|Posted on April 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM|
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Conduit 2 is the sequel to the Award Winning game The Conduit. It was developed by High Voltage Software and published by Sega. It was released on April 19th 2011.
Conduit 2 is an FPS, like the first game players once again take control of Michael Ford as he hunts down John Adams the man responsible for destroying Washington DC. The game begins seconds after the first game with Michael stepping through the Conduit to escape the Base Self destruct.
As promised by High Voltage Conduit 2 features many improvements over the first game, the enemy A.I while still abit dumb is vastly improved, enemies will now knock over tables for cover, run from grenades, lay down cover fire for their comrades and even have conversations when not aware of the player. The levels are not as linear as before, this time around there’s actually a bit of exploration to the game, High Voltage has also added ADS (Aim Down Sights), a sprint option and the ability to knock over tables, pop machines and lockers for the player to use as cover, the environments are destructible (somewhat) and there are a handful of new weapons (like the Widow Maker Turret and Dark Star) and many old ones (like the Deatomizer MK4, Strike Rifle, and SCAR) but with new alternate fire options.
New features and improvements online are voice chat through the PDP Headbanger Headset attachment., also Included is the option of creating custom weapon sets (Classes), like Black Ops the online also Supports Hot fixes and updates, there are a bunch of new multiplayer maps and modes like Annexation (earn points by Capturing and Holding control points) and Power Surge (destroy the enemy generator) to name a few. Some old modes and maps return like Streets Prime and Shared Stock. Another great feature is that you have the option of reviving downed players instead of letting them die. Lastly Conduit 2 features a currency system, if you want new weapons, armor parts, and upgrades (there like Perks from COD), you have to buy them. Currency is earned by not only by playing online and winning matches, but also by playing offline and using the ASE to find hidden objects, secret messages, and weapon Blueprints.
I didn’t think it was possible by graphically Conduit 2 looks even better than the first game. They’re not Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles improved but more closer to No More Heroes 2 improved. The game looks a lot more glossy. Gameplay wise Conduit 2 is more of the same, you’ll shoot people, find things with the ASE, fight a large Monster, step through the Conduit and do it all again. Although I will say the new bigger boss fights are a welcome addition (especially after the disappointing Invader creatures from the first game), lastly like I said before the game is not as linear (but still kinda is). In Controls, Conduit 2 supports the Wiimote and nunchuck, classic Controller Pro, and Wiimotion plus attachment. Like the first game controls are customizable.
Some problems I had with the game was some of the problems from the first games online return (like spawning you inside walls, Laggy matches, not properly loading some maps and little bugs and glitches here and there), I absolutely HATE!!!! The new voice actors, there sound terrible (Adams, Ford, Prometheus) and I found some of the new weapons (especially online) very annoying like the AR-C Eclipse (it makes the user invisible for a while) and The Phase Rifle (it has the ability to shoot through walls) Also the game is just as short as the last game (5-6 hours) and although High Voltage said they improved the story to me it didnt seem all that great, it was kinda all over the place and never played out that well. Lastly while Conduit 2 is improved on almost every level I still liked the Dark, realistic feel of the first game. Yes it is cool that Ford has more of a personality this time around, BUT I still liked how he was from the first game, A believable every day man and not some deep throated macho hero steriotype.
Apart from the buggy, glitch online (which really irked me) the game is a major improvement over the last one, the new modes and features are cool and work well (usually) the game runs great (framerate amazing, not so much online), and the little improvements like ADS (aim down sights), the cover mechanic and the sprint option, really shows you that High Voltage listens and cares for their fans.
If you have the first game then you will enjoy this one. Conduit 2 gets an 7.0 out of 10.
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