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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am stuck and cant open up the last star system to get the 100 artifacts I don't want to start a new game over it or jump to a previous save gamePublished 14 months ago by Jonathan W.
ok i bought this one thinking it was a sequel to the original i played on pc which is awesome by the way. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Baxter
The game starts out rather fun. It was extremely promising, but after the introduction when you're supposed to go off on your own and choose your quests as RPGs often make you do,... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by David W Cunnington
I have a lot of respect for the British. However, no one in England seems capable of making a decent video game outside of Rock Star. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Psycho_Archer
I am an old PC gamer, and I still play a round of AGE II several times a week on average.
The reason I hunted down Dark Star One, was that one day I wanted to play... Read more
Steep initial learning curve but well worth the investment of time. The trader bug and the space sim bug have both been bitten by this game.Published on May 17, 2013 by Paul
A buddy he had been looking for it forever I found it and got it for him for Christmas he was very happy with the product and it shipped fast and arrived fast its also a great game... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by mike