Interesting sci-fi setting.
Approachable action-RPG concept.
Easy to find and connect with other players.
The promise of new heroes drives you forward.
Squad mechanics lead to tactical flexibility.
Combat and customization evolve as you play.
Co-operation with others is unnecessary at best.
Enemies and loot don't provide great motivation.
Lame storytelling, even by action RPG standards.
Lack of context can make combat feel like pure grind with no stakes.
Some minor mechanical quirks.
By Computeractive on June 04, 2011
We wouldn't recommend Darkspore as a single-player game, but it's much better in co-operative multiplayer mode...60
By TechSmart.co.za on June 01, 2011
From first glance Darkspore might appear to be another generic RPG attempt, but in actual fact the game hits the sweet spot when it comes to addictive gameplay mechanics. You'd be surprised how enjoyable co-op space looting can be, and spending time...-
By Strategy Informer on May 18, 2011
While many baulked at the idea of the Spore licence being used for something darker and more violent in tone, Maxis Software’s eventual take on the Diablo style point-and-click action-RPG is depressingly bereft of controversy in execution....65
By VR-Zone on May 17, 2011
graphics are good if you do not zoom in Graphics are good but not spectacular for an action role playing game and the audio department fares well in the game with sound effects crisp. Music seems lacking and we will really love it if the game...76
By Game Chronicles Magazine on May 13, 2011
Most of us know Maxis from a longstanding history of memorable games in the simulation genre, including franchise favorites like SimCity and The Sims. Most gamers are probably also familiar with Spore, Maxis’ evolution simulator from 2008 that...72
By NZGamer on May 09, 2011
Built with the same engine as 2008's Spore, Darkspore is an action role playing game (RPG) in the same vein as Diablo and its ilk. There are a few things that set it apart: Darkspore has a sci-fi setting instead of fantasy, and also has the player...60
By The Lobe and Mail on May 09, 2011
The best sci-fi yarns are the ones that offer audiences something familiar; an element of humanity that spurs emotional investment. The problem with Darkspore, a new action role-playing game for Windows PCs from Maxis – the same folks behind The...-
By NowGamer on May 05, 2011
Darkspore proves no rival to Diablo, Dungeon Siege or Torchlight, but it’s still a canny enough application of the action-RPG formula to be addictive to those of a suitably loot-hungry disposition, and highly polished with it. Just don’t...72
By GamePro on May 03, 2011
Hack n' slash your way through Maxis' outer space dungeon crawler that offers Spore's stellar character customization, but none of the humor or innovation.There are no cute creatures falling in love. There’s no dancing and singing to...60
By GameSpy on May 03, 2011
Pros: Interesting sci-fi setting; approachable action-RPG concept; easy to find and connect with other players.
Cons: Rote click-fest; co-operation with others is unnecessary at best; shoddy graphics; enemies and loot don't provide great motivation.50