The Club™, created by critically acclaimed developer Bizarre Creations, is a new breed of third-person shooter, combining fast-paced run and gun gameplay, destructive environments, and lethal weapons. You will fight to survive in a shadowy underground blood-sport controlled by a faceless, obscenely wealthy and influential elite who place...
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Release Date: Feb 20, 2008

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The Club™, created by critically acclaimed developer Bizarre Creations, is a new breed of third-person shooter, combining fast-paced run and gun gameplay, destructive environments, and lethal weapons. You will fight to survive in a shadowy underground blood-sport controlled by a faceless, obscenely wealthy and influential elite who place their bets on who will survive as the blood-bath ensues before them. Take control of up to eight uniquely trained killers motivated by greed, driven by pure insane bloodlust, and hell bent on earning respect on a global level.
  • Rise Through the Ranks of The Club™. As one of eight fighters, blast your way through five single player game modes including: Sprint, Time Attack, Survivor, Siege, and Run the Gauntlet.
  • Earn Respect Online. Shoot your way to the top of the leader boards in over eight cut-throat multiplayer modes. You will face-off with 7 real-time opponents online or battle with your friends offline in 4-player action modes.
  • The Club™ is Global. Battle in eight unique real-world locations from around the globe, including war-torn cities, abandoned factories, steel mills and many more.
  • Extreme Gun Battles in Hazardous Environments. A motion blur camera system intensifies the adrenaline rush in both open range and close quarter firefights. Destroy and manipulate objects in the environment to your advantage.
  • Build up the highest score. A unique score-based accumulation system creates even more competition among players; the faster, more efficient and accurate that you are, the more points you will earn to unlock weapons, characters and maps.
  • Select from an Arsenal of Weaponry. There are 17 high-powered assault weapons to choose from and customize, including Automatic Weapons, Sniper Rifles, High Caliber Pistols, Sub Machine Guns, Mounted Weapons, and many more.
  • Each Character has a Story to Tell. Choose from eight different characters to rise through the ranks of The Club™ and uncover each person's true motives and intentions.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000 or XP with latest service packs installed
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB video card with latest manufacturer drivers
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB uncompressed free hard disk space
    • Processor: 2.5 Ghz Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP 2500+ processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X800 series or higher video card with latest manufacturer drivers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is quite addictive, it has great level design, good gunfights online and I have to say that I instantly fell in love with that chase camera when you run, absolutely awesome. The game is a solid arcade shooter with a different levels of challenge, from "casual" to "real", and they do a great job in keeping the game fresh offering a good challenge. Try the demo, and see that chase camera, see the game flow, see the graphics and then decide. I bought this game for cheap and I don't regret it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
What this game lacks in story, it makes up for in decent gameplay. It runs well and all, however it does have a few issues:

- You must sign into Microsoft's "Games with Windows Live" Sign-In App to be able to play the game with the save data of that said game. That is pointless and unfair because for most games on GOG, Origin and Steam; you don't need to sign into "Games With Windows" just to play a PC game. If I wanted to play a game on xbox, I'd go and do so.

- There's no way to run the game in windowed mode, and I've checked the settings. This is a huge downer for me :(

Now if you can get find a way to bypass these issues, then you're golden. If you can't, then its best to avoid this version of "The Club." I'll leave with that to make your own choice. Anyway, thanks for reading and stay batty my friends.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
From the creators of Project Gotham Racing. They bring quite an unorthodox video game.

It's a game that your main focus is achieving the highest score rather than progressing through any form of plot. Except the characters' brief backstory, and an ending in the same shortness of earlier fighting games.

8 skilled killers have been taken into an organization called 'The Club'. Whether they wanted to be in it or not. They fight in several tournaments of ultraviolence to reclaim their freedom or what they desire.

Each contestant has unique attributes to them. How fast they move, how much damage they can take, and how much damage they dish out. It allows for some experimenting to see who can rack the best chains of kills quick as possible in various events regarding survival, moving through the level at a quick pace, or sustain damage better when health is scarce.

If you like score attacking video games, just killing your foes stylishly and quick as possible. This game is for you.

If you want plot or deep storyline. Don't expect it in this game.

Please note to use the patch fix guide on steam, when you finished installing.

*Can be as very tough or very easy as you want it to be
*Art style aged decently for a 2008 game
*Good pacing for the action
*Decent music
*Has a skill ceiling required to get the best scores. AI does their best to disrupt your scores or to overwhelm you.

*Multiplayer is probably non existent by now
*Could've been at least some more lines for the characters in their endings. I think they deserve to at least say something for killing for their freedom.
*May get repetitive for some.

7.5/ 10

Would recommend to anyone who likes arcadey gameplay or third person shooters, and can live without a plot rich storyline.
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Its sad, that many people rated this game down only becouse they dont understand what is this game about. This is not about touching storyline and about milions of missions. Here , you are suposed to choose your character and do the best score u able to do. Many cool modes of game from defending of your position, runing laps or just find exit from map in limited time, while waves of enemies comming and trying to kill you. Game is about repeating same level until you are PRO. If you do not like this type of game dont buy it, but dont say its not good, becouse this game is awesome and unique.
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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
For everybody who bought the game and couldn't get Games for Windows Live to work - therefore are unable to save their games - follow these steps:

1. Download this installer:
2. Go to Control Panel and uninstall all Games for Windows Live related programs (redistributables, Games for XBOX, etc.).
3. Run the installer you download in step 1.
4. Restart your computer.
5. Open the game, press your Home button and this should bring the GFWL overlay. But you're not over yet!

Follow this guide: With this combination of steps you should be able to play, get achievements and save your game.

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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
I dont really understand why everyone hates this game i honestly think its one of the funnest games ever seriously if you go to the gunplay mode then give yourself a set of events (try to make the list huge) give yourself awesome guns and youll have a blast playing this. Plus its a great game to play if you dont know what to do and just wana pass the time i often find myself coming back to this game when i get bored and it always cheers me up, (usually i play it on xbox though) the character selection is good SEAGER is awesome and NEMO is a crazy guy.

i rate this game 10/10 some may think why and not take my opinion seriously but i give it this score because iv had nuthing but fun from it iv had zero issues with GFWL either
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2012
Too bad this game wasn't a hit, both financially and critically. One of the few 'high score'-based games that I actually enjoyed playing. It was really addictive with lots of characters, all with their own weaknesses and strenghts. Creating combos and keeping them as long as possible kept this game fresh. The idea was to walk through a level killing one enemy after another as quick as you can while maintaining a combo. But not just run-and-gun mind you (well, a bit); you had to kill them with style (headshots, explosive barrels, you name it). A combo meter would then build up and you could score massive points, which was ultimately the goal of the game.
Ah... good times :D

[Rating: 83/100]
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2013
Somewhat of an underappreciated gem, The Club is a great third-person shooter that combines aspects of old-school arcade shooters with the modern TPS games that we see so much of today, and that alone makes it worth playing.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
What's better than shooting people? Running and shooting them at the same time! Welcome to the Club!

The Club is 3rd person action packed shooter focusing heavily on run and gun gameplay. I have never seen game that would focus on run and gun as much as this game in single player mode. Whole game is designed around combo system. If you kill a guy, you get x points (depends on where you hit him, and which type of enemy you kill, as well as distance from which kill is scored). If you kill another one before your combo ends, you get 2x more points, and then 3x. The higher combo, the faster "downtime" (time before combo ends). So yeah, if you don't like to kill fast and move a lot, this game is probably not for you.

Otherwise game is well optimized from performance point of view. However menus are very sad, they are designed for gamepads, and if you have one you should really use them in menus instead of mouse and keyboard. Also there's no way as far as I'm aware, to change FOV, which is not very high (I think it's around 60).

Another sad thing is, that they designed split screen, but removed it in PC version. There's online multiplayer, but not active anymore. But you can still play it if you get a couple friends in the game, it's a lot of fun in my option.

