Posté le : 26 octobre
The mixed reception of this game is deserved especially since, at this late date, people are expecting a lot more in terms of freedom of movement and fluidity when it comes to controls. The game is technically a "stealth" game but it reminds me a lot more of the survival horror genre (particularly Silent Hill 3 in terms of controls, mood, its lighting/color scheme and female protagonist--the lady protagonist even shares Heather's psychically controlled pocket flashlight). Calculating open combat engagements is a must unless you plan on reloading quite a bit. The game rewards exploration with collectables, health, ammo, and morphine (Violette's "kill bad guys instantly" juice) hence its strong affinity with the survival horror genre. This is a game about patience, perseverance, and doing it the right way--the way the designers intended--the first time, so it might not jive with the average gamer. As far as the story goes, the lady protagonist is arguably not as fascinating as the real life French-English lady spy she is based on but she is more interesting and "strong" than the average female video game character--albeit she suffers the usual treatment of female characters in video games (she is often seen running about in her nightie) and moonlights as a helpless morphine addict incapacitated in a hospital. Ah well, at least she is complex. I just wish she was savvier in a fight and didn't die instantaneously. But In all honesty, I'm glad she is not a martial arts expert or gun toting "bro-girl," I'm also relieved she isn't a victim (though she is certainly vulnerable). She lends some much needed class to female protagonists and her touted desirability is admirably "kosher" in the sense that she is an independent and "full-bodied" woman--although the German uniform thing, I think, is a little iffy (I think of Charlotte Rampling in the Night Porter). I hope she comes back for a sequel. However, I also kind of feel that this historical fiction based on actual historical figures is better handled by Ubisoft. May Violette one day receive a big budget treatment so she can join the likes of Sam Fisher, Solid Snake, the guy from Thief and all the Brotherhood Assassins as a worthy protagonist.