During last week's GameCity event in Nottingham, IGN - and members of the Great British public - had the opportunity to go hands-on with a new section of Free Radical's upcoming drug-fuelled shooter Haze. Taking on the guise of a Promised Land rebel in the game's split-screen two-player co-op mode, they went up against beach-bound Mantel troops before working their way to a hotel on top of some cliffs.
The frame-rate (in the build IGN played at least) seemed rather temperamental, particularly during intense combat sections. However, this could have been down to the fact they were playing split-screen mode, doubling up the work for Sony's mighty PS3. Certainly, they've never experienced this kind of problem during previous single-player hands-on time, so IGN can only hope things are smoothed out prior to the game's release.
Certainly, while most of IGN's complaints should be fairly easy to rectify, IGN was left disappointed by Haze's relative lack of polish at this late stage. In terms of intensity and pacing the game still impresses, suggesting the groundwork for a truly solid FPS is there. Hopefully Ubisoft and Free Radical will have managed to iron out these last few niggles by the time Haze is released, and that the game proves to fulfill its awesome shooter potential.