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Quantum Theory Review

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Graphics:

 

3.0

Gameplay:

 

4.0

Sound:

 

2.5

Control:

 

6.0

Replay Value:

 

3.0

Online Gameplay:

 

4.0

Overall Rating:       3.5

 

 

Publisher:

Tecmo

Developer:

Team Tachyon

Number Of Players:

1 (2-8 Online)

Genre:

Genre

Doom, Grand Theft Auto, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear, Castlevania, Metroid, and Gears of War…what do they have in common? Well, they're just one of the many franchises over the course of gaming history that have marked a major print in the industry and spawned countless copy cat games or, in some cases, superbly inspired ones. Games like Doom eventually lead to Half-Life. Devil May Cry eventually lead to God of War. Metal Gear inspired Splinter Cell. And Gears of War? Where do I begin? How about I jump to the end of the list with Quantum Theory. A once promising looking title, Quantum Theory (previously known as Quantum) went from being a PS3 exclusive to a multiplatform game, and on top of that uses Unreal Engine. So where does Quantum Theory fail?

Everywhere. As soon as you start the game you're thrown into this chaotic tower that's falling apart and ready to take the game's protagonists with it. This tower, you see, is a living tower. Oooo, eery. Well, okay, it isn't eery at all. In fact, as soon as you take reins of your character Syd, you immediately notice that this is just a really obvious Gears of War clone, without any of the satisfaction. Letting off bullets feels great in Gears of War, where as it's a totally hollow feeling here. So already one of the most important aspects of a shooter is flawed and that alone helps detach me from the experience. Unfortunately it only goes downhill from there on. Everything you do, everywhere you go feels about as uninspired as where you last were.

Just how uninspired? Well, take the color gray…now smear it on everything in sight. Now, normally this is a visual complaint, but it's not often that a game's art direction is so bad and so boring that it completely isolates the user from the experience. There is nothing remotely decent about the way the game is designed, not the stages, not the characters, and especially not the enemy designs. It's amazing, because it's not that difficult to design a game like this. Take for example Uncharted. It borrows from Gears of War in that its gameplay mechanics are very similar. But aside from that, everything else is completely different, and that makes it successful. Quantum Theory desperately tries to rip Gears of War by copying everything it does. To make matters worse, there are some questionable design choices related to the boss fights and pointless platforming.

And of course there is multiplayer, but why in God's name would you even want to bother? If you know someone else who's actually bought a copy of this game, I urge you to never speak to them again. Thankfully, it doesn't seem like many people bought Quantum Theory, as you'll only see a few hundred players at a time online. Additionally, an eight-player limitation is not my idea of multiplayer gameplay in a shooter, so consider this game's online features just as worthless as it's single-player story, which by the way is awful and beyond silly.

Quantum Theory is a striking looking game, I'll tell you that much. And by striking, I mean it's like being struck in the eyes with a pair of scissors. That ugly. You know when you were a kid and you'd play with paint and you'd smear it everywhere? That's exactly what the texture detail here looks like, smeared. So not only is there layers upon layers of gray smeared everywhere you look, but the textures are so washed out it's hard to look at the game and not be disgusted. Just about the only redeeming visual aspect this game has is a framerate that's manageable and doesn't drive you nuts. Otherwise, the hideous art direction, the awful level design, and the last-gen texture detail make Quantum Theory one of the worst looking games of the year, easy.

Lastly, we move on to the sound. It takes no longer than two minutes to realize the audio in the game is terrible. The audio mix comes completely screwed right out of the box; you'll notice that the voice acting is completely drowned out and you're required to turn down the game's lousy music, and raise the dialogue volume way up. But when you do that, you realize why the game audio is set to drown out the vocals…because the voice acting is just brutal. As soon as Syd opens his mouth and speaks, you want to crawl in a hole and die. You know that feeling you get when you're embarrassed for someone? That's how I felt listening to the voice acting.

Quantum Theory is the epitome of awful game design. Uninspired. Underdeveloped. Gray. Some of the worst story telling this generation has seen, coupled with some of the worst visuals you'll find on your beautiful PS3 or Xbox 360, in addition to level design that'll bore you the minute you lay your eyes on it. A lot of people often say 'hey, I'll wait for this to hit the bargain bin'. While that's okay for a game that's in the range of a six or seven, it's not okay for Quantum Theory. Just avoid it all costs, even if that cost is a penny. I simply cannot justify the purchase of this game no matter how inexpensive.

10/9/2010 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (62 posts)

Jawknee
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:06:14 PM
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HAHAHAHA! Your pretty generous. Other places are only giving this a 2.5 or less. IGN's review ripped this game apart. haha

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:44:16 PM

Good to see Arnold back in the fold.

