The Bourne Conspiracy Reviews

  • Pedle ZelnipPedle Zelnip906,037
    22 May 2009
    31 6 10
    The Bourne series of stories as many know are from the books by Robert Ludlum, and (along with the movies) feature an excellent, spy-thriller storyline focussed around mysterious agent Jason Bourne. Given the over-the-top action of the movies, and the success they enjoyed it was only a matter of time before a game version of the IP appeared.

    It's too bad the creators of this dropped the ball.

    The game roughly follows the plot of the original movie, with some details from the books added in. I've never read the books myself (though my Mom is a huge fan) however I have watched the first movie A LOT, yet there were times where I found the story hard to follow. It jumps back and forth between the present and the past a lot, which makes for a confusing ride.

    Presentation-wise, it could be better. The graphics are passable, not great. The models for the characters by in large kinda look like their on-screen counterparts (with the exception of Bourne as Matt Damon refused to allow his likeness for the game), but just look a bit "off" for the most part. They're good enough that you can recognize them from their movie counterpart, but bad enough that you'll think they could (and should) be better.

    The hand-to-hand combat (a trademark of the films) is fun at first, but when every fight ends up turning into a button mashing session it gets very tedious. Think about the movies, the average fist fight Bourne got involved in (with the exception of those involving other agents) lasted what, 2 seconds? Most fist-fights in this last a good 30-40 secs a piece, and that's against the wimpy henchmen. The bosses you'll pound on for what seems like an eternity before they go down (OTOH, a few combos from them on you and you're dead).

    Weapons feel completely underpowered, you can unload a clip into a guy and have him still stand (of course a headshot brings him down in one shot). Instead of feeling like a kick-ass elite special agent, I felt like a noob firing a water pistol at enemies. More often than not, you end up resorting to just running in and doing hand to hand combat as it's a safer bet (not to mention ammo is pretty scarce anyways).

    The game overly relies on quicktime events as well. This really detracts from the cinematics of the game, as instead of watching the cool moves Bourne's doing on screen you're carefully watching for that flashing B button prompt to come up. And especially on Assassin difficulty (the hardest in the game), there are times when the amount of time you have to press a button is maybe a tenth of a second -- so get used to dying and then having to restart.

    That's another issue I had, the checkpoints were placed at really odd times. For example at the end of the 2nd level you run down a pier jump onto a boat, climb onto the deck, hear some dialogue about how they're coming for you, then another boat pulls up, you hear some more dialogue, and THEN the fight actually begins. If you die, you have to go back to where you are just climbing onto the deck. As it turns out the boss here is one of the toughest in the game, so if playing this on Assassin, get ready to hear the same dialogue over and over again.

    Other gameplay issues include just basic design flaws: timed missions suck, yet there are a few of them in this (and when every fight takes a good 30 seconds to pound on a guy over and over, they get overly stressful and frustrating). There's no way to really avoid combat, if you get close to a guy it almost feels like they should flash the word "Fight!" from Mortal Kombat on the screen as the only way the fight will end is with your death or the other guys. The cover system kinda works, but after playing the likes of RSV or Gears it feels pitiful by comparison (besides, as mentioned guns suck).

    This review has been rather harsh, there are definitely some positives about the game (takedowns were cool), but they are so grossly overshadowed by the severe shortcomings and poor design that by in large they fail to stand out.

    Overall a very disappointing game. It's not horrible per-se, but really just average. I give it a 5/10.
    3.0
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    VIGOR MORTIVOREI hate myself for playing this garbage but every point counts.
    I'll snap this disc when I'm done.
    Posted by VIGOR MORTIVORE on 19 Dec 10 at 01:35
    JoeyCartoonzGreat review!!!

    "Fight" - Thanks for the laughs, that was hilarious.
    Posted by JoeyCartoonz on 28 Jan 11 at 04:19
    xBOURNExBad review.. Its a great game, a great "bourne" experience.
    Posted by xBOURNEx on 30 May 11 at 13:57
  • BlakeREVENGEBlakeREVENGEThis gamer has had their achievements removed from the site
    30 Jul 2009 15 Jan 2013
    15 4 0
    The Bourne Conspiracy is a great game.
    The game is devided in three parts.
    Fighting,Shooting and a little racing.
    The fighting is absolutly great. Don't expect Dead Or Alive or Tekken kind of combo's but that's not what it's all about.
    It's all about the takedowns,you got two moves wich are heavy punch and a light punch, you can make combo's with these moves and if you fight there will be a bar wich you can use for takedowns, these moves are short cinematics, but they look like they came straight from a 5 star hollywood movie.
    The shooting part is pretty weak compared to the fighting.
    The weapons in the game are pistol,shotgun,uzi and 2 other automatic guns.
    It is pretty hard to aim sometimes but if you use your cover well you can make headshots with ease.You also got shooting takedowns wich are just free kills by pressing B or circle (depends on what platform your playing) while holding your gun.
    The shooting is pretty weak but enjoyable.
    Third aspect of the game is racing.
    It's just one level but its pretty much fun, don't expect any forza motorsport deepness though.
    In the end The Bourne Conspiracy is an action packed game wich is a little to short in my opinion, the game has 11 levels but 2 of them are really short so there are 9 real levels.
    My other complaint is that the bossfights are cool, but they don't do anything special,the envoirement is different though so you can take new kinds of takedowns by using a chair or knife, the bosses just look different but fight the same.
    Then there is something about the graphics of the game, the game use's the Unreal 3 engine wich has a problem wich is texture details.
    Sometimes you see a character with no details at all but if you wait 4 seconds, every detail will pop-up.
    You finish this game in 6 hours, it's short but if you buy it at a budget price, then it's all worth it.
    3.0
  • XantiriadXantiriad184,528
    31 Jan 2011
    13 3 3
    Pros: Feels like the movies; great combat; presentation; quality
    Cons: Not much to do once the story has been completed; you need to like cut-scene events; driving level is a bit of a mess.

