PREVIEW
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh

By Shaun Hatton - March 8th, 2009

WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH

In big movie news, and in case you’re living under a rock (with broadband connection, and only come to this site for whatever reason), The Watchmen celebrated its theatrical debut this weekend. Much as I would have liked to book a research meeting Friday afternoon to go see it, I did not.

Instead, I decided to check out the demo for the download-only game Watchmen: The End is Nigh on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Clocking in at just over a gig, this is by far not only one of the highest quality download titles I’ve come across, but also one of the more enjoyable brawlers in recent years.

The game explores the history of the relationship between Nite Owl II and the feral sociopath anti-hero Rorschach. Players can choose to play as either character, but I’m guessing Rorschach will be the more popular choice of the two considering his animalistic fighting style and badass attitude. A cinematic introduction done in the style of the recent animated graphic novel opens the story, just before the duo find themselves on their way to Sing Sing to quell a prison riot.

When they get there, things are worse than they had foreseen, and to make matters worse, the prison warden doesn’t want them there. Being the take-no-crap characters they are, Nite Owl II and Rorschach go anyway and find themselves fighting through waves on angry inmates. The fighting is fast-paced and intense. You can’t just run into a group of thugs and start spamming the attack buttons.

Throughout the level, more combo attacks can be unlocked. Rorschach’s fighting style is quick, dirty, and close. Once his rage metre fills up, he’s able to unleash beautiful but deadly combo attacks. He even knocks out teeth. And it wouldn’t be a Watchmen game without his film noir narration, so it’s a good thing he gives us his take on things at regular intervals whether we want to hear him or not. I’m planning on unlocking the full version of the game sometime in the future. Watch for a full review shortly after that.

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  2. By Adam
    Posted on Mar 9, 2009

    Sounds better then the movie. Seriously, I just did not enjoy this one and don’t see the appeal. Maybe in game form I’ll enjoy it.

  3. Posted on Mar 9, 2009

    You didn’t like the movie? I guess that’s the consensus with the hive, eh?

    In other news, Happy Birthday!

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