Damnation PlayStation 3

User Score
3.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 43
  2. Negative: 30 out of 43
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  1. TedS
    Jun 5, 2009
    1
    I'm a huge Steampunk fan, and quite interested in action games, so I was all geared up (pun intended) to give this game a chance, despite the few negative reviews I've seen. Unfortunately, even with these good expectations, it quickly became apparent that this game is awful. The touted free roaming aspect is non-existent, the game is essentially a linear level grind with the I'm a huge Steampunk fan, and quite interested in action games, so I was all geared up (pun intended) to give this game a chance, despite the few negative reviews I've seen. Unfortunately, even with these good expectations, it quickly became apparent that this game is awful. The touted free roaming aspect is non-existent, the game is essentially a linear level grind with the only meaningful choice being which ledge to jump on. To show this, even things like climbing poles is unfortunately limited. You climb up facing one of the 4 cardinal points, and can switch to the others, but bad luck if you want to jump off on the diagonal. This makes jumping onto platforms easier, as you can bet they'll be on one of the points, but it feels ridiculously constrained. Mind you, this contraint is probably a good thing. The controls are so bad that even shooting requires you to hold down a button, press another button to enter aim mode, wiggle another joystick, then press a third button to fire the thing, and the shoddy responsiveness means you'll probably miss. Taking cover is a no-no, as crouching behind a wall means you'll still get shot, but your bullets will do nothing but slam into your own cover. Obviously, with shooting being this much of a nightmare, accurate platforming with the required control responsiveness is almost impossible. The graphics are moderately interesting, scenery-wise, but the characters are quite mediocre, and the obvious difference between the movies and the gameplay just serves to show how so-so the graphics actually are. I wouldn't be able to tell you about the story because having got to the end of the second level, I decided that I'd rather be doing something (read, pretty much anything) else, and quit. Fortunately I was among the first to get to the trade-in, so didn't lose much in the way of money. Expand
  2. TylerH
    May 29, 2009
    1
    I watched a friend play this... after about 10 minutes we thought, maybe this could get better, like the visuals, or the gameplay, or the plot... nope. glad it was a rental... after another 10 minutes of horror, we began to panic thinking that this was the beginning of the zombie appoclypse... so we stabbed and scratched this game, ran it over, chopped it up, threw it in the toliet and I watched a friend play this... after about 10 minutes we thought, maybe this could get better, like the visuals, or the gameplay, or the plot... nope. glad it was a rental... after another 10 minutes of horror, we began to panic thinking that this was the beginning of the zombie appoclypse... so we stabbed and scratched this game, ran it over, chopped it up, threw it in the toliet and urinated on it in hopes it would go away... no not really, but it was more enjoyable for me to write that than play this game for a little bit/watch this rushed mistake. obviously the developers decided not to develop a game, but instead a giant turd... congrats if that was your goal. Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2011
    2
    Absolutely horrendous visuals, a mindless story, and broken gameplay, Damnation is damned bad. It is one game that should be avoided at all costs! There is nothing more to say about this game than to say that if you buy it, you will be reminded of the worst on other platforms, cough Superman 64, and why we hate bad games.
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 36
  2. Negative: 31 out of 36
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    It may feel a bit out of place on current hardware, but viewing it as something of a "lost classic" from the last generation affords it a more appropriate context to be judged in, and a more comfortable one to be enjoyed with.
  2. Amateurish mix of Tomb Raider and Unreal Tournament 2004 that should have stayed as a fan-made mod.
  3. It's ill-thought from the very start, which is demonstrated by the contradictions and flaws evident throughout the entire game.