Reviews for Darkspore (NA)

75

Was Worth The Buy

Hostileshadow | July 3, 2013 | See all Hostileshadow's reviews »

I got this game for only 4$, and played it for quite some time, if you are looking for a game that is stable and doesnt have many problems then this is the game for you.

84

Not Bad but Misses Some Things

thegaminglyfe | June 14, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

The backstory to this game is pretty interesting involving messing with enhanced DNA and more. But there isn't much of a story after that. Darkspore has the ability to level up, unlock and customize 20 different characters. The customization is sort of like Spore but not as much depth. For example, just like Spore the different parts affect your creatures performance. You can bring 3 characters into battle but only control one at a time. You will have to customize the heroes to your preference so you can bring in the squad you work with best and will be helpful in that situation. One very interesting thing is that each item you pick up has a level. You can't level up your characters by fighting and completing objectives, there level depends on the level of the items they're wearing. The graphics are bland but work with the game's atmosphere. The game is very funny with people in battle saying things like "sue me". The game is very boring on your own and I recommend playing with a partner so the endless level grinding is less easier.

70

A Solid, Customizable Diablo-Like

Squiffy | June 13, 2013 | See all Squiffy's reviews »

Darkspore is a strange meshing of elements. The action gameplay is like Diablo; click for basic attacks, and a few hotkeys for powers with cooldowns as well as a big kaboom power that charges as you fight.

You pick a team of three heroes to use in your team. As you play, you unlock more creatures to play as and customize. Controlling one of your team at a time, and able to swap out with a cooldown means that you are able to adjust to different enemies or situations. Overwhelmed by ranged enemies? Swap to your fast character to dive in for the kill. Being meleed to death? Swap to your tank and AE them into the dirt.

Body parts (loot/gear) add stats as deep as you'd expect for an RPG, with rarity scale and class-specific benefits.

The game plays out of a lobby system including a chat and social interface. You can form your own groups via chat or queue up to do missions together. You gain increased rewards from doing subsequent missions together with your group.

All-in-all, it's a fun mix of collecting, customizing, looting and action. It suffers from a bit of confusion early on in how best to grow your squad, but finding people to play with is the key to making the game fun. Solo play can take a long time and get frustrating in later levels.