Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. 42
    So while Operation Darkness could've lit up strategy nuts, the completely awful camera and primitive PlayStation 2-quality graphics drain the life out of it. Even online co-op, the one unique feature that actually justifies Darkness' place on the 360, is about as fun as waiting to get your blood drawn.
  2. Strategy-RPG fans will ignore the game's shortcomings and find much to praise, but this isn't a game that's going to rope in those who aren't already fans of the particular genre.
  3. If you can handle inelegant controls, graphics, and story, and a text-heavy menu system, this might hold some appeal. Otherwise, avoid it like lycanthropy. [July 2008, p.81]
  4. The audacious premise is incredibly fun all the way through, and right up until just before the last few missions the gameplay more than holds up its end. It's too bad the game gets so frustratingly difficult right at the end.
  5. I can overlook the average graphics, the camera mechanics, and even the sub-par voice-acting. What I can’t accept is that the story, which was supposed to be the most interesting part of the game, is just plain boring.
  6. Playing Operation Darkness is like being in love with a deadbeat. You can see the silver lining and you want to make it work, but it’s a downward spiral of concessions and empty promises and the next thing you know you’re living in a trailer and he’s hocking your jewelry for strippers.
  7. This strategic RPG is ugly and frustrating--but it can also be a lot of fun.
  8. 50
    It's not quite as engrossing a turn-based strategy experience as Final Fantasy Tactics, but its unique setting kept my interest long enough for me to discover the fun that lay beneath the unpleasant exterior.
  9. The lousy last-gen graphics murder what compelling plot there is.
  10. Operation Darkness takes an intriguing idea, but ruins it with some awful gameplay.
  11. It's a very disappointing game in nearly every aspect.
  12. In the end what we’re left with is this: a game that has plenty of unfulfilled potential with a taste of what could have been.
  13. 60
    Operation Darkness isn't going to keep the poetic part of your mind captivated, but the strategist in you could get addicted.
  14. It innovates from the usual set of strategy titles in so many areas without falling flat on its face, and it’s a meaty title besides.
  15. 25
    Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong.
  16. No quantity of vamires, werewolves, and undead zombies can salvage its dreadfully tedious gameplay. [July 2008, p.70]
  17. Thanks to its great concept and terrible execution, Operation Darkness is the very definition of a guilty pleasure game.
  18. 65
    Operation Darkness isn't so bad as to be unplayable, but it gives no motivation for the completion of more than a few hours of play.
  19. 70
    So while it falls short of greatness, Operation Darkness can content itself with being merely a fun game with an amazing premise.
  20. Operation Darkness isn't a bad game at all. It has its issues, but they don't ruin the experience — with the possible exception of the absolutely shameful graphics. The problem is that it doesn't really rise about mediocre.
  21. 30
    Between the horrific camera and the absolutely infuriating battle deaths it is a wonder that this game was ever allowed to be put on the shelves.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. toltec123
    Apr 2, 2009
    I hated this game at first, why? Sucky movies like Rise of the Argonauts, but then 5 missions in the game grew on me...its actually really cool sans the once again Asian wannabe Hollywood movies. Listen Japanese market, movies belong to us...other than Akira Kurasawa you guys suck at making movies....this shit is soo long winded I thank God for the fast forward button....fudge...but other than than I'd score it lower due to less than AAA graphics for a turnbased on the xbox 360...and horrible just horrible camera controls, what blind mofo was in charge of this, go jump off a cliff PLEASE! Full Review »
  2. DrareKeer
    Mar 14, 2009
    Though I have watched my friends play SRPGs for years, this is the first one I actually thought looked good enough to play myself, and it did not let down! Awsome tactics, cool equipment, and customizable skill sets allow for almost endless gameplay options. Graphics are a bit behind the curve, but so what. This game is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it if you are after more then just a pretty polished waste of money. Full Review »
  3. JoeT.
    Aug 20, 2008
    At first glance this game seems very boring, being a turn-based WWII based shooter. However, as I played it I enjoyed the clever strategy element as well as the great variety of characters. Customizing your team well is critical for your success. Some areas of the game are rather difficult and will require good thinking and preparation. The story is an interesting twist on the classic WWII story. With enough twists and turns many will find it entertaining, especially the fantasy, or war-game fans. In the end this game is a well made strategy combat game that has enough story to back up its gameplay. Full Review »