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- ASIN: B004XJL46I
- Release Date: April 26, 2011
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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From the Manufacturer
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
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
Co-op and PvP options.
All-new 3D graphics engine.
INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED TO ACCESS ONLINE MANUAL.
Top Customer Reviews
I have rebooted my computer, turned off my firewall, and even deleted and reinstalled the game. Still, most of the time I cannot connect to the servers. I have played about an hour's worth of time, and I have spent almost as much time trying to log in.
The game itself is fun. It's a simple hack-and-slash, much like the original Diablo. However, Darkspore gives hack-and-slash an interesting twist. Traditional fantasy themes give way to a technological/bio-organic sci-fi world. The character customization is its strongest feature. The plot isn't particularly compelling, however hack-and-slash games aren't meant to be gripping.
On gameplay alone, I would give this 3 stars. However, 2 stars is generous given the connection issues. Ultimately this was a bad purchase.
I included Torchlight in the title of my post because thats what the levels feel like. There are about 5 or 6 different stages with slight variations that you fight in. It really feels like a multiplayer Torchlight. They try to add a story, but its horribly explained in game and you're not really playing through it. A computer pops up every once in a while and gives you a history of stuff that happened, but it doesn't personally engage you.
Speaking of the multiplayer, if you're not the ideal level for a stage, you can go back to previous stages and play them again in hopes of getting better gear. Unfortunately, you will need to plan on doing that alone. In an effort to make it more "fun" to play with your friends, your hero will be nerfed to a point where you are substantially weaker than your friend, despite having far superior gear. Basically, only play with friends or never play with friends, because once you shoot ahead of them you will be at a huge disadvantage. The matchmaking system is pretty bad too, you may or may not get the level you want to play, and once the matchmaking system finds one person the game pretty much always starts after that. You can't tell it to always find four people or try to search a little longer.Read more ›
*Replay is pretty high due to the fact you want all the "critters" to see what they do
*Pretty much customize your ENTIRE (including the look) character all throughout the game after every mission.
*Game patch was about half the size of the game(means poor programming and they just wanted to put something out there)
*to play you need to be online at all times(if you lose connection your game shuts off... this is very disappointing because they are trying to stop thieves and hacking but it's horrible that EA is going to this new system. Such a pain)
*UI could be better, like i don't know, maybe not only using your mouse to move the monster but also using wasd and using other keys like 1,2,3 on the num pad to switch?
*Lack of players online
Over all its fun but needs more players.
I know is a validation problem because my id works in any computer all the time.
Went to chat help for EA, and they say "yes, we know it happens, someday we will fix it" in the meantime thanks for your money loser.
I have other games running on STEAM for example (warhammer, deus ex, etc..) and never had a problem. What a crappy service from EA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my 14 year old son and he loved it and now wants the rest of the series.Published on August 6, 2013 by CeeBee
Some people have a problem with it being a 'Diablo clone', but it's awesome either way. You get to customize the different heroes you unlock and you take a squad of three of them... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by SaeDus
took me multiple tries to download and took forever every time i tried. ended up taking 2 days before i got it loaded. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Alex
Dark spore may not be the best game in the world but it's definitely good fun. The hack and slash-esque gameplay is well balanced and overall enjoyable.Published on January 25, 2013 by Nathan and Kira Jacobs
I was in the Beta for this game and loved it, but couldn't buy it when it came out. Bought it in December when it was on sale to find out that all I get are connection issues and... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Dan Balliro
I used to play darkspore about 8 months ago and I had tons of fun playing it. Though the game slowly lost interest for me as it got a bit repetative. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Dylan T