Dark Void is a new sci-fi action-adventure game that combines an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and on-foot combat set in a parallel universe called The Void. Players will take on the role of Will; a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances. While on a routine air cargo flight his plane crashes in the Bermuda triangle leading him to be trapped in the Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival at the head of a group called The Survivors. Caught in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth.
Dark Voids unique combination of in-air and on-ground combat creates a thrilling new gameplay dynamic to the third-person shooter experience. Taking 3D action to a whole new level, Dark Voids vertical combat system allows players to dangle from thousand foot drops as they take cover and drop enemies from above and below, bringing a whole new sense of vulnerability and thrill to the player. Defying gravity in vertical combat is only half the battle as, over time, Will is upgraded to a powerful rocket pack which allows for fierce in-air combat as gamers are able to fly through the void at unparallel speeds shooting down anything that gets in their path. Blasting away at massive bosses has never been this much fun as Dark Void offers a unique grip system made up of a variety of grip-based mini-games including skyjacking UFOs mid-flight.
Sci-Fi Action-Adventure combines aerial and on-foot combat for unparallel 3D third-person shooter experience
Gravity-defying vertical combat system where moving up is the only way to bring your enemies down
Unique grip system that allows the players to scale walls jumping from surface to surface or hijack UFOs while in mid-air
Explosive hover and rocket pack and special in-air moves allow players to fly with reckless abandon while performing hair-raising stunts
The Void- a mind-bending parallel world where an evil alien race called, The Watchers are waiting
Mysterious thought-provoking storyline based on conspiracy theory and strange phenomenon
Main character, Will, is a regular pilot turned unlikely superhero in a wild ride to save humanity
Dark Void appears, at least by the trailers, to be a ‘must have’ game. Unfortunately, this is not so.
Firstly, the graphics in Dark Void are varied, displaying excellent animation in the environment, but very robotic movement in the characters. The characters are fairly well ‘drawn,’ however their mechanical movement wrecks any qualities you find.
The greatest problem with Dark Void is the lack of story. You start the game flying a jet pack as a certain person, then you swap to the main character Will. The first appearance of the ‘jet pack flyer’ is rather puzzling and doesn’t make sense, while throughout the rest of the game you have barely any idea why you’re doing what you’re doing. Now, I understand part of the story is meant to be mysterious, but the player needs to understand why Will is doing these things, or else it ruins the story. In the end, Dark Void’s story isn’t captivating or interesting. I found myself playing simply because I wanted to finish the game, not so I could discover the ending.
On a positive side, the game involves (after you progress for a while) acquiring a fully functional jet pack, equipped with dual machine guns. Unlike most games, this jet pack is fully functional whenever and where ever, enabling the player to choose how they wish to move around the battlefield and how they wish to fight. If jet pack style isn’t your thing, you can hijack enemy aircraft or ‘borrow’ one of your allies. This was good; however it would have been better to see more vehicles.
Two major negative points within the gameplay is that the game freezes frequently and that Will often dies for unknown reasons. For both of these, I have never found out why they happen and incidents seem unconnected. Both can be very frustrating and often set you back to the beginning of a hard part.
The main thing I’d tell those who want to buy Dark Void, is that you’ll probably only play this game once, and that your should only pay what you think is reasonable for a ‘once off.’ Despite its negatives, Dark Void does have it’s moments, but keep your expectations low.