2nd February 2008

Dark Sector > Gears of War

posted by Doomzilla in Games |

I’ve been really excited about Dark Sector since the first time I saw a video for it. Of course, that was back when it was in space and you wore some kind of streamlined suit that looked like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz on crack. The graphics were decent and you could tell it was all about stealth and melee attacks. Fast forward to today and Dark Sector has a makeover thats just as drastic as Timeshift’s.

Dark Sector appears to be built on the newest version of the Unreal Engine since the graphics have a similar feel to Gears of War and the cover point system appears to work exactly the same. The graphics look gritty and realistic, especially the blood splatter. Though the triple bladed boomerang weapon looks a little strange since it can pick up attributes from your surroundings like electricity or fire, the rest of the melee attacks are fluid and very cinematic. The overall feel of the game reminds me of a slightly more sci-fi version of the Resident Evil series. The one thing I am very curious about is if the suit that the main character, Hayden Tenno, wears has any special abilities that were hinted at in the original Dark Sector trailer.

Dark Sector

The coolest, though smallest, innovation in the game is the fact that there is no heads up display at all. Everything you need to know is told to you from your character. Ammo levels are displayed on the guns and when your health is low the screen flashes red like you’re at a bad rave. Though I think the flashing red needs to be toned down a bit, it is a good concept.

Anyways, there seems to be a lot left to find out about this game, so I look forward to playing it when it is released in March.  Of course, I don’t own an XBox 360 yet, so I’ll be fighting 12 year olds for playtime at the local game store.

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