Conclusion: While the game is not inspiring it is definitely enjoyable, especially in short bursts. The game will automatically save itself for you between each mission in a given episode which allows you to leave the game and come back without having to replay the entire episode but just jump right into the combat. The biggest drawbacks were the control scheme and the bugs.
Summary: While Dark Horizon isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is by no means a poor representation of the genre. If you’re looking for something new and ground-breaking, don’t expect it here. If you just want a good ole fashioned space sim, Dark Horizon fits the bill.
Excerpt: System Requirements: Windows XP Pentium 4 2.4Ghz or greater 128Mb of RAM 2.5Gb of free space on HDD GeForce FX 5700 with 64Mb or higher audio card ESRB Rating E10+ Dark Horizon was sent to us for review by GamersGate. Thanks a lot! Dark Horizon is a 3D space combat game, similar in many ways to classics like Wing Commander or Freespace.
Excerpt: Has somebody airlifted a battalion of English teachers to Russia? It sure seems as though somebody at Moscow's Quazar Studios has been taking English lessons, because Dark Horizon is considerably less laughable than its 2007 predecessor, Tarr Chronicles. The first game in this series of spaceship shoot-'em-ups was chock-full of absurd metaphors, such as describing escaping enemies as fleeing "like puppies from a boiling cauldron.
Pros: Generic space shooter formula still works
Cons: Monotonous missions are filled with nonstop dogfighting, Objectives are often impossible to understand, Plot is overwrought nonsense, Visuals are too dark and devoid of detail
Excerpt: In space, everyone can hear you scream. And judging by the amount of radio chatter, you can hear everyone else too in this space combat simulation. Dark Horizon is a bit like the old Wing Commander series in that you are a new pilot on the deck of a spaceship aircraft carrier, tasked with going out on seemingly impossible missions to defend the galaxy from an unbeatable enemy known simply as "The Mirk." But in fact, Dark Horizon is a bit more than that.