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Prison Break: The Conspiracy (PS3/360/PC)

Written by funkyellowmonkey (GP) on . Posted in Video Games

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A tense action title based on the hit television show. The protagonist of the "Prison Break" game is Company agent Tom Paxton. He is sent to the Fox River State Penitentiary to find out why Michael Scofield (the hero of the TV series), a man without a previous criminal record, became a bank robber. The storyline runs parallel to the first season of "Prison Break": Paxton encounters several characters from the series and experiences key events from his own perspective.

An action-adventure game featuring all the markings of the award-winning TV series, including a compelling story, familiar characters, and fast-paced action.

Using diverse climbing and stealth skills, Paxton explores numerous locations of the series, all brought to life with great attention to detail.

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The hit tv series returns in interactive form.

You play as Tom Paxton, who works for the Company. Paxton's objective is to investigate the reasoning of Michael Scofield's actions of getting arrested and put behind bars.

The story plays pretty identical to the first season of the television series. The missions in the game range from performing various tasks such as beating an inmate up to prove yourself worthy enough to join a particular prison gang to sneaking around stealing documents and such.

Throughout the game you will encounter the many notable characters from the series such as the infamous Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell, 'Abruzzi' Cronie, Fernando 'Sucre', Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin and of course the brothers Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield.

On regular occasions you will find yourself performing stealth missions, sneaking around avoiding guards and inmates as well as lock-picking the inaccessible entrances and doors within the game. Other times include inmates picking fights with you (even a prison guard thrown in for good measure) and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. When hiding, you will find yourself peeking around corners, taking cover of obstacles, as well as scaling the many roof-tops, ventilation ducts and pipeworks of the prison complex.

Not all missions are based in the daytime, just like the series, some are based at night, you could be darting from one section to another whilst avoiding guards with torches, scuffling from one end of window ledges to another, hiding underneath vehicles to moving from cover to cover avoiding big searchlights and guards with binoculars. When during some of the combat modes, Quick Time Events will appear, you either have to tap the corresponding onscreen button as it appears or rapidly press it - as with most QTE's, it adds an extra level of dramaticness to the proceedings.

The graphics in Prison Break are well done with nice textures for characters models as well as appropriate animations for each individual. The layout of the prison complex is well represented, there was even a room I recognised from the series!

Sonically, the voice acting is top notch as characters are spoken by the actual actors. The main theme theme from the series and incidental music which appears throughout the game are well composed and adds to the authenticity of the game.

Overall: Prison Break: The Conspiracy is an entertaining title while it lasts, there are different modes to choose from once single campaign has been completed. It's a shame that you only get to play as an outside character as playing/switching to different individuals would make for a more diverse experience. No doubt, fans of the series will be left wanting for more, however for all it's worth, it's more than an adequate title.

7/10

Pros
+ Recognisable characters from the series
+ Get to beat-up 'T-bag'
+ Nice graphics and presentation
+ Authentic music and sounds

Cons
- Don't get to play as other characters from the series
- Can get repetitive

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