The Plan (Th3 Plan) PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 6.9
Graphics 7.2
Sound 7.0
Value 6.5
Distributor: Auran
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
July 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

6.5


The Plan (Th3 Plan)

A team of crack experts in their field pull of a heist, something goes wrong. Was it betrayal? Revenge is sought, as is the escape of one of the jailed members. Put together a string of challenges and you will be playing The Plan. This game is a catch 22 in that you can see the makings of something that could be really great but instead is just good. The primary story is told through a series of stills during the game that really would have been better off being told as a series of proper animations. 

Installation of the game is a breeze and you should be up and playing in no time. Actions are mapped out pretty well to the keyboard/mouse and though there is a slight learning curve, it should not be long before you are up and running no worries. 

The game does make you feel like you are a member of an elite team of thieves that is on a mission. Things are set in place that counterpoint the whole experience and do make it quite immersive. A big factor behind this is the soundtrack, which is great and highly suitable to the game. In fact the audio is a big reason that the game scored as high as it did, especially the voices in the game.

There really is a lot that could have been done to make this game great. The forced feeling that possibly not enough time was spent in testing or getting actual gamers to check it out is prevalent and can sometimes drive you mad. Little petty things like when you have characters talking there are subtitles, but then occasionally the subtitles just pop up on screen with no audio! Annoying.

The way that the game displays on screen is great with the main character you are controlling dominating the top part of the screen with the redundant ones taking up smaller parts of the screen. The ones that you are not using are essentially CPU controlled followers whilst you take the lead with your main character. At first I didnít think it could work well, but it actually does.

The Plan makes sure that you use the skill sets of the games three team members. Each has unique abilities that you have to take advantage of in order to get through the game so it is worthwhile learning earlier on in the title to see what each can do. The first level of the game is a well put together in order to make you learn how everything works. The title is pretty darn hard though and I did find the repetition cumbersome.

Each character has their own special skills that almost always need to be utilised in order to complete the mission. By rotating through the team members allows you to make your way through the game and also relieves some of the tedium of playing through a slower paced game like this.

Thatís where we need to have a closer look at this game and itís also where some of you might be disappointed. This is not a fast game and the focus is not on heavy weapons play. Stealth and secrecy are the name of the game and I did feel at times that it was a bit too slow.






 
 



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