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As the second release of the BBC’s series of free Doctor Who games, Blood of the Cybermen had the difficult task of replicating the success of City of the Daleks while presenting a game world where the variations on the same mini-games and stealth movement can be re-used without seeming repetitive. Having played from beginning to end in one sitting, I would say that SUMO Digital were successful in this aim – however it could be argued that the difficulty level has been lowered for this release. The vocal performances this time around seem more assured, however, and it's great to hear Matt Smith's voice as the Doctor, especially as the series is currently off-air.
There are some highlights in the game. On a couple of occasions you are tasked with quickly solving an environmental puzzle in order to kill a Cyberslave. These moments add a little more tension to the game and provide an immediate reason for the existence of the puzzle. The experience doesn’t particularly differ from the previous game. The story is average at best; you’ll see better every week on the show. The performance from Karen Gillan outshines Matt Smith again, and almost succeeds in giving life to her clunky avatar. The stealth elements may be too tough for younger players, and there may not be enough variety for older players. It’s an average game, elevated a little by its source material, but at least it’s free.
Despite some weaknesses both old and new, Blood of the Cybermen is nevertheless a more enjoyable game than City of the Daleks and lasts longer in the process, taking close to two hours. The twisty nature of the plot makes for a far more exciting narrative, and the increased interaction keeps the gameplay from getting repetitive and dull. Unfortunately, the experience is still let down by some severely easy puzzles and one particularly boring setting. As before, the game is free to download for UK residents, and available for a small fee elsewhere throughout the world, so its value to you will depend on where you are. For Doctor Who fans, this second installment once again nicely complements the show, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement in the next two episodes.
Non ne sono rimasto sorpreso, dopo un così breve periodo non ci si poteva aspettare grosse novità e così è successo. Qualcosa si sta muovendo però nel senso giusto e se la serie saprà migliorarsi di volta in volta, ci potremo trovare tra le mani qualcosa di meglio e più interessante, speriamo in bene.