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Dark Star One - Broken Alliance - Xbox 360

3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Rated: Teen
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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Action and adventure in one exciting package an innovative hybrid game that moves the player seamlessly between story-driven adventure, RPG customization and action-packed space battles
  • Play as pirate, trader, mercenary, bounty hunter, smuggler or assassin, configuring your ship accordingly, as the game world reacts to your actions and reputation
  • Explore a universe of more than 300 solar systems populated by 6 distinct alien races with unique ship designs, tactics, behaviors and realistic economies
  • Fully customize the DarkStar One with weapons, engines, shields and over 200 distinct components through trade, salvage, exploration and plunder
  • Amazing visuals and sound - enjoy more than 35 hours of true 1080p High Definition gameplay, over 40 minutes of cut-scene storytelling and 90 minutes of original music

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In Darkstar One - Broken Alliance, command the mysterious spacecraft, the Darkstar One, allowing near infinite customization capabilities using the latest and even mysterious alien weapons and technologies. Blast into space for in-your-face 3D combat in full 1080p High Definition, explore over 300 alien worlds, buy and sell cargo or services, all while exploring a vast and beautiful universe in a quest to uncover the mystery behind the main character's father.

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Release date July 20, 2010
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3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,283 in videogames
#1,086 in Video Games > Xbox 360 > Games
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
Media: Video Game
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By M. Russo on January 24, 2011
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Before I get into my review I'd like to preface with some quick side notes that don't affect my rating:
1. The Amazon product images as of this writing are unrelated to this item (other than the same publisher: Kalypso). I was nervous about ordering this item because of this, but I did receive the actual DarkStar One game.
2. I've been a serious gamer for over 20 years.
3. I have never played the original PC version (DarkStar One (DVD-Rom)) of this game.

DarkStar One (DSO from here on) is a surprisingly fun space shooter that manages to defy traditional game classification. Is it action? Is it an rpg? Is it an adventure? Is it a space shooter? All of these descriptions fit in some way, and all are used to describe the game in its own marketing, but DSO doesn't seem to favor any one of them. This makes for an interesting and unique gaming experience that doesn't come along very often. The game seems to subtly adjust around around your playing style based on the missions you decide to take on.
If you want some action then get out there and hunt down some space pirates. It seems like the more you hunt down pirates, the more the game throws them at you.
If you want some "rpg" then scour the 300+ solar systems for artifacts to "level" your ship up. The rpg elements in DSO are geared specifically towards upgrading your ship as opposed to your character in traditional rpg style.
If you want some adventure then follow the main/side story lines to solve a mystery surrounding your father's death.
There are even elements of economic management as you can buy/sell trade goods from "Trade Stations" located in every solar system.
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Being a scifi fan,when I first saw this game for cheap,I thought I'd give it a try. My expectations were low. At first I didn't think too highly of my purchase until I figured out all the controls. Such as(you must use reverse thrust to keep the enemies in front of you). The more I played the game the more I liked it. The Metacritic score is 65 out of 100. Though the reviews are positive, they all mention that this is a 4 year old PC port. I believe, if this game would not have come out earlier on PC and was new, it would have scored higher, perhaps around low 80's. Myself, I would give it a 90. The game looks great, contols great, and has different difficulty settings. If things get too tough all you have to do is spend some time upgrading your ship before progressing. The story is on par with any other video game narrative,(That is to say it's average). It has addictive gameplay and is a very long game.
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Greetings Amazonites!

Darkstar One is an okay game. It reminds me of some old school PC games; it's definitely more strategy/sim than anything else. You are the pilot of an advanced ship that can be upgraded by spending money or finding artifacts. You have a large galaxy to explore. There is an underlying story, but you can avoid it by doing any number of available missions.

GRAPHICS & SOUND (4 stars): the visual quality is great. There isn't much to gawk at when not in space; the only other environments are static shots of a space station (interior) or some cut scenes of interior areas. While not jaw-dropping, the space environments are appropriately large and impressive. The stars, asteroids, planets, and so on will definitely impress anyone. The other space ships are less impressive--most are a little blocky or have some fuzzy textures.

The sound quality can't be knocked. The music is appropriate and unintrusive; it's not amazing, but it doesn't muck with the gameplay. The sound effects are good, but not great. The weapons, explosions, and other effects convey the atmosphere well.

CONTROLS & GAMEPLAY (2 stars): the controls only pertain to action while in space. You fly, shoot, and manage things with various buttons. I found the controls to be awkward and a little clunky. There's two different ways to accelerate and slow down, but the difference between the two isn't clearly explained. There are ways to match a target's speed, but it's mapped to the D-pad; it's a little odd to steer with the L-stick and then reach down to tap something--requiring you to release the steering control. The in-flight controls could use some serious work.

It takes some getting used to before you can fly and shoot accurately.
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I read the description of this title and to be honest I was excited. For those who played it. It reminded me of a platform version of Eve:Online. The systems were great and the gameplay was a bit sticky but overall very fun. It had a great storyline and was a real treat to play. The overall graphics quality was a bit grainy, especially when accelerated to 1080p. But all in all, was a great title and delivered on my expectations. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys space sims and/or character development games. Play it!!
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This game is really neat. Basically, it is a flight simulator. There are no ground missions. The graphics are pretty good. Space looks terrific, as do all of the ship and bases. The special affects are pretty cool. Sound is well done. There are various different music scores that play while you are cruising through space or fighting. The voice acting is also well done.

Your ship, the Dark Star One, is state-of-the-art and is more advanced than most other star vessels. This ship will change over time as you find organic artefacts. In essence, the Dark Star One is alive. As it grows, you are able to upgrade it with cool new weapons and other ship systems.

Players are able to engage in all sorts of activities throughout the 300+ star system galaxy. Merchant, mercenary, bounty hunter, smuggling and more are available as you explore space. Destroying pirates as always fun. I like sending my target messages of destruction as I shoot them.

The controls are very good, and special equipment actions are easily accessed.

I love this game. It is a lot of fun.
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