With no new Bond, Bourne or 24 on the way anytime soon, you could do far worse than this surprisingly deep title from Obsidian Entertainment. This price is £2.79 better than the next best price at Cool Shop UK.
I reviewed the game recently and enjoyed it despite some glaring faults, the biggest being the lacklustre gunplay mechanic which often gives the effect that the crosshairs are more of a hallucination than a useful indicator of an accurate headshot possibility. It does get a bit better as you level up but it still feels a bit shoddy.
Play the game as a stealth operative though and you’ll start to have a lot of fun with it as you set yourself targets of creeping through a stage, strangling every guard without raising the alarm. It’s a shame the awful boss fights insist you get your guns out, but just try and get through them.
If you can forgive the game its flaws, you’ll want to play through multiple times as the branching conversation choices mean you can shape the story differently each time. After most boss fights you can choose to execute, arrest or become allies with them to send the plot off in a new direction. Choosing question responses keeps you interested and involved through every dialogue cut-scene as you choose to strengthen a relationship or damage it for your own twisted ego purposes.
Levelling up will let you improve your skills, unlock new moves and temporary abilities in areas such as stealth, melee fighting, toughness, gadgets, and various weapon types. It’s a strong system with a reasonable degree of flexibility between spy-types, although I’d strongly recommend building your sneaking and silenced pistol skills rather than an all-guns-blazing commando-type.
The graphics are a bit patchy in places which adds to the rushed feel of things. But if you try and avoid using your guns and allow yourself to enjoy the story and get stuck into the conversation system there’s hours of fun to be had.
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