Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 36
  2. Negative: 31 out of 36
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  1. 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.
  2. PSM3 Magazine UK
    46
    The slowest, most arthritic shooter in the West. [July 2009, p.76]
  3. 45
    Damnation is an unfinished title with a concept and scale to rival some of the best shooters on the market. Sadly, the poor execution makes you wonder how great this title could have been.
  4. It's ill-thought from the very start, which is demonstrated by the contradictions and flaws evident throughout the entire game.
  5. 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.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    A fairly significant disaster. [July 2009, p.92]
  7. Regardless of what you consider (graphics, sound or handling), Damnation emits the aura of being unfinished, even if you bought it for the full price. Graphic effects do NOT make sure that the game is a good one, there are simply too many details the developers didn't pay attention to in the first place to. Truly sad, isn't it?
  8. A few interesting things to do, huge problems with gameplay and tech. Damnation is a huge failure and no one was expecting it to be so poor.
  9. It's not even so bad that it's funny, although it certainly started off that way. It's just plain bad.
  10. Just stay far, far away from this game. If someone offers it to you for free, punch them in the nose repeatedly.
  11. 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.
  12. Play UK
    38
    It's buggy, slightly broken and well worth avoiding. [Issue#181, p.84]
  13. This third-person shooter is a trip into hell.
  14. 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.
  15. A sad story. The game had an interesting concept and a good amount of potential but it just never came together.
  16. 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.
  17. Damnation is a perfect example of a game you shouldn't touch.
  18. 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]
  19. Damnation mixes gameplay elements from great games like Gears of War and Tomb Raider, but manages to screw it up so badly that no one should even consider buying it.
  20. AceGamez
    30
    Damnation is assuredly bigger than your average game, but the better for it? Oh my, no: its scale only exacerbates its innumerable deficiencies.
  21. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    30
    The whole game screams "last-gen." [Aug 2009, p.72]
  22. This isn’t a premier blend of pulp fiction. It’s just a pulpy mess.
  23. Damnation is a terrible action game: technical issues are atrocious, the main feature of the game is badly implemented, gunfights are frustrating and totally not enjoyable, the story loses its charm right after the intro movie and the multiplayer mode is bad designed and simply not played by anyone.
  24. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    30
    We desperately wanted to give Damnation the benefit of the doubt, but everything about it just feels wrong. You need to do far better than this to cut the mustard. [July 2009, p.82]
  25. 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.
  26. Amateurish mix of Tomb Raider and Unreal Tournament 2004 that should have stayed as a fan-made mod.
  27. 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.
  28. Blue Omega certainly has the vision, but evidently lacks the talent to do it justice. Damnation indeed.
  29. With Codemasters publishing this title you would expect a decent end product. But as it stands this game is in need of a new title, such as “Damn-we fluffed that one”.
  30. Damnation had potential, but manages to do everything wrong. The game looks and controls awful and never gets fun to play.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 46
  2. Negative: 31 out of 46
  1. Dec 16, 2014
    6
    It is really broken, but sometimes this makes a game funny and enjoyable. The best parts are the awkward cutscenes, the absolutely terribleIt is really broken, but sometimes this makes a game funny and enjoyable. The best parts are the awkward cutscenes, the absolutely terrible voiceacting and of course the hyper strange enemy movement. Full Review »
  2. 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 allAbsolutely 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. Full Review »
  3. RegionalAccent
    Oct 2, 2009
    5
    I honestly enjoy playing this game. It's obvious it's poor, and not at all what was expected but i still find it genuinlyI honestly enjoy playing this game. It's obvious it's poor, and not at all what was expected but i still find it genuinly entertaining. Granted that's playing with a mate and not taking a blind bit of notice of the story line, and creating our own voice overs. Plus leaping off the cliffs never seems to get old.
    The shooting is poor and the controlls are basic, but i did enjoy the very large levels and quite long game. It's a little glitchy in places when playing with a friend, one of you can sometimes end up without a level to stand on constantly falling to your death as it just respawns you in the same place - so the other person has to complete that part of the level by themselves.
    You CAN take cover it does work, and is suggeted, as just running into battle fireing will most often result in your death as a) the aiming is very poor (unless it's the sniper rifle) b) the enemys are very accurate...
    The climbing part of the game, again although quite a basic attemt, is also well done. There are often multiple routes to take to get to the same point, and you can lose track of where you are, which way your going and where the other player is.
    Hopefully if they are to make a sequel they will put more effort into it though
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