Dark Arena

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  • Summary: Dark Arena is 20 levels of terrifying, non-stop action. You play the role of Angela Bradshaw, a special forces agent who is trapped in the bowels of a deadly labyrinth of maze-like passages crawling with bloodthirsty, genetic horrors. Armed with a deadly array of futuristic weaponry and yourDark Arena is 20 levels of terrifying, non-stop action. You play the role of Angela Bradshaw, a special forces agent who is trapped in the bowels of a deadly labyrinth of maze-like passages crawling with bloodthirsty, genetic horrors. Armed with a deadly array of futuristic weaponry and your wits, you must make your escape. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 80
    It's a lot of fun to play, but there's not a whole lot of "oomph" that action games require for that necessary adrenaline rush.
  2. Dark Arena runs smoothly and plays quickly, which means you'll stay in the Arena a little longer than you thought.
  3. Game Informer
    70
    Seems to easily fall flat into the clutches of mediocrity. The multiplayer mode is nice, though. [April 2002, p.89]
  4. Play Magazine
    60
    A solid, 20-level romp that should be treated as a quasi-sequel to "Doom." [April 2002, p.67]
  5. Even the level layout and "puzzle" elements--find the key, backtrack to the door--smack of things we've already seen, which makes the game, despite its arguable technical flow, something of a letdown.
  6. 40
    Dark Arena's graphics are average at best. Much of the architecture is plain-looking and the average enemy sports only a half-dozen character animations.

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  1. SeriousDuke(GBAFPSexpert)
    Jul 7, 2004
    6
    Dark Arena is the ninth best FPS for the GBA, the first announced, but the fourth released for the system. Dark Arena is pretty much a Doom Dark Arena is the ninth best FPS for the GBA, the first announced, but the fourth released for the system. Dark Arena is pretty much a Doom clone. What's the difference between the two? Well, hmmm . . . Doom is a better game. Dark Arena features enemies with zero intelligence which make them a breeze to kill even on the hardest skill level. The graphics in Dark Arena seem a little more bright and sharper than Doom but Doom looks better all around and is simply more fun to play. Dark Arena does offer a good variety of weapons, some neat looking enemies, and some fun levels but all of this is sub-par to the Doom games. Dark Arena is definitly a fun and welcome entry in the growing library of GBA games under the FPS genre but definitly one of the weakest. Expand

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#84 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
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#37 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2002