"Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Parts 1 & 2" would initially appear to pay proper homage to what is widely considered the "Citizen Kane" of graphic novels. I'm usually skeptical when it comes to comic book/movie licensed games, but I was willing to set aside my frequently biased perceptions of games like this so that I would rent the game and try to enjoy it. To put it simply, I did enjoy it; that is, at first.
The first half-hour of gameplay consists of a few decent thrills, and the utter brutality in the attack combos of Nite Owl and Rorschach manages to evoke a sadistic joy from its players (this is one of the reasons why I and many other "Watchmen" fans enjoyed the graphic novel and the film so thoroughlly). The presentation is relatively so-so, pitting your character amidst the more atypical environments seen in video games, such as: dank dirty sewers, cold claustrophobic city streets, and (more importantly) the shady and violent prison backdrop we've come to expect from so many action games. Don't get me wrong, I think the levels have a good variety of these backdrops, but their graphical presentation is far from stellar. There is hardly anything intuitive about these environments, and the opponent A.I. only feel the least bit threatening when they're shouting blatantly cruel obscenities. They are excruciatingly clumsy and repetitive in their dialogue and movements.
As for Nite Owl and Rorschach, there are very few characteristics separating these two iconic characters, aside from their voicework and art design (both very well done in my opinion). Oh, and as for the mild excitement felt during the first half-hour of play, that quickly fades into several hours of recycled and repetitive gameplay.
I was quite disappointed by the turnout of this game, but I do not wish to dissuade the countless other "Watchmen" fans and fans of action games in general from playing this game. Just be warned, for it probably won't live up to your expectations.
posted by RTRDMayhem (CRANBERRY TWP, PA) Jul 20, 2010
Member since May 2010
this game had 1/10 for fun factor, 0/10 for achievements and 7/10 for being Watchmen.
first of all, the fighting was horrid. if you ever get jumped by 10+ guys at once, just turn off your xbox and give up. this was one of the more difficult XBLA games ever in my opinion (not even coming close to Megaman 9 though.) the games had difficult achievements and which made it worse was that they were in odd point increments like 8, 11, and 36. luckily before these games, my gamerscore was 84,444; but with all these oddly-pointed achievo's i was able to even out my score at 84,530. meaning i got a 75/200 on W1 and 11/200 on W2. a total of only 86/400.
The only good thing about these games was that W2 was a lot smoother, cleaner, and faster than W1. and the graphics are on the higher end of XBLA games. But still wasn't worth making my gamerscore uneven again.
all in all, i rate this game a 2/10. Not worth a rental, and DEFINITLY not worth a purchase. may god have mercy on your soul if you purchased them on XBLA for the total of $35. Ridiculous.