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Dark Void is not a bad game. It’s not a great game and calling it a good game can be a stretch at times, but it is by no means a bad game.

darkvoid_screen_jan06_10_1280x720Let’s start with the plot. You are Nolan North. Wait, another game with him in it? Alright, anyway you are Will, a pilot hired to take your ex-girlfriend on a delivery she has to make just before World War 2 starts. As you’re flying through the Bermuda Triangle your plane crashes and you wind up in the “Void,” a connecting dimension between two worlds. From there you have to join the resistance against the aliens trapped there to prevent them from escaping and enslaving humanity. There is something about the aliens influencing the Nazis but all you need to know is JETPACKS.

Yes, for a good part of the game you get to fly around in a jetpack, hijacking UFOs and shooting the crap out of everything. Though, in an age in which I’m used to using both sticks for controls, including the ground combat in this game, it’s a bit jarring when you start flying and you only need the left stick for your flight controls ala Starfox 64. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it works well.

Ground combat is also fairly satisfying with your standard cover-based shooting. It does it’s job but by the end of the game there are only six guns to choose from and once you level up one gun to its full power you probably won’t use any other ones. One twist on the gun play is vertical cover-based shooting in which you will use platforms as cover as you shoot either down or up and jump/fall from platform to platform.

DarkVoid_GC2009_073109_18_1280x720Environments take a break from this generation’s habit of brown/grey shooters and uses colorful backdrops for most of the game, it’s a shame that the graphics and animations are a bit dated. The way characters move during cut scenes made me think I was playing Crimson Skies on the original Xbox again.

One major thing that brings this game down are the glitches. Audio tracks will randomly stutter, taking you out of the game for a second. While you’re hijacking a UFO, it’s flight path will sometimes instantly kill you by slamming you into a wall which is impossible to tell when it’ll happen and impossible to avoid. And on one occasion, the game just completely crashed during a load screen. Thankfully a reload fixed everything, but still, not fun.

This is not a game you should rush out to get right at this moment, but what makes Dark Void easy to recommend is its price.  It’s a bit short and is by no means perfect, but for $5 it’s a worthwhile diversion. With jetpacks.

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Dark Void was developed by Airtight Games and published by Capcom and is available to buy right now at various prices for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms.

An Xbox 360 copy of the game was independently acquired by the author.

 

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