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Darkspore Limited Edition

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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
  • Build a powerful squad! Collect more than 25 Genetic Heroes and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible parts, armor and weapons
  • Make each of your Heroes truly unique with loot collected throughout the game.
  • Explore the galaxy with your squads, defeating the Darkspore in the solo or co-op campaign or challenging other players in PvP
  • Unparalleled RPG customization using the award-winning Creature Editor technology from Spore
  • Unique alien planet levels with hundreds of Darkspore enemies, including player-created enemies, each with their own attacks and behaviors
  • See statistical advantages and disadvantages of equipped gear, in real time, with a nearly limitless array of combinations at your fingertips

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003X0LG1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,948 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC


Darkspore is a Sci-fi Action-RPG game from Maxis that uses the development houses award-winning Creature Editing technology from Spore to bring a whole new franchise to life. With this unique customization functionality players are able to create genetically altered heroes which are in turn used against a mutant horde that has terrorized the galaxy for 1,000 years in an RPG like none before it. Additional features include hundreds of enemy types, multiplayer support including co-op, exceptional replay value

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Gameplay within Darkspore is set in the aftermath of a scientific experiment gone disastrously wrong. After unstable "Exponential DNA" (E-DNA) escaped the lab, it created mutated hordes of Darkspore creatures who -- under a mysterious leader called The Corruptor -- overran the galaxy. After eons of hiding in hyper-sleep, you have been awakened by your spaceship computer with a message from a long dormant computer network: E-DNA has been stabilized. Use it to upgrade a collection of Genetic Heroes and fight back against the Darkspore. Each of these has their own unique abilities that can be used in combat. Switch between each of these heroes as you play through different levels and fight different Darkspore enemies. Upgrade your heroes by collecting parts that add stats to make your heroes more powerful. Customize your heroes and parts in nearly infinite ways. Organize your heroes into squads of three, and decide which squad has the best combination of heroes to defeat the enemies on each planet you encounter. Use "squad abilities" to combine attacks from different heroes simultaneously. Play through a loot-driven campaign against the Darkspore in solo or co-op modes, as the game is designed for co-op from the ground up. Discover and unlock ancient Crogenitor obelisks containing bonus loot. In addition, players can compete against other players in online matches.

Key Game Features

  • All-new 3D graphics engine with stunning visual effects
  • Collect Genetic Heroes from three character classes (Sentinel, Ravager, Tempest) and five Genesis types (Bio, Cyber, Plasma, Necro, Quantum)
  • Hundreds of unique Genetic Hero abilities that can be combined in squads and co-op gameplay
  • Unparalleled customization using the award-winning Creature Editor technology from Spore
  • Unique alien planet levels with hundreds of Darkspore enemies, including player-created enemies, each with their own attacks and behaviors
  • Innovative risk/reward campaign that lets players push their luck to earn better heroes and upgrades
  • AI Director technology that provides deep replayability by dynamically altering the spawning, difficulty, and behaviors of NPC hordes, by distributing loot drops, and by controlling dynamic placement of destructible objects throughout each level
  • Persist your collection online, and access it from the Darkspore.com web site

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Hundreds of hero abilities.
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Join the universe of Darkspore, a fast-paced, online sci-fi Action-RPG in which you battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore. Fight in co-op and solo battles against hordes of Darkspore enemies and bosses. Collect an arsenal of living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities - and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor. Make your heroes truly unique and deeply customized in an enhanced version of the award-winning Spore Creature Editor. Pit your customized, upgraded collection of heroes in PvP arena battles against other players. Liberate the galaxy in a unique and highly replayable sci-fi action campaign. Features: Collect an arsenal of living weapons and strategically combine them into squads. Combat hordes of mutated enemies and dangerous bosses in fast-paced, intense action. Join Forces with up to three other players in a co-op campaign or compete with other players in PvP arenas. Share collectible parts with other players to upgrade and customize your living weapons.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game--just don't expect Spore May 2, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There are two basic ways to follow up one game with another: an out-and-out sequel, which runs the risk of either being too much like the original or leaving off some cherished feature the fans of the original loved; and then there's the "spiritual successor": a 'like' game that is similar to, but not directly tied to, the original (like Bioshock and System Shock 2).

Darkspore is more of the latter--it is only barely tied to the Spore universe at all and only vaguely plays like a Spore game. It's still tons of fun to play, don't get me wrong, but if you're expecting a multi-stage Sims-style world creator...well, this is more like a Diablo-esque, Dungeon-Siege-y game. Gameplay is from overhead and you click on targets and techniques or use your keyboard to automate your creatures' combat with the many opponents wandering through a level.

