Rise On! After 20 years, the legendary lost project "Dark Void" is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled "Dark Void Zero".
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Mixed (253 reviews) - 47% of the 253 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 12, 2010

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"Dark Void Zero would have been considered a "classic" had it been made 25 years ago, and today, it's a retro-style blast." – IGN
"It doesn't matter whether your first gaming system had knobs, a directional pad, or dual analog thumbsticks: Dark Void Zero's tight action and delightful presentation are sure to entertain." – GameSpot

About This Game

Rise On! After 20 years, the legendary lost project "Dark Void" is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled "Dark Void Zero". In this critically acclaimed 8-bit de-make, you play as Rusty, warrior test-pilot and Nikola Tesla's trusted friend. With the help of your state-of-the-art rocket pack, blast through three deliciously retro levels of baddies in your quest to close Portal X and save the human race!
Dark Void Zero on PC is packed with all new online features! Get rewarded for your skills with Achievements via Steam. Connect with Friends. Compete to be the best on the block or the best in the world in the Score and Speed Runs in the all-new Online Leaderboards!
Experience two all-new alternate endings! Only the best of the best will survive to see them!
And don't forget! Like its parent game, Dark Void Zero features an award-worthy soundtrack created and performed by famed Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.
Dark Void Zero on PC: The fate of the human race rests in your hands! Rise On!
  • Strap on Tesla's first prototype ROCKET PACK and take control of 5 experimental weapons!
  • Three levels of intense sci-fi, sidescrolling action!
  • ONLINE LEADERBOARDS: Top scores! Speed runs! Can you be the best?
  • ACHIEVEMENTS: Hone your skills and score bragging rights with Steam achievements! 30 achievements will rate your skill, speed, and stamina.
  • FRIENDS: Add your Steam friends and compete for top honors!
  • PC ALTERNATE ENDINGS: What's this? Two brand-new never-before-seen endings? Only the best of the best will survive to see them!
  • RETRO: 8-bit graphics and "De-Mastered" Dark Void Zero score by Bear McCreary!
  • GAMEPAD Support: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows supported. (Generic gamepads with analog sticks may also work, though are not officially supported.)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP (SP2 or higher) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Pentium 4, 1.6ghz Core2Duo or higher
    • Memory: XP: 512 MB minimum, 1 GB recommended; Windows Vista / Windows 7: 1 GB minimum, 2 GB recommended
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB
    • Display: 800x600 minimum resolution, 1280x720 or higher recommended
    • DirectX®: Direct X 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available disk space required
    • Sound: DirectX®9.0c compatible
    • Input: Windows-compliant keyboard. Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® recommended. Generic gamepads with analog sticks may also work, though are not officially supported.
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Mixed (253 reviews)
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The Hunstman
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
I'd precaution that I don't think this game is a bad game, I just can't recommend this version.

I bought this game in a sale a while ago and am just playing it seriously now. If you have any interest in this game, and if you own any Nintendo handheld from the DSi onward, buy that version instead. I haven't played the DSiware version, mind you, but from videos of gameplay I figured the PC version would be somehow better in it least resolution, but a better look at the graphics here only serve to the games' detriment; the native resolution on the DS makes it look as if it were a unique step beyond 8-bit, the 2 options (windowed and fullscreen) on PC make it look like poor mockery of a NES game. One problem I have which I presume is present in both versions is that the sound design (other than the music) is inconsistent with the "retro" theme, with some sounds being appropriate and some just being poorly masked modern sound effects, which is jarring when noticed. I had to drag the windowed screen to a much smaller size to make the graphics decent looking, and also put the sound effects down to minimum and the music 3 notches above it - there was some definite oversight with whoever made the default options so bad. If you've made the same mistake of already buying this version of the game, this is at least the most optimal way to play it.

Now, my biggest gripe with this port is the blatant removal of an integral feature: the map. The DSiware version gives it to you on the bigger top screen the entire time, like the DS Castlevania games. Here, Mr. Tesla is constantly referring to having updated your map, and THERE IS NO MAP. There isn't even a button to bring it up. You could argue that the map is unnecessary given how simple the map is, and maybe this is a direct throwback to Metroid I & II, but again, it is CONSTANTLY referred to in game, and those are the only games in the series that are too obtuse to play now without the use of a guide. I could have overlooked it here if they only removed that from the dialogue. That Capcom hasn't is obscenely lazy, and as a result, there is no justification for having released this game in the state it is in.

I had no issues with the CD-Key, but it was still an unnecessary and inconvenient step in the process further defining this version as the inferior port.

Edit: Nevermind, the M key brings up the map, which is explained nowhere and I had to find out online! Still can't recommend this version.
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Defendor
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
Sucks
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VoltKaizer
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
Looks like the DRM problem is solved.

I have played the game a couple of times (literally). It activated without problems. The game is like a NES game, graphics, sound effects and music. For the 80's gamers it will be a blast from the past. It's not an "unforgiven" game it has difficulty levels so you can probably avoid fustration (unlike with the real hard NES games). So far so great.
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(((Grimmrobe)))
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
DISCLAIMER: THE SECUROM PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED BY CAPCOM. THE GAME WORKS NOW.

Anyway, It's like if Mega Man had played Contra and had a jetpack sometimes. And like Mega Man, DVZ is hard. Really hard. No save functionality either. If you want a challenge, DVZ has one for you.

If any of this ticks your boxes, this is easily worth $5.
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IT'S IN THE BIBLE
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2015
$5 no. $1 sure. Extremely short relatively challenging platformer with a jetpack. A fun play and replay. But not for $5 especially when people are having launch issues with the CD key.
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Finuvar
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
There's literally only one boss in the entire game, and they copy pasta him in 3 times.
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frashure11
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 2, 2015
Buy it and if the activation refuses to work, get a refund. I bought this a long time ago and on Windows 7 it refused to activate. After upgrading to 10, I gave it another try and it worked. Don't know if the OS change fixed it or not, but it's working. This game is a ton of fun and better than the other, modern, Dark Void. It's like this game actually came out on the SNES. I have more fun with this than most modern AAA games released. Why can't Capcom just make games like this? Only complaint is the DRM.
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Dangerous Beans
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 1, 2015
Well, it was certainly a NES game, but I can see why it didn't make the shelves.
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moltile
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 27, 2015
I felt that not enough time went into the game mechanics of this game. I was honestly quite disappointed.
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ctwmitch
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 27, 2015
Tough, but very good old classic game.

Short, but you can taste the difficulty (even in easy mode), level & weapon design and also the BOSS fight.

Actually, the flying mode is quite hard to control.....
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Dustin
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 25, 2015
A cheaper, yet somehow more stable game than the original Dark Void.
Still requires that GFWL activation but f*ck at least I don't need to restart my computer to play this as*!

Unlike the original, you can make the game FULLSCREEN DURR!!!!

What a sh*tty game. Just figuring out the controls is a f*cking mystery, and so is exiting!
"Press Action to go back or Jump to escape." What the f*ck kind of controls is this!?!?!?!?!

0/10
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Magil
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2015
It's not a good game, nor a bad game. Supposedly a tribute to NES titles, but aside from odd choise of graphic filter and the soundtrack that screams "I wanna be Mega Man 2 to associate myself somehow with a popular and successful game", it really nails the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ aspect of shovelware cash ins of yore. Which is weird, because *almost* everything that Capcom did during the NES era was gold.

The game has very stiff controls. You cannot aim effectively while moving, and taking aim directly upwards frequently has you aiming diagonally first, then firing one shot, then aiming upwards. Granted, you can aim directly upwards if you let go of your D-Pada and then press Up. But it's a hassle when you're already used to a fluid quarter circle motion that doesn't hinder you in other games.

The screenshots suggest that any given level is divided into several screens (with their respective transition), when in fact the entire level is displayed upon entering it. Conceptually, it doesn't sound bad. But having the camera follow your character at all times without staying fixed means being unable to see what is directly below you. since the camera is fixed at an angle where your character is always in the lower half of the screen instead of dead center. Good luck being able to see what is directly below you whenever you collect a weapon, as the developers decided it was a good idea to display a huge text message everytime you did, obscuring everything beneath your character's feet.

It's not THAT bad, though. Once you adjust to the bad controls (and even more awkward flying/hovering mechanics), it becomes a modest challenge. But the game is both too short (being only 3 levels long, with the same boss with minor upgrades being recycled), as it is too repetitive (every level consists of having you fetch keycards that open other parts of the level, which have more keycards that open more sections, until you run out of keycards and then you're made to walk half-way across the map to fight a boss).

