• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2005
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8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

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  • Summary: The game introduces the Darkwatch, a secret strike-force that has vigilantly protected man from evil incarnate since the dawn of civilization. Their newest and deadliest agent is Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger pulled into their ranks by an unfortunate close encounter with a vampireThe game introduces the Darkwatch, a secret strike-force that has vigilantly protected man from evil incarnate since the dawn of civilization. Their newest and deadliest agent is Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger pulled into their ranks by an unfortunate close encounter with a vampire lord. To save the West, and his own soul from damnation, Jericho must hunt the vampire that bit him through an American frontier suddenly overrun by his undead minions. At his disposal is the advanced, deadly technology of the Darkwatch, including an arsenal of powerful assault vehicles and enhanced versions of Western weapons, along with supernatural vampire abilities and a trusty undead horse. Players will experience an action-packed "living West" in "Darkwatch: Curse of the West" with massive environments, non-linear missions, dynamic enemy and non-player-character artificial intelligence (A.I.) affected by a player reputation system, and precision gunplay with location-specific damage. [Sammy Studios] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    Quotation forthcoming. [Aug 2005]
  2. Game Informer
    85
    In terms of gameplay quality, this may be another middle-of-the-road shooter, but the unique premise sets it aside from everything else out there. [Sept 2005, p.94]
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    82
    A decent shooter with a vampire-western theme. More Sergio Leone and "Halo," less "Serious Sam" and techno-steam-punk-funk, and it would have been even better. [Oct 2005]
  4. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    80
    Darkwatch has a few neat ideas but wins us over by doing solid shooting well. Fast-paced with cool guns, what's not to like? [Nov 2005, p.120]
  5. The multiplayer co-op mode is nothing to write home about, and the adversarial split-screen is nothing short of totally pointless.
  6. There's tons of potential here, but it's mired by a lack of variety, pacing that charges through important bits, and a lack of distinct personalities or identifiable characters. It's decent, but what's there wasn't used nearly well enough.
  7. This could have been a great original title, but instead it's a waste of shelf space with just one redeeming feature: it only takes around five hours to beat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 11, 2019
    10
    One of my favorite PS2 games of all time. I love the Gothic Western art direction and enemy & weapon variety. If you have played any modern tOne of my favorite PS2 games of all time. I love the Gothic Western art direction and enemy & weapon variety. If you have played any modern t shooters, going back to Darkwatch will be a little clunky at first. I had a lot of fun playing this in couch co-op back in the day too. It's hard to believe this gem will be 14 years old in 5 days. Darkwatch deserves a remaster and sequel. Expand
  2. AmdiE.
    Aug 20, 2005
    10
    Hands down the best FPS on the PS2. Awesome art and setting. Give me some vampire love!
  3. DannyG.
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    This game was very good i think the multiplayer was great and same with the effects story line and controls and the gameplay overall.
  4. Hereticjames
    Sep 11, 2005
    9
    Great & fun game for all ghothic fans.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    This is a great game, but it's a little too hard. and its not as gory as i would have liked it to be, but the rag-doll physics are great,This is a great game, but it's a little too hard. and its not as gory as i would have liked it to be, but the rag-doll physics are great, and the story sucks you in right away. this would make one great movie! Expand
  6. ColeH.
    Jul 10, 2007
    8
    It is a great game to play I love how Jerico slauters the zombies and punishes teh EVIL!!! It is a very good game and It is definatly one of It is a great game to play I love how Jerico slauters the zombies and punishes teh EVIL!!! It is a very good game and It is definatly one of my favorite game to play. Expand
  7. SuperGround
    Aug 29, 2005
    5
    The only things good about this game are the melee attacks and the art style. This game drops the ball on everything else. I felt like a was The only things good about this game are the melee attacks and the art style. This game drops the ball on everything else. I felt like a was standing in front of one of those tennis ball lauchers during the entire game, every level just throws enemies at you. On top of that we have: terrible characters, crap dialogue, and absolutely "zero" soul. Worst game I have played in a long time. Expand

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#53 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#21 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005