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Darkstar One

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
76
3.6
Xbox 360
64
4.0
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Description

Darkstar One puts you in the shoes of Kayron Jarvis. Fresh from the flight-academy he learns from an good friend of his father, that his mysterious death was caused by sabotage. As a last gift from his father, he gets the ownership of the one-of-a-kind ship Darkstar One and now makes his way to find out the truth behind his fathers death.

Darkstar is a mix of Freelancer and Wing Commander: Privateer as you can fly your ship either with a mouse or a joystick.

As you solve the riddle you can visit 330 star-systems in which you can trade goods from other systems, take contracts like blasting a pirate gang out of the sky or try to be a pirate yourself. Every action influences the reputation with at least one faction and the game gives you total freedom in what you want to do or what career you want to pursue.

It is also possible to search for artifacts. As opposed to other games of this type, you don't buy a bigger ship. Through the whole game you only fly the Darkstar One. You upgrade the ship through artifacts you found in asteroids. If you have enough artifacts for an upgrade, you can boost the basic attributes of the ship. This enables you to install more and bigger weapons or goodies like a shield-booster.

Screenshots

Darkstar One Windows Intro - now
Darkstar One Windows A pirate in one of the many small cutscenes.
Darkstar One Windows An alien pirate ship is about to be shot down.
Darkstar One Windows Some space systems are very impressive

Alternate Titles

  • "暗星一号" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Darkstar One: Broken Alliance" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

Merely adequate space sim Windows StJude1 (11)

The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2006 86 out of 100 86
games xtreme Windows Jul 19, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Boomtown Windows Jul 21, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GamingXP Xbox 360 Jul 01, 2010 71 out of 100 71
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jul 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Joystiq Xbox 360 Jul 22, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Games Radar Windows Aug 15, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Vandal Online Xbox 360 Jul 09, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
ActionTrip Windows Sep 04, 2006 57 out of 100 57
Gamereactor (Sweden) Xbox 360 Aug 03, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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