Platform(s): PS3, X360
Haze garnered a lot of attention in the early days of the PS3. Originally touted as a Playstation exclusive, the feeling was that Sony finally had a rival to Halo. Oh dear - it seems they got it wrong, again!
Haze follows a young Sergeant Carpenter, recruited out of college to fight insurgents in South America for a private military called Mantel. Right from the get-go, the game points its irony gun firmly at the Allied side, portraying the soldiers as mindless grunts hopped up on Nectar (a performance-enhancing drug piped directly into each soldier.) So you're not really surprised when, after three levels, you change sides and join the rebels (lead by a man who seems to be modelled on the dad from Family Ties!)
The storyline is poorly-executed, with excruciating acting coupled with overly-long cut sequences. The gameplay is a sorry affair: control mapping is far from intuitive and the vehicle handling is rubbish.
For a game coming from the creators of the awesome Timesplitters series, I really felt let down.
Rent or Buy: Rent
Replay Value: 1/5
Overall rating: 2/5
Review by Eamonn Cleary