Excerpt: Months ago, when I first heard about a game based on the character of John Constantine, I was super geeked. Having been a long time reader of the Hellblazer comic book series, the idea of being able to go between our world and that of the underworld where demons reside was just fascinating. Not to mention that Constantine uses both ancient magic and holy weapons in his fight to rid the world of the demons that hide in the shadows and in the shells of humans.
Excerpt: The hardest games to review are the middle of the road titles. Talking about terrible games is just fun, and the biggest challenge when dealing with great games is finding twenty different words to replace 'great'. Then there are the titles that are just sort of there. Completely by-the-numbers productions that don't do anything particularly wrong, but don't stand out in any way either.
Excerpt: Constantine takes the great comic book to movie translation of Hellblazer and translates it to video games in a less than stellar manner. Though the look and feel of the movie comes through with flying colors, the storyline from the big screen gets diluted by a ton of other levels that don’t seem to have any direct relation to the movie. Like I said, the graphics of Constantine are wonderful.
Conclusion: Constantine works. It's generic in its design, the third-person shooting isn't anything you haven't seen before, and the spellcasting isn't interesting enough to set the game apart. As a result, Constantine would work much better as a budget offering. So if you're looking to spend $39.99 on an action game, there are better choices out there.
Pros: Tried-and-true action formula, You'll spend more time in hell here than you did in Doom 3.
Cons: Horrific frame rates in some spots, Dull design, Would be better at a budget price, Formulaic boss fights.
Excerpt: You've played this game before when it was called Legacy of Kain (Soul Reaver), or Akuji, or Nightmare Creatures, or Bloodrayne, except those games were far less derivative and more fun to play.