Set five years after the end of the original series, Ben Tennyson, now a teenager, once again dons the Omnitrix to protect the earth and other parts of the universe from villainous alien activity. The Omnitrix itself, a wristwatch-shaped device, allows Ben to transform into numerous alien forms, thereby inheriting the unique abilities of that alien race.
When the Omnitrix was recalibrated it gained a more watch-style shape, a green wristband, and became smaller and sleeker with the face plate becoming black and green. The inside of the hourglass shape on the face now glows in different colors at special moments; these colors signify the state that the Omnitrix is in. The display mode of alien-shaped black silhouettes printed on the face has been replaced by a dark green 3D hologram hovering above the watch, giving a more detailed look of the selected alien.
The new Omnitrix also functions as a Plumber's badge which is used in the series as a communicator, a detector of other Plumber's badges, an alien-language translator, and as a key for accessing the Extranet, an intergalactic Internet.
Again directed by Alex Winter, the film's cast included Ryan Kelley as Ben, Nathan Keyes as Kevin, and Galadriel Stineman as Gwen. Lee Majors was offered to reprise his role as Grandpa Max, but he turned it down; the role was recast with Barry Corbin. The film also featured Alyssa Diaz as a new character named Elena, who was a childhood friend of Ben. The aliens seen were Big Chill, Humongousaur, and a new alien named Nanomech. In the movie, Kevin's car was a green Dodge Challenger.
Lego Ben 10: Alien Force was based on Ben 10: Alien Force animated television show. The product line focuses on Ben Tennyson's powerful alien forms with various abilities. Lego Ben 10: Alien Force aimed to recreate the main characters in Lego buildable figures, including Spidermonkey, Swampfire, Chromastone, Humungousaur, Jet Ray and Big Chill. Each of the sets included the Bionicle parts and allows children to built an action figure version of one of Ben's alien forms.
The film opens as sixteen-year-old cousins Ben and Gwen Tennyson, and their friend, seventeen-year-old Kevin Levin, are negotiating with a group of black market dealers attempting to sell them alien nanochips, which are causing interference with the Omnitrix. One of them reveals herself to be Elena Validus, a childhood friend of Ben and Gwen. Elena explains that she had set up negotiations to lure Ben out into the open to seek his help in finding her abducted scientist father.
Infiltrating the factory, populated by multiple infected, including Max, the group discovers that the Queen infected Elena's father, and his body is being used as a hive to rapidly mass-produce the chips. Fearing being possessed by the chips while in his alien forms, Ben uses the Omnitrix to transform into a new alien that he calls \"Nanomech\", but before he could turn into it he was instead shrunken down as a human. He then notices the giant feet of Kevin and Gwen in front of him. Gwen begins to scrap her gigantic heavy foot across the floor which causes a loud scratching sound which goes to show the massive difference in both size and mass between Gwen and now her shrunken cousin. Ben realises that he is small then after a few seconds then finally transforms into Nanomech, which was created by scanning the DNA of the chips. He flies into Victor's head and battles the Queen, who briefly tries to assert dominance on him, though he resists, while Gwen, Kevin, and Elena fight the infected. As the dormant chips in the factory activate, Nanomech uses the chips ability to adapt to overwhelm and destroy the Queen, freeing everyone from the chips' control.
Cartoon Network became more involved in the designs of the aliens than the company was for Ben 10. The company along with Boomerang, suggested to the filmmakers that combining aliens be the main draw for the movie.
Five years after the Original Series, 15-year old Ben Tennyson has returned to a normal, everyday life. His adventures all done, Ben has taken off the Omnitrix and has grown from a young boy into a confident teenager; however, the mysterious disappearance of Grandpa Max makes Ben put the Omnitrix back on, as well as forcing him; his cousin Gwen; and his old enemy Kevin to search and locate Grandpa Max. At the same time, they must enlist the help of the Plumbers' kids (children or grandchildren of retired Plumbers which are commonly half human and half alien) and repel attacks from a new enemy, the Highbreed.
