No I’m not offering a choice of chocolate, I’m referring to Dark Sector: A third person shooter produced by Digital Extremes and published by D3 Publisher of America.
The game begins with Hayden, an American special forces agent (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum of Small ville fame), sent to a military-esque compound in the fictional Soviet nation of Lasria. He tries to back out of his mission before it has hardly begun, but his superior, communicating via radio, says that he is “past the point of no return.” Hayden makes short work of all enemy resistance and finds himself face to face with his target, a fellow agent named Viktor, tied to a chair. Viktor is under the impression that Hayden is here to rescue him, and even tells him information to aid him on his way. After reporting that he has completed his mission, his superior decides to send him after Mezner, the man responsible for the Technocite infection that has been ravaging the country of Lasria. Hayden proceeds through the compound planting C4 charges throughout the compound then getting infected with the virus.
Dark, creepy, smooth, and fast flowing are just some of the words that you can use to describe the gameplay of Dark Sector/ The gameplay runs very smooth with the Playstation 3’s Sixaxis controller which makes a change with games that aren’t necessarily customized for it. Especially the quick and easy one press aim system and there even easyer one press cover button and fire buttons on the controller which is effective due to the type of game play Dark Sector delivers, And which is a must when faced with numerous enemy’s on the screen at any one time, The enemy’s A.I is not that great but they still give you a bloody good run for your money and are very relentless to see you killed, And as you progress through the game the enemy’s get bigger and stronger which always
sets a new challenge.
This game is well put together and designed, One minute you’re going on your way minding your own business then blam! Your getting showered with rocket or machine gun fire from a helicopter or a heavy machine gun emplacement or a dozen or so soldiers or mutants. The action is never ending, But the core gameplay starts to really open up after you get infected and gain the power of the glaive. You also need to keep your eyes peeled for the way to progress in the games chapters other wise you will be looking for ages for a way to get to the next part of the level.
There is a vast array of weapons usable to buy or sell in the black markets that are doted around the chapters, which also allows you to equip weapon upgrades that are also found lying around the chapters which could make any of your weapons have: higher fire power, less recoil, higher impact ( more damage with bullets) or a quicker reload time with just these few on offer. Yeah, there is more stuff. If you do not use them you can also sell them on the black market which in return gives you more money and that means better weapons. Cant fault it, but by far the most useful and must use weapon in the game is your trusty glaive. You need to use it for the mini puzzles which help you progress further in the game and there is also a good range of power-ups for the glaive which get better and more stronger as you get further in to the game.
The games screen is not cluttered up by any annoying big H.U.D.’s it just a all full view and only displays ammo count and weapon choice when you need it to, So you get the full high def quality and full visibility of the games graphics, which is important as this is a game that you get immersed in to due to the quality of the graphics and the beauty of the enviroments which feel reel in some places. D3 said that for better immersion in to the game, you need to use high quality ambiance and music and they have done just that,They have added crystal clear ambiance and scene setting music that pulls you deeper in to the games world and gives you the full ride.
There are two modes of online play : Infection – The Infection game type is a match between Hayden and the Lasrian military. One player assumes the role of Hayden while all others (up to nine) assume the roles of Lasrian Troopers. Hayden is considered the infected target, and it is up to the Troopers to bring him down. Once Hayden is brought down (“finished”), The Trooper responsible becomes infected and a new round begins. A match will run until either time expires, Or a set number of points are reached. The ultimate goal of an Infection match is to have the most number of points when the match is over. Points are granted to Troopers by either stunning Hayden, finishing Hayden, or assisting in bring Hayden down and points are awarded to Hayden by killing Troopers (Troopers can lose points by committing suicide).
Epidemic – The Epidemic game type is a team based match between the Lasrian military, And the Agency. Players are divided into two teams where (on each team) one player assumes the role of Hayden, and all others assume the roles of Troopers. Matches end based on a time limit, or point total, and rounds end whenever a Hayden is brought down. Team points are awarded whenever an opposing team brings down the other team’s Hayden, and individual points are awarded to players based on kills and assists (players can also lose points by committing suicide). Players can only communicate with other players in the same team, And can only attack players on the opposing team. Both the Troopers and the Haydens retain the same functionality they have in the Infection game type.
Each multiplayer game type has five maps and supports up to ten players , And also allows you to gain points to progress up the leader board and the higher up the board you go the better you get. On the X360, MP games can either be played using Xbox Live, or System Link. On the PS3, MP games can either be played on the PlayStation Network, or LAN.
Despite the fun of the game, there are some good and bad points about this game and some of its modes. The good points are its easy to use menus and sleek and smooth gameplay and stunning visuals and high quality ambiance and music and playability and online multiplayer modes and immersive gameplay with good storyline. The bad points are the low enemy’s A.I and some of the bugs that must have been overlooked.
But all in all if you like dark, gory and shooting the stuffing out of mutants and soldiers, then this is definitely the game for you to go out and spend your well earned pounds on, or dollars depending which side of the pond your on. Trust us its a hell of a lot more fun than a wet muddy run around in a field looking for something to do, or dressing in your mums best dress. A big thumbs up to the developers.