By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 9, 2018
I'm so, so sorry dear Dumeegamer.com readers. I don't know what I can say to make things better. Before I started this website back in May 2014, I spend days, months, maybe even years carefully selecting the perfect Time Machine for our Retro review category and without hesitation, I left my precious machine in the hands of Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams and Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers. How was I supposed to know they would make such a mess time after time? And now they blew it up?! Oh boy, they're really going to get it during their annual evaluations this year.
I'm not the one to blame, right? I bought them a machine and after two years or thereabouts, I made time in my schedule for my annual inspection visit and made some needed changes in decoration (everyone knows you can't have decent time travel without unicorns and pink sparkles). And now I can't even check if my changes still are as they were, because they blew the damn thing up! But the worst thing is that they didn't tell me about it. It's February already and not so much as a word has reached the DumeeGamer Headquarters. There's nothing new to read in our Retro category whatsoever. So, being the good leader that I am, I will step up and write the first Big Red Time Machine report of 2018 myself. That's right!
And boy oh boy, have I something special in store for you. Before I let those two rascals use my machine I visited the year 2009. Among all the great games that released that year was Damnation, a game by Blue Omega Entertainment and Codemasters. Damnation is a third person shooter set in a alternate version of Earth somewhere in the early part of the 20th century. There is a war going on and you take role of the leader of a group of freedom fighters, captain Hamilton Rourke.
During the intro, it quickly becomes clear that this group of people has some amazing tricks up their sleeves. You can use wall jumping to reach higher places, but the best part is when standing on a ledge, you can actually reach up for the ledge above you; you will grab said ledge and then, in one good swing, you'll land on your feet on that ledge! But the best thing in this game is when you drive a awesome looking motor or tricycle. While driving at amazing speed, try to boost and jump or even use the wall to cross the cliffs that are in your way.
As you progress through the game, our mighty Rourke is accompanied by several characters; an Indian healer called Yakecan, a scientist named Jack, Professor Winslow who's also Jack's father and a shaman named Akahando. These NPCs are very useful during combat, they also often show you the way or give commands to help you while you're trying to defend the earth against the evil forces of PSI.
The main thing you do in Damnation is fight enemies and make your way through the environments by climbing and jumping. To be honest, if you was to play the game nowadays, you would be a bit frustrated by the clunky control mechanics, but back in 2009 we weren't as spoiled as we are now. When you keep in mind that this game is almost ten years old, it actually plays very well. The story isn't that complicated and for a straight-forward game, the levels itself have many different routes to reach your objective. At some point I had to complete a waterfall puzzle. Puzzles in Damnation can only be solved in one specific way which, in this case, meant I had to do a lot of climbing, aiming the water beam and place statues the right way. It took me a while to actually figure out how to solve the puzzle, but I manage to do it.
Damnation does what you wanted from a game. It has a nice story, good characters and a couple of awesome tricks you can use while playing. If you didn't play it, you can easily find it for a couple of euros or the equivalent of your country and you have yourself a good time with a nice game.
I really hope you enjoyed my first contribution to our Big Red Time Machine and hope that I can give this category and Time Machine back to Ferry "Sadhonker" and Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" pretty soon. After a thorough evaluation, of course (sounds of whips and axes clinging). So I'm logging off for now and wish you all a lot of retro game fun!
Blue Omega Entertainment & Codemasters
May 22, 2009