Prison Break: The Conspiracy

7.5 Overall Score

Written by on May 11, 2010 in

The TV show, Prison Break may have run its course, but the story continues in a new video game from Deep Silver on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game features all the original actors voicing their roles. Much like the intricate hidden blueprint tattoos that Michael Scofield carries, the plot of Prison Break: The Conspiracy finds compelling crawlspaces to explore from the first season. Gamers play as a new character Tom Paxton, an agent from The Company, who must watch over over Michael Scofield and his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is in Foxwood prison for killing the Vice-President’s brother. The video game does an excellent job of rehashing key elements of the original series although some key moments of the television show seem ancillary as the game focuses on the plight of Tom Paxton. However, the game does well in recreating the environment and feel of the television show.

Prison Break the video game has been marketed as a game for the fans of the show. All in all this game is a mixed bag for both fans of the show and for players playing the game. For fans, the game has a lot of pivotal people behind the creation of the television show. Key creators provided the story and all the cast members return to voice the characters they played. The likenesses of the characters are very serviceable, but their movement in the game isn’t very fluid. The recreation of the Foxwood prison looks good as well. The game’s story features a lot of twists and turns much like the television show. The new character, Tom Paxton, is fraught with tension as he tries to uncover just what Michael Scofield is up to while appeasing his boss, not to mention avoiding finding himself at the end of a fellow inmate’s shiv or Correctional Officer’s baton or gun. Adding to the tension of the game is the need to sneak around Foxwood avoiding the gaze of prison guards and other inmates.

Tom Paxton is a very busy man throughout Prison Break. In order to gain information, or do what he’s been sent to do, he must perform tasks to gain materials needed in his mission. Nearly all of these tasks require some tactful sneaking around the high security prison. With stealth being a key component of game play, the developers do a good job in making the stealth aspects workable and easy to learn and play. The camera is not often a hindrance, except on the rare occasions like when Tom must navigate under vehicles. The sore thumb in the actual game mechanics is the QTE or Quick Time Events. There are several times in the story in which the gamer must complete these quick time events to progress. The problem with these events is that the developers decided that the on-screen buttons that reveal which button to push are very small and sometimes hard to see with a very active screen. This made for multiple ‘do-overs’ of the key sequence.

Another problem with Prison Break: The Conspiracy is its “wash, rinse, repeat” factor. For a lot of the game, the player performs the same various tasks over and over again. The repetition is good initially to learn some of the mechanics of the game but midway through the game players will start wishing for a different way to navigate Foxwood prison or to fight other inmates and adversaries. Even the achievements support this repetition with achievements for lifting weights for ten minutes or fighting 50 inmates. Even achievement completionistas out there may be planning their own prison break or parole to avoid unlocking every achievement. Thankfully this is a game that rewards gamers with plenty of achievements. A completed game on any setting should easily give at least half of the available achievements.

Overall Prison Break: The Conspiracy is a fun game and the core mechanics work pretty well. There are a few bugs and glitches in the release including one in an elevator shaft that has Tom Paxton moving out of an elevator ledge and into the darkness as if he had had enough and was making his own prison break. Unfortunately Tom’s escape required a game restart and a do over of some game play. Despite the few and far between glitch, the game should do an excellent job at keeping fans of wrapped up TV series happy and may even spur gamers new to the property to check out the television show.

A copy of Prison Break: The Conspiracy was provided to The Married Gamers for the purposes of evaluation and review.

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