Watchmen: The End is Nigh Review
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System: X360 (XBLA), PS3 (PSN), PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Deadline Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 4, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The co-op in the game functions well enough if you can get past the split-screen. With a fighter like this, it would have made more sense to not have the split-screen. Not only does it remove more than half of the actual environment, but it makes it very confusing if you ever casually glance over to the left or right, as it uses a vertical screen. If there was a need for split-screen, I think it would have benefited from horizontal split-screen.

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The game's two strengths reside in the graphics and the sound work. Graphically, this title is top-notch by any downloadable game standard. The environments are fluid with the tone set in the graphic novel. They add a sense of realism to the underbelly of 1972 New York that sets the overall tone of the game. The character models accurately depict the characters, with the exception of the countless clones of enemies you will face. The animation, at times, seems a little staunch as well. However, the lighting and weather effects in the levels help the characters really come to life. The cutscenes are delivered in the same style as Dave Gibbons' art and uses the flash animation style of the movie.

Having the actors reprise their roles for the voice work was a smart choice. However, as much as I like the actor portraying Rorschach in the film, I found it mind-numbing hearing him dribble dialogue in the game. It came so often and so frequent that it was more distracting than appeasing. The other complaint I have about the dialogue is the use of certain curse words. Normally, dropping the "F-bomb" in a game and other colorful sentence enhancers is ok, but when you have a movie that doesn't use the same vein of language it can be harmful on both sides of the spectrum. It's like having Mickey Mouse in a Looney Tunes game.

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Watchmen: The End is Nigh deserves to be called a great downloadable game. However, I can't give it that nod for one main reason: the price tag. Twenty bucks for a game that is no more than three hours long, with simplistic control schemes, and a less than meaningful story is not a smart choice. It functions as fan service more than anything else. If there was more meat to this game, the price could be rationalized. Unfortunately, most will rather save their money to see the feature film than to experience an adventure with Rorschach and Nite Owl before the events of Watchmen.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Superb graphics for a downloadable game. It makes me wonder how it would have looked if it were a disc-based game.
2.5
Control
Simple combos make button-mashing a chore more than a relief.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Cast members reprising their roles respectively for the characters in the game is definitely a plus, but the one-liners and occasional over-the-top messages can be daunting.
2.6
Play Value
As a traditional arcade co-op fighter this one delivers. Anything past this, and you are asking too much from it. The price tag is its own worst enemy.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play as two distinctive Watchmen character with unique abilities:
    Rorschach - a feral, street-wise fighter who can disarm enemies to use their weapons against the.
    Nite Owl - a refined fighter who uses martial arts expertise and high-tech wizardry.
  • Fight and watch the blood fly through six chapters of gut-wrenching in your face action.
  • Intense, visceral battles - fight up to 20 enemies at the same time with bloody, street-fighting moves.
  • Clean up the streets with friends in split screen co-op multiplayer competition or solo action.


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