Fortunately, the key activation issue that plagues the majority of the current reviews seems to have been resolved. However, further research indicates that you're ony allowed to install this game up to 20 times before you lose your license to the game, after which you permanently lose the right to play the game. There is a workaround available on one of the Community guides, but I thought it would be nice to mention it now so you keep this in mind.

I would only recommend getting this game if it's 90% off, and you're terribly bored. It's really not worth your money or time otherwise.
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bnkrs
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
Tough retro style game, not the most exciting but still fun.
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Squamata
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 26, 2015
NOTE: this game was intended as an april fools joke (google it).

It's not worth the 5$. It looks as though they put in a lot of effort into this so I have to give them props for that but the control is just really bad. They should have polished the controls more before releasing this as it could have been a better experience.

This game is Bangai-O meets a fakebit Game Maker Studio game. It had potential but the controls were sloppy. Maybe the nintendo ds version is better,
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ɅUTOMɅTICJɅCK
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 3, 2015
The control is the biggest problem, but the sloppy design, blurry scaling (there is no native rez for this game, only
fullscreen and windowed), sloppy framerate, weird hitboxes, and trolly trial-and-error level design also contribute.

Never once do I feel that I am in proper control, able to effectively fight the enemies. I feel like a toddler trying to do heart surgery; there is NO way I'll ever be able to do anything precise.

The weapons are generally uninspired, the story is totally DGAF, and the rocket pack handles like ♥♥♥♥.

To top that off, you NEVER recorver your lives from stage to stage or on load, so if you use them all in the first stage (and you probably will, what with the insta-kill lava pits that you can't see because the lower 1/5 of the screen is obscured by your "notifications" EVERY SINLGE TIME you get an item), you will have NO lives for the second stage. Or third. You can't get 1-Ups from enemies.

TL;DR - This game was NOT well planned, and though I spent $0.99 on it, I feel as if even THAT was too much.

0.5/10
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badbrother84
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 9, 2015
not working because of a key which isn't working...so don't buy it!
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Brian Bloodaxe
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10, 2015
SecuROM abomination alert! - don't touch this with a 10ft barge poll.
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bbankrablo | CSGORumble.com
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28, 2015
Beware! There is a chance that If you buy this game at this point, you may get a non-working serial key!
So in that case, you have to contact Capcom with that issue.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341013157

Also you can revoke the 5 machine activation limit. Yes, it still uses SecuROM.
They should remove it. Made for anti-piracy, not for anti-customer!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=317925006

I've got my copy more than a year ago, never had any issues with it.
Decent game, hard as hell. As used to be for a retro platformer.
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๖[AUSGH]xXemo_DJSasukeKunXx
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25, 2015
SERIAL!

Contact Capcom headquarters to receive this review. Please make sure you have typed the SERIAL correctly and attach a screenshot of your Securom™ Error Window (2 many people r trying to play at once) if it a remake what is difrent about it nothing not a remake fuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkk alllll of u
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
DISCLAIMER: THE SECUROM PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED BY CAPCOM. THE GAME WORKS NOW.

Anyway, It's like if Mega Man had played Contra and had a jetpack sometimes. And like Mega Man, DVZ is hard. Really hard. No save functionality either. If you want a challenge, DVZ has one for you.

If any of this ticks your boxes, this is easily worth $5.
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187 of 201 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS.

SecuROM will not accept the cd-key steam provides.
Yet another example of DRM screwing over paying customers.
I consider this theft.
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131 of 142 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I honestly wouldn't know what this game is like because the DRM is preventing the game from launching. Checking the support forums this seems to be a far too common problem, roughly 90% of topics are people begging for help with the DRM.

AVOID! DO NOT BUY!


Two years later:

Game finally works!
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130 of 146 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
it's been 5 years, can you remove the drm already?
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99 of 111 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I'm usually ok with DRM, but in this case it's pretty much uneccessary considering how small this game really is, and it's made worse by the fact that the CD Key you're given doesn't even seem to work.
Don't buy
Good job Capcom
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95 of 108 people (88%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
Invalid SERIAL!

Contact Capcom headquarters to receive this review. Please make sure you have typed the SERIAL correctly and attach a screenshot of your Securom™ Error Window.

