Founded in 2003, Blue Omega Entertainment is best known for producing two horror movies: Danika (straight to DVD) and Dark Ride (theatrical). Both of which were released in late 2006. Damnation marks their first video game project for the start up multimedia company. Is their rookie effort worth buying or should you skip out? Find out in this preview of Damnation for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Damnation is set in an alternative steam punk universe. You play as Hamilton Rourke, the leader of rebels trying to fight against the evil dictator.
The strange mixture of the Wild West with steam punk industrialization looks great. This thanks to the nice detail in the environments. You will be engrossed in the massive world of this PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 title.
The ambient background music adds even more atmosphere in Damnation.
Damnation is similar to the Playstation 3 exclusive title, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Both games mix third-person shooting with platforming gameplay.
The upcoming PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game uses a third-person vantage point where you can view you character’s body. This is important because you will need to maneuver through the multi-layered environments in addition to dodging fire from your enemies. Since steam is the primary source of energy in Damnation, your firing weapons will also be steam-powered.
Like Nathan Drake of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Hamilton Rourke is very agile. Not only can he run fast, he can also climb, hang and jump off different ledges. He can also shoot when hanging. Unfortunately for Hamilton Rourke, his enemies are also equally as mobile. You therefore will have to run and gun your way through the world of Damnation.
The firefights in the game is open in that you can take out the enemy in multiple ways. For example, you can snipe them from above or take them out up close. To keep the pace frantic, Blue Omega Entertainment decided to not use a cover system, a feature that is common for third-person shooters. As a result, Damnation is able to separate itself from other games in the same genre.
To further push the game’s tempo and intensity, Damnation also includes several vehicles such as a motorbike and a tank.
Included in the final game are four online multiplayer modes that use the same core gameplay elements as the single-player mode.
Damnation is shaping up to be a solid first effort from Blue Omega Entertainment. Make sure to check it out when it comes out on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in late May.