one of the best looking digital recreations of a main
character from the movie it was based on, Constantine
does manage to get some things right.
game is based on the movie which was based on the
DC Hellblazer comic book series which are actually
graphic novels penned by various British sci-fi and
horror authors. John Constantine is the demon hunter.
He has supernatural powers at his disposal. His origins
are different in the movie version than in the books.
Suffice to say that he is a chain smoker diagnosed
with lung cancer and is currently investigating the
serial killings of psychics and magicians. He has
the power to send demons back to Hell as well as the
ability to visit Hell for certain purposes that can
be beneficial to the gameplay.
find that the game tends to gloss over things too
much with the cutscenes. There's not enough clarity
to the plot. I suppose one should be familiar with
the movie in order to fully understand the concept
although it works the other way around and should
pique players' interest in seeing the movie or reading
the books. The cutscenes are interesting and imaginative
if not a little bit esoteric. The demon-fighting concept
lends itself perfectly to a videogame although I don't
think the Hellblazer series was done justice. The
movie is a horror version of the Matix and the X-Files
which obviously inspired elements of the game. It
does take some liberties even with the movie plot
but if it's going to last five times as longs it simply
range from malevolent decomposed bodies to flying
half-angels and all varieties of supernatural monsters
in between. Throughout the game you will hunt for
clues to unravel the mystery of the serial killer
while solving puzzles and inadvertently stumbling
across the aforementioned demons. Constantine uses
pistols, shotguns, machineguns and flamethrowers which
have all been upgraded to supernatural specifications.
The use of magic spells will unleash more devastation
on the beasts. You must enter a four-button code within
a short time period to cast them. Spells will exorcise
demons, unleash lightning storms and swarms of flies
among other attacks.
to Hell allows you access to inaccessible things on
Earth that will help you gain access to new areas
by unlocking doors or moving crates to reach higher
areas. Working in two dimensions is a neat concept
but it's relegated to nothing more than a novelty
in this game. The visuals of Hell are done well but
it looks like the textbook version of what we all
think it should look like with waves of fire and legions
of demons engaged in various evil activities. I find
that for all the fire in Hell, some areas are much
too dark and empty. It's somewhat inconsistent.
The game is very straightforward. These enemies don't
put up much of a fight in terms of intelligent interaction.
They either head straight for you, swarm you or display
predictable patterns as in the case of the bosses.
The challenge comes from the limited resources of
weapons, spells and ammo. Not all of the weapons,
spells or techniques are effective on all demons so
you'll have a little strategy on your hands learning
what to use and what to conserve.
image of John Constantine looks amazingly like Keanu
Reeves but the voice is the work of an impersonator.
It sounds like Las Vegas magician, Lance Burton, doing
the delivery. It's exaggerated and has traces of that
famous Jack Nicholson dry wit.
sound effects are great but the music is flat. Graphics
are sharp and animate nicely. There is a natural smoothness
inherent to all of the animations. Characters are
well detailed and display some unsettling means of
locomotion in relation to their construction as they
slither, slink, hobble, fly and float through the
is a no-frills game. There are no unlockables and
no extra modes such as multi-player online modes.
It's not very long and the gameplay is not entirely
original. It will probably serve its purpose after
seeing the movie if you still have a little of that
Hollywood magic sparkling in your imagination. Definitely