The Golden Compass could be a huge hit at the box office. Clearly Sega is banking on it being a videogame success as well, as the company today has shipped The Golden Compass video game for every conceivable platform.
The Golden Compass, based on the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, will hit stores tomorrow for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PSP (PlayStation Portable) and PC.
Featuring plot lines and environments taken straight from the movie, the game allows fans of the movie and book to take control of the story and drive the action. The characters feature the likenesses of the movie’s cast, including Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel and newcomer Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra Belacqua.
The Golden Compass is an exciting adventure set in a parallel world where people’s souls are manifested as companion animals called demons. The demons take on different forms depending on the mood and actions of the human to which they are connected. Other characters in this fantastic world include talking and warring polar bears, nomadic tribes and witches. At the center of the story is Lyra, who starts out trying to rescue a friend who has been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers – and winds up on an epic quest to save the world. Players can assume the role of Lyra, or Iorek Byrnison, a great Armored Ice Bear who joins the quest.
As Lyra, players will use her shape-shifting dÃ¦mon Pan and collaborate with in-game characters in order to explore, evade, and deceive their way through confrontations with the child-stealing Gobblers, the evil organization known as the Magisterium, and the dangerous Spy Flys to find her friend. As the powerful Iorek, players will battle using special attacks to protect Lyra during the journey.
Gamers will be able to unlock secrets and mini-games using a mysterious, truth-telling device called the Alethiometer, or Golden Compass. Players can venture through 11 vast locations, including all-new environments not seen in the film, on this massive journey of collaboration, exploration and the eternal struggle between good and evil.