Metascore
41

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
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  1. 25
    The gameplay isn't fun, the levels are too long, the sound is bad, and the story isn't interesting. There are more problems, but I'll leave my written flogging at that. Avoid this game at all costs.
  2. This third-person shooter is a trip into hell.
  3. A sad story. The game had an interesting concept and a good amount of potential but it just never came together.
  4. 38
    Summing up, the first game of the moviemakers of Blue Omega is not as good as they expected. They have to work hard to polish the errors committed in this game, which better argument is the Steampunk aesthetics so enjoyed in underground genres.
  5. Edge Magazine
    30
    The game's ambition far outstrips its creator's abilities: damned by execution rather than intent, but damned nonetheless. [July 2009, p.99]
  6. Damnation had potential, but manages to do everything wrong. The game looks and controls awful and never gets fun to play.
  7. It's ill-thought from the very start, which is demonstrated by the contradictions and flaws evident throughout the entire game.
  8. Damnation sucks at every front. The futuristic cowboy setting is lame, the shootouts are boring and the story is just stupid. Damnation will ruin your day, your marriage and even your life.
  9. PC Gamer UK
    46
    The big picture is impressive, but if the devil is in the details, this is his pitchfork jabbed right up your fundament. [Aug 2009, p.86]
  10. PC Format
    46
    Epic, steampunk fail. [Aug 2009, p.96]
  11. Eight hours of sheer boredom spread over a few equally gray (in all senses) levels.
  12. Damnation's good ideas are unfortunately never matched by its rough, unfinished and unsatisfying execution. [Issue#21, p.56]
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 78
  2. Negative: 43 out of 78
  1. JonasW
    Jun 10, 2009
    10
    I think the gameplay is very good, I don't care of the reviews. After my point of view, I think it's a really good game.
  2. Sep 8, 2013
    5
    The campaign for this game is definitely meant to be played co-op, since I would imagine that it would be pretty boring playing single-player.The campaign for this game is definitely meant to be played co-op, since I would imagine that it would be pretty boring playing single-player. The story and the varied gameplay make it fairly interesting from beginning to end, but it can get tedious at certain points. The campaign is way too easy, which can make for a boring playthrough, but the weird, choppy game mechanics would have made a hard difficulty very frustrating. The cutscene graphics look horrendous, like something from a ps2-era game, but the in-game graphics are average for a 2009 title.

    I just wonder why this spent so much time in development from the 2006 release of the Damnation mod for UT2004, to this 2009 release, based on the UT3 engine. It was worth the $1.50 I paid for it though.
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  3. Dec 29, 2011
    6
    This game has good things and a few bugs that spoil the gamefun. The things that should not be in the final game are: - animation when hitThis game has good things and a few bugs that spoil the gamefun. The things that should not be in the final game are: - animation when hit feels and looks not as a finished product. Things that could be improved: - A bit too easy to play. It plays like a shooter in third person view.
    - The controls are ok, some people complain about it, but I find it ok.
    - The A.I is basic, the enemies do hide away after getting hit.

    Good things about the game:
    - The greying out, without a health-bar is cleverly incorporated. Let's the player focus on the action.
    - The game is diverse. Platform, shooter, Bike to race to the next place. The bike riding takes a bit of practise. After that you can speed throught. Gives a nice feeling of speed.
    - The world is nicely drawn.
    - Can take 3 types of guns/rifles with you. Can switch between them.
    - As a man I do like the playable female chars. =)
    - The western setting with 20th century robots and weapons is refreshing.

    I played most great games and this game does not shine like those top games, but does not deserve a place among the worst games. It's still enjoyable. They could have made this game much better. The potential is there.
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