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DarkStar One: Broken Alliance £17.93 @ The Hut [Xbox 360 Games]

Jonathan Lester
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DarkStar One: Broken Alliance £17.93 @ The Hut [Xbox 360 Games]

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!

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gav  Jun. 23, 2010 at 21:55

Going by the E3 2010 trailer below at the end of the video it says it out on the 20th of July 2010 -


so this is a great price for a pre-order :)

Jonathan Lester  Jun. 24, 2010 at 03:32

Nope, it was released last week (18th June)... but Kalypso has completely fudged the UK release date and supplied to different vendors at different times. For example, Zavvi and Gamestation have been retailing since the 18th.

Well spotted, though! If you order now, the product should still be with you by the 25th of June... which is around the same time as normal delivery.

Gav  Jun. 24, 2010 at 09:13

Result :) thanks for the heads up Jonathan :)

Ryan  Jun. 24, 2010 at 13:27

I'm genuinely surprised you're pushing this one so hard. It was a terribly lacklustre PC title that came out 4 years ago, gaining very average reviews, and the reviews of this port are pretty much identical (if not lower, as it's now aged). I loved Elite, Freelancer, Privateer et al, but this was a very, very poor attempt and got boring so quick. It would be worth a look as a £8.99 download title really. I suggest that anyone interested who has access to a PC first downloads the demo, and tries playing for 30 minutes - if you still like it, part with your precious £18. Hope that helps someone.

Matt Gardner  Jun. 24, 2010 at 14:19

The problem is with the genre itself. Space sims are so rare these days that the minute one appears on the radar it's generally worth getting pretty excited about. I remember snapping up DS1 on the PC as soon as it came out (Freelancer being one of my favourite games) and you're right...it was a pretty average game, I would have given it a 6. But it didn't stop me from ploughing a good 40 hours into it. Unfortunately, I'm yet to play this console upgrade and thus can't comment on how it compares, but I've just ordered it at this price myself.

The trouble is that what the space sim really amounts to is an open world RPG and developers, as we've seen, are far more likely to simply nudge that idea a little bit further until it becomes an MMO. Personally, one Shepard's trilogy is done I'd love to see a space sim set in the Mass Effect universe. It's a much better idea than making a film. Or Rockstar. I'd love to see Rockstar take on the final frontier.

Ryan  Jun. 24, 2010 at 14:55

Yes, I agree on all points.. except I don't feel a four year old port of an average game should really warrant any enthusiasm.. that's really scraping the bottom of the barrel, but, I do understand your reasoning. I too would snap up a modern (*insert one of many spacesim classics here) - I've got my credit card ready, but there's no takers it seems.
Sadly, the only 'upgrade' as such is the 1080p resolution, nothing else at all was changed apparantly, so that just makes it an HD average game.. that's 4 years more out of date :) I hope you're not disappointed, I'll check back for your thoughts on it.

Jonathan Lester  Jun. 24, 2010 at 15:09

Why not check out our recent review? For my money, DarkStar One has aged surprisngly well- and offers a (sadly) unique experience on the Xbox 360. It's not perfect by any means, but it sets a very important precedent nonetheless: by proving that space sims can work well on a next gen console. Plus, the amount of content is great value for £18.

I absolutely agree with you about the state of the genre. Frankly, I'd pay practically anything for a new Freelancer title.


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