(I would have given this game a 4.25 or 4.5 stars if Amazon allowed it)
First off, let me state the ratings of the IGN review of this game:
Lasting Appeal: 4.5
Now my response:
Are you kidding me?! IGN gave GTAIV a 10 in graphics, when I get pop-ins and texture tears occasionally (but I still love GTAIV), and a 4.5 to HAZE?! The gameplay is no where near a 4.5, it is more of a 9.0. This review lowered the credibility of IGN after I played HAZE.
That being said, HAZE is fantastic! The graphics are stunning, and the gameplay has well balanced mechanics in shooting, physics, and speed.
Now let me state my ratings for HAZE(in IGN's categories):
Presentation: 7. The storyline could have used a little more creativity,but was enough to keep me satisfied and interested.
Graphics: 8.5. Stunning environments, smooth framerate, and very nice explosions.
Sound: 8.0 Have to agree a little with IGN on this one. The dialogue could have used a little more development. On the other note, sound effects, such as gunfire, explosions, etc..., sounded just right.
Gameplay: 9.0. This is where the game shines. Gameplay is fantastic! The idea behind Nectar fit perfectly with the gameplay. This game has excellent FPS mechanics, and every FPS fan will enjoy the gameplay.
Lasting Appeal: 9.0. After the single player, its on to multiplayer! Multiplayer is another aspect of this game that shines. The Online-Coop is 100 times better than the demo, and regular multiplayer is so much fun as well.
Overall: 8.5 (which is equivalent to 4.25 stars on Amazon)
If you played the demo, and the actual game, you will notice that there is a HUGE difference. The actual game is way better than the demo by a wide margin.
Final words: Don't judge this game based on online reviews such as IGN, Gamespot, Amazon reviews (including mine), etc.... Just go out and buy the game, and see for yourself. If you like it, keep it, and if you don't, sell it at Gamestop, GameCrazy, ebay, or even Amazon. Remember, a review is the opinion of one person.