It’s been a while since we’ve seen a game plummet in price this fast. Released towards the end of January it’s not even a month old and it’s already £27 under the RRP. Currently Zavvi looks like it’s the leader when it comes to offloading this game, undercutting ShopTo.Net by £1.90, while most retailers – such as Amazon and GameStation - are still listing it at around the £29 mark.
So what does Zavvi know that most others don’t? Well there’s no denying it, Dark Void took a major nose dive with the reviews. Good old Metacritic scores it at 59%, while oddly its user score is a little more acceptable at 65%. But what’s in a score? Actually quite a lot really, those two digits have hours of gameplay behind them, and a delicate judgement made on the back of usually years of gaming experience. But you always have to question how respectable publications can return scores as disparate 80% at best and 35% at worst.
Perhaps it’s how much of the boot they want to put into a game? Dark Void with its rumoured film spin-off and suspiciously similar style to that of The Rocketeer had a lot of anticipation behind it. So when the delivered game turns out to an utterly generic shooter, a torrent of disillusionment ensues.
The one redeeming feature of this one-trick pony is the jet pack. If Capcom had messed that part up there’s no telling how low the price would currently be. It is genuine fun swooping around the large open levels, throw in a modicum of aerial combat with its vertical-cover system and we’re almost happy. It’s the sheer tedium of it as a game that drags Dark Void down. While it should be soaring into the clouds, it's left founding like a dodo on the ground.