Review: The Quiet Man

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We wrapped up The Quiet Man"s conclusion no less than five minutes ago, & to say we’re baffled và bewildered would be an understatement. The bottom line is that Human Head Studios’ attempt at blending FMV with interactive combat scenes utterly fails in every conceivable way. In fact, everything about this project is truly perplexing, & to confuse matters even further, Japanese bigwig Square Enix actually forked out genuine money khổng lồ publish this monstrosity.

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So, where vày we even begin? You play as Dane, a gentleman who is deaf. A protagonist who has lost their hearing is a half-decent concept in theory, but when put into practise, The Quiet Man gets it all wrong. Due lớn the disability, you won’t hear a single piece of spoken dialogue throughout the entire game, which immediately throws the overall plot into obscurity. From what we could piece together, Dane must rescue a female family thành viên from the clutches of a masked figure.


It’s a short descriptor, because honestly, the trò chơi makes no sense whatsoever. Flashbacks to lớn Dane’s childhood try khổng lồ describe the relationships between characters, but they regularly contradict each other or continue khổng lồ raise more questions than answers. & then back in the present day, motivations remain unclear, people come & go without rhyme or reason, và plot arcs are communicated horrendously. It’s this lack of verbal conversation that kills any understanding of what’s going on because despite characters & even Dane himself moving their lips & presumably speaking words, we never hear any of it. We seriously struggled to lớn grasp any sort of cohesive narrative, and we’d be hard-pressed to lớn believe that anyone else could too.

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And then, there’s the biggest kicker of the lot. The Quiet Man doesn’t have a traditional ending, because it’s being delivered via DLC in a week’s time. This add-on will be free, but it leads to lớn a scenario where the base game simply displays a countdown timer upon its completion. It felt like the rug has been pulled out from under us because after an incomprehensible three hours to lớn make it khổng lồ the climax, we’re made to wait a further seven days for what will most likely be one more ludicrous cutscene.

When you’re not trying lớn work out what each FMV sequence means, you’ll be taking the fight to lớn supposed enemies in scenes where you’ll actually have to pick up the controller & play. Unfortunately, though, the combat system is just as atrocious as the ridiculous plot. Not a single one of its mechanics are explained, which led us lớn button mashing our way through the majority of brawls. & the biggest issue here is that there absolutely are cogs & gears for you khổng lồ engage with, but we only know thanks to the Trophy danh mục that speaks of close shave encounter attacks, beatdowns, và special environment finishers. We’ve unlocked each of those Trophies so apparently we did perform those moves at some point in the game, but we wouldn’t have known it at the time.


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Boss fights vì require a little more skill, with a dodge button becoming your biggest ally, but simply pounding on square and triangle will get you through most altercations. Lớn be honest, the controls feel bad, with unresponsive inputs leading to lớn a sense of clunkiness that never goes away. Woeful hit feedback worsens things with punches that fail to feel weighty and blows that can’t decide if they were blocked or not, while enemies themselves all originate from a few very particular character models. You"ll often fight foes with the same appearance.

It’s this sense of cheapness that has a serious detriment on the transitions between FMV and the in-game sequences, too. The clip looks fine, because of course it’s shot on high-quality cameras, but it’s this that makes the switch to the interactive scenes all the more glaring. There’s a very noticeable drop in presentational unique once it’s time to lớn pick up the controller, with a sort of washed out effect that makes backgrounds và setting look incredibly lacklustre, while character’s faces could almost be an entirely different person. Obviously we weren’t expecting vị trí cao nhất of the line graphics, but The Quiet Man wouldn’t look out of place on a PlayStation 3.


As an overall product, we can’t state enough just how much of a negative impact the lack of sound has on the experience. It’s the title’s defining mechanic, but it doesn’t work in any practical manner. Long stretches of the trò chơi had us confused và befuddled by events on-screen, và at some point the wheels fall off completely và the whole affair starts lớn turn into a comedy sketch. It’s an experiment gone badly wrong, và an example to lớn those who wish lớn dabble in the FMV genre of what not khổng lồ do. We wish this was a "so bad it"s good" situation where a slice of self-deprication could glean even a hint of enjoyment out of the experience, but it"s sadly anything but.

Conclusion


There’s nothing else quite like The Quiet Man, và there’s a reason for that. The blend of FMV & interactive combat sequences fails on every level with an unfathomable plot that raises far more questions than it answers, và encounters that fail to explain themselves & do little khổng lồ engage. The Quiet Man is the most baffling release of 2018, khổng lồ the point where a post-mortem investigation into its sheer existence sounds so much more exciting than this bizarre & convoluted comedy sketch.

Terrible 2/10

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Liam grew up with a PlayStation controller in his hands and a love for Metal Gear Solid. Nowadays, he can be found playing the latest and greatest PS5 games as well as supporting Derby County. That last detail is his downfall.

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Fri 2nd Nov 2018

You haven"t really put me off — in fact, I"m eager khổng lồ play it more now. Aren"t they going lớn like showroom the sound in or something? I think that might be what the countdown at the kết thúc is for. I swear I read somewhere that on the second playthrough you"re going lớn be able to vì it with all the audio put back in.

I also would love to lớn know how this came to lớn exist.


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Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Wow this is the lowest score I have ever seen on Push Square. Must be really terrible...


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Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Saw the trailer on the Store last night, Couldn"t work out what the heck was going on...


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Wow, I didn"t expect anything greater than a 7 but a 2!

I was really intrigued by this one & have been somewhat looking forward khổng lồ it but this certainly makes me think twice. I almost still wanna try it just lớn see if I can make any sense of it myself. It does sound pretty bizarre.


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Its a shame this has failed. If it was done right with more attention to detail và different casting I think it could have been a success. Weirdly they are adding sound next week which makes it not the quiet man anymore.


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Proof that you may not be able to lớn polish a turd, but you can sure as heck make a decent-looking trailer out of one.

Oh well. It"s not lượt thích there"s a shortage of things lớn play right now.


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

The đánh giá failed lớn mention the most key thing. How is the file form size of this trò chơi 37 gb,yet the trò chơi can be beaten in 3 hours tops?


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Few others đánh giá i can see say the same things a travesty of a game. Maybe the worse game this gen.

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NintendoFan4Lyf here, and weirdly...I kinda wanna play it? Not that I doubt the reviews or anything, but it just sounds lượt thích something I"d lượt thích to see and play for myself.