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...
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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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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
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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61 of 66 people (92%) 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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51 of 61 people (84%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
If your a fan of Warframe you might enjoy Dark Sector. In this game you will see some famillier things like the Glaive, Rhino, The Jackal, Nyx, Excalibur, and the very first Tenno aka Hayden Tenno.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
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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26 of 27 people (96%) 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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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
The Spiritual Prequal to Warframe.
Decent gamplay.
Dated textures (2007ish).
10 hours of story.
Worth a playthrough if you enjoy Warframe.
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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Warning! This game may contain Warframe aspects.

For your own risk, play this game.

P.S| You play First TENNO in this game.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
Okay, i admit i haven't touched this game in a while but that is because i keep playing the MMO sequel (well the Devs did say that Hayden was the OG Tenno for that game.)
The game itself feels fluid in its movements and in my opinion has aged well.
The story is engaging to me as it has conspiracy written all over it where the protagonist is always caught in the middle, clawing his way out of the filth and lies.
The graphics are great and i simply fell in love with how the Glaive system works and seeing it slicing through your enemies is really satisfying to see.
I'm satisfied with the optimization options as well as the graphical setting options that it has, it is also a very interesting concept and take on the TPS genre.

Whether you pick it up on sale or in a bundle, its gonna be a fun ride. It is well worth the full retail price IMHO
8/10 Should play again.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I'm going to go ahead and rate this as a game alone because as a 360/ps3 port it sucks. With multiple posts in the discussion about ways to fix graphical issues. I still could not manage to calibrate this game to my exact monitor resolution and ended up having to run the game way below my specs.

None the less! As a game Dark Sector can be really fun. As you progress through the game you will unlock more weapons, get to ride four legged tanks, acquire more elements for your glaive (blade boomerang), and go from having just your arm infected to having a full blown exo suit! The storyline can be mildly forgettable (Big Bad Guy who wants all the power) but the game makes up for it with it's dark atmosphere, crisp power suit design, and responsive combat situations. Now I don't know about picking up the game at full price as there are a lot of other games out there with far more modern features on them. Though when the next sale comes around and the game drops down to 50% off. I highly suggest you purchase it as it is a fun little time waster and the combat system and lore within helped pave the way towards "Warframe" which is one of the top played games on Steam.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
I have been playing Warframe for a while, way before I played this. I picked it up, thinking it would fill in some plotholes that Warframe had. It actually raised more questions than it answered. Great game though
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 17
Wrote this with the intention of not playing anymore but, will trudge on after learning this ties into another game I'm playing now. Unless you're in the same position I'd say this isn't worth it.
  • Awkard binds: why is ammo pickup a completely different bind than interact?
  • The glaive: isn't really all that useful when it's way easier to just insta headshot enemies. It's less accurate, has travel time, has a limited range and takes longer to refire. That said I tried to use it exclusively cause why not use the slower but, more fun weapon that's on the boxart. Getting the timing down for power throws is fun but, boring in a gunfight where as soon as you peek there's 4+ enemies endlessly shooting at you.
  • One shot mechanics: Pretty surprised to run into this on the default difficulty. Unless there's some dynamic scaling here some encounters can be pretty
  • Feedback: This one was extremely apparent. Things like am I doing damage to this boss? Or the fighting music dying down despite there still being enemies. Sparks/Electricity in a boss fight that are just visuals when the game has taught you electricity has a mechanical importance.
  • Ties to their other games: This is a pleasant surprise since I'm just trying to clear a few games from the backlog but, this is actually a prequel to another game. I'll leave this intentionally vague in the rare event someone's in the same position.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: October 6
I should have known when I first had to manually go into the config files to play at full screen and my native resolution this would be a bad game. But I gave it a fair shot anyway. It controls like crap, looks really dull and samey, and in general reeks of mediocrity. Just skip it - it's not Warframe.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
One of the best game i played . 10/10
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8.1 hrs
Posted: September 10
This reviewers only say "If you love Warframe then you're gonna like this game.", Well I was one of the people that bought Dark Sector when it got released(It was actually the first game I ever purchased, so it has a special place in my heart).
And when I first saw something about Warframe I was like "Holy S-! This looks a lot like Dark Sector." Because the image had an Excalibur and Grineers that look similar to the Lasrian guys with the protective suit.

So in other words, if you Like Resident Evil 4, Mutations, Third Person Shooters, you're gonna like this game.


