Written by  :  RussS (819)
Written on  :  Aug 21, 2009
Platform  :  DOS
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A snapshot of the film that provides some good Bond moments

The Good

Throwing 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 Bad

With 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.

The Bottom Line

If you're after some action involving the James Bond from the novels, then this is it, the game simply borrows some plot elements from the film. From this mixture it provides a short selection of scenes to play through, which are exquisite in their detail, though somewhat tenuously connection to each other. An admirable attempt at creating the feel of Bond in a game, especially in the writing, which is top notch, though the game design is less so.