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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.

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Breakdown Xbox Your reckless driving can mow down T'lan soldiers easily, but it won't finish them.
Breakdown Xbox Bullets don't fare well against certain enemies.
Breakdown Xbox Unlockable soundtrack
Breakdown Xbox You'll find lots of scientific notes that will fill in some gaps in the storytelling.

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Aesthetics Over All Else Kain Shin (28) unrated

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Apr 01, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
DreamStation.cc Apr 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer Nov 29, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Deeko 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Mar 18, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
MS Xbox World Jun 28, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania Jul 15, 2004 68 out of 100 68
IGN Mar 16, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 22, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 D+ 33

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