The concept of Darkspore is this: the Crogenitors got to playing around with DNA, and eventually decided to stack so many customizations/modifications onto the creatures they created that this "Exponential DNA" (called "eDNA") destabilized. It formed "Darkspore", genetically tainted mutations that were practically unstoppable and went on a rampage. The Crogenitors were nearly wiped out; survivors were loaded onto ships with computers capable of solving the eDNA problem. That's where you come in: you're a recently-awakened Crogenitor. eDNA has been stabilized, and you now have a handful of creatures capable of standing up to the Darkspore, but not likely to go nuts and try to kill you. You walk them through various places Diablo-style and wipe out any Darkspore creatures you find.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkspore Review May 2, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When Darkspore was first announced, people really didn't know what to expect from it. It was touted as a dungeon style RPG (like Diablo) but also with a collectable aspect like Pokemon and a creature editor that is almost identical to Spore (they did make it after all). It was also a PC exclusive so the PC crowd got really excited that they were getting an exclusive game that wouldn't simply be created subpar in order to port to a console. As someone who loved the first two games mentioned and sorta kinda liked Spore, I figured I would give it a shot and see how it played. About 20 hours later, I'm glad I did.

When you begin Darkspore, you are introduced to a store that revolves around a race of beings who messed with something called e-DNA and created a race of mutant/robot/alien protectors that they used to fight against an evil which they brought about through their scientific workings. Eventually the evil won, the race was defeated, and a couple of the race fled to space. You are one of them and it's now your job to collect heroes to fight for the cause of turning back the Darkspore enemy one planet at a time. The story is basically here just to move the game forward, trust me, it's nothing great. It's neat that it's there, but nothing else.

The core of the Darkspore game comes in it's gameplay. When you begin the game, you are given a few heroes (out of 100 which can be unlocked throughout the game) and you are sent on your way into the campaign. In each level, you hack and slash your way from one level to the next with the ability to switch between 3 predetermined characters at a time. What characters you bring is all part of the strategy as each level and it's enemies have the ability to do double damage to a type of hero you may have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
UPDATE: Surprisingly, despite the lack of updates, support, player community, the Error 3 issue is resolved, likely due to a server reset which would need to be done regularly anyways. It could have been damage control as EA has been voted the worst company of the year twice, and they were in the news for temporarily removing the game from Steam. Error 3 is fixed, but the remainder of the review is still valid.

***DO NOT BUY DARKSPORE*** until you read this review and the Darkspore forums. At this point in time, it would be folly to purchase this game. Darkspore has been officially abandoned per an announcement on the Darkspore forums, and currently, players are experiencing Error Code 3 (which doesn't appear to be documented beyond a couple threads), which prevents players from saving changes to heroes (a KEY gameplay mechanic) and some players report that they're only able to play the last level they entered and can't change levels. The lack of support, popularity and news of this game likely means that they aren't likely to manually fix this error. Players also often see the infamous Error 73003 which prevents players from joining this ALWAYS ONLINE game.

Now that the warning has been made, I do need to fairly review the title as Maxis deserves much of credit for what the care put in into the core of the game.

-Familiar Diablo style gameplay that emphasizes action and skill as players need to learn to avoid projectiles and attack patterns. Which leads me to...
-Creative enemy types: You don't just have your typical "grunt warrior enemy", "fast, small annoying enemy", and "overpowered magic enemy" like similar titles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 26 days ago by Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars game wouldn't work
This game will be shut down soon and I couldn't even get it to register it to play =( wish I would have know that before I purchased it
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars cool game and lots of fun
I like it and it was very cool to develop your creatures to make them look different and more powerful but in every game there is a limit as to how powerful you can become. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roy A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This is not a bad game, especially for the price. I would certainly recommend Darkspore to anyone who likes dungeon-crawlers.
Published 5 months ago by Adam Tritch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Game. But it doesn't work anymore.
This is an amazing game - similar to Diablo, a hack-and-slash based around the idea of "Creature Creation" that was so enthralling in Spore. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vinay Ghai
1.0 out of 5 stars Game
Bad Game. Cannot create an account. Changed accounts & passwords, no results. Have uninstalled and re-installed game, patches. Still cannot play. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jpm
1.0 out of 5 stars The Game Sucks
I Installed it in my computer but the darn thing didn't work. I don't want to return it because it only gonna cost me more.
Published 8 months ago by MICHAEL LUONG
1.0 out of 5 stars Good grief this game no longer functions
Purchased two copies of this game for gifts with out doing my homework. The game is for online play only and is no longer supported. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stan Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing gift
My Son was so excited when I gave him this game for his birthday, only to be disappointed because the game didn't work. It kept displaying an error when trying to download. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Cannon
1.0 out of 5 stars You can't get past the login screen!
This game would be fun if you could get pass the sign up screen! They expect you to put in a retail key but they don't even give you one! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Roberta Salazar
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