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  • Summary: Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy gives players the experience of becoming a 30 million dollar elite agent, fusing an experience that delves deep into Jason Bourne's character with game play and game presentation inspired by the aggressive filmmaking and frenetic action found in the films. Only by playing Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy can players discover Bourne's true identity and experience the very moment he became a malfunctioning weapon, first hunting targets around the world as a deadly government assassin then marking himself as his agency’s most wanted. As a third-person espionage action game, players move from fistfights to firefights to experience sequences that blend Bourne's signature hand-to-hand combat with intense shooting and the ability to escape and evade deadly situations. [Vivendi Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 72
  2. Negative: 2 out of 72
  1. I was completely expecting this game to literally suck, but in fact it is well done and very fun game that does the Bourne name justice.
  2. It’s not a perfect action game by any stretch, but one that does keep the player engaged from point to point—and that’s all you can ask.
  3. 80
    Cinematic, exciting and at times tiring due to some control issues, The Bourne Conspiracy manages to deliver a licensed game which keeps the spirit of it's source material.
  4. 75
    There were definitely moments when I wanted to chuck my controller across the room because one of its minor design flaws sent me to a cheap and unfair death. And yet, there were also moments when the game clicked for me and I really did feel like I was a damaged super spy on the run.
  5. Bullets and punch-ups flow together with a level of zeal and if you accept that you are in for a dumb action movie of an experience you’ll be served with something special. This is easily the most exciting tie-in title for a long time but some may find its constant action tiring and repetitive.
  6. Genuinely translating an action film is hardly done with as much effort as High Moon Studios has put into it. Although the combat suffers from a lack of refinement and complexity, it still keeps up with the vigorous pace and calculated intensity of Jason Bourne.
  7. Its gameplay mechanics are abysmal in almost every conceivable way. Its story is nonsensical at best, sacreligious at worst. Its entire running time is completely disrespectful to the player's intelligence, assuming that if the character models and locations change, the player won't realize he's getting into the exact same gun battles and fistfights he engaged in at the very start of the game. Looking at The Bourne Conspiracy as a list of bullet points, it is an undoubtedly awful game...But why, then, did I have fun with it?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    Compared to what passes for movie tie-ins; The Bourne Conspiracy is the best out there. You will find not better game based on a movie. Combat is powerful and entertaining, stealth is annoying; but works, the quick time events feel in place and when you drive; you'll have an adrenaline rush. The Game's story is good and while the textures aren't great-they at least don't glitch or break. The pacing is great and the bosses actually take some skill. If you were looking for the best video game based on a movie-look no further. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    A solid 7. The slightly tedious armed combat is offset by the great set pieces, and varied take down animations. The shooting sections want for a targetted zoom, but it's good enough. It'll only take 6 hours start to finish, and it's an easy 1000 achievement points. A solid 7. Expand
  3. Jan 4, 2013
    Given it's another game based on a film, I was expecting a 4/10 game. I was pleased to be proven otherwise. In terms of quality, this game is as you'd expect - mediocre. There are some glitches here and there, and checkpoints aren't always as well-placed as they could be (especially for Assassin difficulty). What annoys me is that when you've spent 5 minutes clearing out loads of enemies and get to a cutscene, you take your hands off the controller to itch and boom, you've failed because of a quick-time event. That said, the QTEs are actually a strength of this game. There are some cool features in the game, such as the adrenaline meter for cinematic takedowns (involving QTEs) and Bourne Instinct (as adopted by Arkham Asylum). These takedowns not only make you feel like you're watching Bourne in the film but also act as a vital combat tool which adds variety and resets the pace of a heated battle. In terms of game mechanics, the Bourne Conspiracy is surprising robust. The hand-to-hand combat can be described as a somewhat basic "Cinematic Tekken". There aren't many combinations so it does get repetitive, but despite this the boss fights are intense, satisfying and make you feel like you're controlling Bourne as he is in the movies, so it does the job. Shooting-wise, the game is solid too. One big gun, one side-arm, all real weapons and good cover system. The lower field of view when your weapon is drawn and the simple dot crosshair mean there's no aim assist, and the realistic ammo capacity emphasizes accuracy. Being accurate is as difficult as it needs to be. Enemies take a realistic number of shots to die, and the hit detection is good. The controls - as with everything else in the game - are simple, but feel like they were more designed for the PS3 controller than 360 one. The achievements are exhaustive of everything in the game, and are all offline. Graphics, being on Unreal Engine 3, are standard, and do a good enough job; especially when compared to other movie-games. Overall, the Bourne Conspiracy is definitely a game you should consider if you have any interest in the classic Bourne Identity film. Some of the classic scenes are remade with the game engine and you get to play some of the parts as they happen in the movie. There are also some levels which were not in the film but give more of a background to it. It's not a straight port of the film to the game, but there are some parts of the film, which is good because you can see how the story connects and even understand the film a bit better. By nature, the game is VERY scripted and you cannot deviate from the set pieces, but then again you don't need to, since this is more of a cinematic, interactive Bourne movie rather than a free-roam game. The bottom line is, if you wanted a game which can make you feel like Matt Damon in the Bourne Identity, this does an excellent job. The difficulty is just right so it's very satisfying at points. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2012
    Melee combat feels brutal and satisfying, but the same cannot be said for the shooting mechanics. Shooting feels like you just shot a thick pillow in the shape of a human. A generic shooter made better by the melee combat, I guess give it a try if it is cheap. Very dated. Expand

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