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This game had a rather interesting story, which is why I rented it in the first place. Set back in the civil war but in a alternate reality, were the civil war lasted longer than it did, both sides not gaining much ground until a war profiteer started selling weapons to either side (Preston or Prescott, I forget what). Prescott then decided that he would take over the country and he did so by using Steam technology and his own type of weapons. You play a band of rebels trying to stop him.
However, I Hate this game with a passion, 1 star doesn't even deserve to be given. I will be honest, the story and idea behind the game, sound very intriguing.. but the entire game just does not work. The enemy AI is clunky, either standing in broad daylight for you to shoot, or having expert accuracy and gunning you down in seconds. The Friendly AI is worse, your 2 AI controlled companions will often run into the open and get shot down, or stand behind a wall and shoot it. The action plays out as a platform crawler, but its slow and just doesn't work. Tomb raider with its faulty camera did a better job at this. The dialogue is flat and boring, to me it sounds like someone just walked into the recording booth and recorded their lines as they read the script for the first time.
My room mate and I tried to play 2 player mode, which we discovered a game breaking flaw. Flashing onto the screen were prompts on how to perform certain moves, I was slightly faster than my friend and got through the first few jumps. Meanwhile the initial prompt appeared on his half of the screen, however I arrived at a spot and a cutscene happened. It teleported my roomie to where I was.. with the prompt now frozen dead center in the middle of his screen and would not go away.
All in all... this game is bad, a great idea ruined by poor controls, faulty AI, and ugly graphics.
Game Traits applied to Damnation (X360) by Neodarkside