Dark Side Of The Moon
Remember all the cute little creatures you could make in 2008’s Spore? Remember how adorably your little creature ate other little creatures? Remember when you wished you could take your sweet little creature, equip it with a badass armor and weapons, and travel to the stars to slaughter the killer denizens of other planets with your buddies online while spilling copious amounts of alien blood? Of course you do, and that’s where Maxis’ next game comes in, Darkspore, a Diablo-inspired action role-playing game with a heavy emphasis on monster customization and multiplayer support.
Last July, we were at Comic-Con in San Francisco to watch the official reveal of Darkspore (among other things). At the time, it was difficult to see what set Darkspore apart from other titles in the genre and specifically from Spore. Since then, Darkspore has developed into a unique take on the class-based, action role-playing game by allowing players to switch their monsters in real-time or fight with friends in a group, and, added with the immense character customization options, it’s become apparent that Darkspore has more variety, strategy, and ownership than the typical title in the genre.
- Darkspore is a unique action RPG with strategy elements -
Darkspore’s science fiction story revolves around a group of alien heroes who must stop a dark corruption from taking over the universe - an evil form of DNA that has a bad habit of corrupting any creature it comes in contact with, transforming the otherwise friendly creature into a malevolent Darkspore monster. The dark story and setting permeates into the visual design of the game as well. Darkspore sports semi-cel shaded characters in dark and dangerous settings, stark with shadows and accompanied by neon-style color palette in which bright, saturated colors stand out amongst dark blues and greys. The top-down camera may take away from Darkspore’s foreboding atmosphere, but the choice is a sound one when considering that Darkspore is all about strategy, especially in regards to unit and enemy placement.
Throughout your planetary adventure you’ll befriend various heroes like the warrior-class Goliath, the mage-class Sage, and Meditron, the healer. Each character sports a unique design and specific abilities, ranging from a reptilian behemoth equipped with an energy sword to a tarantula that can sap the souls of the living. Darkspore abandons Spore’s creature creator in favor of a vast equipment customization system. As you defeat enemies, you’ll collect various pieces of armor, ranging from chest and shoulder plates to helmets that can be interactively placed onto your characters. With hundreds of equipment items and twenty-five unique characters to collect, each with four variants, it will be almost impossible to have exactly the same hero as any other player online in either cooperative or player versus player modes.
- Collecting characters and equipment will make it addictive -
Darkspore has progressed nicely since its reveal last year, looking to be a big title for desktop gamers searching for the depth and customization with which Maxis has become synonymous. Expect Darkspore to invade Earth this February for the PC and sometime in the Spring for the MAC with subsequent expansion packs released after.
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