|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Digital Extremes||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: D3 Publisher||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 25, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-10 (Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Graphics in this title are definitely above par and feature rich and complex environments. Characters in cinema scenes look fairly good, but character detail is a little lacking in-game. The game is presented in full HD up to 1080p, and this is definitely apparent when you see the lighting and water effects. One of the best facets of this game in terms of visuals has to be the action scenes. There was one particularity memorable scene in the second level that featured a giant, hairy monster. And while the monster itself wasn't that impressive, the animation was really spectacular during this fight, and I was impressed by the fluidity and framerate consistency during this scene.
Sound in this game is pretty mediocre, and features some largely uninspiring stage music and some pretty generic sound effects. The voice acting isn't too bad, but I think this title could have benefited immensely if a little more attention was paid to the sound. Some of the levels are quite creepy, especially ones where zombies are after you, but they fall short of being actually scary because the music just doesn't match the situation.
Dark Sector can best be described as a game born out of a formula. To create this game, you will need 2 parts Gears of War, 1 part Resident Evil, and a dash of X-Men. It is totally easy to rip this game to shreds based on this description. But as you play this game, something unexpected happens: you find yourself having an amazing amount of fun. Even though this game pulls largely from pre-existing material, it seems to have pulled everything that was enjoyable about these series and compiled it into a game that is unexpectedly fun. To its credit, it does produce some type of originality with the glaive weapon. But that's not enough to make this a great game. A fun and amusing game perhaps, but if you're looking for a whole lot of substance, this isn't the game for you. But if you like beheading foes in slow-mo, then you'll have a great time with Dark Sector!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer