Dark Void falls into the 'nice ideas, try hard' category of game that never quite delivered to anywhere near their full potential. Jetpack flying action sounds awesome, but Capcom managed to make it boring and repetitive in the same way that SEGA somehow managed to squeeze the fun out of being Iron Man. Get your head around the controls and you'll probably have some fun at least, but it's really hard not to be turned off by the sheer waste of opportunity here.Tip of the cap to Starr at HUKD.
Sure, it's a bit lame but I'm still pretty darn impressed to see that it is already possible to buy Dark Void and come away with change from a fiver!
Play are currently selling both the Playstation 3 and XBox 360 version at the cheapest-ever price of £4.99, while the next best price for either console weighs three pounds heavier at £7.99 from a number of retailers.
It's 1938 and after having the misfortune of crashing in the Bermuda Triangle, of all places, cargo pilot William Grey is whisked away to "The Void" — a parallel universe crawling with the unfriendliest of aliens and a small population of human "Survivors". These Survivors have the chance to fulfill their wish to return to earth, but in order to do so, they must battle the might of alien race The Watchers.
A game which allows you to switch back and forth between jetpack and shooting action should be a lot more fun than this. The jetpack sections are pretty enjoyable to be fair but there is way too much out-of-pack time, during which you are forced to engage in unengaging and fairly mediocre combat. The graphics are adequate but certainly nothing special, likewise for the art direction as a whole. The AI is irritating and the enemies repetitive. Furthermore, Dark Void is really lacking in any kind of replay value, thanks to a lack of multiplayer options and nothing to tempt you back into the main campaign for a second time.
It's one of the worst things that Capcom have spewed out for a good long while but I reckon there's probably just enough fun to be had in this disappointing little package to make it worth a fiver.
Thanks to andywedge at Hotukdeals!
So it's not very good, but for a new game, Dark Void sure is cheap!
My Memory are offering Dark Void for just £20.95 for the PS3. This compares favourably to the next best price, giving you a £6 saving over the next best price, £26.85 from Shop To)
Near universally hailed as Capcom's most disappointing game for ... a long time, Dark Void pits the player against an alien threat both on land and in the air. Sadly, flitting from shooter action to zipping around with a jet pack is not as fun as one might expect.
After making the rookie mistake of crashing in the Bermuda Triangle in 1938, cargo pilot William Augustus Grey finds himself spirited away to a parallel universe known as The Void, filled with hostile aliens and humans known as Survivors. These Survivors are desperate to return to earth but in order to do so they must battle the alien race known as The Watchers.
While the jetpack portions of the game are undeniably (reasonably) fun, too much time is spent without this accessory of joy, leaving you with plenty of unengaging, mediocre combat, despite the much-flauted revolutionary cover system. The graphics are serviceable but nothing special and the art direction is uninspiring. The enemies are occasionally well designed but far too repetitive and their AI is frustratingly poor. With no multiplayer mode and nothing to return for in the main campaign, this is a game that is seriously lacking in any kind of replay value. Dark Void: a mildly entertaining diversion for a few hours then, that will soon simply take up space on your shelf.
Thanks to Jerec at Hotukdeals!
Brace yourselves darlings, here comes the 2010 line-up of games and it is hotter than a naked man wearing oven mitts (sorry). Some may lapse and some may fade but most of these are storming up the pixels to make you drool with delight. These release dates have been sourced from the press service but may well change at any moment so don't hit me if they are wrong. Here we go...
Fancy going on holiday to the Bermuda Triangle only to become tangled up with an alien race that doesn’t want to sit down and eat choc chip cookies? Well here you go, someone clearly knew you had this weird dream. In Dark Void you have a title with its own fair share of hype and people are clamouring for the demo that’s due out any minute now. Capcom’s title looks to be an interesting mixture of genres and concepts. And you have a jetpack. Jetpacks are cool.
Due Date: 22 January 2010
Commander Shepard returns in this next instalment of the role-playing brilliance that is Mass Effect 2. There are new characters, locations and pin sharp graphics to look forward to. Bioware have certainly put a lot of emphasis on it and seeing as this game was voted Most Anticipated Game of 2010 in the GamesIndustry.biz Network Survey, perhaps they are not far wrong. Let’s just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Due Date: 29 January 2010
I’m no stranger to this one and I have to say that it’s looking mighty tasty in the Beta. Star Trek Online includes all the elements of the Star Trek universe and is a gem for the fan. Newbies will not feel excluded as the content is rich and diverse enough to appeal to most MMO gamers. I have high hopes for this MMO and, even though I am a biased Trekkie, I think it has the potential to draw in a lot of people.
Due Date: February 05 2010
Our heroine draws her super powers from her hair. Yes, ladies and germs, her hair. Bayonetta looks good enough to eat if the screenshots are anything to go by, and the action is reported to be tight and intense. She's just gorgeously wicked looking, so much so that I can't wait to snatch control of her and make her kick some butt. She's also proof that girls who wear glasses are as sexy as hell.
