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Old but good
on 18 February 2012
Amazon tells me that this game was relesed in 2008. This means that it has been sitting on my shelf for about four years. It came bundled with my PS3, I played it for ten minutes, and then put it to one side. Recently I've got the game out again and, to my surprise, found it to be quite enjoyable.
The Bourne Conspiracy is, like Die Hard Trilogy before it, a combination of (more or less) three distinct gameplay styles. The majority of the game takes place on foot. You will have to shoot your way out of most situations. At the very begining there is a bit of sneaking but that doesn't last too long, which is a good thing because the shooting mechanic is actually fairly solid. The shooting sections are mixed up with sections of hand to hand combat. Again, these sections are fairly decent and are helped by their presentation. The environment deforms nicely as you pummel your enemies in to bloody submission and the quick animation gives proceedings a nice sense of urgency. Finally, there are a few brief driving sections. These don't appear until about two thirds of the way through the game. Driving is easy and ultimately forgettable.
The Bourne Conspiracy still looks pretty good considering it is four years old. Based on Unreal technology the characters are large and animate well. The little touches help gloss over the occasional bout of slow down. You will notice how your enemies bruise and how clothes rip. There is a nice shootout in a library during which you'll see books fall from shelves. Moments like this help breathe life in to the gameworld.
Whilst this game will never win any awards it is decent enough to justify a look, particularly if you can pick it up cheap.