Excerpt: DARKSTAR is essentially the product of J. Allen Williams, something he describes as both his dream and his nightmare. He has written of it having a life of its own, doing to him instead of the reverse, and pondered on whether it provided a positive focus for his somewhat obsessive compulsive tendencies, or merely created a demon that tormented him in his dark studio basement for almost a decade.
Conclusion: Guitar Hero 3 provides a significant amount of unlockable content such as bonus songs, extra characters and guitars. In its basic form, the game should keep players enthralled for months only to dive into the downloadable content that has been announced. While many feared that Neversoft would ruin the Guitar Hero franchise, they did very well indeed.
Excerpt: Some games are so important to the history of video games that every game that follows in its footsteps is compared to it. Elite is one of those games, GTA III is another, and it's probably no coincidence that both Elite and GTA III feature an open-ended game world that has enthralled gamers of several generations. Darkstar One has all the attributes of the archetypal 'Elite Clone' and I'm sure the developers wouldn't want it any other way.
Summary: DarkStar One is actually pretty good for what it is. With there being so few space simulators for the Xbox 360, it was a blessing to get my hands on one that does a pretty good job at it. For $40 you get a good 30 hours of entertainment on your first play-through and it actually has great replayability if you want to try out a different career style like smuggling or bounty hunting.
Conclusion: I had been looking forward to this game for some time but was by the end quite disappointed with the results. “Freelancer done right” is but the statement of a dreamer as beyond the story and ship upgrades, Darkstar One is as cold and empty as space itself once the novelty of trading or being a “system rebel” wears off.
Excerpt: To get some things settled, I love space games, I love a good Action Adventure game, and more I love then Action Adventure meets RPG which any good Action Adventure has to. Darkstar One delivers an action packed game that is very deep and diverse. I was very excited to get the chance to preview this game. To make a long story short, I love the game. It might not win game of the year but it is fun and action packed and keeps you guessing.
Pros: Good story, great gameplay, over all a great title.
Cons: Graphics could have been polished a bit more but otherwise a great title.
Excerpt: Dark Star One is one of the newest members of a genre that dates back more then twenty years. The combination of adventure / strategy / and space combat has been with us since the 128k days of the Apple II platform. Sundog: Frozen Legacy was my first brush with this genre and I remember it as fondly as my over-played copy of Beyond Castle Wolfenstein.
Excerpt: Computer games where you can explore the entire universe in a fairly non-linear fashion are few and far between, which is odd considering it's pretty much every sci-fi fans fantasy to grab a ship and sail off to adventure in the depths of space. The first game that I can remember that fit this bill was Starflight, one of the first titles published by then newcomer Electronic Arts.