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 is by no means a fresh, original game. It copies from a lot of source material, from games to movies to, well… everything.
  2. You have the coolest weapon to date in the glaive. When you incorporate the music, graphics, and game play style it is really hard not to get into this game and want to keep playing even if you can’t handle horror games, although I think of this game more as creepy than horror.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    88
    A very good FPS:esque shoot 'em up. The enemies are interesting and the glaive even more so. The surroundings are a bit too monotonous, though. [Apr 2008]
  4. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    85
    It’s the culmination of a very long development that presents itself as one of the first good surprises of the year. It doesn’t have the intention to innovate, especially when compared to Resident Evil 4, but its solid gameplay mechanics, alongside with some great visuals, make for a great experience. Especially for those who like visceral action. [Apr 2008]
  5. 85
    The combat is enjoyable, particularly against the government soldiers, but the game would have definitely benefited immensely from a more solid melee mechanic and a bit more variety here and there. Then again some stylish and innovative ranged combat mechanics more than make up for this.
  6. Dark Sector is a very good game; the off-world, strikingly science-fiction oriented FPS demonstrated years ago bears very little resemblance to what has been shrink-wrapped and shipped off to your local game retailers — and that's a very good thing.
  7. It is a fast and fun shooter with a weak story; but who needs a story when you can have tons of fun putting your glaive at work dismembering your enemies.
  8. Fans of "Metal Gear Solid" and "Resident Evil 4" should enjoy the game quite a bit, as should fans of the action genre, altogether.
  9. This action opus provides buckets of blood-spilling entertainment, especially once you utilize the raw power of the Glaive weapon.
  10. 80
    It would have scored 9+ easy with a fleshed out story and engaging multi-player, but as it stands you get a truly visceral and enjoyable single-player action romp that will satisfy any fan of the genre.
  11. It's not going to set the world alight like Gears of War and it doesn't revolutionise survival horror like Resident Evil 4, but its thrilling combat and sensational visuals make it well worth adding to your collection.
  12. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    Although it's extremely linear, occasionally irritating, and lacks the crap-your-pants scariness that its eerie environments and grotesque enemies suggest, Dark Sector is still an enjoyably intense shooter with a lot of unique twists. [May 2008, p.70]
  13. Dark sector is a good action game, mainly thanks to the entertaining Glaive. However, it has its flaws, especially the close combat, short lifespan and weak online mode.
  14. AceGamez
    80
    Dark Sector may not be original and it may not have a great story, but if you are looking for a solid action game to spend a dozen or so hours with then you can't go too far wrong.
  15. On the whole, while a few elements of combat fall short, a decent story coupled with consistently delivered “Wow!” moments make Dark Sector enjoyable.
  16. 77
    When the really similar levels and waves of opponents get too repetitive towards the end of the game, Dark Sector's weak storyline might not be enough to carry the more fickle fan to the finish line...It's fun, but it's not perfect.
  17. Digital Extremes has set out to create an original 3rd-person, action-shooter powered by next-gen hardware, and in that respect team from London, Onatario has done an incredible job.
  18. This is a stunning technical achievement, a dark horse, a must-rent and almost a must buy, but it lacks the variety, pacing or innovation to make it truly essential. [Apr 2008, p.18]
  19. The glaive is something that every action nut has to wrap his or her hands around. Like the BFG or the cerebral bore, you’ll remember this weapon forever. Sadly, you’ll remember the weapon more than the game itself.
  20. 75
    So it's not for multiplayer fans or story fans or innovation fans, but Dark Sector is certainly a good game. When it all comes together and you're ducking in and out of cover while shooting and throwing the Glaive at groups of enemies, it's a lot of fun, and the visual spark and A.I./pacing/combat polish make it worth playing.
  21. Dark Sector lacks the compelling storyline that it alludes to early on, but offers plenty of enjoyable combat nonetheless.
  22. It’s a fun thrill ride that plays up the action well and throws you head first into some truly spectacular moments. Then again, weak boss battles and repetitive gameplay simply hold back what could have been an unforgettable action gem.
  23. 75
    Dark Sector is a great experience and worth a playthrough, but perhaps the largest issue with Dark Sector lies in that much of it is all too similar to what has come before it.
  24. If Dark Sector were a student, he'd be expelled for plagiarism. Thankfully, the Glaive more than makes up for the rampant copying of mechanics and ideas.
  25. While it sure isn't a AAA game, it's hard to fault Dark Sector for anything past the seriously broken melee attack.
  26. Overall Dark Sector is a good investment if you’re just looking for some good mostly mindless fun.
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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