Reviews and Problems with Prison Break: The Conspiracy
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16 July 2010
Conclusion: And that's about all that we're prepared to say about Prison Break: The Conspiracy – a lazily cobbled-together, bargain basement piece of shovelware that deserves neither your time or money. While it's a 10/10 for laughs that never get old, The Conspiracy is funny for all the wrong reasons and should therefore be avoided at all costs. In fact, compared to this, a long stretch in the slammer suddenly doesn't seem so bad.
Excerpt: It's somewhat odd that a Prison Break game has been released in 2010, a year after it disappeared from our TV screens, and a long time after it was at the peak of its popularity, but here it is. With most of the cast from the hit series lending their voices and appearance to the game, and a story that runs through the show's first and best season, there were signs this might be something to get a little excited about.
Summary: Prison Break: The Conspiracy follows the events of the first season of the series, so hey…if you watched the show, then you already know what happens. It’s time to break your brother who has been framed out of prison! Huzzah! Not so fast though: You don’t play as the main character Michael Scofield, rather you play as Tom Paxton, an agent for ‘The Company’ that framed Michael’s brother to discover why Michael wanted into Prison. Spoiler alert! To break out his brother!
Cons: Digital recreations of main stars are spot-on
Excerpt: It’s tricky navigation when developers and publishers decide to take on a game based upon a primetime television series. The path normally leads to mediocrity and possibly worse, as games like 24: The Game , Lost: Via Domus , and Sopranos: Road to Respect all arrived on the scene as average to sub-par spinoffs. Zootfly and Deep Silver decided to take their shot at the touchy subject matter, however, with Prison Break: The Conspiracy .
Summary: The television series may have ended, but fans can revisit Fox River Penitentiary any time they miss the creepy musings of T-Bag or yearn to get inked up without the nagging worry of hepatitis. Unfortunately, some clunky combat and sluggish stealth sequences make this prison title a sobering lesson in hard time.
Pros: Character voices from the television series, New perspective on first season's storyline
Cons: Puts the "hell" in stealth, Disappointing combat, Boring versus mode
Conclusion: There are very few licensed games that have been able to live up to expectations of the movie/TV show/comic book/novel counterpart. While there is indeed so much to look forward to with Prison Break: The Conspiracy, it just seems there wasn’t enough time and money in the budget to make this an experience that’s truly worthy of the hit series. On its own, it’s a solid gaming experience worth playing.
Excerpt: Season one of Prison Break was probably one of the most original and innovative TV Series to land on our screens. It revolved around Michael Schofield (Wentworth Miller), the “hero” of the series who purposely committed a bank robbery and allowed himself to be caught in order to be sentenced to Fox River Penitentiary. Why? Because his older brother Lincoln (Linc) was on death row for a crime that he did no commit and was setup by a secret agency called the “Company”.
Excerpt: In an industry where many games rely on formulaic design and re-treading the same old beaten paths to be successful, it’s very comforting to know that creative, original games do still remain. One such example is The Maw, an Xbox Live Arcade game that follows no established rules, instead setting out to define it’s own style of rather peculiar fun.