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"A realistic war-zone atmosphere and rewarding stealth action make this an intense look at World War II" - Gamespot.com
Inspired by the fascinating story and unbreakable spirit of British secret agent Violette Szabo, players take control of Violette Summer, a beautiful World War II spy deep behind enemy lines with no support or official backing from the British Government. Intense stealth action game play with a startling real-time lighting system and surreal visuals combine to produce an incredible gaming experience. Through third person game play, sneak up on enemies and pull the pins from their belted grenades. Infiltrate a Gestapo prison and slip cyanide to your own men before the Germans make them talk. And slink through the shadows to finish off your unsuspecting enemies with a single, silent move. Through Violette's fever dreams, experience what she experienced. Walk where she walked. And kill those she killed.
Stealth assassinations: Execute over 50 different brutal maneuvers to deliver a quick and silent death to enemy soldiers or use the environment itself to take down Violette's foes. Dynamic lighting and shadows – Slip into the darkness of Nazi-controlled Europe and avoid the relentless searchlights of German guards that cut through your shadowy cover.
Stylized environments: Explore surreal, dreamlike settings that are modeled after actual World War II locations.
Unique perspective: Experience the unimaginable horrors of war through Violette’s fever dreams. Shift into Morphine Mode when Violette’s memories betray her to reposition and gain an advantage against opposing forces.
Stealth gameVenhiem | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all Venhiem's reviews »
This is just a stealth game. It introduces some new mechanics. The story is basicaly the flashbacks of a covert female assasin Violette Summer, sent by the British during the Second World War. There is some problem with not having enough of stealth actions, like distract, take cover, etc. But the AI can be pretty dumb or clever based on what you set. The game also provides a good atmosphere and a music that I, personally, liked. Even though it's a stealth shooter, the knife will be your best friend in this game, and you kill most enemies with it, but that's because other weapons make noise and it's a stealth game. Overall, this game is pretty good for Stealth fans. Not among Hitman, or Thief, but good enough. 7/10 For Stealth Fans
Not perfect, but OK!kenji86 | Feb. 16, 2014 | See all kenji86's reviews »
Ever thought about a stealth game with a female heroin in it? Well you got one. Kinda feel like Hitman with ...well sexy look. This game is kinda old, so don't expect the top of the edge graphics nor gameplay. But it'll deliver an enjoyable plot and a game play with decent graphics. The stealth and spying missions are the main play style of the game which is awesome, reminds me one of my all time favorite game, Commandos. So as a conclusion I would say it's worth the price, but since it is old and single player only and constantly going on sales, I say wait for a sale to get it. You will enjoy it.
Good game but many others are betterFreako | Jan. 3, 2014 | See all Freako's reviews »
This game is fairly great stealth game given it to be out in 2009. Graphics and artificial intelligence are not too bad.
The core game play would be the stealth missions which can sometimes be quite repetitive because there aren't much variety of actions you can kill a person. Honestly, there are many games out there which are so much better that this but since this game is on sale i will recommend it and get a taste of how the old school games were like.
There is one factor in this game that wins many games out there is the atmosphere and feel. The environment with the dynamic lighting really helps you visualize and get a feeling of how the game presents itself. I don't want to oversell this but i will say it's a great game for 2009 definitely worth to check it out.
It's AlrightOmittingCoder | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all OmittingCoder's reviews »
Never heard of the company or the game but it was better than expected. Pretty basic but the story isn't too interesting. It has some cool concepts to it though. Worth the buy.
Atmospheric game with basic stealth gameplayv_shaft | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all v_shaft's reviews »
OK, now, my favorite game is "Metal Gear Solid"; that is, the King of all stealth games so in that regard I am pretty spoiled. With that out of the way, let's get down to the review.
STORY: You play as Violette Summer, a British secret agent during WWII sent to deadly covert ops behind enemy lines. You begin the game in an unknown hospital, seriously wounded and dying, and re-live the memories of your past missions, and consequently, what led you to the present point in time.
The game looks good. It's not state of the art graphics, but if you're not a spoiled brat you can't really complain about the visuals in "Velvet Assassin".
The music is barely present, in the background only, and it fits the theme of the game. The voice acting is on par, though a bit stiff on the part of the heroine.
The biggest problem "Velvet Assassin" has is its utter simplicity gameplay wise. You can't lean against a wall, you can't peak behind cover, you can't cause distractions to deceive enemies, you can't crawl or do any similar kind of movements.
What you can do is: walk, run, sneak (which makes you automatically crouch). There are no degrees of camouflage: you are either fully visible, or you aren't. That is, if you stay in the shadows - no one can see you. If you stand in the light - everyone can see you.
AI on the higher difficulty setting has falcon vision, and will spot you from far away - when you're visible. With you in the shades, they're as blind as bats. Though, they have the knack of going DIRECTLY towards your cover position if on a "random" search for you.
As for Violette's arsenal: she has a knife for stealthy kills (your most used weapon); she has a silenced Colt with only a handful of bullets for each mission; and other louder firearms which are fairly useless most of the game since they're without a silencer. To distract the enemy, or lure them, Violette can whistle.
"Velvet Assassin" is distinctive for its use of MORPHINE. Morphine shots are scattered throughout the level, though you can carry only one a time. When Violette injects herself, she gains a short-lived boost: time slows down, wheares she can either run to hide from an enemy, or rush at him and kill him. Killing anyone while in Morphine mode counts as a "stealth kill".
And that's about it for gameplay: stay in the shades at all costs, try to sneak up behind the enemy - if not use morphine - stealthily dispose of him. Repeat.
Each mission offers you various collectibles to find scattered all over the place, which give you EXP points which you can later spend on boosting your stats: max health, stealth speed, morphine mode duration.
CONCLUSION: "Velvet Assassin" is a rudimentary stealth game with good atmosphere, but which ultimately becomes too repetitive due to its lack of gameplay features. Still, it's worth the price. If you find it on sale, even better.