SEATTLE – After spending half an hour with The Quiet Man, I’m not exactly sure what to think of it – except that I’ve never played anything quite like it before. This action/adventure title from Square Enix is one of the most experimental titles the publisher has fielded lately, and if absolutely nothing else, it deserves credit for trying something new.

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I went hands-on with The Quiet Man at PAX West 2018, and in all likelihood, it’s going to be a polarizing title. You play as Dane, a deaf man obsessed with a woman called the Songstress. Since Dane is deaf, you as the player won’t hear much, either. There’s very little music. Every other sound in the game – from the thumps of punches and kicks, to the voices of other characters, to your own footsteps – is either muted or absent completely.

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