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The Quiet Man

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The Quiet Man
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Who let an art film director make a video game?
Protagonist(s): Dane
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Beat 'em up
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Release: November 1, 2018
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer(s): Human Head Studios
Publisher(s): Square Enix
Country: United States


The Quiet Man is a 2018 action-adventure beat 'em up game developed by Human Head Studios and published by Square Enix. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and contains FMV cutscenes.

Why It Should Stay Quiet

  1. The FMV cutscenes go on for way too long without properly explaining the story.
  2. Gameplay is nearly non-existent. It's a beat 'em up game with zero variety. You enter a room, fight people, watch a cutscene, enter a room, fight people, over, and over, and over.
    • You'll receive on average about 4 minutes of punching and kicking followed by 10 minutes of FMV cutscenes.
  3. What doesn't help is that there's only two enemy types: standard and heavies. The only difference being that the heavies do more damage.
  4. You can't pause by pressing a button like in every other video game. Instead, you must interact with an awkwardly-placed TV screen that is eternally showing the pause screen in order to pause the game.
  5. Originally, the game was released with no sound as a means of trying to be in the main character's shoes since he's deaf, but the problem is that there was no subtitles and the game doesn't tell you what Dane is thinking. Meaning you won't know what's actually happening in the story unless you're an expert lip reader. Ironically, the fact there is no subtitles means that real-life deaf people wouldn't understand what the characters are saying.
    • Subtitles and full audio were eventually added via an update.
  6. While it's obvious that Dane would have no speaking lines since he's deaf, his almost complete lack of emotion makes him creepy and difficult to relate to.
    • To make matters worse, the singer never ages at all as she has the same looks in the present day and in the cutscenes, making it impossible to know if she is Dane's relative or a family friend of his.
  7. Since the game had a patch that re-established the sound, you only then realize that the story is godawful.
    • The plot is that Dane (the protagonist) was abused as a child by his father (Robert) after his mother (Lorraine) is shot and killed by a gangbanger named Isaac. As an adult, he meets a singer named Lala who looks almost identical to his mother, but despite having feelings for Lala, she's in a relationship with his best friend, Tay. So, Robert and Lala form a plan to goad Dane into killing Isaac. But as it turns out, the one who killed Lorraine was Tay and the only way Dane can beat Tay is by becoming his alter ego: The Quiet Man.
  8. The story is also insultingly pretentious, as it constantly shoves obvious "symbolism" down the player and never does anything with it while acting "deep and serious" without any real effort.
  9. Plothole: Despite Dane being deaf, he actually speaks in some cutscenes in the game. (Although it's possible that he wasn't born deaf and somehow lost his hearing)
  10. Although it's using the Unreal Engine 4, the graphics are ugly and make it look like a early Xbox 360 title, with an overuse of annoying filters including motion blur.
  11. The main story's puzzle and navigation are terrible as there are completely no waypoints to lead you to the next destination and the only hint to solving a puzzle is rapidly beating heartbeats whenever you approach the puzzle's answer.
  12. Awkward and stiff animation.
  13. Poor camera angles that make it difficult to see where you are punching and where the enemies are
  14. In many fights, cutscenes can be overlaid on the screen, making it very distracting.
  15. There's a level where all you do is walk down a street and that's it.
  16. The game shows flashbacks of Dane's dead mother non-stop.
  17. The acting is weak mostly due to poor direction.
  18. Artificial difficulty: Mainly because of how many enemies attack you and how little health Dane has.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The soundtrack is decent.

Reception

The Quiet Man received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to the review aggregator Metacritic. It was Metacritic's Official Worst Game of 2018, meaning it was the lowest-scoring of 2018. PC Gamer described the game as a "spectacular disaster" and added, "there are lots of bad games, but for a game that was announced at E3 and made by a major publisher and studio to be this catastrophic is something."

DX featured it on his "Worst Games of the Decade" video stating his disbelief that someone made a game with no sound, criticized the producer who made a game that doesn't reflect his ideology, and declared it not only the worst game of the decade, but one of the worst games of all time along with the likes of Bubsy 3D.

Due to its commercial failure, as well as the failure of Rune 2, it was Human Head Studios' final game before shutting down a year later, with former employees forming Roundhouse Studios under Bethesda.

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