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.