Dark Sector

Xbox 360 - MPN: 879278210004
Product Details
Description
Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, a covert operative sent on a dangerous mission into Lasria – an Eastern European city on the brink of ruin that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered – infected by a bio-weapon that has granted him inhuman abilities. Now, Hayden must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Release Date 2008-3-25
Maximum Number of Players 10
Expert Reviews
Dark Sector
4 Star Review  GameZone - Apr 7, 2008

Zombie-like creatures. Check. Darkly clad slightly funny looking hero. Check. Mysterious virus that creates monsters out of people. Check. Boomerang of doom. Mega-check. But is Dark Sector worth the play through? All too often within the industry we see a timely trend of games that come along after a new, ground breaking venture explodes onto the scene. Grand Theft Auto is the mother-ship of trendy, less engaging followings, and typically, those games aren’t the best options on the market to indulge in. But from time to time, copying the system actually works well, and Dark Sector proves this to be fact.

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Dark Sector
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 30 expert reviews for Dark Sector and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Fun 3rd person RPG
4 Star Review   By member kgivens - Oct 26, 2008   

Strengths: Budget priced of late Plenty of intense fights Decent graphics

Weakness: Occasionally irritating puzzles/obstacles

Picked this up for less than $20 recently, have seen it similarly priced a few places now. Excellent blind buy at that price, provided you like 3rd-person shooters. The "glaive" (multi-bladed throwing weapon) is definitely the weapon of choice throughout much of the game. Story line not particularly deep, but there's enough fighting and fun that you are not likely to care.

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Dark Sector (XB360)
3 Star Review   By member cotebryan - Oct 2, 2008   

Strengths: (1) Good graphics (2) Controlling the glaive weapon is fun

Weakness: (1) Aiming is more difficult than it needs to be (2) Lack of feedback on some enemy damage or when you are being damaged yourself (3) A shallow, barely-there story

Dark Sector is a basic third person shooter that borrows heavily from Gears of War's aesthetic and cover system and other elements from other games but fails to implement them well enough to put it in the same pedigree. The glaive weapon is the best thing the game has going for it and when you gain its powers the game becomes more interesting. The main problem with combat is the lack of visual feedback as to when you are hurting certain enemies (some weapons work better against some enemies) and worse yet, at times when Dark Sector is an average shooter, with some gameplay flaws that hold it back from being memorable.you are being hurt. For example, certain boss characters have a super attack that they may use very late in the battle that will kill you with one hit. The game give you little information about what the attack actually was or how you might be able to avoid it. Sometimes this is because the screen will flash for different reasons: a story-event is taking place, you are using a power, you have morphed/upgraded or an enemy is using a power. One of the worst examples is when you fight the final boss and the screen's colors become inverted and flash. Before, when this happened, it represented that some kind of air wave was rippling through the environment and you were in tune with it. Now for some reason, it means the boss is unleashing a super attack and you are left to try different things until you figure out how to stop or avoid it. Again, you must resort to trial-and-error to figure out what to do. The story can be ignored altogether. As it is, there is hardly any story at all as the cutscenes are brief and feature characters that seem to have a history together and a knowledge of what's going on but they do not give you anything more than vague hints. We only get a glimpse of the characters' personalities - there are back stories hinted at but the story and writing is way too shallow to give you much of a sense of investment or an idea of what is really going on. Overall, Dark Sector is an average shooter with good graphics and one cool mechanic (glaive weapon). Unfortunately, it sports some gameplay flaws that hold it back from being memorable.

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Dark Sector Xbox 360
3 Star Review   By member jjz203 - Jul 10, 2008   

Strengths: Great graphics and atmosphere. Excellent action sequences. Good use of the "Glave" weapon.

Weakness: Confusing storyline, and rather pointless. Some graphical glitches here and there. Could have been more but falls a little short.

I bought this game after all the hype that has been built up over the year(s) this game has been in development and I was pleasantly surprised. I guess the original trailers of this game made it seem like it was going to be a sci-fi thriller sneaking game but this game isn't like that at all. It's more action focused and lets you run and gun but with a cool twist. The new weapon concept of the "glave" makes this game very fun and interesting. Note though, this game is not for the young since it does have rather gory part and kills. The Unreal engine is used to great extent and if you have a nice tv to run the game on, it looks and feels great when you're in the game. The kickers are that there are graphical glitches in a good number of places and quite frankly, the sum of the parts just doesn't add up right. In components, the game is excellent and plays out like a single player "Gears of War", but altogether, it just feels like there more that could have been done. So bottom line is give this game a whirl if you're an action fan and you won't be disappointed.

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Mediocre FPS
3 Star Review   By member jkanownik - May 26, 2008   

Strengths: Graphics, Glaive

Weakness: Level Design, Gameplay, Repitition

This game is at best a mediocre first person shooter. The graphics are surprisingly good and it has moments where the glaive is implemented in interesting ways and the game really works, but they are offset by bad level design, repetitive enemies and a confusing weapon system.