Due Date: 08 January 2010
It’s time for you to return to Rapture and take on the tortured denizens of this underwater maze. It’s rich, exciting and looks to be delightfully tight on the storyline front, a feature that more games need to attend to. I am desperate to play it and hope that the new release date is right on the money. Even if you've never played it before, this game should be something you look at this year.
Due Date: 09 February 2010
Massive Action Game a.k.a MAG looks set to break records while also dragging players in from across the globe. It promises action, fun, sweat and screaming for up to 256 players at the same time. Yep, at the same time. It’s either going to rock harder than Mick Jagger or it’s going to squelch under the carpet. I can't wait to hear what you think and I'm glad I don't have to wait too long.
Due Date: 26 January 2010
I think I will always cry a little at the fact that Splinter Cell got hijacked by the console but no matter my thoughts, this looks to be a superb title. Sam’s had an overhaul and a make-over. His three-eyed, black bodied stare has been replaced with gloomy casuals and a five o’clock shadow. He's just as sassy, his voice as sexy and the theme of revenge should be, ahem, killer. Bring it on.
Due Date: 23 February 2010
Rockstar are known for their gripping and visceral titles so this Wild West shoot ‘em up title isn’t likely to disappoint. You are John Marsten, outlaw and sharp shooter, riding your way through the old west with style and thievery. Hijack, chase, shoot and enjoy the adventure. It promises to be addictive and immersive and chock full of witty lines and fast-paced action.
Due Date: 27 April 2010
This title has met with critical acclaim for its visual style and dedication to the art of gaming. Quantic Dream have focused heavily (snort) on the storyline and emotive context with characters showing true emotions and depth. If they’ve pulled this off successfully then Heavy Rain could be one of the most impressively rich titles of the year.
Due Date: First quarter of 2010
After a long, long wait and lots of hints and hype it looks like Starcraft II may well be on its way to your PC. Although there is still no exact release date it has been promised for 2010 and will run across three different chapters. Fans of the series will probably be torn between extreme excitement and nervous caution, when something is this hyped there is always the fear it could go wrong. Well here’s hoping that Blizzard continue to make good of their ability to tap into our addictive genes and pop out a kicker of a title.
Due Date: TBA
A price cut for the PS3 seems to be more likely than ever, as the evidence continues to pile higher and higher in today’s news roundup. In other news Dark Void joins pretty much any game worth mentioning aiming for a 2010 release, Nintendo see a 60% drop in profits, and ancient hedgehog Sonic may return to side scrolling roots.
A 70% reduction in PS3 production costs has led to hopeful talk of a price cut for Sony’s beast. During a press conference Sony executive vice president and chief financial officer Nobuyuki Oneda announced, “the cost reduction since we introduced the PS3 is very substantial and this is on schedule. We don't disclose how much of the PS3, specifically the cost deduction was achieved during the past two years. But that is on schedule.” The substantially lower production costs allow Sony more room regarding the sale price, so keep those eyes peeled. [Edge]
Games set for a 2009 release date seem to be dropping like flies, with all the big hitters slotted in for 2010 now. Capcom’s Dark Void is the latest game to join the growing ranks, apparently to avoid the “crowded fall game season”, which is no longer crowded, and ironically rather empty compared to the packed full early 2010 period. Capcom will be looking to polish up Dark Void in anticipation for its undetermined 2010 release. [1UP]
Poor Sonic has quite simply failed to live up to the glory of his younger days. Sega try and make him feel better, with recent games seeing him become a werewolf (or as Sega call it, a werehog), and even handling giant swords, but so far nothing has worked. Addressing this, Sega’s vice president of marketing Sean Ratcliff said “the quality is something that will be fixed over time. It's not something where you wake up one morning and say, 'You know what, we're going to improve our quality on this franchise,' and it magically happens. A lot of hard work goes into striving for quality”.
With Nintendo returning to side scrolling in New Super Mario Bros, they same may be true with old Sonic. Ratcliff said Sega are “always looking at [their] classic IP”, and pointing out the success of Sonic on the iPhone digital downloads may be the future. “We can look at XBLA and so on, and it means we can give those core fans experiences in different ways now. So that's a big part of our strategy, in terms of taking classic IP and making it available digitally, rather than spending a huge amount of money trying to re-imagine that IP on 360 and PS3”. [IndustryGamers]
Nintendo has reported a 60.6% drop in profits in the first quarter of the financial year. The Japanese giant blames the current strength of the yen as well as a fall in demand for the Wii. Nintendo has reported its net income drop from 107 billion yen over the same period last year to 42 billion yen. Similarly the Wii’s worldwide sales seen a drop from 5.17 million units during last years first quarter, to 2.23 million this year. Nintendo point that last year blockbuster titles like Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii served as blockbusters driving sales of the Wii forward, something thy didn’t have this year. Regardless, Nintendo still remain on track for their estimated 26 million Wii sales for the entire year. [VG247]