I remember giving this game the stink eye after seeing videos of it online many months ago. I got a lot of thumbs down regarding my opinion of the game back then, but it just didn't look any good.

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Jawknee
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:52:32 PM

You and me both. I always new this game was a stinker from the moment i heard Tecmo was making a "Gears like game".

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:57:00 PM

Jawk, how many more months of unencumbered gaming do you have left?

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Jawknee
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:32:27 PM

About 3 I think. Then the fun really starts! Ha

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SvenMD
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:21:07 PM
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WOW. I was never interested in this game.... But I do remember seeing a video where the main character ran and he took on the same run mechanic from gears..... straight up clone.

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GuardianMode
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:24:40 PM
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I bet this game would of prospered as a Downloadable title priced at 29.99USD. Why was it released like this? They should of know it would fail and badly.

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wolfsinner
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:39:20 PM
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This was pretty predictable. I never thought it had potential, actually.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:51:49 PM
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"As soon as Syd opens his mouth and speaks, you want to crawl in a hole and die."

So you're saying its a D1P?

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 2:53:39 PM

Arnold, too bad you didn't get a better game to review since coming back from your long hiatus. =)

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:28:53 PM

My thought too. I feel sorry for the guy, but at least he gets GT5.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:39:23 PM

Oh, don't worry about that. Ben was gonna do it, but I didn't have the time to ship it over to him since I got sick and had other work to take care of. So I said I'd do it as soon as I'm better. :)

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Godslim
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:02:39 PM
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Knew it!

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Zorigo
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:10:46 PM
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oh im sooo suprised
/sarcasm

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ABUrabad
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:14:48 PM
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thanks God went multi-platform and didn't stay as a PS3 exclusive , other wise we will hear a lot of sarcasm about PS3 exclusives

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:20:51 PM
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This was one of the most entertaining reviews ever. Does Arnold write for Yahtzee in his spare time? ;)

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 3:21:34 PM
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Koei is behind this... I know it... and now I fear for Ninja Gaiden 3...

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Wesleypipes6
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:09:20 PM
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I played the demo for about 3 minutes and I knew this game was garbage - I feel bad that you had to play enough of it to write a review!

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hellish_devil
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:19:31 PM
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Now this is a really good review. I LOLed every five seconds because of the descriptions of how bad it is.

PS. I love Quantum Physics. And how does this game relates to Quantum theory??? At least NukaCola Quantum had something to do with it.

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Deleted User
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:23:21 PM
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I think they should have passed on publishing a demo. It was horrible. It looks like a last-gen game.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:35:34 PM
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Oh my, worse than Last Rebellion? Geez. That is simply torturous. Oh well, s**t happens, and this is some of it. Move on.
Peace.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 4:52:52 PM
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Ben u better hide.lol . cause I think Tecmo will come out after u gun blazing and sitch.

I was really looking fwd to this game b4 playing the demo I mean

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 5:02:37 PM

Ben? Why? He didn't review this.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 5:10:38 PM

sorry I meant Arnold, haven't seen him in a while. Hey Arnold

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Rings of Uranus
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 5:32:40 PM
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Quantum Physics is awesome. The entire subject is completely mind blowing. For anyone interested, I recommend reading The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene.

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hellish_devil
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 8:28:51 PM

LOL I'm reading The fabric of the Cosmos right now (his other book).

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X_shadowkilla_X
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 5:53:52 PM
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Looks like a good game LOL

Last edited by X_shadowkilla_X on 10/9/2010 5:55:46 PM

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 5:59:40 PM
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This is a Day1 purchase for me.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 6:06:46 PM

I dunno why but i'm not surprised.lol

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coverton341
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:53:53 PM

LV just needs more things to break apparently. He must have ran out of children's dreams

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 12:04:46 AM

LOL....didn't think I needed to put a /S next to my statement.


Come on guys, no way am I touching this game!

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TEG3SH
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 7:36:29 AM

don't worry we got ur sarcasm :)

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X_shadowkilla_X
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 6:14:09 PM
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Hey Arnold, i don't know what you do with the copy of the game, but it would make as a good white elephant gift for Ben :)

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FxTales
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 6:23:38 PM
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Hehe I never thought reading a review for a bad game could be so much fun. I guess the review is more enjoyable than the game so thanks Arnold, gave me a good chuckle.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:02:10 PM
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Failure by Tecmo.
What the heck were they doing with this game.

