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Damnation is a steampunk shooter, developed by Blue Omega Entertainment and published by Codemasters. It was released on May 22, 2009 on Steam[1] for Microsoft Windows and is also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Gameplay

Damnation features large, open environments where a variety of acrobatics and Hollywood-action stunts are possible. Damnation features verticality which differentiates it from many other games in the genre. Damnation has steam-powered vehicles which are also able to execute various feats of mobility, such as climbing up walls.[2]

Plot

Setting

Set on an alternate planet Earth and in the early part of the twentieth century after the American Civil War has spanned over several decades, where steam engines replace combustion engines. The game sees the protagonists fighting off a rich industrialist who wants to do away with both the Union and Confederate armies in one swift movement and turn the United States of America into a country called the "American Empire" with a totalitarian dictatorship.[3]

Synopsis

Damnation centers around a group of freedom fighters led by Hamilton Rourke in a desperate attempt to protect a war torn, heavily industrialized America from a dictator.

During Rourke's adventures, he works with or against a number of characters, including Yakecan, an ally and Indian healer, and Jack, a scientist for the enemy. He also works with a shaman named Akahando against the forces of the evil Prescott, an arms dealer bent on the domination of America.

The Resistance army is fighting PSI, led by Commander Selina, on a bridge in a deserted city. Hamilton and his group fight their way through the city to the bridge and destroy it only for PSI to repair it and continue fighting. As they make their escape Jack is captured and the rest retreat on to their Air ship. They Yakecan's brother who tells them that Prescott is raping the earth of its resources to make "Serum", which makes his soldiers fight harder. The Group leaves to rescure Jack with the help of their new powers that allow them to see enemies before they see them. The group lands in Boom Town where the citizens are crazy on serum, They were miners before Prescott infected their water supply a made them blood thirsty. They fight their way through and meet up with the injured enemy Jack, who happens to be the daughter of Doc, they take her and Doc repairs her arm. But she escapes on a plane and the group goes after her but are shot down by Selina's troops. Prescott captures Akahando and forces him to revel his powers to see the future. Hamilton fights his way through the rest of the city and finds Selina who trys to kill them with a turret but Jack comes and helps them fight. They defeat Selina and escape and Jack finds out Prescott's true intentions on domination. Selina survived and rides away with Hamilton going after so he can find his missing wife Daydon. He and Jack make it to an ancient ruined site and find Selina and the Hooded stranger who revels himself to be a transformed and tortured Daydon who begs Hamilton to end her life. they fight and Daydon is defeated but Selina escapes. The PSI army attack Terra verda and took it over. hamilton makes it to the city where he and his group battles to liberate the city. They battle Selina again which ended with Jack drowning her in a fountain. They activate the citys water system which opens the water gates and drowns the invading forces in sea water. The group infiltrates Prescott's HQ and the final battle begins. Prescott reveals his powerful weapon, a mech, and fights Hamilton. He destroys the mech but Precott lifts the machine up and throws it after taking a large dose of his own serum to finally kill Hamilton. But he defeats Prescott as his corpse turns to ash. The group saves Akahando and leave in their Airship finally ending Prescott's reign of terror and bringin peace to America.

Development

The game originally started as an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod, and was entered into Epic Games first Make Something Unreal contest. It came in second place for best Total Conversion game modification. The retail version will probably retain much of its mod's gameplay, including first and third person gameplay, acrobatic moves and spirit vision.[4]

A demo was scheduled to be released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace in early January 2009 but that was never released.

The game was delayed numerous times from its original fall 2008 release window, with numerous release dates thereafter being given and then missed before finally being released on May 26, 2009.

Promotion

A console design contest has been made available for US residents. Contestants can submit their designs using any available design tool. The prize is a limited edition PlayStation 3 with steampunk design.[5]

Reception

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Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 39% (21 reviews)[6] (PS3)

37% (30 reviews)[7] (Xbox 360)

Metacritic 41/100 (17 reviews)[8] (PC)

36/100 (35 reviews)[9] (PS3)
36/100 (39 reviews)[10] (Xbox 360)

Review scores
Publication Score
Good Game 5.5/10[11]

Damnation was met with generally negative reviews. The Xbox 360 version has a 39 percent rating on GameRankings,[7] and a 37 out of 100 rating on Metacritic.[10] The PC version has a 42 rating on Metacritic.[8] IGN reviewer Greg Miller gave Damnation a 2.5 saying that the graphics, voice acting, and gunplay is terrible: "avoid this game at all costs".[12] Dan Whitehead of Eurogamer rated the game a 3/10.[13] Andy Hartup wrote in Xbox World 360 that the game was "[o]ne of the worst shooters of this generation. The clue really is in the name..."[14] Junglist and Bajo, from the Australian gaming show Good Game, said that they enjoyed the environment and exploring but felt the A.I. was overpowered and unintelligent, each rating the game 5.5 out of 10.[11]

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