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“Watchmen: The End is Nigh” Demo Impressions

Watchmen hardly seems like the kind of story that could be adapted into the game, but I can’t imagine a better way to do so than how this game did. Taking place before the story of the graphic novel, this brawler has players take control of either Nite Owl or Rorschach (or both, if you’re playing co-op) and duke it out through several large environments.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about the game is how great it looks. I think it can rightfully be called the most technically impressive game out on the Xbox Live Arcade. But, as nearly all Wii fanboys will tell you, gameplay is more important than graphics. Fortunately, this is one of the most interesting brawlers I’ve played in a while. Granted, I don’t really like brawlers, so I don’t really understand the charm of Streets of Rage 2 and Castle Crashers. If you are a fan of 2-D brawlers such as the above, maybe you won’t like this compared to those games. If you’re like me and don’t care too much for them, you ought to give Watchmen: The End is Nigh a try. The game isn’t very deep, as with all other brawlers I’ve played, but the combat is a bit more interesting, in my opinion. And you can play as Rorschach. ‘Nuff said.

I say the combat in this game is more interesting than in 2-D brawlers just because of how much better it controls. If you are surrounded by a group of enemies, you can be fighting one in front of you, but then aim the control stick at another and mid-combo you’ll start pounding on them. This seamless transition is one of the best parts of the game, and really addresses my frustration at the controls of 2-D brawlers. You don’t have to worry about enemies being on a different plane or anything like that… you can simply aim at them and start targeting them right away.

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Being branded with the Watchmen title is naturally going to raise what some people expect from it. I read the graphic novel and thought it was interesting… but it didn’t change my life or anything like that, as it seems to have done for a lot of people. I wasn’t expecting any deep psychological moments in this game, and you shouldn’t either if you are a fan of the graphic novel and want to enjoy this. The only story-related problem I really had with the game was how Nite Owl and Rorschach could be so brutal to their enemies. The level you got to play in the trial version of the game took place at a prison, where the two heroes felt obligated to stop a riot. Apparently, the only way to do so is to murder half the prisoners. And don’t give me any of that “oh, they didn’t kill them – they’re just knocked out” nonsense – I’m pretty sure getting thrown off the balcony of a high-up second-floor onto concrete is going to kill you. What exactly is so “heroic” about that? Even “normal” kills brought out through punches and kicks result in an abnormally high amount of blood spewing from your opponents. However, the blood and swearing seen in the game seem unnecessary; like the developers wanted this potentially E-10 game to be rated M, just to fit with the mature themes of the graphic novel and movie.

Is $20 a good price for the game? Well… that’s your call. I probably won’t be buying it, but I can see how some might be willing to spend that much on it. It’s pretty to look at and fun to play, but may not be very deep or pleasing to every fan of the Watchmen story.

By Josh60502

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