The Bourne Conspiracy

Review

posted 7/2/2008 by Charles Husemann
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One Page Platforms: PS3
About halfway through the game is an inexplicable driving mission which forces you to escape the police in Paris. It’s the only sequence of and while it’s not bad, it does stick out like a sore thumb from the rest of the gameplay. The car controls are a bit on the loose side and it does have a few quicktime events that you’ll have to navigate as well. I’m not sure if they should have added another driving sequence to the game to fill the game out more or taken the segment out but it does feel a bit odd.

Thankfully you can restart from any checkpoint in the game which means which is a nice choice option as you can quit at any point without losing a lot of progress in the game. I don’t know why more developers don’t do this but it was nice to have.

How you feel about the style of the game will depend on how much you enjoyed the style of the movies. The game lifts the face paced, quick cut cinematography from the films. It’s a bit maddening at times but it does give the game a unique feel. The camera angle is a bit skewed the majority of the time but once you get used to it it’s not too much of a problem. I did have to fight the camera a few times but its about par for the course for this type of game.


The audio in the game is also well done with a decent score and fairly solid voice over work. Where the audio shines though is in the general audio of the game. Everything from the sound of the guns to landing a punch sounds exactly like you would expect it do and it really does draw you further into the game.

Graphically the game is a mixed bag. It certainly looks better moving on screen that it does in screenshots but it’s not quite at the same level as other current gen games. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it gets the job done but don’t go in looking for Gears of War level graphics. The game could have also used some more varied henchmen as you do end up killing the “generic bad guy in a ski mask” for most of the game. The game does gets marks for adding destructible cover into the mix. This has to be one of my favorite things as there’s nothing more satisfying than blowing up a bad guys hiding spot before taking him out with a final kill

As I was playing through the game I couldn’t help but think how cool it would have been to have co-op multiplayer in the game. Sure it would have to have been a flashback mission but it would have been a lot of fun to have a few specialized co-op missions in the game where you and some of the other Treadstone agents dish out cases of whoop-ass. Hopefully this is something we’ll see in an upcoming sequel as I think the folks at High Moon have created a very solid base to build upon. It’s not the best game on the market but I had a lot of fun playing the game and that counts for something.


B-
It's not a perfect game by any means but the Bourne Conspiracy is a great start for a new franchise.


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