Game is using Games for Windows Live. Yes dat DRM. 98% of people play this game only for single player, and that's why I think you shouldn't worry about GFWL as you can:
a) create offline account and just play without MS account
b) install xlive which removes GFWL, and lets you enjoy the game without DRM

There's no coop, but there's gunplay. Gunplay is gamemode designed to be played against friends. You basicily select maps, and weapon you want to use in that level, and try to get as many points as possible. Then your friend plays, and his goal is to score more points than you. This mode can be played with up to 4 players, and it's fully compatible with X360 gamepads, so if you have 2 or more, you can each play with your own gamepad.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2012
The Club is, in a nutshell, Battle Royale meets the 100 Meter Dash. It's a third-person shooter where the point is to run from point A to point B as fast as possible while staying alive and killing as many enemies as skillfully as possible along the way.

It's not big on depth, doesn't have a lot of multiplayer features, and you might get some mixed replay value out of it...but it's currently on sale for $2.99 and shouldn't be missed at that price. It's strangely unique, and if you're a twitch gamer it'll push your skills to the limit.
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Turd Sniffer
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 8
Here you go, just to save you time if you dont want to read full review, look below if you want to read full review:

" The Club is Fast paced , fun and chaotic 3rd person shooter. Its all about trying to get best possible score in level. Biggest problems this game has are GFWL and Somewhat repetitive gameplay. Could still recommend for people who like old-school games and want to try something new"

The Club is very unique and refreshing Third-Person shooter, its not story driven game , but instead its all about the score.
You get points for each enemy you kill, depending on where you shot him, how difficult was the kill etc. You also have combo meter ticking down and each kill refreshes it and adds more combo. There are also other ways of getting combo points (shooting skull signs on the walls). So the whole point of the Game is to do stylish kills and chain them for maximum point gain. The stages also play out always the same way, requiring you to memorize enemy locations for best possible points.
There are different characters and they all have different stats (health, speed etc) , but differences are quite small and you unlock new Characters by playing Campaign.

The Main Gamemode is Campaign, where you are taking part on these Club Bloodsport tournaments altough there isn't really much story going on here, you have AI opponents and your goal is to beat their time/score depending on the mode, sometimes you can only stay in chalked are or you will blow up, sometimes you need to reach end of level in time, but they are all essentially the same, all about score and time. This is how the campaign plays out pretty much from start to end, you have different locations where you play, prison, bunker, venezuela , factory .. etc and it brings decent enough variety to the levels. Campaign doesn't seem to be that long ,about 3-4 hrs long, without retries. But you can always try to get better time, or crank up the difficulty, which is the point of the game really.
As said, the campaign mostly plays out the same way, so it does get bit repetitive at the times, but its good in short burts

Other Modes
You have also freeplay mode where you can replay all these missions and try getting better time and the game also has versus mode, but atleast i didnt get it to work.
Also worth noting is that the game does still use Games for Windows Live, which means that some players might have problems launching/playing the game. I Didnt have thoes but its been reported that this might cause problems to some.
Gfwl also seems to affect said versus/multiplayer mode and you cant play online anymore

+ Fast paced, fun and hectic
+ Great level layouts
+ Varying Locations
+ Good in short bursts
- Still bit repetitive gameplay
- Lack of Different gamemodes
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Relieve the Nightmare
7.8 hrs
Posted: June 26
Dont run on windows 7 or higher!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: March 22
Just bought because i loved this game so much when it was on xbox.
But now? Don't bother.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: February 3
Pac Man with guns. Underrated/10 would play again.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: February 3
If you are lucky to make this game work without any Games for Windows thingy problems, then you are good to experience an unique racing game with guns instead of cars, combos and headshots instead of missions and objectives, but most importantly: no microtransactions!
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Randy Magnum
3.6 hrs
Posted: January 5
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0.3 hrs
Posted: December 6, 2015
Good game wrecked by the Games for Windows Live ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

A fast paced shooter with an arcadey feel to it. Simple and fun.

Buy it on sale when it's $5 or less and spend the first 10-20 minutes (or more) going through the games for windows live crap and then give it a try. if you can get it to work. I couldn't
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