The Bourne Conspiracy - Xbox 360
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- Be Jason Bourne in an action experience that seamlessly blends hand-to-hand combat, shooting, and dramatic escapes
- Weaponize the environment to perform deadly attacks and multi-opponent takedowns
- Combines the big moments of The Bourne Identity with all-new back story developed by Bourne trilogy screenwriter Tony Gilroy
- Aggressive cinematic presentation
- Employ signature techniques to weaponries, improvise, and always survive
- Platform: Xbox 360
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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You are the perfect weapon. You are Jason Bourne. Robert Ludlum's best-selling spy novels and blockbuster film adaptations have thrilled millions. Now become Ludlum's most famous spy Jason Bourne, going deeper than ever into his world of espionage and conspiracy. A signature Jason Bourne video game experience is born in an original title fusing the viscous tension and depth of the novels with the aggressive style and frenetic action of the films.
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Excellent Combat Mechanism
Realistic Shooting Mechanic
Captures Jason Bourne Flawlessly
Too many big guns for Bourne
I'll be taking a closer look at all of these in a moment, but for now, lets begin by examining the three basic areas of gameplay: Close Combat, Shooting, and Driving.
Close Combat in The Bourne Conspiracy lives up to the fight scenes in the films. By using the X and Y buttons, Bourne can execute light and heavy attacks on opponents. Holding down the buttons prepares a light or heavy kick, which is impossible to block, but takes about 2 seconds to prep. One of the unique aspects here is adrenaline. As you successfully land punches and kicks, you build up adrenaline, which can then be used to execute devastating takedown attacks, which allow you to use the environment (such as pens, books, windows, other enemies) to bash your foe to the ground. The combat flows well, and the only real issue here is that while you fight one enemy, his buddies all just circle the fight (occasionally they will try to hit you, but you can simply press a button to knock them out of the way and cancel the blow.) Overall, it works surprisingly well.
Shooting in Bourne takes place in a third-person perspective without falling into the trap of impossible aiming mechanics. Fighting here is cover-based, but unlike a lot of other cover-based shooting games, Bourne allows you to draw enemies out of cover by firing at their cover (distracting them or making them feel they are no longer safe). Here as well you have the ability to use adrenaline to fuel shooting takedowns, which, while not as impressive as the close quarters ones (Bourne usually just aims with a cool look on his face and shoots) they still provide a good deal of satisfaction. My biggest beef with the shooting is also pretty minor. Bourne's got too many guns! You spend a good deal of time using shotguns, SMGs, and even an AK-47. Those things bring to mind Rambo, not Bourne, who specializes in stealth and professionalism.
Driving is only featured in one level, but since it's a pretty iconic scene (the Paris Car Chase) it deserves a mention here. The driving system is similar to the one used in a lot of driving games, such as Grand Theft Auto or Crackdown. The only real difference here is that you can, as Bourne, use adrenaline to enhance your abilities by slowing down time to allow more precise driving. As a bonus, one of the Achievements available to unlock while driving is a reward for smashing up Paris as much as possible, always a nice touch.
Before I wrap up, there are a few more things to touch on. The so-called "quick action events" (an event requiring you to swiftly press a certain button during a cutscene to influence events) are a welcome break from the constant fighting and add variety to the game. Finally, as I mentioned earlier, the cinematics can at times be a bit grainy. I think the issue here is that the brightness during cinematics is turned up too high (and unfortunately changing the game brightness doesn't help)
Overall, the Bourne Conspiracy captures the heart of the Bourne films without trying too hard to be a "movie game". Aside from a few minor issues, this game is a solid title and hopefully the first in a franchise of games based on Jason Bourne.
1. The game gives flashback into the character's past. Though nice in theory it completely gets rid of any idea of trying to follow the prime point of the plot, Finding Bourne's Past! Because of this if you hadn't seen the movies or read the books then you'd have no real care about the plot.
2. Too damn short. It's a Next-Gen game. Why the does it only cover the first book? and when I say short I mean: All the levels, Extra, and Bonus stuff in less than 10hrs and that's replaying a few missions for find items.
3. I would have liked a little more to the HtH fights. You get 4 actions: Light, Heavy, block & adrenaline. The later needs to build up in combat before it can be used. While it keeps the hand-hand simple it leaves you wondering, "Why isn't an assassin better then this?"
