Dark Void – A Review

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Oh. My. God.

Where has this game been all my life? It’s true to say that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and that old chestnut is certainly true in this case. Having waited patiently for the release of Watchdogs I grew very tired very quickly with a game that retailed closer to £50 and offered – what I felt – was a lackluster experience. So I found myself standing in a pawn shop, a lot like those old video stores you used to stand in with your parents years ago choosing what to watch on a Friday night, looking for something cheap and something that looked entertaining. Although I lied about the cover part. Because in truth that looked very cool too.

Dark Void is a title from Capcom which follows a rather bizarre tale about a gateway between worlds that exists somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle. Essentially, virtually anyone who has been reported “lost” in this region throughout history has actually just ended up on this rather parallel alien world. The story takes place in 1938, shortly before the outbreak of WW2 and focuses on a cargo pilot named William Augustus Grey (voiced, fantastically I should add, by the amazingly talented Nolan North) who accepts a tricky delivery which should set him up nicely for a few months. Upon preparing to leave he discovers he’ll be accompanied on the journey by his long lost love interest and this adds a rather typical dynamic and sub plot during game play – especially to those familiar with the Uncharted series.

This third person shooter sees you traverse jungle terrain (again, see Uncharted) and fight mechanical droids or creatures which look like a cross between the Terminator and the battle drones from Star Wars. There’s also the appearance of Nikola Telsa, the inventor and father of modern radio, who mysteriously aids your quest early on without giving you much of an explanation as to why you’re doing anything. Of course his voice is provided by Paul Eiding – better known to Metal Gear Solid fans as Roy Campbell – so you’re not really complaining with some additional dialogue.

As you progress through the title you’ll be given the opportunity to upgrade weapons, fight variations of baddies and generally interact with the game in a typical third person shooter perspective. However, you should also take time to collect journals and interact with some secondary characters, earning a number of useful trophies and additional upgrades as a result. Dark Void is a game which should be savored and enjoyed and while it’s not the longest game you’re likely to encounter it’s available rather cheaply in a number of second hand stores which justify an enjoyable play through.