Thursday, December 25, 2008

Quantum of Solace – PC Review

One word – Fantastic! This is probably one among the really few movie based games that actually does justice to passionate game fans. Before I bought this game, I read somewhere that it uses the Call of Duty 4 engine and I said to myself - that was good. And it was too. The scenarios are so colorful and lively and the weapons are perfect and the style and charisma of a bond movie is so well depicted in the game.

In recent times, the only few games that I really enjoyed playing was CoD4, GRAW2, Conflict Denied Ops, COD5 and to a small extent Left 4 Dead. And certainly COD4 and 5 were the best and QoS matches CoD in pretty much everything. I already know that this is going to be one of those games which I will surely play again just to use different weapons and probably try out a stealthier approach.

The graphic engine is flawless, excellent cut scenes, bond style and fast, movie style pacing of the game is a real pleasure. I felt like this was a mix of Max Payne put on Hitman put on CoD with a few elements of Indigo Prophecy (not sure how many of you have heard of this game, but that was one cool game). There are small interactive stunt sequences where you have to click on the right spot for the character to perform the right moves; hack an access code by hitting the right combination of keys as displayed and so on.

Videos are cool, made as stylish as the movie. Audio is great and game play is seamlessly smooth. If you have played Kane and Lynch, you would have got used to the cover switch where players can hide or crouch behind walls or crates or any object. QoS does that too and that is nice, once you get used to that style of combating. You can right click to aim and nail your enemies mostly while you are covering up behind a wall.

The AI is good – smart and clever. They take alternative routes to reach you wherever possible and they cover and duck too and blind shoot at you – making it a real time experience.

Great work – Great Game, I have not completed it yet – want to savor every second of its game play, but could not wait to write about it till I complete.

Audio – 9/10
Video – 9/10
Gaming Experience – 9/10

Overall Score – 9/10

Update 1
Completed the game yesterday - a total gameplay of less than 12 hours. This is one such game where I will surely re-play certain specific missions. Great work by Activision and Treyarch!

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