Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. It really delivers when it comes to captivating gameplay and incredible sound...It has the potential to provide hours of entertainment, but only for the right individual looking for this kind of game.
  2. 52
    This is one of those types of games that most people will hate, while a select few will find enormously addictive and a complete blast to play. I personally found myself to be somewhere in the middle, as there were times that I would lose myself in the game for hours on end, but for the most part I just lacked the desire to even load it up in my PS2.
  3. Dark Angel is like a McDonalds Value Meal: it'll fill your hack-and-slash needs, but won't add any worthy RPG nutrients to your gaming diet.
  4. If this is some kind of punishment for all those people who complained "Onimusha" was too short, then Metro3D have produced what might be considered the ultimate gaming hell.
  5. Save for meager communications with villagers and a lackluster end-game sequence, Dark Angel has nothing in the way of instruction, plot, or character development.
  6. 25
    The 400+ hours of gameplay is a disability if anything, for if you desire to play more than a couple dozen hours you have a stronger constitution than I do or are a glutton for punishment.
  7. 80
    The RPG connection here is saliva thin, but if you’re thirsting for old-school controller-bruising action; you should sink your teeth into DA: VP.
  8. The story isn't gripping, and the combat grows wearisome, but the game's strength - its ability to make you feel like you really are a part of Gothos - makes for a worthwhile experience.
  9. Easily the worst modern game of its genre. [Oct 2001, p.134]
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Dec 21, 2013
    1
    Yes, I was a sucker who played this SORRY game logging over 400 hours over a span of 4 years for a "Be sure to drink ovaltine" ending... Repetitive wouldn't begin to describe this so called wanna be Diablo game... There are four dungeons, four towns and four open field battle grounds to explore and that's it folks... And believe or not I had made to dungeon level 432 on all four dungeons!!!

    My stats were just crazy ridiculous!!! For example: there was this one move with a mace weapon that require magic (blue orbs) to make her spin round and round like that RATT song and this move required a hell a lot of magic to pull off this move kinda water a the desert and I could perform this move with ease for over 10 minutes before I ran dry one first tank of magic...

    Yep, crazy stats in fact: I had so much GOLD one time that I had the misfortune of discovering a crucial game glitch that will give you negative GOLD i.e. you can't buy nothing because you owe money glitch!!! When you collected over a Trillion (1,000,000,000,000) dollars worth of Gold and if you didn't know this having only two save files available to you, this will MAJOR LEAGUE SUCK FOR YOU, until you figured out or lucky enough to start selling your stuff to reverse that game glitch and you better hope you got a lot to sell!!!

    Now, the game will give you a FULL CALENDER YEAR Literally to prepare for this all important FINAL BATTLE against the EVIL LORD WHATEVER HIS NAME IS... But, there's a couple of catches... First, YOU DO HAVE TO GO THRU THE FIRST 100 LEVELS of EACH DUNGEONS TO RECEIVE OR GET THE ALL SPECIAL WEAPONS TO BE USED TO KILL THE FINAL BOSS!!!

    THEY WOULD BE A FIREARM, A BOMB, A SWORD and SOMETHING ELSE THAT DOESN'T COME TO MIND AT THE TIME BUT DO NOT SELL THOSE WEAPONS AND THEY WILL SAY IN THEIR DESCRIPTION BOX THIS WEAPON IS FOR THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH REINCARNATION of the BLAH BLAH EVIL LORD" and YOU MUST YOU USE THESE WEAPONS IN THAT ORDER 1,2,3,4 IN ORDER TO DEFEAT THE EVIL LORD!!! Because ALL YOUR OTHER WEAPONS COLLECTED AT THAT TIME WILL DO NO DAMAGE TO THE FINAL BOSS AND HE'LL JUST BURN RIGHT THRU YOUR HEALTH if YOUR NOT LEVEL UP HIGH ENOUGH TO DO BATTLE!!!

    And HERE"S THE KICKER!!! When that year is up, you do not have to FIGHT HIM!!! It's on your schedule, HE'LL JUST APPEAR ON YEAR BEGINNING THE NEW YEAR AND JUST FLY AROUND AND YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE NEW OPEN BATTLE GROUND TO FIGHT HIM!!!

    TIPS: I've learned... Each town has a marker that is taken or stolen by their local dungeon which you will then have to get back if you what to used the town to level up your stats such as Strength, Health and Magic... There is a stat to improve her mental state to let the A.I. take over for battles like for dungeons crawling or whatever you want to be lazy in a battle and let the computer takeover for you but it'll be a waste of time as the A.I. will operate dumb no matter what level her mental stat is...

    I found that I like the mace as the weapon of choice because of the spin move, but the firearms are nice as well... It just, that you can only carry a 100 rounds of ammo at one time and they can go so fast and sometimes the town person who's suppose to sell you the ammo may not have any to sell you...

    ONE KEY NOTE: ALL WEAPONS & UNIFORMS WILL HAVE SPECIAL PROPERTIES TO IMPROVE YOUR STATS SUCH AS STRENGTH, MENTAL, VITAL,HEALTH, FINDING TREASURE, EXP BOOST, ETC...

    THE KEY THING IS THAT ONE WEAPON OR UNIFORM CAN HOLD 3 ABILITIES AT ONE TIME SUCH AS: 99% on HEALTH, 99% on MAGIC, 99% on EXP all on ONE ITEM in different combinations as that is just one example... Now, they have to on her person's in order to take effect and you can carry four weapons at one time and wear only one Uniform at one time!!! So you can boost your stats 5 times meaning if you got 4 WEAPONS THAT HAVE THE 99% on HEALTH, 99% on MAGIC, 99% on EXP as their PROPERTY ALONG WITH A UNIFORM CONTAIN ALSO 99% on HEALTH, 99% on MAGIC, 99% then Baby that's to the 5th POWER OF DOING SOME SERIOUS DAMAGE!!! Trust me you never want to sell or get rid of those weapons or items when you find them!!!

    I'm not going to ruin the ending for YOU!!! But you'll get a special code when you BEAT THE GAME, THAT YOU GAME INPUT INTO THE GAME IF AND ONLY IF YOU HAVE GAMESHARK!!! AND TRUST ME IT IS NOTHING SPECIAL TO DO!!!

    FINALLY: There was a Dreamcast Version of this game Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse that was incomplete but can be view it on Youtube revison in gameplay and graphics to match that of Berserk Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage also on the Dreamcast that you can play and own... And if you follow or know about the Berserk Anime Series then it is a must have game for YOU TO OWN!!! WHICH I DO, AS It's A GOOD HIDDEN GEM GAME FOR A GOOD HIDDEN GEM SYSTEM (Dreamcast)...

    And YOU HAVE NOW BEEN WARNED AND ADVISED OF Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse for the PlayStation 2
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