Dark Void™ is a sci-fi action-adventure game that combines an adrenaline-fueled blend of aerial and ground-pounding combat. Set in a parallel universe called "The Void", players take on the role of Will, a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances within the mysterious Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival, joining forces with a rebel human group called The Survivors. Trapped in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth.
Dark Void’s unique combination of jet pack-booster aerial dog fighting and third-person combat brings a thrilling new gameplay dynamic to the third-person shooter experience. Taking 3D action to a whole new level, Dark Void’s unique vertical combat system allows players to dangle from thousand foot drops as they take cover and hurl enemies to their doom, bringing a whole new sense of tension and thrill to the player. Will is also equipped with a powerful rocket pack which allows for fierce in-air combat, hurtling through the Void at blistering speeds while shooting down anything that gets in his path.
Sci-Fi action/adventure combines aerial and on-foot combat for a totally unique third-person shooter experience
Will’s jetpack delivers total freedom of movement allowing players to race against UFOs in high-speed chases and rain death from above onto unsuspecting otherworldly foes
Speed and scale unmatched by any other action title: send Will zipping through tight corridors and then out into immense canyons and futuristic geoscapes
Gravity-defying vertical combat system, where moving up is the only way to bring your enemies down
Seemless transition between jetpack flight, ship-to-ship dog fighting and third-person shoot-em-up action all exists within the same level - not broken up into different "areas"
Huge bosses that require fast reflexes and aerial barnstorming maneuvers to defeat
Developed by Airtight Studios, a new group featuring team members from the Crimson Skies series of video games
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If you want to experience this game, fair warning, the first hour or so is a tedious cover based shooter, that's not terribly interesting either. But, if you suffer through that(maybe suffer is not the right word, it's not bad, just a little boring) then you finally get your jetpack, and the game becomes surprisingly better from that point. It is still a cover based shooter, but suddenly, you can fly, and bet above or behind the enemies covers, making the action a lot more dynamic. The enemies doesn't seem to be able to react to this to well, beyond trying to shoot at you, before they are killed, or escape, if they have the time, but to be honest, there isn't much to do when you're flanked that way. The story involves tesla somehow, but to be honest, one week after this game came out, I got Mass Effect 2, and after that, I never felt the need to play with this ever again. Too bad, i could see a much better made Dark Void 2.
The creators of Dark Void must have ran out of money while making this game because whole parts of it seem sewn together. The story is disjointed and boring, while the actual game play is severely lackluster when you don't have the jet-pack. Even when you do get the jet-pack, it is really cool... for 5 minutes. Then you realize they made it a huge chore to actually use. It becomes not fun. And then the game ends. Even at the discounted price that you can get this game at, I really don't think it is worth it. A who cares about story with bad 3rd person shooting game play mixed with an interesting jet-pack mechanic isn't a game. I suggest playing Murdered Soul Suspect, a game this studio made as well. It actually is a good game, even if parts of that game seem unfinished too (the studio, Airtight Games, is now closed). This game isn't worth your time, your money or you patience. But hey, at least the cover art looks cool.
Don't be afraid to play it for few minutes more. It starts as a really decent game but as it goes, it's gets much, MUCH better. Maybe the story isn't so great but some gameplay mechanics are awesome. Like using jetpack. It was probably my favorite thing in this game. Some of locations in game are also very interesting. Sadly, this game have also "minuses". Like I said, you need to spend some time to get to interesting parts. There aren't many enemies, and kinda outdated game engine makes you think that it could have been done better. Still, it sure is worth giving a try. You will surprised, I'm sure of it.
Dark Void is a fairly generic shooting game. There are some flying sections, but nothing really stands out in this game. Dark Void has some interesting ideas, but nothing sets it apart from the rest. The story is fairly generic, the cover system is the same one featured in every third person shooter, and the voice acting/animations are sub-par. There are some interesting parts, where you take cover in areas where gravity seems weird and you need to jump from cover to cover instead of run, but that is really just window dressing. Dark Void isn’t a good game. It has enough to not make it a bad game, but there is far better out there.
I must admit that when I first got this game I did not expect anything more or less than a third person cover shooter that will mindlessly help me waste some time when relaxing. However I was pleasantly surprised, not by the gameplay as it was just a generic cover shooter but by the implementation of the jet pack and climbing system. Essentially the game offers you the freedom to move around my scaling ledges with super powered jet pack jumps as well as letting you fly around on the aforementioned jet pack without limit. The one problem with the jet pack is that it does not offer much versatility and unless you boost it feels sluggish. also (It may be because I, personally am not good at the game) but aiming with the jet pack is hard because it has two controls (A and S to spin and the mouse to do basic turns). There are RPG elements to this game as it offers you upgrades which are acquired by killing enemies for currency. However the one sad thing may be that these upgrades are a little generic as they do not offer much of a visual change to your equipment. another downside is that there isn't much weapon choice (7 I think all together). The graphics for this game are slightly dated for a 2010 release but still offer a really nice aesthetic although the characters can look a bit weird at times. The level design is very good and offers a nice challenge as you can either use flight combat, Cover or just gung-ho it and hope for the best. The story line is very well written, scripted and the voice actors are decent. The story does get very convoluted and somewhat disappointing by the end making the ending seemed rushed (might be because of deadline or other factors) which can ruin the whole story (Yes story not Gameplay) experience as it is extremely anticlimactic. Finally, The game is is very fun and implements the jet pack mechanic very well adding a little extra sparkle to the game. the level designs are good and do offer a challenge however the story is a bit disappointing by the end. Still I feel that this game will offer a bit of nostalgia to some that play it (The Rocketteer, and such) especially me, so I chose to give this game a 60.
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