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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 A strange visitor from the future
Breakdown Xbox Derrick Cole, main protagonist
Breakdown Xbox Unlockable soundtrack
Breakdown Xbox Not all soldiers will be your enemy, but 99% of them are.

Promo Images

Breakdown Screenshot 16/6/2004
Breakdown Screenshot 16/6/2004
Breakdown Wallpaper
Breakdown Wallpaper 16/6/2004

Alternate Titles

  • "ブレイクダウン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Aesthetics Over All Else Xbox Kain Shin (28)

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Xbox Mar 23, 2004 89 out of 100 89
TalkXbox Xbox Mar 28, 2004 88 out of 100 88
MS Xbox World Xbox Oct 28, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox Jun 02, 2004 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox Jun 28, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75 Xbox Jul 08, 2004 74 out of 100 74 Xbox Jul 15, 2004 68 out of 100 68
X-Power Xbox Aug 14, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Xbox Jun 06, 2004 D+ 33
Bordersdown Xbox 2004 3 out of 10 30


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Breakdown Premium DVD

The Japanese Xbox version of R:Racing Evolution comes with a Breakdown Premium DVD which features various concept art of character sketches, pre-release gameplay footage as well as E3 and teaser trailers.

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