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Julius Styles - The International Review

By , on August 18, 2011


Julius Styles - The International
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3 out of 5

PROS

  • Good voice-over from Wesley Snipes.
  • Solid espionage plot.

CONS

  • Bad controls mar the experience.
  • Obtuse puzzle explanation.
  • Constant long load times.

VERDICT

Adventure fans might find this fun, especially as it's a unique premise for the genre, but the game is plagued with a lot of problems.


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One might be forgiven for thinking that upon starting up Julius Styles, that they're playing a licensed game for an off-the-radar Wesley Snipes movie. Well it turns out that this happens to be an adventure game that features Mr. Snipes voicing the main character in short introductory cut-scenes before each playable chapter. Julius Styles works for The Assembly, a covert group of elite members who undertake missions of hacking, blackmail, and assassination in order to guide and change the world economy.

The game presents itself isometrically. Styles is controlled by touching the screen to walk around, and by touching objects to interact with them. Upon coming across locked doors or computer terminals, little mini-game puzzles will appear and have to be solved to progress with the storyline. These puzzles are fairly easy, but are made more cumbersome thanks to inadequate explanation of how the puzzle works, and some lack of response in the touch controls. Other puzzles require combining inventory and using said items on objects, something that should be second nature to anyone who's ever played an adventure game before.

The game also touts a moral choice system that can influence the outcome of the story. These choices range from how you treat characters when conversing with them to whether your gun is loaded with tranq darts or real bullets.

The game's look and animation is adequate. There's nothing special on offer here but you should never be confused about what can be interacted with and who's who. The sound is decent, and Wesley Snipes' voice-over do add some personality to the title character. It's just a shame that there's only voice-over during the cut-scenes.

Julius Styles is the first episode in a larger tale. While the story isn't bad, it's nothing gamers haven't seen before. Sadly the less than stellar control scheme, especially when it comes to most of the puzzles really hurt what would otherwise be a fine adventure game starring a notable actor.

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