Breakdown (Xbox)

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A vast underground complex was discovered in Japan. Unexpectedly, an entire race of creatures, known as the T'lan, was found dwelling there, guided by a mysterious being called Nexus. The humans built a research facility near the underground complex, called Site Zero, and sent soldiers to protect the researchers and ensure that the fragile peace between humans and T'lan will last. As Derrick Cole awakens in a recovery facility near Site Zero, he fails to remember anything from his past. Apparently, he was injected T'langen, a fluid that was taken from the T'lan, which has unexpected effects on human organism. As the war between the humans and the T'lan begins, Derrick must first of all find a way to escape, with both sides being hostile to him, unaware of the role he will play in the future of both races.

Breakdown is a first-person action game. Though Derrick can use firearms, it is not entirely a FPS; much of the game's combat relies on melee moves and combos that Derrick learns, turning the game into a "first-person fighter". An unusual feature of the game is the completely physical interaction with the environment, which strives to be realistic. In order to force Derrick to pick up ammo, operate an object, eat food to restore health, etc., the player has to physically move the controller, imitating corresponding real-life movements.


Breakdown Xbox Title screen
Breakdown Xbox Long corridors are common indoor setting for the most part of the game.
Breakdown Xbox Unlockable gallery, level art
Breakdown Xbox A strange visitor from the future

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TalkXbox Mar 28, 2004 88 out of 100 88
MS Xbox World Oct 28, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Chronicles Apr 01, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83 Jun 02, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Mar 18, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75 Jul 08, 2004 74 out of 100 74
IGN Mar 16, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
XBox Front Jan 10, 2005 65 out of 100 65
X-Power Aug 14, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Thunderbolt Games Mar 28, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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elpolloesrojo (21) added Breakdown (Xbox) on Apr 03, 2004