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  • Summary: An all-new and original action-thriller designed exclusively for next-generation consoles, Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, an elite black-ops agent sent on a dangerous mission into a decaying Eastern European city that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered by an infection that has granted him inhuman abilities and he must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero. A dark, gritty experience packed with fast action, incredible superpowers and an engaging story. [D3Publisher of America] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
  1. This is the surprise action game of the year, not that the arrival is any surprise; D3 has been hyping this title for nearly two years, but the sheer quality and originality of gameplay, mostly thanks to a single little throwing weapon, makes this a must-play title for any action gamer.
  2. Outside of a few issues Dark Sector does a good job of blending the elements of action, story, and interaction that create a fun, enjoyable gaming experience.
  3. For action fans, Dark Sector is definitely a game worth checking out because it hits all the right notes.
  4. While it sure isn't a AAA game, it's hard to fault Dark Sector for anything past the seriously broken melee attack.
  5. A Frankenstein’s monster that actually works. Its mind is sound, its looks beautiful, its sutures invisible and its stolen parts functional in all the intended ways. It has no soul, of course, nor distinct personality, but that’s the nature of the beast. [May 2008, p.88]
  6. So in essence then, Dark Sector contains some good ideas, some quite obviously stolen ones and for a game that has spent 4 years in development it feels a tiny bit disappointing and seriously lacking in fine tuning or play-testing.
  7. Every aspect of this game is horribly average, derivative, unpolished, or worse. Half-assed, floaty, imprecise character movement. Half-assed melee combat. Half-assed cover mechanic. Half-assed weapon upgrade system. Half-assed sound design and mixing. Quarter-assed story. No-assed AI.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    Well, i suppose it will be insulting not to review this game, only for this i ve joined metacritics. In my opinion this is a masterpiece which have't got reputation it deserves. Have finished this on brutal more than thrice. Yet i say it still is inviting after a couple of gap days. My taste is hard to satisfy, i ve only liked much, and this has done it, On my ps3 this looks totally crap, so i strongly suggest to play this on PC at 1080p standard. Finally i will say, "You have missed one hell of a game if you have;t played Dark Sector" i desperatly am looking forward to sequel. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2013
    An underrated gem. This game suffered from too long in development and too many changes to the original vision. It is, however, a very fun and underrated game with smooth fun mechanics and great character designs though suffers from an underwhelming and bland storyline. When I first started the game I was expecting more of a hack-n-slash but this game is more of a sticky cover 3rd person shooter, akin to Gears of War, with a survival horror feel thrown in. The environments are great and atmospheric and the way they depict your growing powers/infection is really cool. It is definitely worth a playthrough for fans of Gears of War and Resident Evil. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2013
    I loved playing this game. I played the demo and couldn't wait to play the game. It is tons of fun and has a lot of variety in game play. It is one of those games that has many forgivable flaws because the developers made sure they kept the fun in constant supply. Don't believe the negative reviews, you can get this game for $5.00 now so you have nothing to lose. Once you get the hang of things you will have a great time. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2013
    There is no reason why anyone who likes shooter games shouldn't have played this by now if they own a 360 as the price on a new copy is less than $20 and a used game is a couple of bucks. Very underrated, while there are some minor flaws with the game, it has some great action mechanics with the Glaive (including some things that I believe the makers of Batman games borrowed from for their batterang mechanics). If you are bored and need something new to play, pick it up or borrow it as it's well worth it. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2011
    The first time i tried to play this game i thought it was pretty brutal but this came after playing some other really fantastic games. After shelving this game for a year or so i decided to give it another try and I must admit this game is pretty good after all. If you check my review on Dark Void much of what i said there holds true with this game as well and for that reason I would say this game is a bit underrated. The problems with this game are almost identical to Dark Void and they really are superficial, not critical- the developer did not hide the idiocy of the AI characters very well and the game play was not very open allowing you to play the game any way you liked. In Dark Void the ultimate fun was acheived with the jet pack and in this game the developer clearly wanted you to stay away from playing this game as a third person shooter and practically forced using the glaive to play the game to get into the feel of the character and story. For some people this would be cool but forced gameplay is a tricky thing as the game basically is a shooter then disappoints by not allowing you to play it as a shooter strictly if you wanted to. You can grab shooter weapons but will drop them after 10 seconds and this is really my reason to think this game was both good and bad. It was a fun shooter with the disappointment you had to play the game as the developers intended and this could come off more as chorelike than fun. That said, anyone willing to play strictly with the glaive probably would really enjoy this. I think the quality, graphics and sound were quite well done and only glitches i found were killing enemies and have their bodies flail around silly style in front of you. Again, also poor implementation of AI but please check my Dark Void review for more detail as this game is almost identical in that respect. Expand
  6. May 29, 2013
    This game is decent at best. It's not a great game, but it isn't a bad game either. To be honest, one of the things I enjoyed about this game were the smooth controls. It felt really good not having to worry about them. This games downfall is the lack of other powers you receive. Your primary power is the 3 pronged blade and you get guns but beyond that, you don't have much else. I like simplicity, because I am a huge gears of war fan, but this had much more potential. It's still worth buying because it is only 2 dollars, but it just makes you wish the powers were improved. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2011
    If your a 3rd person shooter fanatic you may like this game, but the boring plot, repetitive gameplay, and just the fact that it's nothing new or exciting will turn others off, while it had some good ideas and fantastic graphics, it was just so poorly executed and the fact that there are tons of better 3rd person shooters out there like Gears of War, I just can't recommend this. Expand

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