Pay attention, Xbox 360 owners! DarkStar One is the first true Space Sim to be released on a next-gen console, but it simply isn't getting the attention it deserves. There's now no excuse to pick up a copy, as The Hut are now retailling at a staggering £17.93... which will save you a whopping £8 compared to Zavvi, their nearest price rival. Considering that the game has only been out for less than a week, this is a massive coup.
Our full review of DarkStar One will fill you in on all the details, but I'll give you the rundown. Much like Elite, Freelancer and the X series, DarkStar throws you into a hostile universe that you can explore aty your own pace; accepting missions, hunting pirates and transporting cargo to pimp out your powerful experimental space fighter. Oh, and you can go and avenge your father's death if you have the time. An excellent HD reskin and some eyepopping graphics help to round out the package (as it's a remastered port of an underrated PC gem).
However, DarkStar One is not perfect by any means. Much like a grindy RPG, the formula can become fairly repetitive after a while- but the sheer volume of content more than makes up for it. More worryingly, though, the voice acting is truly abysmal... and the constant stream of bad cutscenes, badly-acted epithets and simply won't let you forget it. But it's only a blemish on an otherwise brave little title.
The Space Simulation genre is all but dying out... but by bringing freeform intergalactic thrills to the Xbox 360, DarkStar One sets a precedent that makes it one of the most 'important' games to be released this year. Do not let this slip under your radar!