Conclusion: Velvet Assassin could have been amazing. The story is suitably dark and gritty to support such a game, however it is the gameplay itself that lets it down a tad. Still, this isn’t Assassin’s Creed level disappointing, and provided you can stand the various faults and flaw of the game you should have an enjoyable ride. The ending may be grim and rather depressing, but like the game itself this is trying to be different, to stand out from the crowd.
Excerpt: Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me get rolling by saying that VA is a stealth game, in many ways like the Splinter Cell series of which I am a big fan. It uses a third person camera like SC. This allows you ample opportunity to admire our heroine’s figure in tight leather, one which seems to use roughly the same measurements as Lara Croft, and also gives the camera many opportunities to get hung up on various bushes, statues, crates, and other objects and leave...
Excerpt: Released recently on Steam is a little unknown game from developer Replay Studios. Imagine a WWII stealth-like mixture of Thief and Splinter Cell without a massive budget then you get the basic overview of the game.
Summary: Velvet Assassin is a difficult game to score. It gets a lot of things right that most games routinely miss the mark on, but then turns around and makes mistakes with certain aspects that should have been gimmes.
Conclusion: Bugs, shortcuts, and the game’s habit of repeating the same clever trick too many times hold back an otherwise solid stealther.
Pros: Velvet Assassin
Cons: You have to sit through conversations before the guards separate and make themselves vulnerable. The Nazis are insufferably cultured, and crouching in the shadows while they lecture you on art history proves a true test of patience.
Conclusion: The desolate atmosphere and empathetic look at your enemies make Velvet Assassin a powerful war game. It's bleak and grim, making the horrors of war come to life in disturbing fashion. The lousy gunplay and moronic AI dilute some of the intense realism on display here, but the game is able to stand out despite these problems. Creeping slowly through the shadows is tense and believable, and pulling off these seemingly impossible objectives is deeply satisfying.
Excerpt: Velvet Assassin is an odd title. It’s a run-of-the-mill stealth title that doesn’t do much we haven’t seen before, and has very little payoff. By all means, I should hate it. Still, I found myself helplessly coming back to the drab world created by Gamecock Media and Replay Studios. Going out on a limb – Velvet Assassin is the worst-good game I’ve ever played. Or something like that.
Conclusion: The penultimate level begins with the main character waking up in her underwear in a hospital that has been overrun by Nazis who are looking specifically for her. All her weapons are gone, forcing an even stealthier approach than was previously needed, and there is no more morphine to aid in the semi-naked butchery. It is tense, dangerous, and actually much better than everything before, right up until the player is forced to pick up a machine gun.