Hazen is now available as an online rental game through GamersGate, so I tested it out, and I was very disappointed. The developers did a great job optimizing the performance of the game, but beyond that, the game has no redeeming qualities.
Controls are messy. You move by right-clicking on the ground. You cannot hold the button down like you can in most other games in the genre. Left-click objects to interact with them, or to attack enemies. That's not too bad, but it is a little confusing because of the movement scheme.
Music is repetitive. I mean, it is a short loop. I kept hearing the same 20-30 seconds of sound over and over again. That said, before the first loop, it does sound good. The sound effects are uninteresting, not bad, just bland.
The menus are easy to navigate, but the in-game menus, like the inventory, can be confusing. For instance, whenever you press I, the inventory shows up, but if you press I again to close the inventory, if you did anything at all in that menu, all it does is reset to the menu's default state. That means you have to press the button more than once. It is not obvious, either. At first, I thought it was just broken.
The gameplay is all about clicking on enemies or just pressing the a-key over and over again. I am not exaggerating. I was bored out of my mind during combat. The enemies barely hurt me, and when they did pose a threat, all I had to do was run away from the enemy and run back after a few second. The player character heals very quickly, which makes the challenge of the game almost non-existent.
The only slightly redeeming quality of this game is the visual appeal. The character models look fairly nice. The animations are entertaining to a degree, and the fire and other effects look fairly convincing. The camera does not rotate, though.
Overall, I think this game just plain sucks. It is not worth trying. No matter who you are, you are better off avoiding this game. It will either frustrate you or bore you to death.
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