Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Conspiracy 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.7
Sound 8.6
Value 8.7
Distributor: Vivendi
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2008
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.7


Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Conspiracy

Based on the popular novels by Robert Ludlum, the Bourne Conspiracy arrives on the XBox 360 that promises to transform gamers into Jason Bourne, a former agent who has lost all memories of the past and is searching for his identity. Unfortunately for Bourne, he is being tracked by a variety of nefarious government agents and turncoats as he attempts to liberate himself and live the life he chooses, not what others have chosen.

Features:

  • Become Jason Bourne, a 30 million dollar weapon on the loose, in action-packed original missions and sequences inspired by The Bourne Identity.
  • Go deeper into the Bourne mythos than ever before, experiencing Bourne as both ruthless agent and wanted assassin on the run from his own agency.
  • Move from firefights to fistfights in sequences that seamlessly blend shooting with hand-to-hand combat.
  • Employ signature Bourne techniques to weaponize, improvise, always survive -- pull off heart-pounding escapes, memorable fight moves, acrobatic gun play, and devastating takedowns.

The game itself is more based on the novels by Ludlum rather than the movies and even the main character in the game is as far removed as Matt Damon as possible which assists in giving ownership of the hero to the gamer. In its essence, the Bourne Conspiracy is an action adventure game that has our hero solving puzzles and engaging with a variety of enemies in order for him to find his destiny.

The combat of the Bourne Conspiracy is rather entertaining, even though the combat is reliant on two buttons on the XBox 360 controller, X for light attack and Y for heavy attack with the A button used to block your enemies.

Best of all, you can use these buttons to perform a variety of combination attacks which spices up the gameplay and does pay homage to some of the stunts from the movies. Your character also has the ability to "sense" where his enemies are located which assists in the gameplay and doesn't make things too difficult for the gamer.

The game is also reliant on an adrenaline meter that when it reaches a certain level, your character is then allowed to perform a vicious takedown which can also be used on boss characters, however they are not as powerful as when used against grunts. You can even perform some "John Woo" style of takedowns and even engage in a variety of foes with this special maneuver which is kind of cool.

Apart from unarmed combat, Bourne also has access to a wide variety of weapons which does make our heroes job easier, although as expected, the enemy also has access to these weapons but none the less, it makes for some exciting gameplay. Players are also awarded for their prowess in the game and are given various unlockable options which although are nothing too exciting does reward the player for their persistence.

Graphically, the Bourne Conspiracy is a visual treat on the XBox 360 with realistic background environments and some great in-game cutscenes which assist in progressing the storyline. My favourite aspect which is also reminiscent of the movie is that some scenes of the game appear to have been taken via handy cam which makes for some motion sickness and is actually quite cool.

One problem with the 3D interface is that the camera angles are sometimes inappropriate which does impact on some of the battles. The characters are quite well animated and have some great looking texture details that when matched with the lighting and special effects, it's almost as if you are watching a Hollywood action movie.

The voice acting is extremely professional and goes hand-in-hand with the gameplay as do the special effects. Where the game does shine in this department is with the soundtrack that changes with certain moments in the game and assists in increasing the adrenaline of the player.

In conclusion, the Bourne Conspiracy is an entertaining game that most gamers will enjoy from start to finish, however in regards to playing it again, the title is a little linear in its conception. Those who may have missed certain puzzles or unlockable content may want to give it another go but because the game is so story driven, players will have seen it all before. However it's still definitively an impressive game from start to finish with little to complain about it.

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