Dark Void – Rocketeer anyone?

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I haven’t heard much about Dark Void to be honest with you. I know what it looks like, another 3rd person shooter with a gimmick(the jetpack). When I saw this walkthrough of aerial combat while surfing the gametrailers.com page my interest in the game went up a little bit. The video didn’t show too much in terms of gameplay but, what it did show I liked! The animation is fluid and makes me think that I’m watching a cutscene at some points. It also reminded me of an awesome movie I saw as a kid in 1991, “The Rocketeer”. Not sure how many of you have seen this epic masterpiece, but the trailer of the film will give you a little insight into what the movie was like. Movies have come a long way.

I loved that outfit and the jetpack though, so this game gets bonus points already for reminding me of the rocketeer. Finally I can play a game that has the same feeling that the movie gave me except this time around I’ll be doing the flying.

A posted comment on the aerial walkthrough’s video:
CaptainCalvin
Posted 1-8-2009 3:46pm [quote] It’s as if some brilliant scientist blended iron man, gears of war, and mass effect into one delicious milkshake! and then turned it into a game!!!

oh man, i can’t wait to see how this turns out![quote]

That sounds about right to me.

Having great animation isn’t going to make a game great by itself though, which makes me interested in seeing how the story is played out. The story so far from what I can gather is that you are Will and you crash land a plane in a jungle at the far corner of the globe somewhere and end up in the “Void”. This is an alternate dimension where the “Watchers” an alien race that look like robots want to take over the Earth, and the “Survivors” humans who are stuck in the void that want to get back home to Earth. The interesting part to the story is that Nikola Tesla was somehow transported into the void through one of his experiments and is there now trying to reverse-engineer the aliens advanced technology to use against them. Hence, the jetpack.

Sounds like a decent setup for a sci-fi action game to me. The release date was pushed back to January 12, 2010 for the PC and PS3.
(If the game turns out to be good my fingers crossed for a 360 version to follow shortly thereafter)

Comments

  1. “The Rocka who?”

    The Rocketeer is one of my favorite movies—campiness and all. It had so much potential.

    A sort-of steampunk All American hero when it really was the silver screen.

    This game is on my radar.

  2. Very well put Nat.

    I like how you described The Rocketeer. He was my favorite hero for a long time. I was so into the character I played with a figurine of him that had its arms straight out and they couldn’t bend or move. Not much you can do but fly around with an action figure like that but that is just what I did.
    =)

  3. To be honest, I think the character design is so similar to The Rocketeer, that I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of copyright infringement going on.

  4. luke gruening says:

    I’m a pilot and its been a lifelong dream to fly. And when I saw The Rocketeer when as a wee kid, its what mainly inspired me to fly. Dark Void is my dream come true! The story could’ve been waaay better and it had a lot of potential. However, the gameplay and action is the best part and the flying, (rocket pack or fighter craft) is the greatest part!
    I would love to play a Rocketeer remake of Dark Void.

  5. Dom S. I. says:

    I think that “Dark void” was an epic game.It got all the mysteries of the dissapearences ,like the “USS Cyclops,and Nikola Tesla,and I loved how they done that.
    The best part was when you first got your rocket pack,that level was the best.The main mission itself was amazing,but could have been improved a little more,but the pack and gun’s covered up that slight flaw.
    Overall the game in my opinion recieves a 9/10 (EPIC!!!)

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