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  • Summary: Dark Void is a sci-fi action-adventure game that combines an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and on-foot combat set in a parallel universe called "The Void". Players assume the role of Will; a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances while on a routine air cargo flight crashes in the Bermuda triangle leading him to be trapped in the Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival at the head of a group called The Survivors. Trapped in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth. Dark Void's unique combination of in-air and on-ground combat creates a thrilling new gameplay dynamic to the third-person shooter experience. Taking 3D action to a whole new level, Dark Void's vertical combat system allows players to dangle from thousand foot drops as they take cover and drop enemies from above and below, bringing a whole new sense of vulnerability and thrill to the player. Defying gravity in vertical combat is only half the battle as, over time, Will is upgraded to a powerful rocket pack which allows for fierce in-air combat as gamers are able to fly through the void at unparallel speeds shooting down anything that gets in their path. Blasting away at massive bosses has never been this much fun as Dark Void offers a unique grip system made up of a variety of grip-based mini-games including skyjacking UFOs mid-flight. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50
  1. 81
    Airtight's debut is an interesting one. [Issue#188, p.78]
  2. Targeting your enemies from high above sounds fun, but the mediocre AI and several glitches drag Dark Void to a decent level.
  3. 68
    Fun to be had, but ultimately disappointing.
  4. 60
    Dark Void is perhaps worthy of a rental or a bargain price purchase, but apart from this there's nothing here that's inspired enough to entice you.
  5. The only area where SEGA succeeded was in realizing that the game had to blend together the different elements, not keep them apart. Where Airtight failed was not realizing that very fact. In the end, it's worth playing Dark Void, though expectations should be kept very low, and it's not worth picking up at full price by any means.
  6. You'd have thought that any game featuring a high velocity jetpack would be a guaranteed winner, but Dark Void somehow manages to ham-fist the execution completely, leaving a game that's only ever fun in parts, while the rest is simply not up to scratch.
  7. Basically, this all boils down to three disappointing, bland sequences repeated throughout: You jetpack around, shoot guys, dogfight in an open area and hijack enemy aircraft, shoot some more guys, engage in vertical cover, and finally shoot some more guys. Dark Void is an exercise in diminishing returns—what at first seems new and fun eventually becomes dully predictable, and having to mash buttons to secure your grip only adds to the snarling annoyances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. MaxB
    Jan 24, 2010
    10
    I don't know what you guys are talking about! This game is awesome. It's a 3rd person shooter with the added benefit of flying ANY time you want! The other people only played the demo, and they complain about the flying saucers flying past you. Well, guess what, you can either shoot them down OR you can zoom in close, jump on them, go into a fight sequence in mid-air, and then commandeer the saucer and use it against them flying it!!! You can upgrade unique weapons, fly around without a time limit searching for hidden caves, and do special maneuvers while flying... like barrel rolls and loop-d-loops! Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2010
    9
    Playing this game totally reminds me of Disney's 90's flick The Rocketeer! I am surprised how mixed this game got for reviews. The second I saw the game announced I knew it wasnt going to innovate anything but I was thrilled! It's got some pretty good shooting mechanics and sure, any 3rd person game has some form of a cover system like this one. The flight gameplay is where its at here! Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Well, against all real advice from IGN, Metacritic, I bought this game, with it's DLC. I had played Dark Void Zero, thought it was pretty good, and I knew it had Nolan North in it, which is always good. Probably most importantly for me, Bear McCreary composed the music. Trying to be as unbiased as possible, I'm going to do this review in sections:

    Graphics: 7 / 10
    The graphics, in reality, aren't that bad; from most of the critic reviews, I thought they were gonna be horrid. Taking down an enemy Watcher, watching their individual limbs fly, noticing that tiny bit of arm-flapping when flying, watching your clothes wrinkle in the wind when hi-jacking enemy saucers, all of it looks pretty well modeled and textured. However, textures in cutscenes can sometimes be more noticeable. For instances, spoiler alert, when Nikola Tesla is stabbed in the back, and his hand is show close up, the texturing is VERY blurry, and is almost unrecognizable. And, of course, since it's on the Unreal engine, there's the problem of textures being really blurry for only a moment.

    Mechanics and Physics: 8 / 10
    The mechanics of the game were undoubtedly it's strong point. It's a freaking jetpack; what else do you need? Although the execution was a little poor, Capcom certainly had the right idea in mind. However, when you're not flying around with your somehow infinite-ammo jetpack-mounted machine-guns, blasting ships and defying the laws of physics, it reacts like a pretty average third-person shooter. When you ARE on the ground, though, you can use your jetpack to your advantage, get the strategic high-ground, and even camp. Like a noob. One problem, though, is when you're flying around, and you meet a golden watcher sniper. They can fly too. But when you fly up to melee them, you can't. There's simply no melee-ing going on. The AI is awful. They keep shooting 7 clips at the walls.

    Sound: 9 / 10
    Many people underestimate the importance of a game's soundtrack. The game's soundscape in general (the soundtrack, effects, voiceing) is all very important. Bear McCreary, the composer for Battlestar: Gallactica, The Walking Dead, the Europa Report, and now Dark Void, if very good at what he does. Obviously, Capcom recognizes music's importance. And they didn't go cheap on voice-acting, either; Nolan North voices the lead character, Will, and does a great job of it, too. No one else in the voice cast is all that great, in my opinion.

    Story: 8 / 10
    Not a whole lot to say, here; the story was pretty well written, overall, though not overbearing, like in Metal Gear Solid.

    Overall: 8 / 10

    Worth it if you buy it for under 15 - 25 dollars.
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  4. Dec 6, 2010
    6
    this game really isnt that bad now its nothing great eather . it feels kinda like gears of war or unchated but with a jetpack. the biggest problems this game has is the bugs which get annoying like not saving your check points or after you bear a lvl , game freesing up , sound effects getting turned off for no reason ect. the graphics look like it should have been a launch game for the ps3 or xbox 360 they are bland and dull . the story is ok but its nothing that really held my attention much. voice acting is pretty solid mainly because of nolan north the man who does drake from uncharted is in the game as the main charicter. the jet pack is fun and the game play is kinda fun which saves the game abit from all thoose other problems . the game is at best a rental if nothing els out there catches your eye or you can buy it cheap i got mine for only $10 used / Expand
  5. DrewD
    Jan 20, 2010
    4
    I only played the demo and from what I experienced, the game play seemed very generic. The jetpack was fun but also very annoying at times, especially when the UFOs would continually fly past you. Basically, the targeting system is a major down fall to the game. From what Ive seen, as far as critique, I do not play on buying this but may rent it and beat it during a Blockbuster Game Pass lol. An 8 hour campaign with bad reviews isnt worth anyone's $60. Expand
  6. Tyler
    Jan 20, 2010
    3
    The game suffers from simply being extremely average. Theres nothing that jumps out, yet it had so much potential and looked promising. The graphics are dimminished for what i assume was to make it 3D capable, in which if that is the case, never make any game 3D capable again because I dont want degraded graphics for those 5 people who want to wear glasses. Environments are very generic without much detail, flight can be a pain with rather odd controls, 3rd person shooting on ground doesnt add much to the game/just throws off the balance it seems. Could have been so much more, but sadly it seems Capcom hasn't been able to adapt to the next-gen systems yet. Rent first or just avoid. Expand
  7. mellisad
    Jan 19, 2010
    1
    I can't believe how terrible this game is. A huge waste of money. Do not buy this!

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