Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 39
  2. Negative: 33 out of 39
  1. Great platforming, shame about the rest.
  2. Blue Omega’s vision is buried under so many layers of clumsy gameplay and painful cinematics that the glimmers of the game that could have been just can’t stem the tide.
  3. 55
    The execution kills it almost instantly the first time you try to take down an enemy.
  4. Damnation is an unfinished game, a concept with good ideas and a real sense of scale but terrible implementation in almost every way.
  5. Some genre indecisiveness and more general poor direction combine to make Damnation far worse than it looks.
  6. Damnation is not exactly a terrible game. As a shooter, it does the bare minimum required to be considered competent. It's just incredibly mediocre and pointless that it's made me wonder exactly how games like this even get the green light.
  7. This is not really a case of “what were they thinking?” as it is plainly obvious what the overall intent was, sadly the game in no way lives up to the lofty goals that it was obviously straining for, partially due to sloppy design and partly due to a real lack of nuance.
  8. Damnation is the eternal story of the genre-breaker wanna be. An action game that wanted to go beyond the limits of the traditional shooter, but that finally crashes because of its repetitive, vague and boring gameplay.
  9. I find it hard for myself, and anyone else for that matter, to forgive the scroll list of technical, chorographical, and design issues that are presented with this game.
  10. Blue Omega Entertainment set out with a clear goal, to change the First Person Genre with a mix of FPS and Acrobatics; unfortunately Damnation falls short on both counts and leaves gamers wanting their money back.
  11. The huge, sprawling levels, multiple routes and breadth of choice on offer may be countered by awkward controls and uninspired vehicle sections, but there's a modicum of entertainment beneath the obvious design flaws if you look hard enough. [Aug 2009, p.114]
  12. It's ill-thought from the very start, which is demonstrated by the contradictions and flaws evident throughout the entire game.
  13. It's not even so bad that it's funny, although it certainly started off that way. It's just plain bad.
  14. I’m sad to say that not only did the game not live up to what it could have been, it actually lowered the bar for any other steampunk western that follows; though I can’t see too many developers jumping at the chance to outdo this game.
  15. The mix just doesn't work. Good ideas that were left on the developing process, complete lack of interest during the main adventure, reuse of textures and environments, bad gameplay... Not even the multiplayer game modes are worth it. A shame, because there was potential to fare much, much better.
  16. Damnation could actually win the prize for worst game in the X360 and PS3 catalog of 2009. Probably due to the lack of experience of the developers, the game is technically and stylistically poor, and the gameplay is pure chaos. Suggested to no one.
  17. One of the worst game of this year. Everything's bad: creepy graphics (probably the worst use of UE3), intolerable gameplay, and a useless multiplayer option.
  18. 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.
  19. It had the potential, but anything that showed flair was quickly buried by more clumsy dialogue or stilted character movement.
  20. This third-person shooter is a trip into hell.
  21. 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.
  22. A sad story. The game had an interesting concept and a good amount of potential but it just never came together.
  23. It pains me to write reviews like this. I thought we were far beyond this point in the gaming industry to green light such tripe, let alone at a full price tag to boot. If this is the best that Codemasters can produce in the action genre, please, let's hope they stick to racing.
  24. The game's ambition far outstrips its creator's abilities: damned by execution rather than intent, but damned nonetheless. [July 2009, p.99]
  25. At best, it's a functional third-person platformer that sometimes acts like a shooter. At worst, it's an astonishing collection of poor design decisions, half-hearted implementation and mindless narrative clutter that will only lead to buyer's remorse in all who decide to give it a try.
  26. Overall, Damnation is a complete mess. With the amount of quality titles that have been released so far this year it would be time well spent if you spent it elsewhere.
  27. Look, I haven't played a game like this in a long, long time. I am literally sad because it seemed like it could have at least been a solid shooter. But it fails on almost every level.
  28. This isn’t a premier blend of pulp fiction. It’s just a pulpy mess.
  29. The coolest thing about Damnation is the cover art, and you can enjoy that as you watch this game go from the shelf to the bargain bin in record time, and even then I can’t recommend a purchase or even a rental.
  30. One of the worst shooters of this generation. The clue really is in the name.
  31. Damnation is a perfect example of a game you shouldn't touch.
  32. 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.
  33. 25
    Damnation strikes you as an unconfident, unconvincing effort, and the only possible conclusion is that Blue Omega lack a basic grasp on the fundamentals.
