Excerpt: First off, let me admit that I have never read Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code nor seen the movie by the same name, so I can say that I arrive at 2K Games' adaptation of the popular fictional work with a blank slate.
Excerpt: The Da Vinci Code is an action adventure game. Placing you in control of central characters of the book - Professor Robert Langdon and police cryptographer Sophie Neveu - it sees you traveling through France and England in search of the Holy Grail.
Excerpt: Whether you thought Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code was a brilliant thriller, utter tosh, or the work of the devil, it always had the potential to bring some new life to the moribund adventure genre when the inevitable movie brought the inevitable game.
Excerpt: Whenever a story is adapted across numerous different mediums, it's impossible to avoid debates about which version of the story is the best. The consensus tends to weigh in favor of whatever the original source material was, but there are exceptions.
Excerpt: When I popped the Da Vinci Code into my PS2, I must say I did so with a fair amount of prejudice. I didn't like the book, and I liked the movie even less. I had an ominous feeling that this game was going to beat into my mind the idea that Jesus had kids and Leonardo da Vinci was in on the whole...
Conclusion: When all is said and done, The Da Vinci Code is as difficult to assess as it is to label. It's not so much a mediocre game as it is an uneven collection of hits and misses. As an adventure, it's a pleasingly solid contribution to the genre, with a wide variety of brain teasers to supplement a...
Excerpt: Even if you’re one of the few who haven’t read the book or seen the motion picture, chances are good that you’ve at least heard of The Da Vinci Code. The controversial tale that questions religious foundations is all the rage, making it no large surprise that it’s been turned into a video game.
The Da Vinci Code is a middling adventure game take on Dan Brown's mega-selling novel, but it does do at least a few things reasonably well.
22 May 2006
Summary: It may sound like a terrible idea, but Dan Brown's ubiquitous novel The Da Vinci Code has been successfully translated and adapted to a video game. And, believe it or not, the results are not all that bad.
Pros: The puzzles are varied and challenging, The game sticks closely to the book and film but adds new content of its own to pad out the adventure, Relatively lengthy storyline with secrets and unlockables to find
Cons: Characters look bad, animate poorly, and sound flat, Combat is fairly well done but seems out of place in the context of the story, Lots of bugs make the game feel unfinished, Story tends to move very slowly at times