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I like days where I find a deal for a game at a sub-tenner price, which itself is very good, but then find out the next best price is almost twenty pounds more! Velvet Assassin, a little known WW2 action game released last year, can be nabbed off Cool Shop for just £9.49!
It's low price may be a result of a low score on MetaCritic, averaging only a score of 56. However, it received a favorable review from Play magazine, awarding it an 80, citing the richly detailed WW2 setting as a highlight, but lamenting the rigid stealth-gameplay.
Set in WW2, Velvet Assassin follows super-spy Violette Summer, a former MI6 agent mortally wounded by a German sniper. Flitting between life and death in a hospital bed in France, Summer recalls her past missions, events in her life leading up to the point where a sniper's bullet almost ended her. In-between flashbacks, Summer glimpses men in her hospital room, arguing over her fate.
Velvet Assassin is a stealth game, where you must guide Summer through a labyrinthine maze of environments, from fuel depots to Polish slums. Summer isn't a super-soldier, she can't simply wade into battle, firing a turret. You must carefully navigate around enemy patrols, keeping to the shadows and avoiding the attention of armed guards. When you decide an enemy should be killed, it must be quiet and discreet, so as not to call attention to your presence. The stylised visuals remind you of how well-known your presence is among guards and soldiers, so keep an eye on it.
Velvet Assassin delivered an intruiguing take on the World War II and stealth genres, but a few flaws and some mediocre reviews cast it out of the limelight at the time. However, ShopTo are now retailing at £6.95, which will save you £2.50 compared to Coolshop. It's a niche title to be sure... but at this price, stealth fans should probably take a closer look.
Gaming is completely stuffed full of World War Two titles. We've relieved every major battle, visited every front and participated in every bloody offensive, but Velvet Assassin takes a completely different tack. Rather than focusing on high action and burly All-American apple pie-guzzling protagonists, it allows you to enter the tense and ever-so-slightly disturbing world of resistance espionage. Deployed into occupied WW2 France and Germany, beautiful and deadly SIS agent Violette Summer is tasked with retrieving secret documents, assassinating key personnel and generally being a thorn in the Fuhrer's side.
What follows is an inconsistent Hitman-style stealth experience, with the ability to silently kill enemies, steal the uniforms or just sneak around them. Unfortunately, the core stealth mechanics feel a little broken... and even when they work, missions tend to descend into mindless shooting. In an odd twist for a stealth title, Violette can enter a trippy (and really nasty) blood frenzy where she can brutally execute opponents., which literally never gets old. Which is more than you can say for some of the shooting sections.
Velvet Assassin has an intriguing premise and storyline (based on some true events, no less), but inconsistent design decisions let this title down on a fairly basic level. Still, for £6.95, it's well worth a look for fans of the genre who've blown through the staggeringly short Splinter Cell Conviction.
There are so many World War Two games on market these days that from the deserts of North Africa to the forests of Norway, players can virtually relive the entire conflict from start to finish. But those designers over at Replay Studios do deserve a pat on the back for at least attempting to do something different. Their addition (to what is probably one of the most over saturated game genres ever) comes in the form of Velvet Assassin. This 3rd person shooter/slasher is currently being offered by Zavvi priced £14.95. That’s nearly £3 cheaper than the next best price offered by The Hut.
The story of VA centres upon the exploits of Violette Summer (supposedly based on a real person) who, with her black jump suit and Edward scissor hands hair cut, enjoys nothing more than running around with a big knife carving up fascists. The game attempts to deliver a sort of stealthy Splinter Cell type experience where the player must conceal themselves in the shadows and only use their gun as a last resort.
But sadly, Velvet Assassin fails to be anywhere near as dynamic. You cannot climb ceilings or walls, and the enemy AI is ludicrously dreadful. For example it is actually possible to hide in the shadow cast by a wooden box and not be spotted by an enemy from three feet away. Also the action, although it tries to different – with its Tenchu style stealth kills – does become repetitive. This is further not helped by, what is in my opinion the game's worst offence of all, its horribly linear levels. There is only ever one route to take through the environment and one way to achieve the objectives.
So the main problem with Velvet Assassin is that although the game has a cool and original concept, the whole thing is poorly executed. Even though the graphics do look great and there is about five minutes of fun to be had killing Nazis, I personally found this one to be a big disappointment. However, do not rely on the biased opinion of a gamer who spends an entire hour on one battle of Medieval Total War! The game is fun to complete the first time round. So although paying £39.99 is absolute extortion; you could certainly be forgiven for buying a copy at £15.