Darkspore - PC

Game Description:Darkspore will feature dynamic, fast-paced action as players battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore in a four-player co-operative and full single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In order to defeat the malicious Darkspore, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities - and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor. Darkspore will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types, with a limitless number of upgrades and customizations available through the parts players collect on each planet level. As players progress, Darkspore builds in intensity, with new planets and enemy forces requiring players to strategically select the right squad and ability combinations to succeed in their missions.
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DarkSpore Preview

DarkSpore Preview

By Christopher Monfette - Posted Nov 05, 2010

These days, so many PvP games aim for the realms of dark fantasy or epic sci-fi that the genre foregoes any sense of cuteness whatsoever. And, yes, DarkSpore has the word “dark” right there in the title and, yes, it’s essentially a sci-fi game, but if you’re a fan of the Spore franchise, that same level of adorable creature creation persists into this new experience.


While there is a basic single-player campaign in DarkSpore, the heart of the title is a straightforward, action intensive 2-on-2 PvP game. We were shown this portion of the game in detail, although we were assured that the single-player portion will ultimately be robust enough to be well worth your time and will essentially serve as a basic training campaign for the PvP matches you’ll no doubt be engaging in on regular basis. In fact, the single-player game will even clue players into the challenges and enemies before beginning any given level, allowing you to choose the best heroes for the particular mission. Challenges completed and loot gathered in the SP mode will carry over into the PvP arena.

The basic Spore experience of creating and tailoring your own squad of creatures will carry over into DarkSpore. You’ll put together a team of three heroes that you’ll constantly shift between as the battle progresses. New heroes can be both created and collected as the game continues, offering 100 base creatures with 25 types of four basic variants. The strive for balance will be important here and players will have to be smart about picking their melee, ranged, tank and healing characters prior to each match.

Any loot you gather can be applied to your individual characters in one of six categories -- offense, defense, utility, feet, hands and weapons – unless you’re playing as an arachnid-style creature which receives two slots for its legs. Individual characters won’t level throughout the game so much as the player progresses, earning better loot and access to more complex and powerful characters. The loot itself is categorized. For example, “Science” loot consists of Bio, Cyber, Plasma, Quantum and Necro items.

Battles are best-of-three with each player going head-to-head, one-for-one, and swapping out any of their three chosen squad mates at key points throughout the battle. You can switch mid-effect to spread out the damage you’re currently taking or whenever you’re waiting for a given ability to come back online. Every member of your team has an individual squad ability that can only be activated when all three players are alive. If you lose a man, you lose the ability for all three players.

In our short time with the title, the battles were fast-paced and easily controlled. A combination of dragging/clicking the mouse and mapping the number keys will move you character and activate their attacks. Arenas are reasonably sized with the occasional interactive element such a plumes of fire which can deal damage to either yourself or your foes. As with the best PvP games, DarkSpore seems both easy to learn and difficult to master.

Without a look at the single-player campaign, or more information on the character creation element, we were left with a fairly solid, if potentially simple, player-vs.-player experience. DarkSpore should launch sometime in February 2011 and we’ll have more on the title as the release approaches.


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  • TheMilkMonster

    There's a pretty good gameplay video being shown off by the devs up on youtube for anyone interested. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ywzuK KAUBk

    Posted: November 5, 2010 8:51 PM
  • TheMilkMonster

    here's a pretty good gameplay video being shown off by the devs, for anyone interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =2ywzuKKAUBk

    Posted: November 5, 2010 8:50 PM
  • L1ke20N1njas

    :D Cannot wait.

    Posted: November 5, 2010 4:07 PM