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Alekhiene's Gun is riddled with bugs, glitches, and graphical imperfections. It's unpleasant to play, or even look at, and quite frankly it's not worth the disc it is being sold on.
Alekhine's Gun feels like returning to a game that your friends thought was great on the PS2, but it was released in 2016 and on modern consoles.
Alekhine's Gun proves that ambition can only get a game so far. There are good ideas from both a gameplay and narrative perspective, but Maximum Games' implementation of all those features stops at the inclusion. The stealth aspect is never fully developed or utilised, while the gunplay has had the bare minimum of effort put into it. The story jumps between World War II and the Cold War, a genuinely novel idea, but mediocre writing and spastic pacing disallow the plot from actually developing any of its themes or characters. With no polish or direction to speak of, Alekhine's Gun is little more than a broken third-person shooter that believes it's so much better than it is.
Avoid Alekhine's Gun. There are much better games out right now that are actually worth your time and money. Hell, there's a proper Hitman game out this month - go get that, it's a fraction of the price! Alekhine's Gun will not be remembered for its own efforts, but for the efforts of the Youtuber's that will tear it apart.
Alekhine's Gun is a title where the ambition of design outmatches the execution with gusto.
I cannot recommend this game at all, to anybody, for any reason.
Want a Cold War stealth game? Play Metal Gear. Just not this.
While the premise is interesting and the good intent is apparent, the buggy engine and unimpressive level design makes it a forgettable experience
It may be a less refined iteration of a Hitman game, but the delivery of its rote narrative is sometimes innovative.
I suppose I should have realized Alekhine's Gun was going to have quality concern issues following its numerous delays. I just wasn't aware of how severe these problems would be, as the stale gameplay and dated graphics barely put it on level with games from the last console generation.