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. Pros:
- 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