Dark Sector

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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An entertaining dark shooter for mature players.

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age 12+
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Positive Messages

You are a trained killer, trying to wipe out a virus-infected group of society.

Violence

Slice enemies with throwable blades, or shoot them with shotguns, automatic rifles, and rocket launchers.

Sex
Language

Not pushing the envelope, but includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "bitch." No F-word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to being injected with a virus.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if this video game were a movie, would be rated "R." The core game-play component is killing mutated beasts, some of whom look half-human, half-machine, while others are wearing full-body protective gear. Slicing and dismembering enemies causes blood to splash out of their bodies before they slump to the ground. For dramatic effect, some kills are in slow-motion, and from the blade's perspective, so they can be quite grisly. The game also has a few scenes that can get scary where zombie-like enemies jump out at you in the graveyard level.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byTwilight April 9, 2008

Good Game..A little glitchy in some spots

When i started playing this i was a little disappointed to see that there were a few Glitches. First Off, when i shot an enemy the bullet holes were flashing i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybrunofish April 9, 2008

Fun at first, then it gets repetitive

in this game, u play as a guy who's just going on some super secret mission. then he gets infected by some wierd virus and he turns into a killing machine... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySunsBalla23 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

From Digital Extremes, the co-creators behind the award-winning Unreal games, comes a new combat-filled adventure, DARK SECTOR. But this darker shooter is played from a cinematic third-person perspective rather than a first-person view. Gamers step into the boots of Hayden Tenno, an elite black-ops agent who awakens in a decaying Eastern European city in the near future and finds his right arm has altered by an injection, granting him superhuman powers. Ironically, it's this virus that will help Hayden -- who looks like a cross between Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump -- take down the malevolent faction whose virus left this impoverished nation overrun by mutated monsters.

The first byproduct of your powerful arm is a throwable "glaive" -- a three-bladed boomerang -- that can slice and dice enemies even from a distance, before whirling back into your hand. Later you can control the direction of the blade, shown in slow-motion, or have it explode on impact. Toss in weapons such as shotguns, automatic rifles and rocket launchers (the latter of which will be required to take down helicopters), and you're a force to be reckoned with.

Is it any good?

Despite a few bland and clichéd environments -- namely, a shipyard, cemetery, and crate-filled warehouse -- and some questionable artificial intelligence, with enemies who don't run for cover when you're shooting at them, Dark Sector offers plenty of exhilarating combat for both the single-player campaign and multiplayer game modes. Gears of War it is not, but Dark Sector is ideal for mature gamers looking for a solid new diversion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the morality of killing humans in a video game. Is taking someone's life in a game an innocent virtual (yet visceral) thrill or is it potentially damaging outside of the game world by desensitizing the player to violence? Also, is it more acceptable, morally, if the humans have been transformed into mutants, as in Dark Sector, or does it not matter their state?

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