2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A bit rough, but not bad,
This review is from: Darkest Of Days - PC (Video Game)
I won't go into the basics of the game--there are other reviews for that. This seems to be a game that some people enjoy, while other people really hate it. For example, some people really like being able to wield muzzle-loading rifles that take several seconds to load, but other people find it boring (though to some extent you can improve your guns between missions, including the reload rate). There are a thousand plot holes, like how sometimes you'll be given a period-specific weapon and other times you'll be given a futuristic weapon with no explanation (and how no one in the Civil War notices that you have an assault rifle), but that seems to be true of any game or movie involving time travel--you pretty much have to accept it and have fun. The AI will say the same thing over and over, and the constant references to 9-11 are tacky, so again you have to ignore it. I didn't find the AI to be much worse than in other modern games--yes, sometimes they'll stare off into space, but other times they'll hit you hundreds of meters away, when you're behind bushes and should be unseen. The combat itself works rather well--the standard assault rifles handle as they do in other games, and the older weapons behave as you would expect (the Civil War colt revolver in particular has a nice kick to it). Though other reviewers have mentioned it, I didn't have any framerate problems. The maps tend to be wide open with lots of troops, so I can see why the graphics look dated, even though I'm not convinced a more mainstream engine couldn't have been used. The game kind of feels like an advertisement for the new engine, like they're showing off the different kinds of locations, weapons, and types of combat possible.
This is not a well-established franchise, and I like how the developers are thinking outside the box--they get points in my book for doing something new and original. The inexperience of the developers shows, but that said the game is unique--after all, how many games let you fight in first person in ancient Rome? I just wish I could've used a gladius (Roman sword)--a flamethrower against Roman soldiers isn't much of a challenge. :) This game will appeal to history buffs and people who are bored with the standard fps genres (WWII and modern times), but won't appeal to people who care a lot about graphics or the plot making sense. Most people won't put this at the top of their 'best game' list, but it definitely has a lot to offer.
Good variety of weapons and map locations
Linear and nonlinear maps
Runs fine (for me at least)
Goes where no fps has gone before
Dated (but not terrible) graphics
Lots of plot holes
Poor AI at times