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SummaryA snapshot of the film that provides some good Bond moments
The GoodThrowing you straight into the action A View to a Kill presents a condensed version of the film, with writing that feels like it comes straight from a Bond novel, packed with witty retorts that sound like M scolding you. The plot elements differ considerably from the film as the game progresses, so it's not simply a case of watching what James did in the film and repeating in the game, you actually have to thing for yourself. The action in the game is excellent, and the timed sequences make you really feel like you're a special agent who has also to complete the mission in a James Bond manner, including seducing women.
The BadWith the text being written like a Bond novel, it is surprising to learn that you have to know the events of the film almost exactly in places in order to know what to do next. However, this is later underplayed though as the story deviates significantly from the film with new scenes and severe concatenation of the plot which conflicts with the detailed knowledge needed at the start. The concatenation also tends to cause a displaced feeling as you're left unsure as to quite why you're doing something. Some of the timed sequences result in you being unable to explore fully to find the reason why. Like many text adventures it suffers in being unsure exactly what you can do to what i.e. 'use gun' doesn't work, but 'fire gun' does.