Well I was curious about this game at one point. Free Radical, the nectar effect... but not anymore... not anymore.
I'm just gonna quote bits of the reviews, cause they say it best.
IGN - 4.6/10
While Free Radical's previous work was quite excellent, Haze is anything but, coming across as a middling, generic first-person shooter with bland visuals, a weak plot and laughable characters.
For one thing, the Mantel soldiers are presented as your stereotypical jarhead grunts that have no morality or sense of responsibility, killing people because they have always had a genuine bloodlust for death and destruction. This alpha male broad stroke is painted with comments such as "It's like taking candy from a crippled baby," and "Is there an award for most badass gangsta? Because that's me!"
Supposedly, this explains the behavior of the troops, because they are living in a drug-induced fantasy world that is perpetually extended by their battle armor. In fact, the only time that you do see soldiers crash from their Nectar high is laughable. Not laughable because of what the soldiers do, but laughable in the manner in which it's carried out, which is extremely forced and horribly acted.
You'll even find that your allies will shoot you at times, making it a bit harder to avoid taking damage.
The worst example of this has to be the visuals for the flamethrower, the Dragon de la Gente, which vomits a horrid cone of supposed flame that looks visually on par with what you'd find from the 386 PC days 15 years ago.
The sound isn't much better off, with many of the problems traceable to the repetitive dialogue that both sides constantly utter.
Gamespot - 6/10
Eventually, the game acknowledges the missing shades of gray in a few bits of contrived and hackneyed dialogue, but by then it's too late: The story has long been exposed as a shallow mess that simply can't deliver on its intriguing foundation.
Foes will run directly past you as if you aren't there, stand motionless as you fire, and completely ignore grenades tossed toward them. On the occasions when they do notice that a grenade has been thrown, they will wait a few seconds and then leap forward as if stealing second base--sometimes choosing to dive toward the grenade, rather than away from it.
Then there's the awful rap tune that plays while you wait for competitors to join some online matches--and then continues to play throughout the match. Its presence is absolutely embarrassing.
The current Gamerankings score is: 56%
and Metacitic: 55/100
It's a real shame, but I quite like how the industry, in terms of the media, isn't glossing over now. 4.6 is just devastating...