4. For the 360 why do I need Achievements for having less then 10% accuracy? Achievements are supposed to be good, not bad.
1. The game keeps you on your toes. Even the when a cut scene happens you better hold onto the controller.
2. Character doesn't look like Matt Damon. That's not a jab. I liked this becuase it gets rid of the idea this is based solely around the movies.
3. The Sound track will get stuck in your head.
4. The extras, when unlocked, are very good for the first game.
5. Even with the combat being as simple as it was I still had several times of holding my breath in a boss fight.
6. After the first few levels head shots will become second nature, and it will need to be.
7. Building up the adrenaline meter to drop 3 targets at once.
I hope the second and third improve on these. If your a fan of the series buy it. Otherwise I'd say it's a rental or borrower.
The Bad: You have to have watched the movie or read the book to know what's really going on, combat and shooting oversimplified, only one driving section, super short
The Bourne Conspiracy is based off of the hit book and movie by author Robert Ludlum. I have good news for people who haven't watched or read the book or movie; you didn't have to too enjoy this. The game is about a trained assassin by the government who tries to find his true identity and runs into, and has to kill, the people in his way. While the plot is a bit confusing the voice acting is superb and the game uses the Unreal engine (Gears of War) and the game just looks and sounds amazing.
While Matt Damon is missing as the lead role he won't be missed since the new character is better and more likable. The takes is really reminiscent of Indigo Prophecy with the game being full of context sensitive cut scenes. While there's essentially no mini-games there are three parts to the game: Fighting, shooting, and driving. The fighting is what you'll be doing a lot and it's just gruesomely satisfying. You have heavy attack and light attack and you can use these in a 3 combo attack. You can charge either one for a light or powerful kick as well. You can block and strafe around the opponent. When you get your adrenaline bar up (there are three segments you can charge by connecting hits) you can perform a takedown which is a brutal and deadly scene of using the environment or breaking some limbs and smashing heads into walls.
While all of this sounds simple, it is, but it's really satisfying and doesn't really get old. You also have bosses at the end of every level that have a health meter, and I can report the AI in this game is really awesome. During the shooting sections you can take cover, hold up to two weapons (a handgun and another weapon) perform shooting takedowns (up to three depending on how full your adrenaline bar is). You also have a cool run button that makes the camera shake while you run through halls so it really feels like your playing a movie. While your shooting sections are pretty generic and nothing special they work and thanks to the game's length you won't feel bored of this. There is one driving section in the game and the car handles superbly and it's just full of intense chasing.
While the game is full of so much action it doesn't last long clocking in at about 5-6 hours. There is no multiplayer what-so-ever and the extras are a bit lame. If you're looking for an awesome action rental then look no further than The Bourne Conspiracy.
When I first bought this game wasn't sure what to expect as to graphics and storyline but wasn't dissapointed it combines shooting which usually works satisfactorily ,the driving section which the other drivers seem to be part time police officers as they will intentially try to cut you off during a chase,and the fighting where this game excels ;True to the books and the movies Bourne is a human weapon able to use the environment and his own body to take down opponents often larger and equally skilled as he is at hand to hand with no problems except for some difficulty on the boss battles often times the health bar for the boss will not move whereas your own drops quicker than the temperature during a blizzard; storywise as some of the other reviewers have said it incorporates some settings of the first movie into the story namely the embassy escape,the farm ,and the safehouse but most of it is played in flashbacks as to the events leading up to the movie such as how he gets to Mombasi in the first place.the big element of this game is the use of andrenaline which is built up through combining moves ,driving and shooting once the meter is full it can be used for one button shooting attacks or fighting multiple assailants with a single button press if the level is high enough ;extras include option of replaying levels and the chance to relive some of the first movies memorable fight scenes as Jason Bourne.
Pretty good movie game so far, it follows the movie a bit which is good....but I am glad this wasn't a fall release.
The controls could be much tighter on this game and actually could have used some of the tricks done for Stranglehold.
The aiming is not all that great and the combos are so so. It could have used a leveling system or some kind of earning system but some of it gets repetitive after a while...this is definently a summer (something to do until Madden et al. comes) kind of game.