Summary: I bought this because I was craving a strategy game like Valkyria Chronicles. I was very pleased with what I got except for the graphics and the camera angles. I suppose the graphics were to be expected since this was an earlier xbox game. This game escalates to some crazy interesting elements as the story progresses (which is an awesome thing). I wouldn't buy for $60, but I payed $13 and I got more than my money's worth.
Pros: + Fun strategy + Fun take on WWII games (which I felt was overdone) + Anime style characters + Very challenging
Cons: - Very bad graphics - Unbelievably awful camera angles (seriously, sometimes it flips upside down) - Unforgiving as in you can make one bad move and it's game over - Get's much more difficult later on - Battles will start taking a long time to complete
Summary: A really neat tactical strategy RPG. If you liked Vandal Hearts, Shining Force, or Final Fantasy Tactics then this game is for you. The story is about a special forces squad during WWII. To make it a little interesting there's werewolves, vampires and zombies in the game. Each battle can range from up to 30 minutes to a couple hours. The camera functions were a little strange at first but you get used to it.
Summary: Anyone who likes ATLUS (Ogre battle fanboys like myself) will enjoy this game very much. The cam is a HUGE problem. All the controls for it are weird and inverted, and you can't change that. THAT is unacceptable and the only reason it isn't getting 5 stars. The gameplay itself is deep and unique.
Summary: I find this game very fun. It is challenging to find the most effective way to progress through a mission. It requires you to think about where you leave your troopers, and how they should react to enemy troops. The graphics are ok, the sounds are ok, but the challenge of the game more than makes up for it.
Great and Rare Turn-based Tactical Game for Xbox 360
SSanLee "IU HPER", Amazon
26 January 2011
Summary: I am a turn-based strategy/tactical game fan. I realized that it is very difficult to find this genre of games for Xbox 360. Operation Darkness is a typical turn-based tactical game and the only game based on World War II in this genre, as far as know, for Xbox 360. However, some fantasy stuff (e.g., Vampire, dragon, undead) is also mixed in the game story.
Summary: I am a big fan of the tactics strategy type game but have yet to find one that has all the same thrills that classics like Shining Force and Vandal Hearts provided. Operation Darkness is as close as I have found on the consoles of today (ps3, xbox360, wii). If you can get past the difficulty of the game, and the bad camera controls, the game is pretty decent. The story surpasses my expectations and I liked the voice acting.
Summary: This game is underrated. While the presentation is not the best, the graphics are outdated and the camera is terrible, the game is great fun for those looking for a good strategy game that is both challenging and has a very cool twist (nazis and the occult). If you are a strategy fan looking for a challenge, and not afraid of substance over flash, grab this!
Summary: Very fun, if you can get over the cons, I think the pros outway the cons, but I would definitely advise downloading the demo before you buy.
Pros: Extremely fun
Cons: Its very annoying to be fighting for 30 minutes, push to far foward, and then the enemy calls in reinforcements right infront of your squad. All you can do is watch as the reinforcements all target the same person who cannot die, if they do its game over. Also the camera can be a major pain at times, and the demo level is the worst, but you get used to it, its really not that bad.
Summary: In spite of what a lot of game sites proclaimed, Operation Darkness does not suck. It has issues, definitely, but overall, it's been a blast to play. Of course, SRPGs are not for everyone. The premise is a cool mix of Nazi / Occult / Werewolves / Vampire lore and after a while, your crew develops some pretty interesting powers. However, getting to that point is half the battle. First, the camera is really annoying.