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Glaive and Graphics almost make it a worthwhile purchase.
3 Star Review   By member jediaz - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Glaive Weapon, Graphics, Death Animations

Weakness: Linear levels, Cumbersome Melee, Multiplayer

Dark Sector is a an average third-person shooter is limited in its appeal to action gamers. The glaive weapon and graphics are excellent. Mastering the glaive with its slow-motion "aftertouch" is a hoot especially when you get a clean hit on an enemy. There is enough action and gore to satisfy most shooter fans but the overall experience is rather shallow. Multiplayer is as flimsy as the game manual so once you've beaten the game, the only reason to keep it is to play it again through Brutal difficulty mode. I would only recommend purchasing it if you want to spend the time to gain all of the Achievements or if you're into collecting console games with the best looking graphics. Otherwise, go with a rental.

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Good, but not great 3rd person shooter
4 Star Review   By member mkernan - Mar 31, 2008   

Strengths: Interesting story concept, controls work well, the glaive is a fun weapon, very derivative of Gears of War

Weakness: melee attack and close quarters combat are a bit awkward, cool storyline gets muddy and ultimately falls apart somewhat, very derivative of Gear of War

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then Gears of Wear must be feeling quite flattered right about now. To oversimplify, I'd describe Dark Sector as Gears of War meets Resident Evil 4. However, as decent as this game is, it matches neither of those titles in terms of quality or polish. The controls, the cover mechanic, the sprinting, the camera, and come to think of it, almost all the elements of the game borrow very heavily from Gears of War. The the success of that game, its no surprise why they'd want to "borrow" ideas from it and for the most part, it works. To be honest, I'd have thought they used the same game engine if I hadn't already read about the game beforehand (it uses an custom built engine apparently). You play the role of Hayden Tenno, a CIA operative who has been sent to the fictitious county of Lasria to put an end to some super-bad dude's plans. Soon after arriving, Hayden becomes infected with a virus that begins to turn his right arm all metal-like and also strangely gives him the ability to produce a bladed throwing disc from his hand, called the glaive. As you progress, the virus progresses as well, and introduces new abilities, such as throwing the glaive really hard, controlling it after its been thrown ("aftertouch"), and throwing it into fire and electricity to use those elements to do other things. You fight against standard military baddies but also groups of crazed, mutated, humans that have also been infected. Multiplayer modes are interesting but ultimately end up just being a chaotic mess of running around shooting each other (and not in a fun way). Overall, the game is quite a bit of fun and if you liked Gears of War, you'll probably enjoy Dark Sector as well. I highly recommend a rental to all gamers and a purchase to those that are avid 3rd-person shooter fans.

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Product Details
Description
Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, a covert operative sent on a dangerous mission into Lasria – an Eastern European city on the brink of ruin that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered – infected by a bio-weapon that has granted him inhuman abilities. Now, Hayden must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Release Date 2008-3-25
Maximum Number of Players 10
Summary
Product Title Dark Sector
Manufacturer D3 Publisher
Power Score 3.8 | 8 Reviews
Game Information
Maximum Number of Local Players: 1
Network Compatible: With Online Multiplayer
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Expert Reviews
Dark Sector
4 Star Review  GameZone - Apr 7, 2008

Zombie-like creatures. Check. Darkly clad slightly funny looking hero. Check. Mysterious virus that creates monsters out of people. Check. Boomerang of doom. Mega-check. But is Dark Sector worth the play through? All too often within the industry we see a timely trend of games that come along after a new, ground breaking venture explodes onto the scene. Grand Theft Auto is the mother-ship of trendy, less engaging followings, and typically, those games aren’t the best options on the market to indulge in. But from time to time, copying the system actually works well, and Dark Sector proves this to be fact.

Read the full review »

Dark Sector
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 30 expert reviews for Dark Sector and the average expert rating is 74 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Fun 3rd person RPG
4 Star Review   By member kgivens - Oct 26, 2008   

Strengths: Budget priced of late Plenty of intense fights Decent graphics

Weakness: Occasionally irritating puzzles/obstacles

Picked this up for less than $20 recently, have seen it similarly priced a few places now. Excellent blind buy at that price, provided you like 3rd-person shooters. The "glaive" (multi-bladed throwing weapon) is definitely the weapon of choice throughout much of the game. Story line not particularly deep, but there's enough fighting and fun that you are not likely to care.

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Dark Sector (XB360)
3 Star Review   By member cotebryan - Oct 2, 2008   

Strengths: (1) Good graphics (2) Controlling the glaive weapon is fun

Weakness: (1) Aiming is more difficult than it needs to be (2) Lack of feedback on some enemy damage or when you are being damaged yourself (3) A shallow, barely-there story

