Who hear remembers Jason Bourne? The films were great, apparently. But do you know what I like more than watching films? Well, nothing as of late actually. That’s not the point, I like video game adaptations of movies. Hell, two years ago I reviewed Quantum of Solace and that wasn’t half bad. Apparently the film was basically trying to be Jason Bourne. We’ve come full circle then. Sort of.
Well lets as always start off with what was good about the game. Most notably, the combat. Well, not all of it, more specifically the shooting. I’m surprised to say that the shooting wasn’t all that bad. Don’t get me wrong, it certainly wasn’t good, but lets be fair it wasn’t going to be revolutionary. It’s competent and it works, that’s all you can really ask for.
There are a couple of unique mechanics at least. Over the course of the mission you’ll build up a little bar. Once you fill up at least one segment, you can use a special move that will basically insta-kill an enemy. There is a varied use to this. Mainly because shooting with this, it’s basically useless. However in the hand to had combat it’s much better to use, probably because the hand to hand combat is so poor.
So while there’s some competent shooting on display, the same most certainly cannot be said for the fist fighting. It’s unfortunately rather frequent throughout the game, and because of this I was expecting it to be a lot better than it was. As I previously stated, you could fill up the bars to instantly knock down an opponent. This really does help.
My problem with the combat is that it was sluggish, slow and boring. Enemies blocked far too much and broke up the combat into really long, boring chunks. It didn’t help that there were mini boss battles either. They were basically regular enemies but presumably from the films. Look, I know it’s been about ten years, I haven’t gotten around to watching them yet.
Boss battles in this game were pretty much the same every time. Big enemy appears, cutscene plays, mash the A button so you can do the running knee kick thing, win. That was that. Or so it would be if they didn’t inject quick time events into the whole sordid affair.
I can’t complain though, as far as I’m aware I’m pretty sure it sticks to the plot of the film. Someone can clarify this for me, but as far as my knowledge goes, they definitely stick to the source material. I do recognise one or two villains from the trailers of each film, so I guess that’s close enough. Because of that, I do think The Bourne Conspiracy is a fairly decent movie tie in. But that may be nostalgia talking, rather than critical thinking.
But if you thought that was bad, just wait until you see the graphics. By God are they laughably bad by today’s standards. I’m sure they were fine and dandy back when this game came out, but not anymore. It sort of looks like what happens when you put Gears of War through a shredder.
I can’t help but think these poor graphics have something to do with the crummy level design. A lot of the levels in this game are pretty similar to one another and run of the mill at best. Several missions seem to blend together for me. One moment I’m running around a boat, then I’m in a museum. At one point I’m pretty sure I drove a Mini, but I can’t confirm or deny these claims.
Hell, I’ll give the game one thing, it sure as hell knows how to annoy me. Mainly because, when going for the gamerscore in this game, I realised just how many collectables there are. Good God, why do I need to collect passports? Why are there so many of the damn things. Sanity was slowly slipping away from me throughout my time playing this game, and the amount of collectables was probably why.
I will give credit where credit is due though, and the game is a fairly harmless thousand gamerscore. As long as you play in short bursts (and on the hardest difficulty) then you should unlock the majority of achievements. Still, if you’re anything like me you’ll finish the game and not go back to it until you need to write a review on it.
I’m not going to lie, The Bourne Conspiracy is a competent game overall. The combat works, and by extent so does the hand to hand mishaps. There’s enough in this game that it barely passes off as a decent movie tie in game. Of course by regular gaming standards this is a big old pile of shit. Still, if we compare it to other movie tie in games then this is the cream of the crop.
Lets be fair and give this game a bit more credit. Right now you’re probably thinking you don’t want to play this game, right? Hell, look below, I’ve given the game a five out of ten, that’s literally the stick for mediocrity. But even with that, I would still recommend playing The Bourne Conspiracy. It’s not an expensive game, it’ll probably cost you a few of your local currency. Dollars, pounds, Canadian money, whatever the hell that is. Either way, it’s cheap and to be honest, the game does have its high points and they really shine through.
I won’t lie to you though, it’s a very forgettable experience. Yes, I did spend the past few days playing this game but I can’t tell you for the life of me what actually happened. Maybe I would have had a different opinion if I’d watched the movies, for better or for worse. Either way watching the films may finally make me hit the nail on the head of what to truly think about this game.