• Darkspore
63
Based on 32 scores, 40 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    1
  • Good:
    3
  • Average:
    12
  • Bad:
    16

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.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computeractive on 60

We wouldn't recommend Darkspore as a single-player game, but it's much better in co-operative multiplayer mode...

By TechSmart.co.za on

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 65

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....

By VR-Zone on 76

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...

By Game Chronicles Magazine on 72

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 allowed...

By NZGamer on 60

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...

By theglobeandmail.com on

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 Sims...

By NowGamer on 72

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 believe...

By GamePro on 60

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 win over friends....

By GameSpy on 50

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.

By PC Advisor on 60

The pedigree of the development studio suggests great things, but despite some entertaining customisation options, Darkspore feels peculiarly half-baked....

By 1Up on 81

Cynicism be damned; I bought into the hype hook, line, and sinker during the lead-up to the original Spore's release. Designer Will Wright's numerous talks on the project not only promised a full-fledged evolution sim, but also characterized the...

By GameSpot on 75

What it lacks in variety and narrative, Darkspore makes up for with fun cooperative combat and character customization that deepens the more you play....

By GamePlanet on 65

Simulation gurus Maxis have extended their Spore license to create a sci-fi roleplaying game that includes the series' quirky creation tools. Sounds good on...

By PC Gamer on 60

A strange animal, Darkspore doesn’t seem to want you to like its characters—and won’t let you make your...

By Games Radar on 60

Whether you loved it or hated it, Will Wright’s 2008 title Spore was an astoundingly beautiful game backed by incredible technology and some truly ambitious, pants-tighteningly awesome ideas. It’s been three years since those wonderfully...

By ign.com on 70

There are some really great things about Darkspore. The vast amount of customization options and the simple but fun battle system kept me interested enough to overlook the poor execution of story. However, a broken competitive multiplayer system and a...

By Cheat Code Central on 74

In 2008 Spore promised us the world but delivered nothing more than five barebones games and a pretty interesting character editor. Darkspore, EA and Maxis' follow up to their sim-everything disappointment, didn't promise the world. Instead, it...

International Review By Rpgwelten on 87

In Spore konnten wir aus einer kleinen Zelle entweder ein Pflanze oder eine fleischfressende Spezies erschaffen und mit dieser die Evolution nachspielen. In Darkspore geht es da schon actionlastiger zu. Ihr seid ein Mitglied einer alten Rasse die sich...

International Review By SLAM on 60

"Horde greift an!", und zwar in Form von mutierten außerirdischen Kreaturen, die durch fehlerhafte DNA entstanden sind.Wer "Maxis" sagt, muss auch "Sims" sagen. Ist doch die von Will Wright und Jeff Braun 1987 als unabhängiger Publisher gegründete...