The theme song shows a slideshow of Ben's first ten aliens in Alien Force. Initially in the first season, the tenth alien, Alien X, was kept as a mysterious silhouette. His full image was later shown in season two and three. The melody is an orchestral remix of the two verses of the Original Series' theme song.
Ask any young boy about his favorite cartoon series, and one of the more popular answers you'll get is \"Ben 10.\" The adventures of a young boy who can transform into 10 different alien forms struck a chord with its intended audience and helped Cartoon Network shift its focus from comedy to action with good results. The sequel series, \"Ben 10: Alien Force,\" did a good job of not only keeping its core audience intact but also introducing a new, older audience to its brand of action and good storytelling. The subsequent video games have done well, and the ones featured on the Nintendo Wii have been good titles for the license. While the next-generation consoles are now just getting their fix for the series, the Wii has received the third game in the successful line. Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is a little bit of a departure from the previous titles, and while young fans won't mind the change, older fans will be wishing for something better to come along.
The game's adventure mode is split into two different gameplay styles. The predominant mode is that of a brawling platformer. You take Ben and his different alien forms from area to area, clearing out rooms of enemies before proceeding. Your method of combat is the use of your fists, though you can use some special moves, depending on which alien you transform into. When you're not fighting, you're usually switching into your different alien forms to solve a few simple puzzles or climb or jump over large gaps to proceed to the next fight. The fighting itself is solid, though it can get a bit repetitive unless you learn how to unleash specific combos of regular and special moves. The simplicity also carries over to the game's puzzles and a few of the boss fights, though some can get fairly tough for young gamers who are not accustomed to how other games have handled similar situations and patterns. Luckily for them, Vilgax Attacks features unlimited lives and plenty of hints; just about every breakable object in the game contains health, making tough fights bearable as long as you have something non-living to punch. It's also a fairly long adventure so gamers will appreciate having a title that takes longer than an afternoon to finish.
The second style of gameplay happens anytime you travel from planet to planet with Ship, the transforming alien pet of Ben's girlfriend. Here, the game transforms into a shooter similar to Starfox or After Burner. Objects like asteroids and rogue satellites will block your path and hurtle toward you. Your job is to make it through the level by shooting them down with lasers and homing missiles. Like the brawling portions, there's no multiplayer and no penalty for dying, aside from starting at the beginning of the session. While the shooting portions are a nice break from the brawling aspect of the game, the developers made them entirely skippable. It's an odd move since it shortens the overall game length, but it's welcome if you really want to punch an enemy instead of shoot it.
As expected, the voices are the same ones used in the series, and most of the cast members seem comfortable reading their character lines and some basic tutorial text. For some reason, though, the tutorial lines delivered by Grandpa Max sound disjointed and incomplete. It becomes especially fragmented whenever a button or direction is announced, as you can tell the pauses and different vocal inflections given for each part that has to be said. It's distracting and should have been fixed before releasing to retail. The voices for the aliens are just as muffled as the sound effects. You have to strain to hear each alien say its name as it transforms, even though this doesn't occur in other versions of the game.
As stated time and time again in this review, the young fans of Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks will get the most enjoyment out of this game. For them, the adventure is good enough, and they have access to almost all of the different alien forms all of the time, which will make them enjoy it even more. The Wii version is almost on par with the next-generation versions, which is also a plus since the console usually ends up getting the short end of the stick. For the older fans, however, the title is another example of a mediocre kids' game. The adventure feels tedious, and the overall package seems like it doesn't have as much polish as it should in a few areas. Unless you know a young child who's a big fan of the series, it's best to rent this title in order to get your money's worth from the game.
Set five years after the events of the original Ben 10 (2005) series, Ben 10: Alien Force follows the 15-year-old Ben Tennyson as he trains a new team of teenage heroes to fight the genocidal Highbreed and locate his missing grandpa, Max. The Omnitrix, the strange wristwatch-like device that allows him to transform into ten different types of super-powered alien, has recalibrated, giving him access to a new selection of breeds and abilities.
The theme was small and short-lived, containing just six sets. Each set is an action figure version of one of Ben's alie