You may receive this review in four to sixteen business weeks, depending on website traffic. We have to process many requests for this review.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

P.S. WE GOT YA MONEY BEEEEEOOOOOTCH! BLACK N YELLOW BLACK N YELLOW BLACK N YELLOW BLACK N YELLOW
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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Purchasing this game was a mistake. SecuRom activation failed, and from what I can tell this is not uncommon. Not worth your time.
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63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Don't buy this game, it does not work.
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81 of 107 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
The DRM in this game is both intrusive, and draining on PC resources, and has limited activations to boot. My CPU usage went from 7% to 100%, which should not happen in an imitation 8-bit game, and prevented me from starting it up a second time after the initial install. What I did get to play suffered from controls that felt stiff and uncomfortable to use. Even at 80% off, this is not worth the money.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The DRM on this game renders it unplayable.

**** DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!! *****


EVEN $0.99 USD IS TOO MUCH, IT DOESN'T WORK DOESN'T RUN, DOESN'T DO ANYTHING.

Steam gives you a SN that precious snow flake securom of course has no record of. Good grief, I have better things to do with my time than to hunt down idiots who insist on DRM'ing their crap to only render it unusable to the end user.

Thank goodness I didn't buy copies for all my friends as $0.99 seemed like such a bargain, instead it is a lesson in punishing the end users.

Way to go guys!

Maybe in another 20 years they will release a version of this game that actually works.

But the world will be too busy playing Call of Duty 37.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Absolutely terrible DRM. Third-party DRM on top of Steam AND a 5-machine-activation restriction, to this day I have yet to play the game, because it simply won't go past the CD Key activation screen. It returns an "invalid" error. The product is nothing short of broken and the 5-machine-restriction is a major publisher practically begging its audience to stay away from its own product.

Do not buy, despite the low price-tag, unless you feel adventurous enough to deal with its technical baggage on the customer.

PS: I would like a refund, Capcom. Otherwise, we're done.
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
CAN'T PLAY THIS GAME BECAUSE THE SECUROM SERIAL WON'T ACTIVATE. EMAILED SECUROM AND HAVEN'T GOTTEN A RESPONSE. MY PLAYTIME IS BASICALLY JUST THE MINUTES THAT I TRIED TO ACTIVATE SECUROM SERIAL.

♥♥♥♥ SECUROM.

♥♥♥♥ CAPCOM.
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49 of 62 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
Shove your DRM up your ♥♥♥.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
DRM Prevents activation. Don't buy.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2015
DON'T BUY THIS GAME. THE DRM SERIAL ACTIVATION PREVENTS IT FROM LAUNCHING.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
This game requires SecuROM which will trash your computer and, in this case, make it unplayable.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
I rarely write reviews but wanted to shed some light for the "Activation key" problems that people were having...

Credits go to this article from the community hub -
http://steamcommunity.com/app/45730/discussions/0/613940109841685105/

In short -
Report problem to https://www.fuzeqna.com/capcomsupport/consumer/question.asp
From Level 1 Dropdown - Select "PC"
From Level 2 Dropdown - Select "Dark Void Zero"
- Provide your serial key with explaination
- take snapshot (I used Window's snipping tool) of your activation error and also snapshot of Steam's receipt.

Within the next day, Capcom's customer support responded and activated my key from SecuROM's database.

Now for the actual review of the game itself -

After only playing this game for an hour, I would say that it was worth my $1 from steam's capcom sale.

It has a nice classic, retro feel reminiscent of my childhood NES days.
I will say that the controls are rather clunky which provides challenge of playing this game.
The game allows you to map the controls on your gamepad and
also switch to fullscreen (thru menu option or pushing ALT+Enter).
Very simplistic and easy to pick up.
Reminds me of a mash-up between Metroid and Contra.


I only recommend this game for it being only $1 and having the will/courage to go through the trouble of activating your key.

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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2015
Unplayable since CAPCOM XXXXed up the SecuROM...
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37 of 55 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
It's a good game, good music and fun gameplay. but the only reason this game i getting a negative review is becaues it comes with SecuROM. REALLY CAPCOM. WHY, WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO SUCH A GOOD GAME??????? WHHHHYYYYY?
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36 of 59 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I like hard platformers but this one is hard for the wrong reasons. Basically you have only 3 lifes and if you run out you have to restart the whole level again(and each level is pretty big). If you make it to the second level with no lifes left, then you have to beat that level without dying once or you have to restart the whole game and try to make it to the second level with more lifes.

I got 99% in Super Meat Boy, because it's a fun and challenging game. With Dark Void Zero i gave up in the second level. Not because it was too hard but because it punishes failure too hard and doesnt respect my time.
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