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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.
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.
Stealth deluxe!Oblaque | July 30, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
Totally enjoying this game! I agree, the save points are way too far apart, but that won't bother you much if you treat this game with the respect it is due. It's a stealth-shooter in every respect: keep to the shadows, be careful of the guards, and use your knife wherever possible. But don't forget your gun, and don't be afraid to use it. This game repays the patient player, and Violette's story is compelling and engrossing. The voice acting is excellent, and the gameplay is good if you keep within your machine's capabilities. One previous poster hit the nail on the head: you'll either love this or hate it. Stealth aficionados can't afford to miss this.
Competent stealth game with a great atmosphereDaiMonPaul | July 8, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
Velvet Assassin is a WWII stealth game that offers decent gameplay with an interesting plot (loosely based on a true story). The game puts you into the shoes of Violette, a French spy working for the British, and you have to sneak, crawl, and assassinate your way through Nazi-controlled Europe. The game's stealth mechanics are solid if ordinary; this is no Hitman or Thief, but generally, hiding and sneaking in the shadows work well, and stealth kills are rewarding. Avoiding firefights is also necessary, as Violette can't take too much damage, plus it's difficult to aim with guns. This is definitely a game to be played at a slow, careful pace... trying to race through will lead to certain death. It's not an easy game, but it's also not as frustratingly difficult as a game like Death to Spies; if you're patient, you should be ok. The most frustrating part of the game is its checkpoint save system; you never really know where the checkpoints are, and sometimes, they seem to be farther apart than they should be, causing you to replay parts of missions that you've already beaten. It's a minor issue, but it's not ideal.
The game really shines with its atmosphere, though. It looks and sounds great, and I enjoyed the voice acting. In addition, being able to play as a female spy is unique. The story itself is somewhat generic (sneak into base, kill enemies, sneak out), but it's still well put together. I got about 11 hours of gameplay out of it, so it's not too short, either.
In sum, this is a competent if unspectacular stealth game which has a cool heroine and a unique atmosphere. You must have patience to play this game, but if you enjoy stealth titles and are searching for something different, then this is a good place to look.
Good game, gameplay could be betterJackHayter | July 7, 2013 | See all JackHayter's reviews »
Velvet Assasin is about Violette Summer, a british spy helping twarth the Nazi Operation.
While the game is good and the stealth is there, you need to learn the gameplay mechanics and have a lot of patience, since this game is about learning and waiting.