History VideoGame / Breakdown

6th Oct '17 12:39:55 PM SolidSonicTH
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''Breakdown'' is a landmark game in creating what's now generally referred to as "immersion." You never leave your character's perspective, even when eating, drinking, fist-fighting, or ''throwing up''. Later games such as ''FEAR'' make frequent use of narrative techniques that first appeared in ''Breakdown'', with the ''Condemned'' games in particular feeling vaguely like an unofficial spiritual sequel.

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''Breakdown'' is a landmark game in creating what's now generally referred to as "immersion." You never leave your character's perspective, even when eating, drinking, fist-fighting, or ''throwing up''. Later games such as ''FEAR'' ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' make frequent use of narrative techniques that first appeared in ''Breakdown'', with the ''Condemned'' ''[[VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins Condemned]]'' games in particular feeling vaguely like an unofficial spiritual sequel.
21st Sep '17 4:24:52 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* RunOrDie: The first time you encounter T'lan, Alex helpfully tells you to run for your life since you aren't able to hurt them yet.

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* RunOrDie: The first time you encounter T'lan, Alex helpfully tells you to run for your life since you aren't able to hurt them yet.
21st Sep '17 4:23:48 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* RunOrDie: The first time you encounter T'lan, Alex helpfully tells you to run for your life since you aren't able to hurt them yet.
21st Sep '17 4:20:45 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:After waking up in the future, Derrick must make his way to Ogawa's lab to receive an injection that will allow him to kill Solus and destroy Nexus in the past. Just as he's about to inject Derrick, T'lan break in, causing Ogawa to drop the syringe into a nearby grate. Alex holds them off while you scramble to retrieve the syringe. When you finally get it and inject it into yourself, power surges through Derrick as heroic music begins to play, and he bursts up out of the grate like Superman and proceeds to absolutely curb-stomp the T'lan.]]
21st Sep '17 4:20:21 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* CrowningMomentofAwesome: [[spoiler:After waking up in the future, Derrick must make his way to Ogawa's lab to receive an injection that will allow him to kill Solus and destroy Nexus in the past. Just as he's about to inject Derrick, T'lan break in, causing Ogawa to drop the syringe into a nearby grate. Alex holds them off while you scramble to retrieve the syringe. When you finally get it and inject it into yourself, power surges through Derrick as heroic music begins to play, and he bursts up out of the grate like Superman and proceeds to absolutely curb-stomp the T'lan.]]

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* CrowningMomentofAwesome: CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:After waking up in the future, Derrick must make his way to Ogawa's lab to receive an injection that will allow him to kill Solus and destroy Nexus in the past. Just as he's about to inject Derrick, T'lan break in, causing Ogawa to drop the syringe into a nearby grate. Alex holds them off while you scramble to retrieve the syringe. When you finally get it and inject it into yourself, power surges through Derrick as heroic music begins to play, and he bursts up out of the grate like Superman and proceeds to absolutely curb-stomp the T'lan.]]
26th Dec '16 7:26:01 AM HelljmprRookie
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---> '''Solus:''' Remember. Solus is only Nexus Avatar.

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---> '''Solus:''' Remember. Solus is only Nexus Remember... I... am just... Nexus'... Avatar.
20th Oct '16 10:30:38 AM Harem-author
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-->'''Solus:''' Disappointing.

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-->'''Solus:''' Disappointing.Disappointing.
* YouNoTakeCandle: During the rare scenes where Solus speaks, it is always in broken english. This is justified by the fact that Solus is the "avatar" of a completely alien existence, and it's a wonder that he can speak at all.
25th Aug '16 7:52:33 PM Harem-author
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* SkywardScream: Solus does this just before he goes down for the last time.


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* WhamLine: Should you manage to defeat Solus (which isn't easy even in the second half of the game), you get this little gem.
---> '''Solus:''' Remember. Solus is only Nexus Avatar.
25th Aug '16 7:49:19 PM Harem-author
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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: T'lan aren't the only thing you have to worry about, even human soldiers, who should know better, do everything in their power to harrass you, even as you're fighting T'lan right in front of them. They leave you no choice but to kill them.
* FakeDifficulty: Aside from the waves of tough enemies, the jumping puzzles, especially near the end, get progressively more difficult, not just from the environment, but because of CameraScrew.



** Grenades, building-demolishing C4 explosions, high-speed automobile crashes, and even ''nuclear weapons'' are all apparently completely and equally ineffective against T'lan shields. Apparently the only weapons of any effectiveness at all are the Anti-T'lan lasers Gianni deLucca's men carry. [[spoiler:Even the laser does almost nothing against Solus.]]

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** Grenades, building-demolishing C4 explosions, high-speed automobile crashes, and even ''nuclear weapons'' are all apparently completely and equally ineffective against T'lan shields.shields [[spoiler: until after Nexus is destroyed and you can just drive through them like they're made of paper mache]]. Apparently the only weapons of any effectiveness at all are the Anti-T'lan lasers Gianni deLucca's men carry. [[spoiler:Even the laser does almost nothing against Solus.]]


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* UngratefulBastard: Combined with TooDumbToLive. The uniformed human soldiers, in their entirety. Not only do they break into the lab to kill you, despite the fact that you signed up for and endured an extremely dangerous experiment to give mankind a fighting chance against the T'lan, but even if you kill the T'lan that are going after them, they still turn their guns on you, forcing you to kill them in self-defense. What's more, in the first half of the game, they lose the fight against the T'lan because they throw the foremost expert on fighting them off a cliff to her death. Civilians who get their hands on military tech are a different story.
26th Jul '16 3:18:47 PM Universalist
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