Dark Sector is a basic third person shooter that borrows heavily from Gears of War's aesthetic and cover system and other elements from other games but fails to implement them well enough to put it in the same pedigree. The glaive weapon is the best thing the game has going for it and when you gain its powers the game becomes more interesting. The main problem with combat is the lack of visual feedback as to when you are hurting certain enemies (some weapons work better against some enemies) and worse yet, at times when Dark Sector is an average shooter, with some gameplay flaws that hold it back from being memorable.you are being hurt. For example, certain boss characters have a super attack that they may use very late in the battle that will kill you with one hit. The game give you little information about what the attack actually was or how you might be able to avoid it. Sometimes this is because the screen will flash for different reasons: a story-event is taking place, you are using a power, you have morphed/upgraded or an enemy is using a power. One of the worst examples is when you fight the final boss and the screen's colors become inverted and flash. Before, when this happened, it represented that some kind of air wave was rippling through the environment and you were in tune with it. Now for some reason, it means the boss is unleashing a super attack and you are left to try different things until you figure out how to stop or avoid it. Again, you must resort to trial-and-error to figure out what to do. The story can be ignored altogether. As it is, there is hardly any story at all as the cutscenes are brief and feature characters that seem to have a history together and a knowledge of what's going on but they do not give you anything more than vague hints. We only get a glimpse of the characters' personalities - there are back stories hinted at but the story and writing is way too shallow to give you much of a sense of investment or an idea of what is really going on. Overall, Dark Sector is an average shooter with good graphics and one cool mechanic (glaive weapon). Unfortunately, it sports some gameplay flaws that hold it back from being memorable.

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Dark Sector Xbox 360
3 Star Review   By member jjz203 - Jul 10, 2008   

Strengths: Great graphics and atmosphere. Excellent action sequences. Good use of the "Glave" weapon.

Weakness: Confusing storyline, and rather pointless. Some graphical glitches here and there. Could have been more but falls a little short.

I bought this game after all the hype that has been built up over the year(s) this game has been in development and I was pleasantly surprised. I guess the original trailers of this game made it seem like it was going to be a sci-fi thriller sneaking game but this game isn't like that at all. It's more action focused and lets you run and gun but with a cool twist. The new weapon concept of the "glave" makes this game very fun and interesting. Note though, this game is not for the young since it does have rather gory part and kills. The Unreal engine is used to great extent and if you have a nice tv to run the game on, it looks and feels great when you're in the game. The kickers are that there are graphical glitches in a good number of places and quite frankly, the sum of the parts just doesn't add up right. In components, the game is excellent and plays out like a single player "Gears of War", but altogether, it just feels like there more that could have been done. So bottom line is give this game a whirl if you're an action fan and you won't be disappointed.

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Mediocre FPS
3 Star Review   By member jkanownik - May 26, 2008   

Strengths: Graphics, Glaive

Weakness: Level Design, Gameplay, Repitition

This game is at best a mediocre first person shooter. The graphics are surprisingly good and it has moments where the glaive is implemented in interesting ways and the game really works, but they are offset by bad level design, repetitive enemies and a confusing weapon system.

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Glaive and Graphics almost make it a worthwhile purchase.
3 Star Review   By member jediaz - Apr 23, 2008   

Strengths: Glaive Weapon, Graphics, Death Animations

Weakness: Linear levels, Cumbersome Melee, Multiplayer

Dark Sector is a an average third-person shooter is limited in its appeal to action gamers. The glaive weapon and graphics are excellent. Mastering the glaive with its slow-motion "aftertouch" is a hoot especially when you get a clean hit on an enemy. There is enough action and gore to satisfy most shooter fans but the overall experience is rather shallow. Multiplayer is as flimsy as the game manual so once you've beaten the game, the only reason to keep it is to play it again through Brutal difficulty mode. I would only recommend purchasing it if you want to spend the time to gain all of the Achievements or if you're into collecting console games with the best looking graphics. Otherwise, go with a rental.

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Good, but not great 3rd person shooter
4 Star Review   By member mkernan - Mar 31, 2008   

Strengths: Interesting story concept, controls work well, the glaive is a fun weapon, very derivative of Gears of War

Weakness: melee attack and close quarters combat are a bit awkward, cool storyline gets muddy and ultimately falls apart somewhat, very derivative of Gear of War

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then Gears of Wear must be feeling quite flattered right about now. To oversimplify, I'd describe Dark Sector as Gears of War meets Resident Evil 4. However, as decent as this game is, it matches neither of those titles in terms of quality or polish. The controls, the cover mechanic, the sprinting, the camera, and come to think of it, almost all the elements of the game borrow very heavily from Gears of War. The the success of that game, its no surprise why they'd want to "borrow" ideas from it and for the most part, it works. To be honest, I'd have thought they used the same game engine if I hadn't already read about the game beforehand (it uses an custom built engine apparently). You play the role of Hayden Tenno, a CIA operative who has been sent to the fictitious county of Lasria to put an end to some super-bad dude's plans. Soon after arriving, Hayden becomes infected with a virus that begins to turn his right arm all metal-like and also strangely gives him the ability to produce a bladed throwing disc from his hand, called the glaive. As you progress, the virus progresses as well, and introduces new abilities, such as throwing the glaive really hard, controlling it after its been thrown ("aftertouch"), and throwing it into fire and electricity to use those elements to do other things. You fight against standard military baddies but also groups of crazed, mutated, humans that have also been infected. Multiplayer modes are interesting but ultimately end up just being a chaotic mess of running around shooting each other (and not in a fun way). Overall, the game is quite a bit of fun and if you liked Gears of War, you'll probably enjoy Dark Sector as well. I highly recommend a rental to all gamers and a purchase to those that are avid 3rd-person shooter fans.

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