Weapons and Multiplayer
The weapons available in Haze are top notch and are a lot of fun to shoot. The developers of the game made sure that players will want to use the pistol as a weapon of choice rather than a last resort. Grenades are also used quite frequently and, combined with the Nectar collected from your fallen enemies, can cause a group of Mantel troopers to overdose on the drug at simultaneously. This is indeed a sight to see.
Sadly, with all of the interesting choices of weapons in the game, only a few of them exist throughout the majority of the campaign. For instance, assault rifles, high-powered machine guns, and shotguns are all over the place, whereas other desirable choices such as the flamethrower and sniper rifle are only available in the few missions that call for the extra firepower. In fact, the sniper rifle is actually touted verbally early on in the game, but it's not available until well past the halfway point in the campaign. Then when you do have the sniper rifle, you'll most like rid yourself of it as soon as you run out of ammo due to the lack of your ability to carry more than two weapons at a time. In fact, you may not be able to find additional ammunition for the rifle anyway since your chances of finding another along the objective path are slim to none.
The multiplayer in Haze is as straightforward as the gameplay itself. When the PlayStation Network does not hinder one's ability to join a game without serious lag time or unavailable servers, players can enjoy the standard deathmatch and team deathmatch modes. While solo and team deathmatch are fairly run-of-the-mill, the team assault mode adds the most creativity to the online experience. During team assault matches, two teams totaling a maximum of 16 players are given both areas to defend and objectives to accomplish. This game mode actually compliments the single player experience with its own story elements not seen in the original campaign.
Regardless of the chosen multiplayer mode, bots can be added and customized to even out the teams with too few players. This is also a great way to enjoy the game's split screen mode that can be used to for instant action or to practice for upcoming online games. Even so, with only six maps available out of the box, the multiplayer experience may run dry all too quickly for some gamers.
While multiplayer proves to be much more fun than single player, Haze's co-op mode that can be experienced with up to four players is where the game really shines. There are those who choose to brave the campaign alone, and this still has its benefits, but there's nothing like bringing along a few friends to turn an otherwise mediocre campaign into an extremely enjoyable romp. Cooperative play allows players to complete the single player campaign in its entirety with friends via the PlayStation Network or at home using the game's split-screen option. Cooperative play has become quite popular in recent history and is easily the most enjoyable way to experience Haze.