Dark Sector PlayStation 3

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
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  1. Dark Sector can best be described as a game born out of a formula. To create this game, you will need 2 parts Gears of War, 1 part Resident Evil, and a dash of X-Men. It is totally easy to rip this game to shreds based on this description. But as you play this game, something unexpected happens: you find yourself having an amazing amount of fun.
  2. So much effort went into replicating the glaive's flight and awe-inspiring kills that every other aspect of Dark Sector took a noticeable hit in quality and polish, save for the visuals. Remove the glaive, and this game's appeal drops below mediocrity into a rinse-and-repeat nightmare.
  3. Dark Sector goes for gore and glory, but does better spattering blood than it does applying polish. Despite a number of original elements and a fairly solid gameplay core, the game isn’t able to add substantially to the formula and mechanics it’s borrowed from other games in the genre.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    The first few levels drag a bit, but by the time you hold your full suite of special abilities, the combat really clicks. [May 2008, p.80]
  5. Outside of the glaive, the game boasts little that feels original, although Hayden’s sprinting ability is intentionally difficult to control, which adds makes the simple act of running more challenging.
  6. 70
    Dark Sector is bipolar rollercoaster ride that tops out at gorgeous, innovative, and striking (glaive, visuals, virus powers) and bottoms out at a bland, unoriginal, and buggy (gunplay, storyline, melee attacks). The extremes are both high and low, but at least Digital Extremes has a solid base moving forward to the inevitable sequel.
  7. 70
    Dark Sector is a good game that has some great hooks, such as the wonderful glaive and a powerful shotgun. It's unfortunate that other elements, such as unpolished combat and some very generic NPCs, undermine its ambition (though they don't render the game unplayable).
  8. Play Magazine
    70
    Shooter fans may not respect it, but they will enjoy it. [May 2008, p.54]
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Worth weathering the doldrums for the good bits, but don't rush through or you'll miss them. [May 2008, p.103]
  10. The game has some nice action, original weapons and funny endbosses. The game isn't very original though, and it's more of the same. So if you are bored to death and have some money left, then Dark Sector could be a nice solution. But don't expect an earthquake in this genre.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    It does, on occasion, achieve brilliance. [May 2008, p.110]
  12. You might get three days of amusement out of it instead of only two. Wouldn’t that be something? Not too shabby for game built around a prop from a twenty five year old movie that nobody’s ever heard of. Not bad at all.
  13. 70
    It does exactly what a game is supposed to: It entertains throughout its duration, it flexes the muscle of both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and above all it squeezes your testosterone gland just enough to make the gaming experience enjoyable.
  14. It’s one of those out-of-nowhere games that really does get cooler and cooler the more you play it. It’s so much fun in fact, that if you told us to pick a fun activity for the afternoon and our only choices were between: chucking a Dark Sector disc into the PS3 for a play, or chucking a metal Frisbee at our annoying neighbour’s greenhouse – we’d almost certainly choose both.
  15. Dark Sector just has so much unfulfilled potential. The ideas are there, they just aren’t executed well.
  16. Play UK
    62
    Dark Sector is plagued not only with mechanical issues but user-unfriendliness. Some exciting battles, atmospheric lighting and mere intrigue for the Glaive can't nearly make up for that, but that's all it has. [Issue#165, p.84]
  17. It's initially quite good, until the horrible story and unnecessary puzzles drag it down.
  18. The Glaive works well and is rather satisfying to use but this is offset by the old school use of ammo crates and parts of levels being sealing off, making it as linear as they come.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    10
    I had good memories with this game... this was one of my best games on my PS3. It was also very cheap at that time. This game maybe has muddyI had good memories with this game... this was one of my best games on my PS3. It was also very cheap at that time. This game maybe has muddy graphics and was released many years ago... but it was fun... the story, the graphics and all that stuff... still very good and beautiful too. You won't think that the graphics looks bad, you won't feel that the game is boring, because it's still very beautiful and has a good story telling. Actually still one of the best games even though we are in 2012 right now. You never do the same things, you always get suprised in the story and way you develope your weapons... many good things. The game is almost for free these days. Buy it maaaaaan. It won't hurt... you have to try this game out before you die one day. Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2017
    2
    Un TPS de chez Tati programmé par des Kossovars qui pique à droite, à gauche et au milieu ses inspirations pour les régurgiter n'importeUn TPS de chez Tati programmé par des Kossovars qui pique à droite, à gauche et au milieu ses inspirations pour les régurgiter n'importe comment à la tronche du joueur. Plutôt limité techniquement, même s'il est fluide et que la VF est de bon aloi. On a tous les mauvais tics du genre avec en prime d'infâmes QTE, une conception des niveaux et des scripts à l'ouest, une direction artistique à la rue et une jouabilité d'une mollesse et d'une médiocrité affligeantes. Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2015
    8
    READ THIS!!!
    From now on, I'll be honest. Look, by the time I'm writing this review, this game is at least 7 years old, so I don't expect a
    READ THIS!!!
    From now on, I'll be honest. Look, by the time I'm writing this review, this game is at least 7 years old, so I don't expect a lot of you will stumble upon my review, but if you do, please take a time to read it.
    Now, since I got my PS3, I went to my nearest videogame store to check the new games they had. So some time this game appeared, but it was too costy, I never wanted to play that game by looking at the cover. Now let's jump in summer 2015. I was at another videogame store and I saw the game at like 1,50$, so why not give him a chance (I mean, between you and me, at that cost, if the game was crappy, I wouldn't loose much). So I went back home, popped the disc and started the campain. First thing that came to mind and a lot of other reviews will tell you: Yes the game looks like it copied it's engine and gameplay to make it like an average 3rd person shooter with cover elements, so the first level I was thinking: Well, it's bad, really bad, even the graphics don't shine at all and the voice acting is miserable; this without mentionning the crappy AI, the ''believable characters'' and the ''complex and conveluded'' story. So, at that point, not counting the ridiculous cost I paid it, the game would've been 2/10 for at least offering a good challenge and still being able to progress to the level without glitches. Now, at the ending cutscene of the first level came something expected (if you saw the cover for the least): The game gives your character the glaive, an intersting element that will be upgraded throughout the game, acquiring new abilities by beating bosses. You can also upgrade your guns and replenish your ammo at secret resistance bunkers hidden in the sewers.*Whipes sweat of his forehead* Now it's a 5/10, average. Then, coming at the end of level 8, the game almost.. no... litertally made me jump out of my chair and cheering. (Mom was cooking dinner, she had always heard me yelling and swearing s**t while playing videogames, but never cheer, never.) Ok, some people like cars, some like sports, some even like stamps, but I LOVE armor. (Catch my drift?) Out of the blue, in a cutscene, you recieve an armor, that makes you look badass, the way it gets attached on you, the way you don't see it coming, the look... it was the only move the game could do for me to give it a hardly earned 8/10.
    Thanks for listening.
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