Vivendi Games/Sierra Entertainment
PS3, Xbox tested on PS3Release Date: June 3, 2008
It does not exactly matter who Jason Bourne is,
because in Robert Ludlums The Bourne
Conspiracy, you get to play the storied amnesia patient. While the PS3
games action and gameplay is pretty good, it’s just not an unforgettable
The game play is straightforward. Punches vary
from (heavy) big swings to (light) jabs with combinations possible, as well as
kicks when the buttons are held down.
You can run, but forget about a jump button.
Overall the controls are easy to get a handle on.
Thus, the espionage elements make for fun play via ducking behind cover,
shooting targets with silenced guns and trying to make it alive out of
situations where you are vastly outnumbered.
Players can choose to play the game as a Trainee
(beginner), Agent (you can handle yourself), Assassin (play reckless and you
will die, quickly and often).
The games story arc is easy to follow, especially
if you are already a fan of the films. Jason Bournea living weapon who can
kick your ass with a pen, if need behas lost his memory, and is on a mission
to find out who he is.
The virtual world Bourne makes his way through
(docks, Paris streets, country estates, etc) is nicely rendered, but interaction
with the landscape is kept to a minimum. You cant duck behind say a random
counter in a bar, or pick up object to hurl at enemies or even scales walls –
unless the game specifically allows you to in that particular instance.
Therefore the game is highly linear, a quick get in and get out.
Since the game uses a good chunk of the first Bourne film as its premise and nothing
of any of the others, you cant help but wonder what if they had used the
entire franchise. The game has its challenging moments, and a decent checkpoint
system that does a good job of preventing frustration when you get near a
sections end and end up dead, and dont have to start all over from the
On the down side, the game can be completed in a
weekendor maybe a day if youre really focused on getting it in. Elements like
a passport system, were finding enough of the aforementioned unlocks hidden
extras/bonus features than can lead to added replay value.
When it comes to guns (you can carry two different
kinds at a time) there is no detail much beyond some having silencers and
others not. Youd think Jason Bourne would have a vast and intricate arsenal of
weaponry he would be capable of using. No such luck. Bournes bread and butter
in the films is hand to hand combat, but that lack of gameplay control is also
evident in the videogames take downs.
Though they look good, especially when Bourne cracks a foes leg or drives their head into a solid object, like a wall, the player does little beyond pushing the correct button after it flashes on screen.
But all this is small change when compared to the
games most blatant flaw. Grand Turismo,
or even Grand Theft Auto III, this is
not – because the driving aspect of the game is wack, at best.
Pushing a Mini Cooper through the streets of Paris
isnt so bad, except for the fact that for a game that prides itself on realism,
the cars movements resemble more Keystone Cops than International Espionage.
The driving controls are awkward, and even though its a video game, no Mini
Cooper could ever take the beating it inevitable takes.
James Bond aint got nothing on Jason Bourne; hes
an updated hero with plenty of story to explore (the game does flesh out some
backstory via playable flashbacks, which makes for some excellent levels). But
when it comes to the expectations heaped on it via the mere mention of the
games protagonist, Robert Ludlums The
Bourne Conspiracy just doesnt live up to its potential.