Warts and all, it's still a blastThe Bourne Conspiracy isn’t without it flaws. Aside from the simplistic melee and shooting mechanics, which hardcore gamers may sneer at, the game suffers with occasionally frustrating camera angles. There were plenty of moments where I totally lost my bearings after a fight due to the ‘Shaky Cam’ effect.
You could also point a negative finger at the linearity of the levels and the rigid mission structure. Throughout the game, you can use ‘Bourne Instinct’ and for a short amount of time you can see your objective, enemies or objects of interest on a circular radar map at the bottom of the screen. Considering you’ll usually only have one place to go anyway and the only side objective in the game is to collect passports that are, not very well, hidden, it’s pretty much a waste of time even including the feature. It also makes the game a little too easy if you use it to search for enemies.
Nevertheless, you can’t deny that The Bourne Conspiracy captures the intensity of the Bourne franchise and does so with some style. The three redeeming gameplay elements: the melee, the shooting and the action sequences seamlessly flow together to create a fast-paced non-stop action experience.
The intriguing plot is just one of the reasons that make The Bourne Conspiracy stand head and shoulders above many other movie-licensed games. Despite its faults, it’s the game’s tempo, the high quality production, cinematic feel and the neck-snapping animations of Bourne that ultimately make the game so appealing. A must for fans of the action genre and thrill seekers alike.
High quality animation and presentation
Takedowns are awesome
Action sequences add to immersion
Hand-to-hand combat is too simplistic
Shooting mechanics and cover system could be better.
Never a dull moment., The Bourne Conspiracy is an action-packed adrenaline-fuelled ride.