Lots of kick ass moves
No real replay value
|Time Played||2.5 hours|
Anannya Sens Review
Not quite as good as the films.
I must admit that while I think the Bourne films can be a bit silly (who am I? I can run faster than anyone, infiltrate any building and overpower any number of people, what could I be? I must be a milkman of some kind), I do enjoy watching them and the action is first rate (although how about a wide angle shot so we can really appreciate the fight scenes).
This mobile game attempts to capitalise on the Bourne craze and is basically a mix of all 3 films. I won't go into details in the plot, suffice it to say all the key points are there. What is also there is the action, and lots of it.
You may well have played these action games before, one button, rapidly pressed will perform a series of attack moves. What's cool about this game is that Bourne will also try to autoblock attacks from enemies. His acrobatic takedowns and the fact that you can pick up loads of objects and beat the living daylights out of the bad guys with them, make this a whole lot of fun. Take a fire extinguisher, you can spray someone to daze them and then throw the empty cannister at them afterwards.
What's also fun is the special moves Bourne has. As the game progresses and you beat up enemies, you build an attack bar that allows you to perform some cool special moves, including one where you move faster than everyone else. There's also a button that allows you to pick people up and choke them out and even stomp on their fingers when they fall off a ledge.
The action is interspersed with driving and running levels where you have to avoid the person trying to catch you. This involves a lot of dodging, jumping and ducking and generally trying to learn the level route to get you through. One nice little touch is that you have a couple of jumps, one if you time perfectly will see you doing a forward roll over the object, and the other, if you aren't quite so spot on, will have you doing a hurdle over it. The first one is faster so it's in your interests to get the timing right. Of course, if you don't get it right at all, you'll have to jump up and over which wastes a lot of time.
While the action is good, and the levels are varied, the graphics let the game down a bit. They are not bad, but they are very much the 2D standard graphics these sorts of games have come to be known by. There is nice colour, shading and detail, but certainly nowhere near enough to make you gasp in awe. Sound isn't bad, there is a tune, sound effects and even vibration.
Controls are quite simple, you can use the D and key pad to run around. Tapping 2 will get the person in a choke and pressing * engages your special abilities if you have enough level on your attack bar. There are loads of things you can do to enemies, as I described above, and you can even push them and sweep them while crouching. Overall the controls are easy to pick up.
The game is quite engaging. Not that it's particularly complicated in any way, it's a standard platform beat em up where you have to progress through the level taking care of anyone getting in your way. The driving and chase levels are a nice break and while it's not the most original or visually impressive game out there, the range of attack options meant that I had a pleasant experience playing. Sort of like those old times where you used to play Renegade so you could pick up objects and whack people over the head with them.
The game does get harder as you progress and enemies take longer to kill. They increase in numbers too but this isn't a problem as in between levels your agility and abilities increase too. As Bourne finds out more about himself, he gets more deadly. There are boss fights in the game also, although none of these proved to be too serious an obstacle. The chase levels are fun but in these you are really concerned with memorising the level and making sure your jumps and rolls come out at the right time.
Once the game is finished you can replay any of the 14 levels on normal or hard in case you are itching for some Bourne action, but I guess that once you have kicked that much ass, it will probably be enough.
Overall a nice game, well put together and fun to play but nothing in there to dazzle you.