inspiration for Naughty Bear came from Saturday morning cartoons; the idea of juxtaposing that innocence with dark humour and over-the-top violence. The game's familiar mechanics were inspired by popular games such as Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto, Project Gotham Racing, and Trials HD.[10]

Gamestop and Amazon offered pre-order bonus costumes that spoofed Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger.

Reception

Naughty Bear was met with negative reviews.

IGN's Greg Miller scored the game 3/10 on Xbox 360[11] and 2.5/10 on PlayStation 3.

GameSpot gave the game a 5.5/10.[12]

X-Play gave the game a 3/5.[13]

Joystiq gave the game a 2/5.[14]

The Escapist Magazine gave the game a 2/5, calling it "repetitious and clunky".[15]

Good Game's Steven O'Donnell and Stephanie Bendixsen gave the game a combined score of 2.5/20.

CWCgamer gave the game a 10/10, later releasing a video on his blog naming it 'Game of the Year 2010'. [16]

References

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