Dark Void

Dark Void Review for PS3

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Capcom's new IP set to feature fast-paced vertical combat mixed with mid-air and on-foot action.

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6Out of 10
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Dark Void is a rare breed: it's a Bermuda Triangle game. Can you think of any others?
Dark Void is a rare breed: it's a Bermuda Triangle game. Can you think of any others?

Dark Void is a rare breed: it's a Bermuda Triangle game. Can you think of any others?

It was always going to be aliens, wasn't it? There we are thinking the Bermuda Triangle leads to some parallel paradise where gamers with skills are worshipped like movie stars and eating pizza tones your abs instead of flabbing them up. But no. It leads to aliens. Big, ugly, hissing aliens hell bent on enslaving humanity.

That's according to developer Airtight Games, anyway. In Dark Void, the studio's new game, the Bermuda Triangle leads to a mysterious purgatory-like place called The Void, where The Watchers (the aliens in question) have been waiting for years, "preparing" the human race as they plot their return.

The Watchers, though, didn't factor Nathan Dra... sorry, Will Grey, Dark Void's Nolan North (yes, him again) voiced star, into their nefarious plan. But then, neither did Will. His involvement in the battle to save humanity is a coincidence. Well, so it would seem.

Dark Void begins in August 1938. Average Joe pilot Will and his lady friend Ava set off on a bog standard delivery flight carrying bog standard cargo in a bog standard plane. But, as they pass through the Bermuda Triangle, strange things happen, the plane dies and they crash land. Emerging from the wreckage, the two set out to explore their surroundings. It's at this point that things start to go seriously downhill.

If you were to play Dark Void for only its first hour, you would probably cast it aside as a badly-made Uncharted knock-off. The similarities are so stark that they border on the hilarious. Will is voiced by Nolan North, aka Nathan Drake. He also looks like Uncharted's rugged hero. Dark Void has a cover system and third-person shooting. The first act is set in a jungle-like environment. There's even a female AI-controlled co-op partner, called Ava. And they banter as they run about.

Further comparisons, however, are less favourable. The Void's jungle environment looks awful, Ava's running animation is cringe-worthy, and the backgrounds are pathetic. The Watchers, disappointing, generic aliens that attack on sight, are easily dispatched in typical whack-a-mole fashion with your unsatisfying weaponry.

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Mr_Ninjutsu

The demo was well....crap to be fair. The flying was insanely ridiculous and i think all flying games should take the controls from Battlefield 1943 and apply it to their games that way it would be easy to control and shoot etc.
Posted 23:11 on 19 January 2010
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guyderman

It's a real shame that this wasn't a good game - there aren't enough games with Jet Packs in!
Posted 11:33 on 18 January 2010
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pblive

If it's anything like the demo it sucks and the review makes it sound certain that it will.

Great review - bad game.
Posted 11:32 on 18 January 2010
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dazzadavie

Must admit I really didn't like the demo, I thought I was missing the point, but now I see I saw the point all along.

Nice review Wes, agree with you all the way.
Posted 11:07 on 18 January 2010
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clangod

Yeah, I was so appauled by the demo I swiftly turned it off and deleted it from my hdd.

Pathetic really. I bet there are a lot of disappointed gamers out there who had high hopes for this. Suckers...
Posted 10:08 on 18 January 2010
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wyp100@ Packs21

Quote:
So... Dark Avoid then?

Damn! Should have thought of that...
Posted 09:30 on 18 January 2010
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Packs21

So... Dark Avoid then? :D

Good review, Wesley.
Posted 09:28 on 18 January 2010
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Wido

Couldn't agree more to be honest. The demo didn't do any favours for me as it was very dull and notice a lot of hiccups. The flying is good but the lock-on target system could of been better. Combat on ground is a bit broken to my likings. Cover systems has been more popular because of Gears of War and the cover system does work in this. However, run & gun doesn't seem to fit the style of this game nor does the CQC.
Posted 09:10 on 18 January 2010

Game Stats

Dark Void
6
Out of 10
Dark Void
  • Flying is great
  • Dated graphics
  • Uninspiring shooting
  • Generic enemies with poor AI
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Release Date: 22/01/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC
Developer: Airtight Games
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 6,290 235
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