Summary: I had to review this after reviewing Bulletstorm coming out tomorrow. This was one of the greatest if not the best game of the original Xbox. A perfect blend of first person shooter mechanics and third person fighter mechanics(in first person). And guess what? The storyline is actually on par with the graphics and gameplay. A great Sci-fi game with abilities that are easy to understand but hard to master. Isn't that what we all miss in our gaming repetiore?
Conclusion: Breakdown was on my to-play list for a very long time because the core fantasy seems cool, and the production values are still unmatched in a FPS even to this day. You actually watch your hand open doors, press buttons, and drink sodas. I'm almost finished with the game, but this is by far one of the meanest titles I have ever played in recent years...
Pros: The story has caught me, and the immersion is deep... I've painted my silent first person protagonist as the type of hero who will calmly drink a soda in the middle of battle while taking damage from bullets like he just doesn't give a damn.
Cons: Slow Two-phase ammo pickup: I press the button once, I pick up ammo. Press again to keep it. Each phase of this process takes about two seconds. It was not uncommon for me to take damage while I am picking up some beautifully rendered ammo and holding it in my hand to marvel at its beauty as I desperately tap the same button again to go into the next phase of ammo pickup, which adds the ammo to my inventory.
Conclusion: GOOD GAME alright this game has the best story line in all the games out there. Seriously i've never liked a story this much. Even tho the combat isn't the best your always dying to find out what the heck is happening. You fight with your fists against alien like creatures (1st person fighting) for some street fighter action. And you use your small variety of guns to kill the miltary thats always trying to kill you (but why are they trying to kill you?
Conclusion: Over the years, many Japanese developers have avoided the Xbox. This is mainly for the fact that it is an American system, and thus, the Japanese weren’t too fond of it. A few Japanese developers have tested the Xbox waters to see if developing for it would be profitable, and now Namco is giving it a shot. They have made a new, innovative game called Breakdown. How does it stack up against all the other Xbox games out there? Find out in my review of Breakdown.
Conclusion: Overall (8/10) If you are a fan of the sci-fi genre, you are sure to enjoy the story and environments. If you are more of an action/adventure gamer you may be disappointed by the linearity or the lack of interactive elements. On the other hand, if you are a fan of typical FPS and want a decent story to justify your actions (like me), you will end up impressed with Breakdown.
Conclusion: All I can say about Breakdown is wow. Everything about this game is great in my opinion. I think that the fact that you never leave Derrick's point of view was an excellent idea. The fighting engine (While sometimes frustrating) is brilliant. The graphics in the game are gorgeous, and the music helps set the mood. This game is definitely not for people who like easy games, because even on easy I had quite a bit of trouble.
Conclusion: The idea behind breakdown is to keep you glued in first person view and never stray. This may sound normal to Half life players but this game has fist person fighting. I know first person fighting isn't new but i do know that this has the best of the first person fighting (refered from here on as FPF). The graphics are Excellent in this game and your and other character models are all excellent as well. The "cracks" in your arm look great as well.
Conclusion: Breakdown is probably one of the most fantastic games available on XBOX. I love it, I still love it, and I'm going over it again. Every thing in the game has something to offer. The gameplay, Graphics, and Audio pass into greatness. The story (plot) is very compelling and great, probably one of the best available on any game to date. The voice acting is great, and the music is awesome. This is probably your choice along with Ninja Gaiden.