The first Conduit game was a commercial failure. High Voltage hyped the game up a little too much and left fans disappointed at what they came out with: An admittedly bland corridor shooter with a pretty fun multiplayer mode. Now however, they've learned their lesson. Now that graphics aren't a huge focus in Conduit 2, High Voltage had a chance to expand the story levels and the online multiplayer to create a much better game. The story follows on directly from the original game, but that doesn't mean you'll have to play that to understand it. You play as Michael Ford, an agent who ended up getting involved in stopping a plot to invade Earth and for the most part succeeded. However, the evil man behind the invasion, Mr. Adams, managed to survive after the events of the original game and is still up to no good. He retreats to an abandoned oil rig and Ford chases after him in an attempt to end his evil doings once and for all. Yeah, it's not the greatest set-up, but this is a shooter with a focus on action packed gameplay and not an epic plotline.
|The ridiculously massive Leviathan is one of the many alien bosses you'll be blasting.|
As well as a vast single player campaign that will take several hours to complete, Conduit 2 also contains online and offline multiplayer. The online play is basically a much upgraded version of what we saw in the original game. Still the same basic concept, returning levels and modes (alongside loads of new ones) but with much more added on, such as an enhanced levelling-up system and many new options to customise your player. On top of online play, you can also play offline in a splitscreen mode. Two modes are available offline, namely the regular deathmatch mode supporting 2-4 players, or the Horde mode inspired by Gears of War 2. Horde mode sounds much more interesting. In this mode, you and your friends have to eliminate waves of enemies with a set number of lives. This can apparently be quite competitive, as you have to battle it out to score more points than your opponents while also helping them out when they're outnumbered. Sounds thrilling, that's for sure.
|Conduit 2's Gears of War inspired Horde mode looks brilliant. I can't wait to have a go at it!|
So, there you have it. Will you be getting Conduit 2? Will you wait until it's cheap like me or not buy it at all? Leave your opinions in the comments, I won't bite! Until next time...