Sci-fi TPS with detailed action-packed underwater gameplay, suggests using both environments for combats: land and underwater.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (126 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 18, 2012
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The Deep Black : Reloaded is a video game in the “Action” genre (third person shooter). Deep Black features extensive gameplay (40 single player missions in 4 different environments) that offers a mix of terrestrial and underwater battles, which so far has no direct analogues in this genre in the global video games market.

The sci-fi project with detailed action-packed underwater combats will feature a new trend in TPS genre. Exciting gameplay suggests using both environments for combats: land and underwater.

The unique setting of Deep Black comprises an immersive story line, complex science-fiction mystery, espionage and bio-terror. The story line runs up in the nearest future in the world of unsteadiness, chaos, espionage, terrorism, desperate fight for world supremacy and possession of sophisticated biological weapon.

Usage of realistic physical effects in the underwater environment enforces players to feel all the deepness of fear and unpredictability of combats in Deep Black.

Players will take to the murky depths armed with a wrath of underwater equipment from specialized underwater suit with jet pack and integrated harpoon and other high tech equipment in pursuit of enemies. With the majority of the game play taking place below the water’s surface, action-adventure fans will need to master new skills to fight hostile enemies and infiltrate enemy bases.

Key features

  • Cover shooter with 40 missions and 4 different environments
  • More than 8 hours of gameplay
  • Underwater combat
  • Free 3D underwater movement
  • Immersive storyline with expressive characters
  • Huge choice of tactical equipment including jetpack suits and weapon, with special traits for underwater combat
  • Support of Razer Hydra controller
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready title
  • NVIDIA PhysX support
  • Optimized for Intel Sandy & Ivy Bridge, working well on Ultrabooks

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: DirectX 9, 10 or 11 compatible NVidia or AMD ATI card. NVidia GeForce 8800 or higher. ATI equivalent. Intel Sandy Bridge and higher
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Utilizes Sixense technology and supports Hydra Razor
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
The game does not work. By UK Law, they are required to give a refund.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/30/digitalrefund/
Posted: September 26
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0.2 hrs on record
Not a fan
Posted: October 2
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Provided you can actually get the game to run for more than 5 minutes at a time, you'll soon find out that it wasn't worth the time or money required to do that. Gameplay's your standard third person cover shooter type deal minus a sprint ability that would make crossing the game's dull gray facility environments even more of a bore. Guns sound decent, nothing special but certainly not terrible, voice acting's pretty awful, you hear the same things from the enemies over and over again, with drawn out and rather hilarious death screams, and the script in general is up there with the likes of Global Ops: Commando Libya and Rogue Warrior, only with less profanity. The underwater sections are alright, giving you a third dimension to worry about, but the enemy AI is so simplistic and these areas are so few and far between that they don't change much.
Speaking of enemies, you've got your standard assault rilfe guy, shotgun guy, rocket guy, the commando that carries the gun of the same name, snipers, and all sorts of robots and turrets that are tedious as hell to kill. Tedious is pretty much the defining word of this game. When you die during one of the too-lengthy boss fights, you redo the section right before which often has you walking down a corridor or pressing a couple buttons and getting to hear the terrible dialogue again and again.
And the icing on the cake is that it crashed and deleted all my save data in the final act of the game. GG.
Posted: May 6
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is missing files, and will not work without downloading a crack. Even then, it crashed within the first five minutes, and it doesn't have any control customization.
Posted: June 9
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Oh boy, I guess I'll write a review on this since I have nothing to do at the moment.

Do I recommend this game? Hell ♥♥♥♥ing no.

This game is the ONLY game (so far) that I ACTUALLY wish I could remove from my steam account. I don't even want a refund, I just want this filth removed from my account forever.

Where to start... The game is just for lack of a better word... boring. The environments you fight in very quickly become "exhausting" to be in, and you just end up wanting to get to the next area as fast as possible in hopes of something different. The enemy is a complete joke. They pretty much stand there waiting to be slaughtered like mindless zombies. It takes zero ♥♥♥♥ing strategy to fight the enemy in this game. I'm not asking for f.e.a.r. level Ai, but holy ♥♥♥♥ing Christ all mighty don't give me target dummies either. The first boss I fought (I use the term boss very loosely) was absolutely pathetic. Combat literally consisted of "strafe between the pillars, shoot, strafe, shoot, strafe, shoot, dead." It was like fighting ♥♥♥♥ing Atlas at the end of Bioshock. The only thing this boss had going for it though was that it took forever to freaking kill, and even that is hardly a good thing when the combat is mind numbing.

The story is just sad, I mean they didn't even try. You know what though I'll be honest, I can't critque too hard in this area considering I didn't even finish the game, but the basis of it did not impress. Let me sum it up for you. Mysterious unknown private military organization has some sort of weapon (if I recall correctly, it's been a bit since I've played the "game"), it's up to you to find them and stop them. That's it. That's the story. The voice acting makes me want to puke, really. Not so much the voice acting, but the script really. I mean... oh god. It really sounds like I'm just focusing on the negatives of the game, and trying to make every potential annoyance a big issue, but sadly all there is to this game IS annoying ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

I don't know, perhaps it's not my kind of game. This doesn't change the fact however, that I would probably be more entertained sticking my hand into a jar of acid than playing this game.
Posted: June 9
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
dont buy it its broken, and the devs sold out to the publishers who dont want to fix it thus a total waste of money
Posted: May 13
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Do not buy this game! Steam is stealing from you if you do as the game does not evn work! Tried contacting them with no reply ! Seriously thinking about not dealing with steam ever again!
Posted: May 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Wouldn't know how the game is. I have been unable to play since I bought it. I've attempted everything I can find on the internet without any success. I contacted Steam, they sent me to the publisher. The publisher has responded twice in 22 days. First responce was requesting a dxdiag, second response was them telling me to attempt a troubleshooting step I had already done. And had told them I had already done it. DO NOT BUY. SUPPORT IS NON-EXISTANT. Download the demo to see if the game will play before spending any money on this product.

UPDATE: It's been 36 days since the last time they sent me any troubleshooting, which consisted of them telling me to run Steam in Administrator. Even though I told them everything I had already done, they didn't bother reading my email, they just started going down the list. I've tried getting Steam involved, this is some shady ♥♥♥♥. We'll see if Steam steps up for Strategy First.
Posted: June 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
This game is absolute trash. If you were to look in the forums the only thing you will see are posts on how this game it will not even load, and to fix it you must block the game in your firewall or unplug your computer from the internet. This game has been out for 2 years and that issue has yet to be fixed.

Once you are in the game you will be presented with a laughable 3rd person cover shooter. I say it is laughable because the enemy AI is dumber than a toddler. The enemies will sometimes "take cover" outside of actual cover. They will run straight at you one-by-one until you melee them all to death in a pile. While they aren't smart they are perfect shots and will hit you 95% of the time.

The next terrible thing is the voice acting. Every death presents you with a death cry 1000 times more cheesy than the Wilhelm scream. Every enemy will have this terrible selection of death cries, and you will hear them even if they get shot in the head.

The main characters are straight out of the generic action handbook with your grizzly sounding general and your Michele Rodriguez tough chick commander. I can't tell if the written dialouge is supposed to be bad on purpose, but every sentence is cringe worthy.

The story is non-existant and it is your typical solider gets betrayed by his commanding officers, but manages to save the day trope. Chatacters will often forget and act surpised about something that they just said last cutscene.

The only positive thing I can say about this game is that it has some decent visuals, but unfortunately not a great art direction. You will make your way through some generic factories/plants and although each act is distinct it is all just lackluster.

I have expereinced a couple of annoying bugs in the game. The first is when an enmy tried to melee me underwater and since they got the jump on me they win the attack, but I am able to get free. As soon as I am free though I am immdiately put back into the melee cutscene, and this happens until I end up dying, with no way for me to win that fight. The second is that you will constantly be randomly kicked out of cover, which will result in your death.

Currently I am on a part of the game that is very difficult, even on the easiest difficulty. You can watch the walkthoughs on youtube to verify that other people have a problem in this same part. I am not sure I even want to continue trying to beat the game.

I have no idea why anyone would pay 30 dollars for this game. I regret paying the 5 dollars I did.

TL;DR DO NOT BUY THIS GAME

Posted: July 5
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Pure pain... So much pain... So many crabs here... Crabs... Pain... Red screen... Crabs... Red screen.. Crabs... Pain...
Posted: July 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Piece of ♥♥♥♥ is completely broken. this will not work for you. dont buy it. there is no fix.
Posted: May 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Don't buy, doesn't work whether it's from Steam or Developer it doesn't work
Posted: April 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
this.♥♥♥♥ing,game.not.even.work.it.say.you.need.to.reinstall.it.like.i.did.3.times.still.nothing.you.got.lucky.i.didnt.buy.it!!!waste.of.time.and.money
Posted: May 16
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
This is the kind of game i really enjoy, its 3rd person shooter, its kinda like games we use to get in old days. I really llike this game. want a game to pass a bit of time something new and fresh. get this game Deep black reloaded. cant go far wrong. very good game. great game.
Posted: June 22
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0.3 hrs on record
I got shot by a turret and the game crashed thanks obama
Posted: September 23
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1.0 hrs on record
Doesn't actually work unless you use cracks, and then still crashes constantly.

There is no support for this title either.

Avoid it.
Posted: September 8
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1.1 hrs on record
Well, what can I say about this game? It only cost me $7.50, which was too much for what I ended up with. I wasn't expecting GTA 5 quality but was hoping for what was described on Steam store page. I had to open Norton and disable internet access for this game, just so it would run. Which also means, No Multiplayer! (not the reason I got it but again, its what was described). There is no way to change keyboard control layout, which for me is a big deal. It look good, gameplay is about 5 out of 10, has some good humor in it. But thats all. I played a couple hours and decided that, if the price drops to less than $2 -$3, then I recomend this game. Otherwise, spend your $$ on something better and more fun like Just Cause 2, Dead Space or even GTA 4. These titles go on sale often, for about the same amount of cash or less.
Posted: September 9
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17.4 hrs on record
It's not very good.

Pros:
The underwater sections are quite pretty.
Sometimes there is innovation in the underwater maps.
The maps are generally fairly big and are mostly single maps that sometimes wrap around themselves nicely.
There is some variety in the enemies but they're mostly reserved for special encounters, which is maybe good because many of them are irritating.
Headshots do high damage.

Cons: (many)
Headshots do high damage. Stepping out from cover to go down to one lucky shot, really gets old.
It's a generic over-the-shoulder shooter.
Supposedly it's a PC native but it sure feels like a half-hearted console port.
Controls are poorly chosen and can't be remapped, examples: mellee and grenade are next to each other, alt-fire and change weapon are on the same button (mouse scroll button). These lead to all sorts of accidents under pressure where you change to your pistol instead of using a powerful attack, or drop grenades at point blank when melleeing enemies.
Many enemies have stun-lock and you just get to watch for a few seconds before you die.
Some of the battles are very. very hard. I repeated one fight for about ten hours in total. I think most people would have given up. It's usually worth using glitches.
Hacking enemy drones is a thing but it can be very hard to pull off sometimes as it randomly fails without reason. Sometimes this happens many times in a row and you die.
The surface maps are things you've seen before many times.
The armour's glowing health meter is a fairly direct rip of Dead Space, maybe that doesn't matter though.
You move very slowly when leaving cover or changing direction, there is no run button and the 'roll' mechanic is pretty useless. This leads to you slowly taking small steps in combat when you try to retreat. Retreating is generally suicidal.
Mellee is a one-button kill, assuming you didn't fumble and hit grenade. This makes the mellee enemies (one human, one drone) more or less harmless. Enemy mellee attacks do light damage and you have maybe ten seconds to hit 'f' when they attack you before they might succeed in killing you.
The various unlocks that you get in the game (infinte ammo, golden gun) can't be used. They literally do not do anything when activated.

Summary:
The game isn't exciting and doesn't really have anything new. Hydrophobia did water better, there are dozens of shooters that do combat better. Being second-best to Hydrophobia isn't harsh criticism though the surface game isn't exciting so really, I should have just played Hydrophobia again.

The biggest con of all is that getting the game working in the first place requires some non-trivial research. I'll save you the time, this game will not run unless you implement a firewall rule in Windows to prevent it dialing home to the original developer's website. They do not support the game anymore (sold it to some third party that put it on steam) so the steam version will not run in its released form. You must make a firewall rule to block the game's .exe from internet. This also cancels multiplayer but since no one is playing it in MP anwyay, that's no big deal.
Posted: September 5
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1.1 hrs on record
this game is a part of the worst side of steam the side with early access bad ports and buggy games do not buy this this is not me saying that i just didnt like the game it wont even run without a crack i bought it on sale for 2.50 and i still feel cheated
Posted: August 19
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0.6 hrs on record
crashed many time not worth it
Posted: September 12
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