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Watchmen: The End is Nigh Demo Impressions

Honestly, I would never have thought that the Watchmen would ever get a video game. I know they are publicizing the movie quite a bit, but after reading the graphic novel a few years ago, I just could not see how a game could be produced. How does the Watchmen: End is Nigh stack up from my time with the demo?

(I am shamed to say I have not read Watchmen for about five years. As a result, my knowledge of what happens may be dusty)

Watchmen: End is Night
System: Xbox 360 Arcade
Demo Impression
Available now: 1600 MSpoints

The Watchmen: The End is Nigh weighs in at over 1gb on the 360 hard drive. So, on my connection it was sort of a slow download. But, after it finished I booted up the game, and felt this wave of relief. This wave signaled to me that I would enjoy the experience.

The game opens up with an animated comic of sorts. You are in Nite Owl IIs basement, and Rorschach comes in talking about conspiracies in the Nixon administration. The game is set prior to 1977, and thus before the Keene Act, if memory serves me right. The comic looks nice, and has that minimal movement to it to make it seem like you are reading a comic. My complaint, is that the text on the bottom of the screen for the subtitles is rather small. But, this is only because of my Standard Definition TV.

The game then loads to the menu screen where you can select between Rorschach and Nite Owl. I have yet to play as Nite Owl, so my only experience for the demo is Rorschach. After you select your masked hero, the demo really begins. Nite Owl and Rorschach fly to an island prison where the inmates have broken out and caused the place to go to hell. Fires are set, police are not present...and there are lever puzzles. The game focuses on a co-op experience, so as you play one character the computer controls the other. From this, the PC player faired well on his own, and did not get in the way. The only time they took the lead, was during a cooperative "puzzle" sequence, where Nite Owl lifts a gate, Rorschach crawls under and then pulls a lever to raise that gate. Simple.

Graphically, the game looks marvelous. Easily one of the best XBLA games, sans Braid. The character models are nicely done, and look exactly like their movie-version counterparts. One little touch that I loved was that they did make Rorschach's mask change over time. This little detail was a huge plus for me. The environment looked rather decent, though repetitive.

Combat? In the short sense, it is simple. X + Y are attacks, and B is a throw button. But, I will say that even though the controls are simple, I actually LIKED it that way. It brought to mind Streets of Rage and that combat. Rorschach attacks at a slowish speed, but packs a punch. When you start stringing together attacks, he kicks some serious ass. He has this feral quality that just makes combat seem visceral. Combos are as simple as X+X+X+X and Y+Y+Y (or so I unlocked in the demo). You get a "bull rush" ability later, but it does not get much use.

I am honestly happy to say, that from this demo I would not mind a simple brawler. I can tell, though, that the combat will get repetitive. I do not mind that, however. The game just clicked with me, and I will gladly pay the 1600 point price for it in the coming week. For those, however, that expect a deep gameplay, look elsewhere. The game is just a simple brawler thus far, and from the reviews I have read, it lasts only a few hours (at most), and will not be worth the price. Download the demo, for sure.

Demo Score: 7/10

(Note: I wrote this earlier today before I saw Destructoid's actual review. The review supports my theory that the game does get repetitive. I still say try the demo, at least.)
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About JerinsFuryone of us since 8:27 AM on 01.15.2009

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I can say with confidence that I suck at these "Describe yourself" sections. I never know what to put. But, I will put some boring stuff about me.

I am currently employed at Gamestop, and I can honestly say that I enjoy working there. I know all the flak Gamestop gets from people, and I do not deny that the ways they do business are sometimes dumb. I have a second job as a cashier at a grocery store which is my primary job, so I do not really see any signs of Gamestop mistreating employees or the ways the nickel and dime them. I enjoy working there for the sole fact that I am surrounded by co-workers who are genuinely gamers and enjoy talking about games. I also relish the fact that I get to experience the people who come into the store. Except the assholes and scumbags who do sketchy trade-ins.

Currently, I am not as big of a gamer as I used to be. As mentioned above I have two jobs as well as being a full time student at college. Studying English and History leaves me with little free time for games with all the essays and reading I must do on a nightly basis. What I AM though, is what I guess is called an "industry specialist". I tend to enjoy the news of the gaming community and all the happenings within the gaming industry. I find it fascinating that after a near death of gaming altogether in the 1980s, that gaming made a strong and forceful comeback to become an industry that rivals the film and music business. I read blogs - like Destructoid and Kotaku to name some - on a regular basis, and I love hearing what is new in the business.

After I graduate, I hope to be a gaming journalist and eventually work for a gaming magazine or internet publication.

As a gamer, I rather enjoy RPGs and action games more than others. Give me a game with plot and well developed characters, and I will be happy for the next few hours. I hate sports games, but enjoy the occasional racer like Ridge Racer, Wipeout and Mario Kart.

Systems I currently own are; Xbox 360, PS1, PS2, PSP, Wii, NES, SNES, GB/GBC/GBA, DS, TurboGrafx16, TurboExpress, and Dreamcast. I am currently looking to buy a Sega Genesis and Saturn as well as looking into buying a PS3 sometime soon.

For the games themselves, I enjoy a number of titles and series. If it has Final Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei or Legend of Zelda in the title, I will buy it the day it launches. For my favorite games themselves, my top five are (in no particular order):

1) Neutopia (TurboGrafx 16)
2) Fable 2 (Xbox 360)
3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)
4) Prince of Persia (Xbox 360)
5) Diablo 2 (PC)

While I tend to enjoy games with substance, I also yearn for the chance to play some mindless action games. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad on the Xbox360 is the first title that jumps to mind for stupid fun. But honestly? Who doesn't love boobs, zombies and blood to pass an hour at a time?

I do not know how often I will be able to update, but thank you for reading what I have to say. Any constructive criticism on my writing is appreciated!
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