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  • Summary: As Major John "Dutch" Cane, you'll lead an elite platoon of mercenary commandos, outfitted with the most deadly experimental weaponry, into the pit of evil. It's your job to rid the world of mutated beasts and alien insects through 10 levels of intense action. To ensure your team'sAs Major John "Dutch" Cane, you'll lead an elite platoon of mercenary commandos, outfitted with the most deadly experimental weaponry, into the pit of evil. It's your job to rid the world of mutated beasts and alien insects through 10 levels of intense action. To ensure your team's success, the military has given you access to a variety of weapons, including a 20mm pump-action shotgun, eight-meter flamethrower, plasma rifle, machine gun, and an eight-inch nailgun. Blast through walls, ceilings, and floors to discover secrets and power-ups that enhance your weapons. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Fans of titles like Contra and the old side scrolling days will more then appreciate a new take on their favorite type of game; the added freedom, 3D models, secret areas and numerous weapons all blended nicely to create a wonderful experience for the price.
  2. Play Magazine
    67
    The game's main problem, aside from being strictly by the numbers, is the lack of a walk button. The character always runs, an dtoo fast for the game at that. [Jan 2004, p.65]
  3. 65
    It may be mind-numbing twitch action, but it's cheap action, and the game is actually pretty fun, even though it lacks variation.
  4. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    Blowout's dialogue and overall production value are sufficiently self-aware so that they're oddly amusing. [Mar 2004, p.98]
  5. AceGamez
    50
    For the budget price, Blowout isn't a bad game, as it follows the rules of its genre very closely and, while offering little in the way of innovation, does at least feel like someone cared when they made it.
  6. It offers very few thrills, and instead, an overly cumbersome control scheme and some insanely convoluted level designs suck just about all the fun out of what could have been an entertaining shooter.
  7. 2D side-scrolling shooters don't really have much place at home on Xbox. Those such as Blowout should be cast out of the Xbox residence like a shamed family junkie and take refuge in the last-gen console crack house where they well and truly belong. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]

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  1. Nov 22, 2020
    7
    Blowout is essentially a maze/puzzle game but along the way you will use platforming and shooter action to dispel stuff that gets in the way.Blowout is essentially a maze/puzzle game but along the way you will use platforming and shooter action to dispel stuff that gets in the way. There is a good selection of hindrances whether by locked doors or aliens/technology traps. As you explore you find upgrades, keys, health or more enemies. Your goal is to make it to the end of each labyrinth area. The map and objectives to do this are decently implemented and the game was immediately immersive. I kind of consider games like this hidden gems. Expand
  2. BlueFalcon
    Feb 6, 2005
    7
    I like this game. Yes, it's a little repetitive but the core gameplay is solid and very playable. It's like you're in the I like this game. Yes, it's a little repetitive but the core gameplay is solid and very playable. It's like you're in the movie Aliens, wandering around a dark futuristic maze with scary aliens hunting you. It plays similar to 2d Contra, but with the focus on escaping the maze, instead of just moving forward. Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2014
    6
    Blowout is a pretty decent side-scroller shooter. While all you do in this game is kill aliens, open blast doors, get keys and such and such.Blowout is a pretty decent side-scroller shooter. While all you do in this game is kill aliens, open blast doors, get keys and such and such. I quite liked this game. The graphics may be outdated and the music is horrible, but the gameplay is pretty good in this game. And this game dosen't have that much of a story.
    So 6 out of 10 for me.
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