Summary: As I played through Darkspore , my opinion of the game kept changing. It's a dungeon crawler in the vein of Diablo or Torchlight , but in a futuristic setting. While many games in this genre essentially end up being Diablo with a pretty coat of paint, Darkspore introduces a number of fresh ideas and concepts that make it a whole lot more than a clone. With unique concepts, however, come unique problems.
Conclusion: It’s not a bad effort by any means, but with the likes of Torchlight and Titan Quest casting a shadow (to name but a few), it’s difficult to see where a potential audience will find its long-term draw.
Bloody action RPG encourages online play and text chatting.
Common Sense Media
29 August 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Darkspore is a violent action RPG that encourages players to connect with others online. Its light story about fighting off an alien menace takes a backseat to sensationalized sci-fi violence, which, though not gory, is often exceptionally bloody. Teamwork with human allies -- either friends or strangers -- is all but necessary to succeed, especially in the game's extremely difficult later missions.
Excerpt: was a game with great promise, and ultimately (in my opinion) did not deliver on all of it. It was broken into four separate parts when one flowing game would have been much better. What was great about the game though was the Creature Creator. It allowed a nearly unlimited amount of organic creatures to be created and then move and act realistically. It is the promise of Spore combined with an action RPG that sets the mood for Darkspore.
Excerpt: During the multi-year development of Spore , Will Wright promised the universe. And while the evolution sim’s insanely rich creature creator wound up being a diversion unto itself, the ambitious 2008 game wound up disappointing most. Darkspore , a new PC-only RPG-mutation of the original, feels like a marketing person’s response to all the gripes against the shallow sandbox of Spore .