Positive aspects:
-Curious enviroment;
-Interactive cinematics(also on Warframe);
-Black & White Gameplay Intro as if shrouding the mistery of the man beneath the mask and the things happening around him(You can turn that off if you want);
-Good soundtrack;
-You think you could kill everything with only a gun, well now you have the Glaive;
-Cut people in half, in slow motion;
-Scary Zombies(Scarier than Warframe's Infestation);
-Random Hulk appearing out of nowhere and ravage the area;
-Dark sewers, because why not?;
-"Hey! It's Yankee Doodle! He's come to town!";
-Quick time events that scared the sh-t out of me
-Nice powers brah!;
-Cool suit brah!;
-Riding a mobile tank;
-Enferon ftw;
-Revenge sweet revenge. Or not... #sadface

Negative Aspects:
-Display Options can screw your HUD
-The Aim, You have to feel the sweet spot with the red highlight, otherwise you'll always miss;
-Game is too easy(Beat the game and unlock Brutal difficulty for good A.I.);
-Short cash for few weapon choices;
-Who is Hayden?;
-Plot holes everywhere(would have apreciatted if there was more info about the characters and the world);
-Resident Evilish backtrack(not that bad though);
-You can honestly just play the whole game by firing the Glaive, almost no point on having a rifle;
-If you buy a rifle, NEVER buy the Sniper(complete waste of money... its just my opinion though)
-The Ending, when you feel like they could have added more, since it seems that it did not end there(maybe they were already thinking forward for when we started playing Warframe, idk).

Still, 10/10 Would cut everything in half again.
One of the best games for me, special place on my heart, money well spent.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: September 2
I bought this game because I loved Warframe, wanted to see other games made by DE, and because the Warframe Fanfiction (by Kalenath) I read uses dark sector in it's story..

in the end, being even the tiniest bit related to Warframe and its fanfiction is the only reason I felt obligated to finish it..

It's not made for PC, as others have pointed out.
and Expect a lot of gunmetal gray.
when shot, you will shake more than a crying baby in Johnny Cash' arms.
you can pick up enemy weapons, but they will explode after a while..
and yes, I understand that it's a mechanic explained in the lore... but that doesnt make it any less of a stupid mechanic..

If you want to support Digital Extremes by buying a previous game rather than Platinum in Warframe, go nuts.. I don't regret giving DE money for this game because I think they're great.

but if you're here hoping for an amazing story (subpar) and awesome combat mechanics.. then keep looking, you get a glaive (throwing blade) later on and yes, chucking that thing at necks is fun... but thats literally the only fun part of the combat
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11.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
I picked this game up on a sale because, as you probably already know, it's the prequel to Warframe, a game which I play a lot.

Funny thing is, I ended up enjoying the game in and of itself. Story was adequate, but nothing special. Hayden's face annoys me when he talks, and his eyebrows are a little frightening.

Mechanics are what made up for everything. Glaive mechanics are really satisfying, and designed well. The gun upgrade system was lackluster, but then again, you don't really ever need to use a gun (except for in the very beginning).

Boss battltes felt larger-than-life, like they ought to, and the moodiness in some of the darker areas (cemetery, morgue, hospital, cathedral) was really well done. The cemetery in particular gave off a lot of excellent spooky vibes, and I enjoyed it.

The end of the game was satisfying, and the last boss battle in particular. The fights were hard, but not frustratingly so. Whenever I died, I felt like it was my fault, instead of bad game design.

All in all, good game. Spooky, you learn more about the origins of Warframe, and it's got a multiplayer feature too (which I haven't really tried out, but seems promising).
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13.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
It's a really awesome game with good story line, things just get better and better through the gameplay.. not to mantion all boss battles were great, totally recommend this game :)!
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9.7 hrs
Posted: July 18
I played this on the Xbox 360 when it first came out and I am still impressed with it. While it is nowhere near what was originally supposed to be released it still came out amazing. I wish and would almost beg for a sequel more linked to Warframe but this is still an amazing game trying to connect it to Warframe and in its own right. The controls are abit of a pain to get used to on keyboard and mouse though so fair warning there. Would I play it again? Yes and have. Would I play multiplayer? Maybe on xbox 360 it was fun but frustrating sometimes. When playing this game do not play with Warframe in mind and expecting alot of similar things. Yes character designs and weapons are similar to that of warframe but this is not as fast paced or comes with alot of warframe abilities and weapons. It will show you the roots though of what began the amazing universe.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: July 17
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
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