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  • Summary: In Darkest of Days, you'll get to experience some of the most varied gameplay ever released in one title. Thigns will never get stale as you travel to distant times and fight alongside people from that time period. Fighting in Antietam (the bloodiest day of the American Civil War) feels much different than fighting on the side of the Russians at Tannenberg (where the Russians withstood 140,000 casualties in WWI). [Phantom EFX] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. A few clever mechanics and great weapons against a backdrop of surprisingly immersive Civil War and WWII battles. [Oct 2009, p.87]
  2. Darkest of Days is unable to carve out a place in history and memory of lovers of first-person shooter. The absence of an elaborated IA reduces the value of the product and makes you feel even more the lack of a multiplayer segment, further reducing its longevity. However, the title may be pleasing to fans of time travel and lovers of historical accuracy.
  3. Darkest of Days also features very little content - there is only a single-player story mode to wade through that has very limited replay value.
  4. Darkest of Days ends up being a mediocre FPS. The production values are severely lacking, but under the hood you can see that the developers really tried. This is only the second game produced by 8monkeylabs, hopefully their future games will have a more polish.
  5. The premise is great, the big set-piece battles are fun, but everything else is boxed within dated design concepts from which other titles have long evolved.
  6. The ideas were there, but Darkest of Days doesn't deliver where it counts.
  7. Darkest of Days is a below average first person shooter that tries to capture the player with a "Timecop"-like story, but the monotonous game fails to capture the players interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    just wow a very very nice game full of action with some nice futuristic weapons and authentic ww2 weapons nice graphics and funny to play a game with a new idea is so fun to kill Spartans with the assault rifle that i can do that all day Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    This is by far one of the best games i have played. The graphics were good, Story was very well done, Very high replay value, and the idea was played out spectacularly. I loved every moment playing this game as i went through different eras of time with guns from their appropriate time. The critics must have been blind idiots when they played. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    10
    I think the game was awesome! I mean there's a couple of bugs in it but still its just fun! I would recommend it to anyone! I don't know why it go such a low rating. I just think its so cool how you get to go to the Civil War, WW1,WW2, and back to ancient times! Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2011
    7
    This game is one of my guilty pleasures: I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I would also hesitate to recommend the game to any of my friends, at least at the current price that the game is going for at most online retailers. I wouldn't even debate the flaws mentioned by other reviewers, both professional and amateur. What I enjoyed most about the game were the Civil War scenarios; in fact, I think the game would have been better overall if the plot had focused entirely on changing the outcome of the Civil War. For example, we know the North won, but what if they had actually lost "the first time around", and the game detailed the exploits of various time-traveling factions tying to influence the outcome? I think that would have been great. Nonetheless, playing as a Civil War soldier with both period-appropriate weapons as well as a futuristic arsenal was a lot of fun. I could have done without the WWI missions, as they just didn't seem as interesting to me. Another thing the game does well is rendering large-scale battles that have one-hundred or more soldiers on the battlefield at one time. As I'm sure other reviews have stated, the AI for all of those soldiers isn't all that great, but if it were, there's absolutely no way you'd survive the thick of most of those battles. Another flaw: nobody seems to notice when you're using one of the futuristic weapons, and this bothers me only because I think it would have been humorous to hear some of the other soldiers comment about the weapon you're using, or to see them run away in fear or call you the devil or something along those lines. I wish I could argue against all of the negative comments people have made about DoD, but the fact is that the game does have it's issues. Somehow, I'm just one of those people that managed to have fun playing the game despite those issues. If you ever see the game on sale, let's say around $10 or so, I'd recommend giving it a shot. Otherwise, DoD is one of those "love-it-or-leave-it" games that you just have to play for yourself to see which camp you fall into. If you enjoy shooters, keep an eye out for this one to be on sale; at the regular price, it's difficult for me to recommend simply because I'd hate to see someone spend that much money on a game that they may not like. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2012
    7
    for start. as a technical achievement, this game isn't much. pretty much innovations on graphics, etc.
    BUT where this game looses points in
    numerous bugs, bad AI and voice acting that literally sounds like it was done over a phone, it makes up for in epic scale, that it almost achieves
    many war games don't fee like war. simply as you are in a narrow corridor shooting at about 10 people max. in darkest of days you take part in battles where nearly 100 soldiers fight each other.
    that may be a bad thing, as the AI is so bad you usually end up being the one who kills th 100. as for story, its very interesting. no other game lets you play the same mission, but from the enemies point of view.
    i would recommend this game, definitely, but i would warn, its a bit short, follow the paths, and only if you can get it a bit cheaper than usual.
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  6. Jul 1, 2011
    6
    I was utterly fascinated with the concept of a time traveling shooter and eagerly picked up Darkest of Days. Right out of the gate my hopes got a quick reality check.Darkest of Days tries to put you in the middle of the battle and does a good job when it forces you to play the part you've "jumped" into. Most notably, the first Civil War mission really made me feel like I was blending in to not disrupt history and that I was really there. Unfortunately it goes down hill quickly from there. The plot begins to meander quickly with, and the level design becomes worse and worse. I found more invisible wall in DoD than in another game I've played, often in areas that seemed to suffer from serious "rail-shooter"-itis. Darkest of Day's concept is there, but the writing (especially the dialogue) doesn't do it justice. When you are told by a mysterious stranger literally "You are actually working for the bad guys" you can't help but laugh. Your partner's quips are forgettable and his ever present Australian Boony cap is always out of place and almost stands out for everything wrong with DoD. Yeah you (the developer) may think its cool, but does it make sense? I wouldn't mind a DoD2, but put a bit more thought into the story and level design next time guys.

    TLDR: If the concept of killing Prussians with a man portable MIRV launcher is your thing, its worth snagging if it ever goes on sale on steam. Bad level design and bad writing make DoD sadly forgettable.
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  7. Jul 27, 2013
    0
    This game is an atrocity, yes it has a lot of innovative ideas, but none of that matters when you fail to implement it properly!

    Lets start
    with the story, I wont lie I didn't play past the first few levels because of this. From what I recall, you were a cow-boy in the frontier fighting off native warriors, but you are eventually pulled through a warp in time... yeah that makes complete sense, get pulled from your roughneck world to a futuristic world full of advanced technologies that you somehow know to use!

    Beyond this point it was full of story-breaking loopholes, and unanswered questions.

    The Story is bad, now they should redeem through game play right? Wrong, the game play is very stiff and not innovative at all compared to the ideas that were advertised with the games release.
    The enemy AI is a very sad thing to see, constantly getting stuck or glitching across the map into your face. While you are surrounded by allies that cannot do a thing, and I don't mean a small squad, no you are surrounded at some points by MASSIVE armies, that do nothing but stand in your way, blocking any action and causing incredible stress to the system. I hate to imagine how it would affect a computer.

    To call it short, the game play felt like I was playing call of duty but without good controlling.

    Well that is my rant for the day, sorry to ruin your day mate.
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