Excerpt: It seems a terrible shame that following the recent announcement that Free Radical will effectively be no more, their legacy as one of the best and most loved independent British development studios will be forever tainted by the mediocrity of Haze . It’s beguiling to think how the developers have gone from creating such titles like the excellent TimeSplitters series and the underrated Second Sight to this, which is arguably the most disappointing high-profile big budget...
Excerpt: Sound is one of Haze 's few stand-out elements. Even though most of the dialogue is poorly written and overly repetitious, the voicework isn't all that bad. I mean, if you're going to make every soldier in the game sound like an amped-up frat boy, you might as well have a bunch of guys who can yell loudly - right? Gunfire, explosions and most of the other sound effects are really good and have just the right amount of impact.
Excerpt: HAZE seemed to have everything going for it. It was a hot new shooter that was supposed to take advantage of the graphical prowess of the PS3 in ways few developers had begun to understand. It was created by the team at Free Radical, whose pedigree speaks for itself with the Timesplitters franchise as well as having several of the Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark team members on board. It was all set to become the new hot title everyone would be talking about.
Summary: There's really no reason to pick this one up over a title like Call of Duty 4 or Resistance - both will offer a far better experience and much more value for your money. The game had a lot of promise, but it's almost all unfulfilled.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Free Radical, the developer of Haze, has a great CV to say the least. They developed games such as Time Splitters on the PS2 that changed the way some people thought and perceived first person shooters altogether. So when Haze was announced as an exclusive for the PS3, the hype that followed was justified.
Summary: It has already been a year and a half into the life of the PS3, and that life remains without a true FPS killer app. While there have been great games like Resistance , none have created the hype and mounds of merchandise that Halo has enjoyed. Haze is Free Radical’s attempt at creating the killer FPS that the PS3 has always wanted.
Excerpt: Free Radical is a studio that usually delivers a quality product. This is a team of developers committed to making excellent shooters. Free Radical created TimeSplitters and many of its employees worked on both GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark in the 1990s when they were members of Rare.