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tlpn99
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:23:06 PM
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I knew it from the minute I played the demo after 3 minutes playing it I stopped turned it off, deleted it. What a pile of crap to produce these days.

Welcome back Arnold :)

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Deleted User
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:27:30 PM
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________________ just got done reading the review can i have the 2 minutes of my life back.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 8:25:15 PM

he didn't even comment yet!!!!!!!!

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Maiq The Liar
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 7:44:12 PM
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You absolutely butchered the game... And I love it!

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BikerSaint
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 8:49:00 PM
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Arnold,
If you need someone to take that flatulent stink-bomb off your hands without charging you a massive federal radioactive disposal fee, then I'm your man.

I'll be glad to add it into my PS3 collection, and I will even make all the necessary precautions by placing it in a 3 inch thick lead encased kriptonite-free concrete block so it can't leech into any of my other PS3 games.

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FM23
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 8:51:52 PM
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Don't understand why company's release bad games.

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Teddie9
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 9:42:44 PM
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Sigh, well the demo felt like it was 1/4th through development, and that was released aabout a month ago. This game really didn't have chance.

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Temjin001
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 10:08:22 PM
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hehe, I wonder how Ben and Arnold came up with who'd review this one.. coin toss, drawing numbers, forfeiting the next good game review?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 10:36:32 PM
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'snicker'

Love it. Arnold should do all our crappy reviews; I like the flair. ;)

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 2:04:18 AM

Hahaha, you would. The bitterness in me needs games like this so that I can unleash it.

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FM23
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 4:54:27 AM

Funny ish ever. Bad reviews are always the best. FFXIV reviews have been hilarious so far. Gamestop is downright wrong for what they did to it, but I guess FF had it coming.

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___________
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 11:22:33 PM
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sorry you had to waste your time with it.
all ill say is this.
when a game releases and on release date NONE of the retailers even know about the game, let alone have stock of it.
thats when you know the game sucks donkey balls!
not to mention 4 days after release they put it on back order so in other words no more copies are being brought into the country, thats FOUR days after release!
thats when you really know a game sucks serious donkey balls!

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 5:38:39 PM

Oh really? I thought you would like it....

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th3_bLy
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 11:42:08 PM
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This game isn't selling too well at my work. I've only seen one person buy it so far, and I tried my absolute hardest to convince him to get something else.

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xnonsuchx
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 1:15:52 AM
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I guess it's a good thing now it WASN'T a PS3 exclusive (that the haters could use).

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Ultimate_Balla
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 2:39:42 AM
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LOL! Damn.

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Alienange
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 8:11:43 AM
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I sure hope you got this review copy for free because if you bought it I can no longer speak to you.

Hey, just doing like I'm told.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 9:09:29 AM

Of course it's free!

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Alienange
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 11:45:58 AM

Sweet! I was a little nervous there.

A great review by the way. I think it was the colorful writing I enjoyed the most.

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CharlesD
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:56:13 AM

If anybody had the misfortune to purchase this game I'm sure they would soon regret their loss of money

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Ricochet
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 9:18:31 AM
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Wait, WHAT? Unreal Engine 3? Now that I did not notice.

Nevertheless, I played the demo and it felt alright. However, it seems the chance from being decent all went downhill after a few "later" chapters according to a said review which in turn held me off purchasing this game.

You may ask, why would I buy a game like this? Simple, I admire a developer who goes against their "comfort" zone by making a very western based video game (being Japanese). You pretty much won't see something like this again in your gaming life-time. "Westernizing" games, yes but making a "western" game.. almost none.



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Ricochet
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 10:10:55 PM

@Wreckless_4485:

It pays to read the entire comment. Please re-read my INITIAL paragraph.

Or maybe I can outline the last part of my statement to you:

"in turn held me off purchasing this game."

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Mamills
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 12:06:51 PM
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lol, its funny that ppl actually expected this game to be successful.

lol look at the big picture ppl, IT SUCKS

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BikerSaint
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 10:27:29 PM


In this day & age, we have the right to expect that every game will be successful.

Unfortunately, some developers & publishers have yet to comprehend our rights.


There's no excuse for shoddy work in this generation

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 12:26:39 PM
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hahaha

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artson1966
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:32:38 PM
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Im so glad that i rented this game via Gamefly, because if i had paid 60 bucks for this piss poor game i would have been super peod. I played the game for 30 minutes before I took the game out of my machine and quickly put it back in the mail with a note to gamefly to post a warning on the game as a waste of players limited playing time......This in my opinion was the worst fps i have had the misery to play to date this generation.

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hadouken
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 3:27:56 PM
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I figure this game would suck. Hey at least the game has a cool name.

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