Excerpt: During my first semester of college, I had a professor for Intro to Philosophy who took an almost hideous glee in screwing with the students' minds. One of his favorite tactics for doing so was, during the unit on Descartes, to talk about how, at any given time, the only thing we have to convince us...
Excerpt: Games played out in first person perspective are often done so to draw the player into the developer's game world and make them feel that they are a part of the game and story. While most Japanese developers have shyed away from the first person perspective in their games, Namco has decided to not...
Pros: Very immersive, Melee combat is a nice addtion, Solid sci-fi story
Cons: Graphics could be stronger, Gunplay is a bore, Lots of trial and error
Excerpt: Breakdown has some nice 3D graphics, though it lacks in variety most of the time. The special effects are put to good use yet they can't seem to help alleviate the blandness of the hallways in the seemingly endless levels.
Excerpt: Originality is hard to come by in the gaming industry, now that the once niche hobby has turned into a multibillion-dollar business. Some publishers out there are still willing to take risks and try new ideas though, and one of those publishers is Namco. Their new titles is entitled Breakdown.
Excerpt: From first hearing of the concept of Breakdown, a sci-fi based combination of a first-person shooter and martial arts fighter, I was stoked. Finally, to have two of my favorite genres blended into one game. Unfortunately, the finished product falls short of the hopes of the concept.
Excerpt: Back in the early 1990s, a game called Supreme Warrior was released for the 3DO console and the 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis. It was a horrible first-person fighting game based around "interactive" video clips ala the infamous Night Trap and Sewer Shark games.
Excerpt: I like games that are bold, and not afraid to take risks. I especially like ones using new ideas to shake up stale genre formulas. However, there's a certain threshold that must not be crossed.
Excerpt: Breakdown stars Derrick Cole, the role that was given to me to wear like a blanket when I started. Encased inside its warm fuzzy rolls, I experienced everything Namco tossed at me to make me believe that Derrick and I were one and the same, and damn it, they made a believer out of me.
Excerpt: Genre : Action Publisher: Namco Developer: Namco Release Date: March 16, 2004 Buy 'BREAKDOWN': Xbox There’s something about the first-person perspective in videogames that really seems to immerse players into the game’s world.
Conclusion: If you can afford to buy only one game right now, then it has to be — no, I take that back, it MUST be NFL Blitz 20-02. I’ve played a lot of sports games over the past 12 months, and none of them can stand up to Midway’s blockbuster franchise (except for NHL Hitz, of course).