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  • Summary: Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game is played from a first person perspective and the combat is generally up close and brutal. Experience a deep storyline set in a fantastic world. Play the role of Ghat, a man banished by his own brothers and forced toZeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game is played from a first person perspective and the combat is generally up close and brutal. Experience a deep storyline set in a fantastic world. Play the role of Ghat, a man banished by his own brothers and forced to begin a desperate journey past the forbidden desert and to the end of the world. [Steam] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. AceGamez
    90
    Zeno Clash is a sterling example of how to make a game. Graphics, sound and gameplay merge perfectly to make this more of an experience than just a game.
  2. Zeno Clash is an atypical budget game, it's absolutely a good game with beautiful visuals and above all is very amusing to play. His close quarter combat system is so well devised that makes you scream I want more! after the game over screen.
  3. Zeno Clash takes you to a totally different world. I promise you, you've never seen something like that before. Bizarre, unique, weird – but it makes a lot of fun.
  4. A fantastically involving and solid fighting game, enhanced by being set in one of the most imaginative and beautiful universes in the medium.
  5. PC Format
    75
    A bizarre, original and often compelling first-person action adventure - Zeno Clash is worth a crack. [July 2009, p.94]
  6. Despite the initial weirdness and a few flaws, Zeno Clash is a unique take on first-person fighting that anyone with an open mind will likely enjoy.
  7. A brilliant brawler buried in a mediocre shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 78
  2. Negative: 14 out of 78
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    Awesome game, nice graphics, animation, combat and history. The only Flaw is that its too short, but hey, it was made by a small developer whoAwesome game, nice graphics, animation, combat and history. The only Flaw is that its too short, but hey, it was made by a small developer who just proved its potential and its already making Zeno Clash 2, that will have n open world and RPG elements. Its a great buy for its price!! Expand
  2. DeseckM
    Apr 24, 2009
    10
    This game is hands down a ten out of ten. I loved every second of it, and can't wait for a sequel. I don't know what crawled up the This game is hands down a ten out of ten. I loved every second of it, and can't wait for a sequel. I don't know what crawled up the butts of the critics and died. I cannot recommend this game enough. Don't pay attention to the critics. Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2012
    9
    If H.R. Geiger got high on peyote and did the production design for The Dark Crystal, it would look exactly like Zeno Clash.
  4. Apr 17, 2017
    7
    I picked up Zeno Clash after having already played the second game with a friend, and I can tell you, the second one is better. This entry isI picked up Zeno Clash after having already played the second game with a friend, and I can tell you, the second one is better. This entry is pretty fun, but it lacks the quality of storytelling, free-roaming mechanics and of course, 2-player coop. However, it is significantly more straightforward (and thus, shorter), and the guns can be reloaded, though they have a habit of being knocked out of your hands. They do less damage then in the second game, and the hammers are much more awkward to use. Generally it's much easier to just punch things- except for the obnoxious heavy fights, which require you to use the hammers.

    Still, without having played this one (or had someone explain the premise), the second game really would not make a lot of sense, given the weirdness of not only the setting and asthetic but the morality and motivations of its characters. Collectively, the series is certainly the most unique thing to come out of the Source Engine, and worth playing. I would advise you play this entry before the second game, however.
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  5. JeffS
    Dec 2, 2009
    7
    Not for everybody, but if you are interested in the strange and the bizarre, this game is worth your attention. The surreal universe is Not for everybody, but if you are interested in the strange and the bizarre, this game is worth your attention. The surreal universe is reminiscent of Dark Crystal, Mirrormask, Labyrinth, and the like. Characters and plot are relatively weak, but the visuals are stunning. Won't win game of the year, but for 4 hours and $7, it's worth it to enjoy the setting and eye candy. Expand
  6. JamesP
    Apr 25, 2009
    5
    To be frank...this is pretty poor. I don't know whether any of you ever played those old Half life 1 games using the old engine, but To be frank...this is pretty poor. I don't know whether any of you ever played those old Half life 1 games using the old engine, but this felt like a mod fit for the first half life, not the source engine. This thing looks lovely, honestly lovely, but it's not that great. It's not really about melee, it's a hype. Whenever I could I would pick up a gun and shoot whatever was comming toward me, because melee combat in FPS is really borring, it's always been best suited to Third Person in a 3D game. This isn't "Dark Messiah", the melee is borring and repretitive, Id you want a game where you can stab things, punch things and really play with the source engine in melee, really do funny things to your enemies in big beautiful environments with swords and armour and a little RPG thrown in for good measure, without taking away from the fantastic 3PS sword plat, but "Dark Messiah: Of Might and Magic". Zeno Clash is a lovely looking universe, the story was novel, but it's been done. Don't get me wrong I loved the steam punk universe with all the crazy modelling, but the gameplay is flaccid. Here's the krutch guys, it's source, and you don't play with the environment, you don't do silly things with physics and the funniest thing is, you can't jump. Thats right, there is no jumping in Zeno Clash. For your enemies? Sure go for it. Not you. This is linear, linear, linear. To give you an idea of how linear, "The Ultimate Doom" is less linear. That game was made in 1993. This game was made in 2009. If you want a good punchem-up now, go back and get a Sega Megadrive emulator, now, find a copy of "Streets of Rage". Enjoy it. If you want weapons and swords and a gorgeous source powered universe, buy "Dark Messiah". If you want a good shooter, buy "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare". To cap it, this is one time play through of a game that takes half an hour to complete on medium difficulty. Why won't I play it on hard now? Because I know the end of the story, it was rubbish. The only thing that kept me in was because "somehow" through this bad 1995 "Star Wars, Dark Forces" 'don't jump' gameplay, was a storyworld that was compelling. Do I want to play the game again now the story is over? No. Waist of my £11, I will never play this game again. Expand
  7. Apr 19, 2020
    0
    Un indé qui aurait pu éventuellement sortir de la fosse à purin habituelle des indés merdiques mais qui reste finalement droit dans ses bottesUn indé qui aurait pu éventuellement sortir de la fosse à purin habituelle des indés merdiques mais qui reste finalement droit dans ses bottes et dans la merde jusqu'au cou, hélas ! en conséquence de quoi, il s'agit d'un étron de plus à rajouter à la longue liste des saloperies pas ludiques pour un sou !

    Alors que graphiquement, ça tient presque la route... malgré cependant une direction artistique pas très artistique, pour ne pas dire d'un goût douteux mais je suppose que le désir d'originalité du développeur est à ce bas prix d'exigence... Mais évidemment le souci rédhibitoire (et le coeur du jeu) reste ce système de combat en vue subjective, bancal et mal fichu, bourrin et con, stupide et mal conçu, ennuyeux et désagréable.

    Surtout que le jeu envoit régulièrement plusieurs ennemis et que dans cette vue (on a pas le choix de toute façon) on ne peut pas en tabasser plusieurs à la fois ; c'est plutôt l'inverse, car lorsqu'on s'en occupe d'un, les deux autres en profitent ! au corps-à-corps ou... à distance. D'ailleurs, la partie à distance est aussi ratée que la partie au corps-à-corps, ce qui fait de Zeno un vrai zéro en la matière.

    Signalons que le jeu est censé prendre en compte la manette mais qu'elle merde totalement, on est donc obligé de se taper le clavier-souris. La répétition s'installe de tout manière assez vite tandis que le pourquoi du comment de ce "monde" très bizarre confine au grotesque. On lâche donc l'affaire, ayant bien mieux à faire que de se faire chier avec une telle merde.
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