Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2

Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2

This second go-round for the downloadable Watchmen movie spin-off is a game thrice cursed by bad timing. Firstly, unlike its predecessor, this entry arrives long after the film itself dropped like a stone from cinemas, and even now the DVD release is fading in the rear-view mirror. Whatever pop culture momentum the movie managed to build up has long since dissipated, leaving this ill-fated tie-in dangling in the wind.

It's also bad timing because this second salvo of monotonous, mindless brawling arrives in the same week that Batman: Arkham Asylum proved that even a superhero game with a simple combo-and-counter fighting system can be about more than monotonous, mindless brawling. Given the intricate nature of Watchmen's original source material, the decision to flatten its lofty peaks into a one-note beat-'em-up seems even more ludicrous now.

And, finally, it's bad timing because it arrives hot on the heels of a sterling run of Live Arcade games that have often put their full-priced brethren in the shade. The price for this chapter has been dropped from the outrageous 1600 Microsoft Points charged for the first to a slightly more reasonable 1200, but when that same amount could buy you something truly wonderful like Trials HD or Shadow Complex it's all but impossible to forgive the puddle-shallow gameplay and shonky production on display.

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Watchmen Part 2 out this month

Plus retail bundles and all sorts.

Warner Bros. has announced that Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 will be released on PC and PSN this month and on Xbox Live Arcade in August.