THE QUIET MAN

FOR­MAT PS4 / ETA TBC / PUB SQUARE ENIX DEV SQUARE ENIX, HU­MAN HEAD STU­DIOS Its FMV is OTT

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“THERE’S A CHARM TO THE QUIET MAN – THE FI­DELITY OF THE MOD­ELS IS UNIQUE EVEN IF THE AN­I­MA­TION IS SKIT­TISH.”

Gam­ing’s quiet man is here to stay, and he’s turn­ing up the vol­ume, or at least he’s punch­ing some faces, sav­ing the girl, and catch­ing a se­rial killer. We love the dev’s am­bi­tion in at­tempt­ing to merge FMV and dig­i­tal dou­bles as this game jumps from nar­ra­tive cutscenes into clas­sic brawl­ing.

The Quiet Man is cen­tred on deaf model Dane as he seeks re­venge on the gang­ster who ter­rorised him as a tween, which leads him to team up with mob­ster Taye. There’s also a se­rial killer on the loose, a sultry club singer to smooch, and a run­down de­tec­tive out for one fi­nal score. It’s pulpy and a lit­tle odd but there’s some­thing un­canny here.

In-game you jug­gle be­tween light and heavy punches on r and e, kicks on w, and coun­ters on q. The pho­to­real char­ac­ters move in a wooden way, which jars with the aimed-for re­al­ism, but there’s a charm to The Quiet Man – the fi­delity of the char­ac­ter mod­els is unique, even if an­i­ma­tion tran­si­tions feel skit­tish.

There’s no HUD ei­ther, which dou­bles down on the sense you’re play­ing a movie. Health is vis­ual and even the Fo­cus gauge is shown subtly – a red lense flare rises from the right bot­tom cor­ner to the top; when it turns blue you can de­liver dev­as­tat­ing fin­ish­ers. As our floppy-haired hero rages, FMV of his child­hood trauma bleeds into the screen.

New York is as well mod­elled as the char­ac­ters, and be­tween fights you can ex­plore these lo­ca­tions for clues. If the many parts can be drawn to­gether, flaws ironed out, The Quiet Man could make a noise.

A warn­ing to ev­ery­one: pay for your petrol or you’ll be forced to drink it.

Above The ‘real’ cast in­cludes Lieu­tenant Ash on the hunt for a killer, and friends gang­ster Taye, Club Moonrise singer Lala, and pro­tag­o­nist Dane.

Above Set in New York City, some streets are CG, oth­ers shown in FMV.

Above This hooded crow-man is a se­rial killer ob­ssessed with Lala.

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