Summary: On a console stuffed with shooters, a new entry in the genre has to do something special to really stand out. Dark Sector brings the heat with a bladed throwing weapon and ability progression that keeps you playing just to see what nifty stuff you’ll get to do next. For every great thing Dark Sector does, however, other aspects are decidedly average, which tempers whatever rush you get from slicing enemies up.
Excerpt: When I first saw glimpses of this game a couple of years ago it looked like a very dark stealth shooter. The odd glaive weapon wielded with mastery by a dark figure that clung to the shadows. Now released the game has become something very different but the thing that made it so attractive in the first place, the glaive, is still there and it is an awesome weapon.
Conclusion: The "Glave", which is your primary weapon through the game, recieves many upgrades such as controling it's flight path, stealing weapons (which makes no sense because enemy weapons have an anti-infection device on them), and also conductivity.
Summary: Parents need to know that if this video game were a movie, would be rated "R." The core game-play component is killing mutated beasts, some of whom look half-human, half-machine, while others are wearing full-body protective gear. Slicing and dismembering enemies causes blood to splash out of their bodies before they slump to the ground. For dramatic effect, some kills are in slow-motion, and from the blade's perspective, so they can be quite grisly.
Excerpt: Date: 5/23/2008 Dark Sector is an action game with a gimmick, but it’s one pretty cool gimmick. The game is set in the near future at a time when a mysterious plague is mutating people into monsters. You play as a special operative named Hayden who’s sent to an Eastern European/Russian city to perform a variety of missions that involve rescuing scientists and assassinating would-be dictators on the rise.
Excerpt: Dark Sector can't escape the comparisons to other games. It's one part Gears of War and another part Resident Evil 4. Despite the fact that developer Digital Extremes has been quick to distance the game from these two modern classics, in many ways it's a good thing. With Gears of War's stunning visuals and cover system, and Resident Evil 4's modern take on survival horror working in tandem, surely Dark Sector is one of the best games of the year? But just how good is it?
Excerpt: Somewhere between “Why is the sky blue?” and “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop?’ lies Dark Sector, the answer to the question, “What do you get when you combine Gears of War with that crazy weapon from the movie Krull?” The fact that no one not diagnosed with serious mental illness had ever actually asked that question doesn’t appear to have stopped this game from getting made, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about the...