  34. The base ideas of a vertical platform-shooter and steampunk setting are interesting, but Blue Omega managed to create a really awful game, with an embarrassing gameplay, lackluster visuals and a nonexistent online component. Just avoid it.
  35. Damnation had potential, but manages to do everything wrong. The game looks and controls awful and never gets fun to play.
  36. 20
    The game is a total mess. I don't want to be disrespectful to those that undoubtedly worked hard to put the game out on store shelves, but there comes a point when you need to be honest and just say it like it is; there's no reason to play Damnation either alone or online.
  37. 20
    Damnation should have never been released in its current state. The setting is very original, but that doesn't make up for the terrible gameplay and graphics.
  38. Guys, I'll be honest with you here. I really gave my best shot at finding some redeeming feature in Damnation. Truth be told, you couldn't find such a feature if you spent several days playing this tragedy of a game. And if you do take it upon yourself to play it for more than one day, I fear for your sanity.
  39. 10
    It's almost like the time-space continuum ripped open and farted out a title from years ago which, by rights, should never exist and only does so because of some unholy pact with Satan.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    Possibly one of the worst game I have ever played. Repetitive gameplay, boring, uninteresting storyline, terrible dialogues, full of glitches, lame graphics & sound effects, a game that I will definitely never play again, actually, a complete waste of time and money. I'm trying really hard to find a positive point about the game but I can't, I just can't...The game was so bad that It was the downfall of his company : ''Blue Omega was dismantled on June 26, 2009, due to the commercial failure of Damnation'' this is how bad this game is. Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2013
    A boring, repetitive, uninteresting game. This could be released in 1978 and only be considered decent. It's unbelievably outdated and thin. Not impressed.

    Damnation gets a 2.4/10
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  3. Apr 11, 2012
    June to November marks the most difficult part of the year for the gaming industry. E3 has been and gone and it seems like an eternity to wait for the top releases. If you're bored and unlucky enough, you may find yourself playing Damnation. The "Steam punk" genre is rarely visited in gaming and Damnation is one of the few that has gone there. The start of the campaign reveals the first flaw of the game, not enough information is given. After playing the game for a few hours, you pretty much believe that it is set in the 1800's, but details should be given first rather than have the player assume the setting. The basis of the story is that a crazed man, known only as Prescott, has developed an army of super soldiers using an unstable and somewhat radioactive drug called PSI Serum, hence the name of the army, PSI. This insane army is attacking helpless cities so that they can eventually control all of America. Yep, you guessed it, that's where you come in. You play as "Rourke", a stereotypical bad-ass who's history is unknown. You've banded with a group of rogue warriors and are single handedly fighting the menace that is PSI. Another notable downside that should be mentioned is the hideous graphics and textures that the game utilises. These are more than noticeable and you can tell that the developers tried to hide this in areas such as the driving sequences, where they don't expect you to actually stop and look around. If the graphics of a game have to be hidden, then the game should not not be released until it can be perfected. It is obvious that Damnation was a low-budget game. The frame rate and in-game loading screens are an absolute eyesore and should have been looked over before the game's release. The game almost crashes when too many enemies are present and it will completely stop at any random moment when it feels like loading a part of the level. There is also an abundance of glitches in this release. The whole game just doesn't feel very smooth and could have used a lot of work in this area. Also, the enemy AI are just disgraceful. The shooting sections are not fun, but rather pointless. Damnation really could have used some help in the sound department too. The voice acting is below average and will make you more annoyed rather than get you into the mood of the game, and the weapon sound effects are pitiful. It is sad to see a game get released with this amount of problems. With all these bad points being put forward, the game can offer some features that make it bearable. The climbing and leaping across buildings can be quite fun, and the length of the campaign is commendable. There are some intriguing puzzles in the game that will have you thinking and most probably make you curious as to know what the answer to it is. It would be fair to say that Damnation has tried to recreate the experiences of some of the most well known games out there today. The mood, music, shooting sequences, controls, chapter layout and overall feel of the game is very similar to that of the famed "Gears of War" series. The climbing sequences feel like they have had most of their emphasis from "Assassin's Creed". In essence, this game doesn't do much that is new, original or revolutionary. This game is destined to be overshadowed by many other successful ones and will be considered as a kind of grey area by the developer, a game that they'd rather just forget. The basis of it was very good and could have been successful if more time had been used in the developing stage, or even had a different developer completely. Rent this game, see what you think and take it from there, but it is a certainty that it will be forgotten in the very near future. Full Review »