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Haze (PlayStation 3)

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Description

Haze is a first-person shooter centered around Shane Carpenter, a young soldier in Mantel's army. Mantel controls the world's largest and most powerful PMC, supplying all of his soldiers with a drug known as Nectar, boosting their combat abilities. After sending out Carpenter and his squad to the Boa Region of South America, in order to neutralize The Promise Hand, a group of rebels inhabiting the region, he soon finds out his mission is not what it appears to be. After an unexpected twist of events, Carpenter finds himself on the rebel's side, fighting against his former comrades.

The two factions fight differently: as a Mantel soldier the player has the option of using Nectar, thus making targeting and aiming more precise and powering the player's melee attacks. After realizing that the Mantel army's goal of achieving peace is only a lie fed to the brainwashed soldiers, the player has different fighting abilities among the rebels, like playing dead, laying grenade traps and being able to cause Nectar overdoses on Mantel troops. These overdoses make the soldiers berserk, disorientate them and make them unable to distinguish friend from foe.

The single-player campaign also features a cooperative option to play along with three friends. The multi-player features deathmatch, team deathmatch and an objective based assault mode.

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Haze PlayStation 3 Resistance camp, prepping for the assault on Mantel's land carrier.
Haze PlayStation 3 Crossing the bridge under heavy enemy fire.
Haze PlayStation 3 Getting acquainted with your squad... a crazy bunch under heavy nectar influence.
Haze PlayStation 3 Using a helicopter's mounted gatling gun to fend off the Mantel occupation forces.

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The Press Says

GameDaily May 19, 2008 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) May 21, 2008 3.5 out of 5 70
4Players.de May 23, 2008 66 out of 100 66
Kombo.com May 29, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
GamesFire Jun 08, 2008 63 out of 100 63
IGN Australia May 21, 2008 6.2 out of 10 62
HardGamers May 26, 2008 60 out of 100 60
Video Games Daily Jun 10, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 22, 2008 4 out of 10 40
GameSpy May 20, 2008 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Cancelled versions

Originally Windows and Xbox 360 versions were announced, but eventually cancelled.

Demake

In September 2008 the game was "demade" for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition as Smaze.

German version

There are a few changes in the German version:
  • Corpses no longer have ragdoll effects or bleed when shooting them
  • When throwing a knife at an enemy, it does not stick in the body
  • Special dead animations were removed. Additionally, in the original version enemies scream and cease combat when are at fire - in the German version they keep fighting.
  • There are also a few smaller changes in the manual which remove a nectar marketing picture and reword sentences about killing.
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichter.com (German).

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Spenot (8439) added Haze (PlayStation 3) on May 23, 2008