IGN Reviews Haze - 4.5/10

Haze was touted as a great PS3 exclusive from a developer well versed in first-person shooter mechanics. While Free Radical does have a solid pedigree, Haze does not live up to the company's reputation thanks to a horrible plot, weak gameplay mechanics and visuals that are truly underwhelming. While playing with friends is enjoyable, not even those are enough to bring this lackluster title around.

Bacon5604d ago

Ouch. Looks like I'm skipping this one.

sonarus5604d ago

This was a rental for me at best so this just eliminates the possibility of a rental.

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ice_prophecy5604d ago

I am with sonarus. Buying games is a big decision for me. It has to be in the area I like, or just mind numbingly great.

FreeMonk5604d ago

..just Wow.

I was expecting big things from Haze, especially seeing that it's had quite a bit of hype, but from the looks of things, it could be a big turkey.

Maybe not the 'Halo Killer' it was expecting Haze to be.

I guess I'll have to wait for MGS4 to fill my PS3 needs! Back to GTA 4

Bathyj5604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

Sorry but I fail to see how this game can get a 4 in graphics while GTA gets a 10. You can just add reading IGN to the list of things I wont be doing while playing Haze. They complain Nectar makes it too easy and then they complain it gets taken away. *Head pops*

I mean, dont you think that score is a little low, even if the game is mediocre. I've played the demo and its better than that. It would have to be downright dreadful to get that score.

Superfragilistic5604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

IGN writes:

"That being said, you are going to have to put up with some extremely weak visuals within Haze. There is a litany of problems with the game, from the odd warping of allied soldiers that blink into view suddenly at arbitrary checkpoints to poor texture work. Many of the environmental textures are generic and weak, and you'll frequently see seams or tearing constantly pop up within the game, which distracts from the action onscreen. The worse example of this has to be the visuals for the flamethrower, the Dragon de la Gente, which vomits a horrid cone of supposed flame that looks visually on par with what you'd find from the 386 PC days 15 years ago."

Thankfully the demo had already made my mind up to put this with the shovelware, this just confirms it.

Now that this Haze crap is over Free Radical can you go and make TimeSplitters something worthwhile!

madmike5604d ago

only ps3 can make a game this good see this is what the cell can do if it was made for 360 it would not be runing at 1080p 120fps o yes ign hates the ps3 and all other sits that give this game a low score.thank you sony for giving me the most powerful system in japan.

mikeslemonade5604d ago

Atleast the PS3 has FPS games coming this year. I'm renting this one for the coop online. COOP on anything is worth a rent and this is one review in reality this could be a 7 from other sites because some sites already gave Haze a 9 and 8.

WIIIS15604d ago

Wow some people will never accept that Sony games score like pieces of dung. They will put down every reviewer who put down Sony games and lay claim to their own opinion as being visionary. Must be a great little lonely world they live in.

Kami5604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

last November.
I was exited in January.
it was a rental yesterday
today... well... i don't have anything to say.
oh well, im going back to replay all the metal gears and return the crappy GTA4 to get the awesomeness of MGS4

Pika-pie5604d ago

Had a feeling this would be a disappointment. Oh well, back to playing GTA. only 3 weeks till MGS!

mikeslemonade5604d ago

I'm not saying it's great game i'm saying it's worth a rental for the coop online. And for sure this is on the low end of the review scores your experience may vary from 4.5 to 9.


i predicted this would flop over a month ago. to those of you that disagreed with me... ill be breaking all your windows tonight while you sleep.

i dont say things to be mean or anything, i just state the honest truth.
my condolences to those of you that were looking forward to this crap game.

save your money and buy resitance 2.,.........and a dual shock 3.

factory5604d ago

this title was getting very lukewarm previews ages ago and with all the extra development time it didnt seem to work out.it was probably doomed from the early stages.no excuse for poor graphics on a ps3 exclusive at this point.that said i've seen some bad games get better than a 4.5, so maybe ubisoft didnt grant ign that exclusive it wanted for the review..i will personally wait for a few more reviews to come down

Winter47th5604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

What a crock'a sh!t, "visuals that are truely underwhelming", yeah right




Sounds like they reviewd the 1 year old E3'07 demo, good for'em.

