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"Dark Sector's fun. Hearing guards scream for help just before they take a glaive to the face, marching around in this Metal Gear-looking Jackal tank while rocketing bad guys into the air and wielding a pimped-out shotgun make the experience something any action fan can get behind." - IGN.com
Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, a covert operative sent on a dangerous mission into Lasria, an Eastern European city on the brink of ruin that hides a deadly Cold War secret. In the midst of this mission, Hayden is attacked by an unknown enemy and infected by the Technocyte Virus, a brutal bio-weapon that twists its victims into mindless killing machines. Surviving this attack, Hayden finds that the Technocyte virus has granted him powerful, inhuman abilities unlike anything he has ever seen. Now, he must evolve with his powers, survive and become a hero.
- All new, all original action-shooter - Throughout the course of the game, players will witness Hayden's transformation into something more than he was as he fights against the Technocyte Virus taking over his body and the effects it has on his psyche.
- Evolution powers - Hayden gains incredible superhuman powers - including the deadly, bladed glaive that he can grow from his arm and use and throw with deadly accuracy. Hayden will grow with these powers as they evolve and become more powerful throughout the game.
- Cinematic and immersive experience - Through the use of no HUD, intuitive controls and a 3rd-person over the shoulder viewpoint everything about Dark Sector is designed with the goal of keeping the player immersed in the game.
- Innovative multiplayer component - Dark Sector features an innovative and exciting multiplayer gameplay that will allow players to utilize the skills they have learned in the single-player game to excel in a competitive environment
a good game even if not originalNeapolis47 | June 11, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
You will begin your mission in the role of Hayden Tenno, a secret agent with the aim of stopping Mezner, a mad scientist bent on spreading a virus of his own creation, capable of turning people and animals into bloodthirsty zombies. Our right arm, covered with a substance very similar to the metal, it will be able to summon a rotating blade similar to a boomerang: wherever he'll get you, made his career, inevitably it will come back in our hand. From here on, the gameplay will revolve entirely around the use of the glaive, although there is the possibility to take up more and more powerful firearms, the use of the glaive remains the most satisfactory and elegant to mow the enemies, and master it will be a great pleasure. The weapon will prove to be much more versatile than it seems: in addition to launching it, we can use it in combat, or as a grappling hook to capture weapons and objects at a distance, including weapons of enemies. The use of the glaive however, does not end there: hitting specific targets you can charge it with elements such as fire, electricity and ice, making it even more deadly. This possibility will however present almost exclusively when you need to solve some simple puzzles. Dark Sector is an interesting mix of different styles and genres, the developers have taken some key elements from several masterpieces of the genre come out in recent years, this title is therefore able to accommodate different types of player
Who are those people and why... Oh, glaive-slaughter, what fun!Harbinger_87 | May 24, 2013 | See all Harbinger_87's reviews »
Story in videogames is always a quite touchy subject, but it's a rare occasion to see this particular element handled as sloppily as "Dark Sector" does. There is a story somewhere in here, but it plays out as if every second page of the script got lost somewhere and the rest didn't fare that well either. Seriously, it was aproximately after two thirds of the game that I learned the name of the main character. And when the plot twists came left and right in the last levels of the game, the only thing I could ask myself was "Who are those people and what are they talking about?". Nevertheless, "Dark Sector" is a good game. It has a great artistic design and still looks quite nice, despite the age of the game. On top of that, it sports a very solid shooting-engine that takes cues from the awesome "Resident Evil 4", although - like many other games copying the "Resident Evil 4"-formula - it doesn't quite grasp the puzzly quality the aforementioned archetype of mdern "Let's shoot ugly things in the face in style"-games pulled off so nicely. The cover-mechanic works, the guns feel quite nice, everything on a very solid base here. And then the glaive comes into play. Remember "Turok 2"? Remember that sawblade you could use to cut off a dinosaur's arms and legs? Remember how fun it was to do that? Well quadruple that fun and you get the glaive. Not only is it constantly hilarious to decapitate foes in the most brutal maner, the soon acquired ability to directly control the thrown glaive makes it all the more cool. Yes, "Dark Sector" might be a one-trick-pony, but it's one trick is far more entertaining than it had any right to be. So if you don't care about story that much and just want to have a bloody good time, "Dark Sector" provides.
An underrated game that's surprisingly funGanerumo | May 21, 2013 | See all Ganerumo's reviews »
Take resident evil 4. Take away the well known license, add more fluid controls and make it much, MUCH harder. There's dark sector in a nutshell.
Now for the more indepth part. The game starts in a very similar way to RE4 - the character looks a lot like Leon, it plays a lot like RE4, even the way you hold your gun resembles RE4. Then very early in the game, everything just takes a huge twist and takes a whole new direction, and the game reveals its true identity and turns out to be an extremely fun game. The best part about the whole thing is really the glaive mechanics and the dismemberment system that comes with it. The fact you get it very early on just makes it extremely fun from the get go, which is a virtue way too many games don't have.
And the best part ? It's cheap as chips. Just go buy it, it's totally worth its five pounds.
Another unfairly-overlooked game that I enjoyed a lot.Sarkames | May 18, 2013 | See all Sarkames's reviews »
I hadn't even heard of this game until a friend brought it over back in 2008 or so and showed me how to play and I immediately asked him if I could borrow it. Then I played through the entire story and even had an attempt at multiplayer and had a blast. The multplayer has always suffered from lack of traffic, so even on the Xbox that's not worth fussing about nowadays,
The game starts a bit slow and feels like a generic version of Resident Evil before the actual game begins, but the story is dark and creepy and the game immediately puts you into scenarios where you feel very mortal and have to struggle to survive. There're several tough enemies that you're forced to fight at certain intervals and they can definitely be tough if you don't know what you're doing.
It's difficult to explain most of the game's mechanics without spoiling a lot since there's a constant and very refreshing evolutionary mechanic that the game follows that keeps things less stale.
To put things into perspective, the game feels like an amalgamation between the more recent Batman games (Glaive = Batarang), Resident Evil titles with it's general over-the-shoulder style and similar to almost any game that has ridiculous bosses to fight against that aren't always obvious on how to defeat.
I enjoyed the game immensely and couldn't help but buy it on here to re-experience the game and play through the story again. Definitely worth the value I got it at.
Combat can be pretty fun with the glaiveLekes | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Lekes's reviews »
At first, this seemed like a game for me. But after playing for an hour or so, I started to slowly get more and more frustrated with the game play and direction of the game. The Story? hell if I know, there is zero direction in this game. Not to mention no map, radar, or chatty radio friend to lead you along. With no specific mission other that "keep moving forward, kill everything in sight" the game story completely lacks from there. In one section of the game, you meet a lady that is presumably a bad guy, after a brief cut scene a one minute timer starts with you being attacked by zombie/mutants. After killing all the mutants, the timer doesn't stop. I proceed to try and push every button in the room, look for a bomb to defuse, throw my glaive at everything in sight only to just fall over dead after the timer ran out. No explosion, no cut scene, just 3, 2, 1 You're Dead. EXTREMELY frustrating... Outside of that, the game play is good. Combat can be pretty fun with the glaive and guns at your disposal. This on is rent worthy in my book.