CLANDESTINE

PrintE-mail Written by Lara Brown

GAME REVIEW: CLANDESTINE / DEVELOPER: LOGIC ARTISTS / PUBLISHER: LOGIC ARTISTS / PLATFORM: PC / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Clandestine is a self-titled "asymmetrical co-op spy thriller" that has a lot to offer, and has just hit Steam as an early access game. Set in 1996, players are investigating the murders of cold war operatives by sneaking, spying and hacking their way through a series of offices and buildings. The developers have created four challenge maps for the early access version, which allow the player or players to get to grips with the controls and the game mechanics without giving away any of the plot. The full release is set to include a storyline campaign, but for now it's just a few maps to come to terms with.

The game offers a great twist on the stealth genre, adding a hacking element that really gives players a chance to further submerge themselves in the action. Although the game can be played in single player, it's the co-op mode that really shows off what this early access has to offer. One player takes on the role of your typical stealth-genre protagonist, while the other player works as a guide behind the scenes, hacking into alarm systems, taking down firewalls and finding out door codes to safely guide you across the map. Whether you're spying or hacking, the co-op in this game offers something a little different from the norm, with two players taking on very different roles to achieve their goals.

Clandestine works amazingly well if you're playing on your own, too; the only difference being that you're hacking and traversing through the maps yourself, instead of splitting the gameplay. The game combines the two different elements really successfully, offering players a unique experience that's not really been seen in this genre. This early access game is still a little buggy, with a few problems that hinder the otherwise fun and tactical gameplay. Enemies that shouldn't be able to see you sometimes can, and shooting can be tricky at times.

Hacking in Clandestine is a lot of fun and requires a decent amount of thought and planning if you want to get through the map successfully. Playing as protagonist and field operative Katja isn't bad, but it's not great either. Playing as a female in what's become a genre dominated by men is great, and the character designs and graphics have a fantastic ‘90s vibe to them, but the gameplay still needs a lot of work. The bugs in the game make it hard to navigate, and it's sometimes easy to know what to do but difficult to execute your plan thanks to the controls.

This isn't a game that can be barrelled through with a few badly-aimed shots and a few health packs - you need to have tact, speed and skill to work your way through these unforgiving maps. A couple of shots from the enemy can take you down, meaning that every single move you make needs to be done with thought and care.

As with lots of early access games, the gameplay itself needs some development, though the creators are working to fix any and all issues that gamers come across. Overall, Clandestine has the makings of a great game that utilises a unique style of gameplay. The clever co-op mode provides hours of entertainment, whether you're spying or hacking, and the single player mode is sure to make a great campaign when the game is fully released.

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:



Suggested Articles:
Despite a poor showing with the last Killzone release, Guerrilla Games have gone the extra mile to m
Semispheres is a stealth puzzle game. The player uses the two analogue sticks, and front shoulder bu
Use Your Words is a game in the same vein as popular game Cards Against Humanity. Use Your Words dis
One of the signs that a cult TV show has staying power is its ability to translate into other format
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Games Reviews

HORIZON: ZERO DAWN 20 February 2017

SEMISPHERES 19 February 2017

USE YOUR WORDS 12 February 2017

MISS FISHER AND THE DEATHLY MAZE 10 February 2017

NIOH 08 February 2017

DILUVION 03 February 2017

TORICKY 29 January 2017

AGE OF THIEVES 29 January 2017

STAR WARS: ARMADA – THE CORELLIAN CONFLICT 29 January 2017

STAR WARS: X-WING MINIATURES GAME – U-WING EXPANSION PACK 29 January 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner