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. In the midst of this mission, Hayden is attacked by an unknown enemy and infected by the Technocyte Virus, a brutal bio-weapon that...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (148 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 23, 2009

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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. In the midst of this mission, Hayden is attacked by an unknown enemy and infected by the Technocyte Virus, a brutal bio-weapon that twists its victims into mindless killing machines. Surviving this attack, Hayden finds that the Technocyte virus has granted him powerful, inhuman abilities unlike anything he has ever seen. Now, he must evolve with his powers, survive and become a hero.
  • All new, all original action-shooter - Throughout the course of the game, players will witness Hayden's transformation into something more than he was as he fights against the Technocyte Virus taking over his body and the effects it has on his psyche.
  • Evolution powers - Hayden gains incredible superhuman powers - including the deadly, bladed glaive that he can grow from his arm and use and throw with deadly accuracy. Hayden will grow with these powers as they evolve and become more powerful throughout the game.
  • Cinematic and immersive experience - Through the use of no HUD, intuitive controls and a 3rd-person over the shoulder viewpoint everything about Dark Sector is designed with the goal of keeping the player immersed in the game.
  • Innovative multiplayer component - Dark Sector features an innovative and exciting multiplayer gameplay that will allow players to utilize the skills they have learned in the single-player game to excel in a competitive environment

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista 32bit
    • Processor: Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz or similar Athlon® 64™
    • Memory: XP 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 6.5 GB Available
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible, with shaders 3.0 support (nVidia GeForce 6600 or ATI X1300 or higher)
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: 9.0c
    • Controller support: XInput-controllers (Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Logitech Chillstream)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A rather good story of its time, the progress of how from a normal human Hayden slowly evolves to the end game character shows how much the story was thought out. The combat system works really well too, the glaive directional controls to the 2 handed combat with the throw star and a gun, it was just awesome.
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1 of 18 people (6%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It's the worst game that I played in last years. It's boring. Nothing is happening in this game. We are exploring many simillar locations and killing the same enemies by whole game. Sometimes we have are fighting boss. Unfortunatelly, this fight are not very challenging. Method of killing them is pretictibly. Authors didn't even try to come up with some new ideas.
Story is the same as gameplay. Boring and predictable.
I can't recommend this game even to my worst enemies. It's better to again, play Gears Of War.
For me 2/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Dark Sector is a game clearly designed for console play (xbox 360) which means a few things: The graphics are good, simplified controls, and checkpoint style saving. The gameplay is actually very much like Resident Evil 5 & 6. The first thing you should do is make a modification to the games config file DS.cfg and insert the line below (if you have a 16:9 resolution monitor):


The game was messed up in converting to Windows and the 4x3 is actually 16:9. If you don’t make this change the screen resolution will stretch weirdly, and cut things off at the edges, unless you keep the resolution at 800x600.

The game’s story is not fully explained, kind of like starting to watch a movie halfway through. You play Hayden Tenno, some kind of international secret agent sent to the former Soviet country of Lasria to find and stop an evil guy (scientist?) named Mezner. Apparently Mezner is trying to spread a virus that converts people into mindless zombies and eventually mutates them into armored creatures. Unfortunately for you (or maybe fortunately) you get infected pretty early on and have access to a kind of drug that slows the infection while still keeping you from going insane like the other zombies. The virus still gives you powers though, such as a throwing glaive that pops up out of nowhere, and the ability to absorb the powers of some of the boss mutants you fight.

As I mentioned earlier, the game is very similar to the later Resident Evil games. For example it’s a third person “over the shoulder” view and the default movement is walking. You need to hold a sprint button to run, and hold a button to “prepare” your gun for firing. There are a number of weapons in the game which you can pick up from fallen (human) enemies but they all have an electronic device that disables the gun after about 15 seconds. That means you need to find another gun or stick to your personal pistol + glaive. The glaive is a large spiked throwing star (like the Predator throwing weapon in Alien vs. Predator) that you throw at enemies and flies back to your hand. It can be pretty powerful, killing most human enemies in one shot if you charge it up. It’s also used for various puzzle solving since it can pick up “elements” such as fire, lightning, and ice. Most of the puzzles are pretty obvious once you recognize what’s needed, but your first playthrough you might think you’re stuck a few times. The game doesn’t have a map or objective tracker so if you somehow get turned around, you might not know you’re going in the wrong direction.

Regarding the firearms in the game, you can actually buy permanent weapons from an underground black market arms dealer. These guns have no automatic disable lock and can be upgraded with “kits” that you find as collectibles throughout the game. These kits are one time use and do specific upgrades such as increase damage, fire speed, or clip size. You also find rubles (money) throughout the game and use it for your gun purchases. Bear in mind that both the rubles and the upgrade kits are limited. You will only get enough to buy 2-3 guns even if you know exactly where all the money is in the game. You’ll probably find more upgrade kits than you’ll ever use though (guns can only be upgraded a few times), just make sure you find the ones you want (damage and fire speed!). Side note here, the gun turrets that you can commandeer at various points in the game are practically useless. In most games when you jump on a mounted gun, you can kick some ♥♥♥ until you need to move on. I don’t know if it’s because the damage is low or if it’s just wildly inaccurate (old style iron sight), but when you’re using one of these turrets, it takes like 20 seconds of spraying to kill anything. When the enemies use it, they can kill you in a couple seconds if you don’t get to cover. And yes, I did try using short bursts instead of just holding down the fire button.

If you’ve tried the Free to play game Warframe, you may recognize the hero’s name Tenno and the design of the armored creature that he’s slowly transforming into. The same game developer created both games so you can kind of think of Warframe as the distant future of Dark Sector.

+Interesting glaive weapon is used throughout the entire game even though it doesn’t really get “stronger.” Not overpowered, and not too weak. The various elements can look pretty cool, like throwing a flaming glaive will catch your victims in a fiery explosion.
+I enjoy horror games with hordes of zombies and interesting boss mutants. The bosses have weaknesses that you need to learn and exploit. You can’t just fire all your bullets at them. There is no difficulty setting in the game, and it can get pretty challenging at certain portions near the end.

-This is one of those games which can give you a headache visually the first few times you play it. This may have something to do with the dark (almost black & white) game environment, and the slow movement speed (when you sprint, the environment kind of blurs a little around you).
-Despite the fact that you can pick up guns from dead guys, there really aren’t that many kinds of guns. And the limited money you have means you will probably need to save up for a while to buy the “best” gun. That means you’re stuck with pistol + glaive for most of the game. If you just buy the first guns available, you’ll be missing out.
-The game can be kind of buggy. If I alt+tab out, I have trouble getting back into the game window. There are a couple times you get into a power armor/walker and the button to exit doesn’t work. Not sure what’s going on there. Also, the game’s visual resolution setting I mentioned at the start really should have been fixed in a patch.

I would recommend a controller to play the game, except that when you’re using a gun, aim is very important and I have poor control using my xbox controller. Even with my mouse, I miss a lot when shooting at distant enemies. There is only one sniper rifle in the game, and it’s the only gun where your aim drifts around when you’re looking through the scope (for realism). I don’t know who thought that was a good idea. Overall though, I’d say give this game a try if you got it in one of the Bundle Stars bundles a few months back. It’s not horrible but there’s definitely room for improvement. The game takes about 7 hours to complete.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Dark Sector is from one of my favourite dev team, Digital Extremes (DE). Too bad I just recently played this game.
Well I didn't know anything about the game except the old trailers about a guy in a suit sabotaging a space station. Then they didn't annouce PC version just console one and I didn't bother to look after the game. Few weeks ago I played it and here's my opinion!
So the game changed so much since the old 2004 trailer but it's still a lot of fun. At first I didn't know what is this all about. Looked like a Metal Gear game but later it turned out to be a Resident Evil game. Especially simmilar to RE4. It's a standard 3rd person shooter game with over the shoulder view. The gameplay changes when you get the Technocyte virus and you gain access to the Glave. The Glave is a powerfull all purpose weapon you can throw and melee with. You can throw it into fire, ice barrels and electric boxes to steal thir effect. So you can electrocute,freeze, and ignite enemies. These elemental effects are also play big part in puzzles.
You have a pistol at first and a secoday weapon which you can pick up from fallen enemies. Later in the game you can find upgrade packs like +accuracy, +punch, double fire and so on. These upgrades are cool but you have limited slots for your weapons. The bad thing is that you can't buff your Glave and most of the time you only use the Glave not the secondaries. So my suggestion is to buy stuff for your pistols.
The enemy variaty is wide. You fight agains regular soldiers, shield guards, heavy soldiers and a large selection of infested citizens and soldiers.
The only big problem I have is the movement. It is really stiff. You can't jump, crouch and you can't turn or strafe while sprinting. Also the levels are stuffed with invisible walls and there are not many secrets. Other problem is the melee system. you can't move while doing it and you have to wait 'til the animation is finished. Also there is only one execution move / enemy. Also a little problem that you have one button for many things like melee/vault/action...
So yeah it's clearly a console game ported to the PC but at least we have it. The game lasts like 6 or 7 hours and has a lot of great moments. I recommend it when it's on sale.

  • Horror Scifi elements
  • The wepons are cool and the Glave has solid mechanics
  • Story is good but not rly original
  • Challenging situations
  • Wide enemy variety
  • Staight console port
  • Clunky controlls
  • Limited movement
  • Some minor bugs
  • Invisible walls
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Dark Sector is a game by Digital Extremes Ltd. In it, you play as a military spy named Hayden Tenno who travels to russia to stop the spread of an infection that a bioterrorist is spreading and ends up infected himself. Due to a mental conidition, he feels no pain from the disease and doesn't turn into a crazed monster like other victims. His arm also spawns him a glaive, a weapon you'll probably be using a lot in the game no doubt. As Hayden progresses, his mutation advances and he gains new powers.

gameplay. The gameplay is pretty fun and the storyline makes even more so. While the story doesn't affect gameplay, the plot is at least detailed. as for the gameplay itself, it can be tiresome and frustrating from time to time. Often, you'll end up taking cover behind objects to avoid enemy fire while they do the same. Often, this results in long tedious fire fights. Thankfully, you can sometimes kill them faster by using your glaive and aiming at them carefully. There is one enemy that makes fire fights difficult and it's a melee solider with a riot shield. They'll come to you while you're behind cover which often forces you to fight back. Here, the only way to break their cover is to either run behind them or hit their shield with the glaive and shoot them while their stunned. This can get a little frustrating at times.

As mentioned eariler, the Glaive plays a major role in combat. The Glaive can be thrown to slice off enemy body parts and limbs, used as a regular melee weapon (not exactly the best decision IMO.) or used for a finisher when enemies are stunned (they'll glow red) This violence caused the game to get banned in Australia actually. Eventually, you'll be able to aquire other abilities, such as covering your glaive in fire, ice, or electricity for additional damage and stun properties.

The game also has a variety of guns but you'll need to pick up money found throughout the game to purchase them. This is another flaw with the game. Since there's only a set amount of money in the game, it will take a while to be able to purchase anything and you'll never be able to purchase everything. The Glaive can be used to pick up fallen enemy guns (as well as other objects in some cases) and use them for a short time (they have sensors that indicate if someone infected is using them or not and stop functioning after a few seconds.). This can prove useful in log fire fights. The enemies and monsters/infected are varied and each one fights a little different. Soldiers will throw inferon gas at you which is dangerous since you're infected. The infected range from using clubs to throwing projectiles at you. The bosses are big and each one has a different strategy to take down.

The thing that hurts the game is that it came out during a time when other third person shooters hit the scene causing it to lose some attention and causing some to classify it as a "clone". It had to compete with Resident Evil 4 as well as the Gears of War game of the time.

Graphics. They look good and they're not too hardware intensive even at 1280x720 res with all settings enabled on my computer, I can get a decent FPS most of the time. Like most newer games, the graphics use post processing. The environments are also pretty dark and mysterious as well most of the time.

Sound. The sound is pretty cool. The Soliders will yell at you when they see you and scream in pain when you slice a limb off. The infected will make a variety of groaning and hissing noises which can be a little creepy at times. The music ranges from creepy to stealthy James Bond style music. It really depends upon what's going on in the current chapter at the time.

overall: 7/10. Due to flaws with money and and certain gameplay aspects, it's not perfect but not bad either. There isn't a whole lot of replay value as unfortunately, you don't get to restart the game with your powers and weapons but replaying can be enjoyable enough. The game was made by Digital Extremes Ltd, the people that made the ftp game Warframe (also here on steam.) Warframe is considered by many to be a sequel, due to the numerous references to Dark Sector and the faction the player's in being called "Tenno" in honor of the first tenno. (which the devs said was Hayden). Worth picking up if you enjoy warframe. The price is fair and cheap as well. 9.99 for the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
many games copy a other in some way shape or form, but if they add in new and fun things and do it really well they will surpass the 1st game. in shot i will just say "i LOVE THIS GAME"!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
the Devs who made one of my all time favorite games made it, so i checked it out.

turns out this game i way better than i thought it would be.
its got a great story, and kick ♥♥♥ action.

fun jazz.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is a fairly good game but has it share of flaws. A few bugs once in a while. If you can overlook thsoe then you will find a fairly enjoyable somewhat unigue action game that has some intresting gameplay to it! Great game especially since I got it in a bundle for like two bucks.
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16 of 32 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
for a dude with blades coming out of his hand hes not particularly sharp
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I hate Gears of War = I dont like this wanna-be. I regret giving it a chance.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Do you want a console game with little attention paid to the PC port? This could very well be your answer.

Take on the role of Generic Console Action Hero #34853 and shoot your way through countless hordes of forgettable enemies. Wield the Bat- sorry Glaive with such unique powerups as getting charged by environmental hazards, remote guidance and extra powerful throws. Use melee finishers to see the same few animations repeated over and over against the horde of faceless enemies. Marvel as you're unsure of how much damage you have taken and whether you can risk taking another shot at your enemies or if you have to duck out of the way to heal up for an unspecified amount of time.

And it's not just the gameplay that "takes inspiration" from other games, the story itself is a very tired: Oh no, there's an infection, that will turn people into mindless murderous zombie type creatures, running rampant in this area we're sending you, we totally have something that'll keep you safe. What's this, you got infected!? But you're special so you don't turn into a mindless beast, instead you gain powers!

It's not all bad, but with the few things it does well and the many things it doesn't I'd wait for a 75% off sale before picking this up. Hence me not recommending it.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
A horror story where one man circumvents both his orders and his military training to become a cash shop MMO.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Slow roast me a dog's ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ,because I rather devour that than attempt to play this game.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
THIS GAME HAS PEWPEWPEWPAPEW!!!! AH!!!! Nice to know the backstory of Warframe though.
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11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Awesome game, I very much enjoyed it.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
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34.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Kinda linear, no farming for cash, easy to miss upgrades. All that aside, I really like the game.

The glaive is hilariously good as an unlimited-use ranged weapon. The fact that gun pickups last 30-odd seconds before blowing up in your hands and if you like it you need to go buy one is kinda ingenious.

Given how little cash there is scattered throughout the game world, you have to pick and choose what weapon upgrades you get. Do you want damage? Increased clip size? Explosive rounds?

This (in addition to the linear fashion of the game mentioned earlier) actually contributes to replay value, as you can go back again and find all kinds of stuff you missed the first time and use completely different weapon builds.

The story's fun, a bit dark, and has twists to it that are actually done in a manner where a second playthrough makes you say "How did I not see that before?" It's a good game. 8/10.
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54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Interesting concept, but flawed game. It's not that is bad or anything. It's fun, but it could have been so much more than it is. The things that made this game "fail":
1-It tried to fit itself within the fads of it's time (AKA feel like a Gears of War knock-off) rather than try to have it's own thing.
2-The upgrade and weapon marketing system it's just there to make you look for bonus items and money, making the campaign a bit longer (hint: play the game only using the single handed guns, it plays waaay better)
3-Fighting the soldiers is more interesting than fighting the mutants, but in most of the time, you fight the mutants.
4-The campaing was too short (especially if you ignore the bonus hunting).
5-The story is a mess of events and characthers that you don't see most of it. Who is Yago, what's the beef with Nadia, what I did in the past that was so horrible and haunts me to this day? none of these are answered.
But, I still recommend it: tons o' fun, each single handed weapon (the pistol, the sub-machinegun, the revolver and the sawed-off shotgun) complety changes the way you aproach a level, and at many times, you'll feel like a boss when completing a mission. In short: this game coulda been awesome, but it's just... good.
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
It's exactly what it looks like. A good idea that's been hammered and melded and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized by the publisher to resemble the games that were all the rage in 2007. The cover based third person shooter. The modern military shooter. More zombies yay.

The thing is the concept alone was enough to bring this on a slightly higher level. It's a ♥♥♥♥ port, so that brings it back down.

Still, if you play and enjoy warframe, this should shed some light on quite a few things. After all, Warframe is the game Digital Extremes were trying to make when they made this one. I personally LOVE warframe, so seeing little recognizable things here and there keep me playing. It's--It's kinda like the videogame equivalent of Agents of Shield. It's the content you go to the movies for, but filered through layers upon layers of bureaucracy and rushed out the door... But the chunks of the cool stuff the creators wanted to create make the whole thing a bit more special.

What's the moral of the story? Publishers ruin everything.

tl;dr: If you like Warframe, play it. If you like Gears of War, play it. If you have a soft spot for the early last gen titles of 2007, which was arguably the golden year of that gen, give this a shot. If you're not tied to any of these, this game will do absolutely nothing for you.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
Personally, I enjoyed this game. The graphics, in my opinion, were relatively good, not very bad, though I tend not to be able to judge graphics very well, so, take that as you will. The enemy AI was relatively simple, typically they would just use cover, some would throw a grenade, some had shields and machetes so they would charge you, the AI overall wasnt too special, but not too bad in my opinion. The boss fights were all pretty simple, but still somewhat challenging, again, not too special, but not too bad. I found the glaive to be a fun and useful weapon throughout the entire game, being able to steer it mid-flight, throw it through fire, ice, or electricity to give it that element, and then explode that element if you wanted, and time your throws to do a power-throw, which did quadruple damage. The enemies were usually easy to deal with, except near the middle and end of the game, where there were a lot of them, doing a lot of damage, and taking a lot of damage. Though there were some problems with the resolution, which can be fixed through editing in the game's data, and a lot of issues with the controls, in some cases not even telling you how to exit a certain vehicle, *The key is X, by the way.* I still enjoyed this game overall. I got this game because of my interest in Warframe, and if you are interested in Warframe, or are just interested in Dark Sector itself, I recommend getting this game.
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