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  • Summary: The Quiet Man is an immersive story driven cinematic action experience that seamlessly blends high-production live action, realistic CG and pulse-pounding action gameplay that can be completed in one sitting. [Square Enix]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 18 out of 19
  1. 80
    It's not without its issues, but these are the kinds of experiences that really stick in the mind, and I'd rather that that yet another stock-standard action game that neatly fits within structures that we've already seen dozens of times before.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    45
    I really want to enjoy The Quiet Man. But with seriously flawed design decisions, either in terms of screenplay or mechanically as well as dramatically, it becomes tedious too soon. And that is saying something for a game that last only three to four hours.
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    30
    Square Enix and Human Head Studios had an idea, but the final product is a true disaster which misses its point in every aspect with appalling gameplay and a lousy storyline. Maybe one of the worst games of 2018.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    25
    The Quiet Man is one of the worst games I have ever played, but forcing me to play twice to experience the audio left an even worse impression. While withholding all dialogue until the second playthrough is an interesting concept in theory, it added little to The Quiet Man's already terrible story, making the second run even more of a chore than the first.
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    20
    An inexplicable and decidedly wrong project.
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    We give The Quiet Man a point because it exists, and some people worked on it, but it is easily one of the biggest trainwrecks in the history of video games. Gameplay is awful, narrative is awful... nothing can be saved, and no one would ever have the patience to play it once and then download the New Game Plus DLC that includes sounds to understand something. It's just too painful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 10 out of 12
  1. Nov 4, 2018
    8
    The Quiet Man is misunderstood. If you’re expecting The Bouncer 2 or a competent beat-em-up, avoid at all costs. This game was experimental inThe Quiet Man is misunderstood. If you’re expecting The Bouncer 2 or a competent beat-em-up, avoid at all costs. This game was experimental in a way that requires a second playthrough to truly appreciate what it was trying to achieve, even if it never quite hit the mark.

    You should know that my impressions are skewed from a streamers perspective. I played the game on Twitch and got to laugh with my viewers at the broken and janky combat, ridiculous scenarios in the live action cutscenes and best of all, craft theories as to its meaning.

    You see, according to PSN Trophies, only 25% of people finished the game, meaning most of them are not aware that “beating” the game is only just the beginning. I don’t think this is a spoiler since it is widely written about online, but a patch is planned for release for one week after its release. This isn’t an “oops, we’re sorry you hated our game, here’s some voice acting to make it better,” it’s calculated and part of the overall experience. Your first playthrough is meant to confuse, it’s meant to inspire discussion with friends to try and piece together all of the loose ends and plost twists. The second playthrough will supposedly answer all of our questions, making the second playthrough pivotal to what The Quiet Man set out to do.

    It’s a game meant to be streamed, or played in a room with friends, or discuss with others who have played it in a Discord server and then revisited a week later to see who guessed what correctly.

    You might be saying, “but why not just immediately open New Game+ for the dialogue after I beat it? Why the week wait?” Perhaps they overestimated the hype, but my guess it to avoid spoilers. Most people will probably only impulse buy this in the first week and then it will fall into obscurity, only to be rediscovered in a PSN Flash Sale for 90% off. That week allows most people that want to play it the ability to do so without fear of spoilers. It may not be the best way of approaching it, but I can say I am hyped to play again and find out exactly what was going on in the game.

    The last thing I will leave you with is a comparison: Imagine if the next Star Wars film was released without any audio or subtitles. Fans are in awe at what’s unfolding on the screen, all the betrayals, plot twists, and unanswered mysteries. A week goes by allowing fans to speculate, without spoilers, as to why characters did what they did on screen. Then, finally, the full film is released to answer all questions. That’s pretty much the best way I can sum up the experience of The Quiet Man. It inspires discussion (or in some people’s perspective, disgust), but in the end of the day it took a very bold attempt at something unique that we have NEVER seen before in the industry, even if it’s rough around the edges.
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  2. Nov 1, 2018
    8
    It’s actually a pretty crazy idea how the devs did this game. Combining both cinematic live drama with in game elements. The fighting systemIt’s actually a pretty crazy idea how the devs did this game. Combining both cinematic live drama with in game elements. The fighting system is derived from what I see as Jason Bourne influence. Overall it’s a 3 hour movie/game. With its $15. Price tag, I’d say it’s Well worth a play through. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2018
    4
    Is very difficult to understand the reason of an importante software house to publish a trash like ''the quiet man''. A ridiculous film withIs very difficult to understand the reason of an importante software house to publish a trash like ''the quiet man''. A ridiculous film with some patethic and easy combat phase. It seems incredible but in all history of videogame the best sliding beat 'em up it's still again capcom's final fight Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    1
    1. This isn't a game

    2. The fighting in this is broken and clunky 3. The game crashed an hour into playing 3 times 4. The deaf parts
    1. This isn't a game

    2. The fighting in this is broken and clunky

    3. The game crashed an hour into playing 3 times

    4. The deaf parts make the cinematic parts useless and stupid (you don't learn anything since you can't hear anything)

    5. How long it took to download is ridiculous: 7 hours (RDR2 downloaded in less than an hour)

    This may have started as an interesting idea but ultimately it fails. At least it is only $15
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  5. Nov 9, 2018
    0
    El videojuego es uno de los peores del año 2018 y tal vez uno de los peores de la historia. Hay bugs, incoherencias en la trama, clichés deEl videojuego es uno de los peores del año 2018 y tal vez uno de los peores de la historia. Hay bugs, incoherencias en la trama, clichés de los latinos, el protagonista parece un maniquí con un repertorio limitado de acciones. Sin embargo, la equivocación más grande del juego es que no hay sonido para tratar de hacerlo inmersivo. Una copia fallida de Hellblade, en este juego la protagonista sufre una enfermedad mental, pero en The quiet man tenemos que meternos en la perspectiva de un sordo que solo él entiende lo que ocurre. El videojuego no es recomendable.

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    The video game is one of the worst in 2018 and perhaps one of the worst in history. There are bugs, inconsistencies in the plot, clichés of Latinos, the protagonist looks like a mannequin with a limited repertoire of actions. However, the biggest mistake of the game is that there is no sound to try to make it immersive. A failed copy of Hellblade, in this game the protagonist suffers a mental illness, but in The quiet man we have to put ourselves in the perspective of a deaf man that only he understands what happens. The video game is not recommended.
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  6. Nov 5, 2018
    0
    A game about a deaf guy that can only be appreciated by blind people.

    As a middle-aged gamer that's getting a little tired of the lack of
    A game about a deaf guy that can only be appreciated by blind people.

    As a middle-aged gamer that's getting a little tired of the lack of ideas in the industry these days, I was genuinely excited to play this one. That enthusiasm faded pretty quickly though when the game reached a scene about 30 minutes in where the protagonist and a female character get into the backseat of a car and proceed to have a (mostly) one-way conversation for the next 10 minutes. Given that my character is deaf, there was no dialogue for the entire sequence, leaving me sitting there wondering what the f**k this woman's problem was. I mean, who does that? Who sits next to a deaf kid in a car, presumably knowing full well that he's deaf, and engages him in 10 minutes of conversation? There's a special circle of hell for that kind of ignorant cruelty – a circle of hell that should now be reserved specifically for game developers that create games that contain such scenes. I respect Square for trying something different for a change, but holy crap is this game trash. The idea that I need to play through a SECOND time to "get the story" is rubbish. Few would subject themselves to the full 3 hours of torture that The Quiet Man brings to the table, only the most masochistic among us would do it twice.
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  7. Nov 2, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Trashhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhuhh! Expand

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