    The Bourne Conspiracy is a character action game, based on the book & film series and is probably one of the best tie-ins since GoldenEye on the N64. High Moon studios have created quality product with superb presentation and production values that really gives you the feeling of playing Jason Bourne.

    Released in the summer of 2008, the Bourne Conspiracy will probably have been overlooked by many, or rejected as another cheesy movie tie-in. It is a real shame as no game has captured the action film aesthetic as successfully as this. The game plays like a combination of "God of War" or "Conan" melee action and "Gears of War" cover-based firearm combat.

    What really makes the game stand-out, however, is the use of destructible environments and finishing moves. Build up enough "adrenaline" and you can initiate a melee or gun finishing move. This often results in your character slamming the enemy into chairs, tables, windows, pipes or other scenery with spectacular results. You really feel like you are bashing the shit out of someone and making full use of the environment to hand. It is just awesome!

    The presentation, music and level design is lifted straight from the movies and books. The quality of the presentation is top notch, and is supported by full THX 5.1 support. It 10 hours of play, I never encountered a single glitch or graphical anomaly.

    The game carefully blends the present day story with assassination missions during Bourne's Treadstone years. These provide additional back-story, not found in the movies, and add to the Bourne universe. Not many games can claim to add something valuable to a movie or book franchise, but The Bourne Conspiracy certainly does. If there is one criticism however, it is that the game can be completed (on easy) in under 10 hours. It doesn't offer much replay either, other than achievement collecting.

    Such a high quality and enjoyable game should really have got more attention on release. Short? Yes. But also immensely satisfying and fun. Fans of the books or films will get even more from the game, and for them The Bourne Conspiracy should be a must buy.
    5.0
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    If someone is somewhat of a movie buff there is no doubt in my mind that you have seen the masterful Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon. Most of us know that movie tie ins make for sub-par games but the question is does Sierra continue that trend or do they buck the trend.

    The first thing that I noticed was Sierra was unable to get the likeness of Matt Damon. For me Matt Damon is Jason Bourne but just to be fair I am not going to hold that against this game.

    The graphics are good for 2008 when the game was made. The surrounds are good enough to not take away from the game. Most of the enemies you encounter look alike depending upon the level. Many of the enemies will be wearing a mask so it is not to distracting.

    The action sections are what takes away from the game the most. There are many times you will be without a gun through the game so when you encounter an enemy you will be fist fighting.

    There are several issues with the fist fighting portions of the game. The main problem is every fist fight is exactly the same, even the boss fights. If you try avoiding an enemy the game will still force you to fight, no matter how far away from them you are. Also if your in a fist fight and you get to close to the enemy you will be forced to fist fight which will get you killed because if there are multiple enemies the remaining ones will shoot at you and you cannot shot back. The second issue is that when fighting the camera angles are a nightmare. There will be many times either you or your enemy will disappear from the screen or you will be stuck with a top view. It makes it difficult to block when you cannot see the person fighting you.

    The gunfights get boring too, you can have three different guns throughout the game. No matter which gun you have there is a single dot for you to aim with. There is no zooming in to get more accurate. Getting headshots is very easy, which is a good thing becuase if you do not get a headshot it will take at least 5 rounds to get the kill no matter what difficulty your playing one. Another issue is that when your in a gun fight your physical movements are very slow. I have died many times becuase I couldnt get him to move fast enough behind cover.

    To help save us from the poor combat they added takedowns. There are shooting, fist fighting and running takedowns. You will not get many running takedowns but luckily there are not any achievements tied to them. Every fist fight you get in you will be able to use a takedown to finish it off, which speeds things up a bit. Each takedown takes you to a mini cut scene, there are plenty of scenes to watch but after about two levels youve seen them a couple times.

    There are also plenty of QTEs throughout the game, the looks of them are well done and the response is better than in most games featuring QTEs. For me they detract from many games but they were done well enough they actually added to the game.

    There are plenty of collectables to look for in the form of passports. They do not add anything to the game but they are easy to find so they are not as annoying as many other games.

    The achievements are easy an well thoughout. There is the normal achievements like find collectables, beat each level and for completing the game on all three difficulties. There is a glitch that makes them easy, which means only one playthrough is needed. There are several achievement you will have to grind through and with a game with poor repetitive combat it gets old quick.

    At the end of the day there is a lot of potential with the decent graphics and the addition of takedowns but the poor repetitive combat takes the fun out of this title. Luckily the achievements are not to hard or there would be little reason to play it with much better shooters on the market.
    2.0