• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. 75
    It bored me a bit. Without any real history or story behind the factions fighting, I just felt kind of disjointed the entire time I was playing.
  2. A been-there-done-that title that does pretty well by itself. [May 2002, p.93]
  3. A typical RTS with some atypical races. It would be a nice introduction to the newcomer to the genre, and veterans of this mode or warfare will find it challenging.
  4. In the AI department, Dark Planet is consistently inconsistent.
  5. 62
    Sports some of the best visuals you'll find in a strategy game, real-time or otherwise... [but features] one of the most annoying user-interfaces for any strategy game in recent memory.
  6. Call it a "StarCraft" homage, call it a "Starcraft" clone, Dark Planet is still a good, entertaining RTS. [June 2002, p.90]
  7. It also has an interface that seems designed to shield you from actually playing the game.
  8. DP:BfN has numerous elements that make the game cumbersome to play, and drain it of enjoyment.
  9. There's not an original idea in this competent but dull game's pretty little pre-programmed head. [June 2002, p.61]
  10. Could be a solid RTS if not for the lack of story and the cluttered and variant interface.
  11. One of the worst real-time strategy games I’ve ever played.
  12. A prime example of how amazing graphics can't make up for lackluster gameplay.
  13. Superior graphics...but its poor interface, repetitious campaign modes and unchallenging AI has relegated it to just another also-ran.
  14. 40
    That is the real problem with Dark Planet, it doesn’t do anything that might keep me interested in playing it (and with over 40 missions it should be trying to).
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JefferR.
    Aug 13, 2008
    Fantastic, ahead of it's time visuals. Under appreciated.
  2. JensonJ.
    Jun 15, 2008
    Under rated classic.