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Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction PlayStation 2

Published by Oxygen Interactive
Developed by Kuju
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £29.99

Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction, an introduction.

Great games like to make their main character stand out. Think of the Metal Gear Solid series you think of Snake, think of Splinter Cell and you think of Sam Fisher likewise for Halo and the Master Chief. Poorer games make little effort to make their main characters stand out. The characters have names and little else. No charisma, no personality traits and no flaws. In fact you could say these 'lesser' games don't mind keeping details to a minimum and are not too concerned if this makes the game seem bland. Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction falls firmly into the latter category and is just about as bland as it could be.

What's the game about?

Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction places you in the shoes of Cole Justice, an ex government secret service agent who has been recruited by the 'agency' for a supposedly final mission. The aim of this final mission is to put a stop to the rogue government agency that's known as Hydra. Hydra has been creating weapons of mass destruction to sell to terrorist organisations. To fund this operation Hydra have been trafficking arms and drugs. The government has had enough of Hydra and it wants them eliminated with Cole being the man for the job.

What's good about the game?

Disappointingly there are not a lot of positives for Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction. The game is essentially a no frills FPS that just feels and looks bland. I suppose it's possible some might appreciate this no frills approach and fancy the idea of controlling and ex government secret service agent but the game can't compare with any recent FPS game we've seen on the PlayStation 2. The game is fairly deaf gamer friendly and the control scheme works fairly well.

What's not so good about the game?

Conspiracy is a pretty nondescript game that offers nothing memorable. The story is pretty limp, the action is of the same quality (and linear) and the look and feel of the game just do not do anything to make this game stand out (or indeed equal) a lot of recent FPS games on the PlayStation 2. The whole game looks like it's been done on a very tight budget with quality in many areas of the game being low. The whole thing is just so lacklustre and devoid of sparkle that it begins to feel like a chore to carry on playing. The enemy AI is rather basic. In recent FPS games we've begun to see the AI enemies make effective use of the cover at their disposal. That's not the case here though and more often than not the enemies don't represent much of a challenge. Those who like to see an impressive range of weapons in their FPS games will be disappointed by the handful of weapons that the game has. The game length is also on the short side but given the uninspired nature of the game it's difficult to class this as a major fault.

How does it look?

Graphically Conspiracy looks very dated and is more representative of a game in the PlayStation 2's early life rather than its final year. Texture details are very basic. Character models are simplistic and animations are disappointing. You'll see enemies who you've just shot appear to float in mid air rather hitting the ground. Those who are shot will only remain for a few seconds before vaporising which looks very crude in this day and age. Yes the frame rate is fluid but with such low quality details on offer it would have been embarrassing had it not been.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

Perhaps the one positive aspect of Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction is that the game is fairly deaf gamer friendly. Cole receives advice from Cara Quinn who communicates with him throughout the mission. Cara's comments are shown in text. Occasionally though Cara's comments do disappear too quickly which means you might miss some of what's said. As you approach nearby enemies their comments will also be shown in text. This is particularly useful if the enemies are out of sight as it alerts you to their presence. Your objectives are shown in text and can be recalled at any time. You'll receive a text notification when an objective has been completed and when a new one has been issued. The game uses a checkpoint system and it notifies you in text when a checkpoint has been reached. With all this support for deaf gamers it's a little surprising you receive no text notification to inform you when you pick up grenades and ammo like you do in most games. Still this is only a minor complaint.

Final thoughts.

There is no getting away from the fact that Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction has nothing going for it in terms of originality. The game isn't rubbish by any means but it simply offers nothing worthwhile. Graphically it's very bland and the same could be said for the story and most of the in-game action. The AI is below par which only further serves to disappoint. The icing on the cake of disappointment that is Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction has an asking price of £29.99. At this price there is much, much better on offer, especially when you consider it's £10 more than the PlayStation 2 Platinum titles you can buy.

 

Overall Game Rating: 4.0/10

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Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction is a game with nothing to offer in the way of originality, personality or value. There's nothing particularly rotten about it, although the AI is poor, but it's so sterile that it's just not capable of holding your attention.