N2NOther5604d ago

GTA got a 10 in graphics because for a game that has so much going on, it's damned impressive...The Euphoria engine is impressive, the lighting, the detail on the buildings...Take up a helicopter and you can see every single part of Liberty City...AND they all look great...That's reason enough.

Then you have the fact that it's a different reviewer for each game and subjectivity comes into play, it's very easy to see how one got a 10 and Haze got a 4.5.

ANYWAY, yep, this is exactly the kind of review I was expecting after that terrible demo.

LJWooly5604d ago

Whilst my hopes weren't too high for this game, either, but I have to say, IGN are a little out of place scoring this game so low in the graphics department. They mark worse-looking games higher than that.

I'm not going to buy it anyway, but I think IGN were way too harsh on the game.

TripleTags5604d ago

which is why it will have some following .. rental for the effort. slap on the wrist to Ubisoft for not delaying the game indefinitely and perfecting it.

HateBoy5604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

Does this mean America hates Sony?

I mean, if Sweden hates Sony when a magazine gives it 6/10, the US must really really just HATE Sony, no? C'mon, logic.

Give it up guys, game sucks, as was evident to any clear minded gamer from the demo. Wait for Res2 goddammit, THAT is gonna be great, I have no doubt about that.

EDIT: I'm actually gonna agree with hatchet up there, I think this game might have a significant fanbase in a not to distant future. I think its a love or hate game.

LJWooly5604d ago

No one's saying it doesn't suck, but you have to admit, they were a little too harsh in the graphics department.

The disagrees have been crazy on this site lately...

Megaton5604d ago

I had never been looking forward to Haze, and the demo just confirmed the averageness of the game for me. However, I've gotta wonder if it's really bad enough to deserve a 4.5.

SickNick855604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

it's a jeff hayes review!!!! the same man who give 3/10 to God Hand and 7,5 su 10 to Kingdom Hearts 2...

jwatt5604d ago

I don't understand why people were hyping this game up, even before the demo was out it looked iffy. Plus why would you care about hyping this game when you got GTA4 now and MGS4 right around the corner.

I think I know a good game when I see one and I knew this wasn't one of them.

zPlayer5604d ago

i knew this game was gonna suck. with the interviews and the demo. and still even though i knew, it still is a disapointment

RudeSole Devil5604d ago

Granted this game is far from a 10 (based on the demo), but come on IGN gives GTA IV 10s, and Mario Galaxy 9.5 the graphics in Mario Galaxy sucks donkey balls. Haze has all the next gen graphics features in this game, Specular mapping, Bumping mapping, normal mapping etc. I can tell IGN has no technical background developing games. If haze Story sucks well thats a matter of personal opinion, but when you give a game a 4 means unplayable, with frame rate issues, game doesn't install on hard drive, six axes controller only, game freezes. GTA IV is a great game but has most of these flaws and then some. IGN you suck Haze deserves at least 8.0 just on the technical side.

uie4rhig5604d ago

tbh.. the game is not bad at all (demo at least).. the game may not be 'awesome' and may not be a Halo killer, it still doesn't deserve a 4.5.. a 6.5 would have been better, i am 100% that reviewer is a big xbox fanboy.. i mean that game is good... in a way that it won't EVER get a 10.. but also it shouldn't get anything lower than a 6...

yesah5604d ago

i absolutly loved the demo, i was a little on edge about buying. But this review was just to harsh. I am going to buy Haze, IGN failed on this one.

PSMonster215604d ago (Edited 5604d ago )

Why did the devs even bother delaying the game if they weren't going to fix anything or make it better. I just don't understand. I mean they should have just released it last Christmas, it couldn't have been much worse. You can't really get worse than a 4.5, you have to actually TRY to get lower than a 4.5. I am very disappointed in Free Radical and this game. I will still give it a try but i just don't know.