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Darkstar One

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
76
3.6
Xbox 360
64
4.0

User Reviews

Merely adequate space sim Windows StJude1 (11)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Windows 21 3.6
Xbox 360 1 4.0
Combined MobyScore 22 3.6


The Press Says

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90
WindowsneXGam
Mit Darkstar One präsentiert Ascaron grafisch und spielerisch einen beeindruckenden Weltraumshooter, der dem Spieler viel Freiraum in den virtuellen Galaxien erlaubt. Dabei hat mir die Maus/Keyboardsteuerung sehr gut gefallen, sodass ich mit wenigen Handgriffen meinen Raumkreuzer unter Kontrolle bringen konnte. Ich als alter Wing Commander-Hase hatte also viel Spaß mit Ascarons Weltraumshooter und kann das Spiel daher jedem Actionfreak nur empfehlen.
89
WindowsGame Captain
Darkstar One hat den Genrethron erklommen und sich einen GameCaptain Award verdient. Und das nicht zuletzt durch einen kinderleichten Einstieg, mit einer unkomplizierten und durchdachten Steuerung und dem rollenspielähnlichen Schiffs-Upgrade-System. Dazu wird das ganze noch edel atmosphärisch in Bild, Video und Ton in Szene gesetzt. Wer allerdings ein überaus hohes Maß an Spieltiefe sucht oder auch noch über die dritte Kommastelle bei den Warenpreisen Bescheid wissen will, wird mit dem Spiel sicher nicht richtig warm werden. Vielmehr setzt das Spiel sowohl auf die schnelle Weltraum-Action, als auch auf einen unkomplizierten Handel. Beides gepaart mit der spannenden Story ist überaus unterhaltend und motivierend. Vorsicht: Zeitfresser!
88
WindowsPC Powerplay
Eine Revolution ist es nicht, was Ascaron da abfeuert. Aber eine exzellente Mischung aus Zugänglichkeit, vorbildlicher Steuerung (mit Maus UND Joystick!) und Suchtfaktor. Das Ganze sehr schick verpackt und wie aus einem Guss. Dabei hatte ich nach dem enttäuschenden X3 (zu komplex-kompliziert) und Freelancer (zu leicht-seicht) die Hoffnung schon aufgegeben. Klar, auch Darkstar hat seine Macken. Da muss ich mich halt zwingen, mal 20 Minuten lang nur vier Artefakte aus Asteroiden zu fummeln. Aber das Upgraden entschädigt mich wieder. Und nach der x-ten Piratenwelle mag ich mal ein Großschiff angreifen. Doch schwupt, genau dann kommt der Auftrag dazu - als ob das Spiel meine Gedanken lesen kann.
86
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich habe Darkstar One von der ersten Sekunde an geliebt und das hat sich bis zum Schluss nach rund 15 Spielstunden nicht geändert. Obewohl es immer wieder Momente gab, in denen ich die Maus am liebsten in den Monitor gepfeffert hätte. So reißen einen die fünf Minispielchen immer wieder aus der Weltraumoper. Schade außerdem, dass das Universum im Prinzip überall gleich aufgebaut ist. Aber mit diesen Mankos kann ich gut leben. Denn die Schlachten sind extrem rasant und machen einen Heidenspaß.
85
Windowsgames xtreme
DarkStar One isn’t the next best thing since sliced bread, it’s not the next big space sim – it is but one space sim in a long line of other space sims that is fun to play and with 50 minutes of cut-scene footage that explains the story it becomes quite compelling to get to the next piece. The upgradeable ship and special weapon is a breath of fresh air in the genre and that wins big points and prizes with me. All in all, Darkstar One is a game that the space sim fans should enjoy, while not as complex and mind-challenging as some of the others, X series and Battlecruiser it provides a reasonable diversion while waiting for the ultimate space game to come along.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Review für Review beschwert sich dieser Tester über das Aussterben der Space Sims und bittet um einen würdigen Nachfolger für Digital Anvils Freelancer. Alleine dafür, dass Ascaron die Gebete erhört hat, sollte es einen Award geben. Doch ohnehin haben sich Daniel Dumont und sein Team die Auszeichnung redlich verdient: Darkstar One bietet eine unglaubliche Spielfreiheit, motivierende Rollenspielelemente und eine spannende, wenn auch nicht taufrische Geschichte. Logisch, dass hier kein Komplexitätsmonster à la X3 schlummert, doch im Gegensatz zum Egosoft-Titel kann ich mich ohne Leerlauf und Frust in die Action stürzen, das Weltall erkunden und mein Schiff aufbessern. Damit ist Darkstar für Weltraum-Fans ein Pflichtkauf, für Actionspieler aber zumindest einen Blick (auf die Demo) wert. Gratulation nach Gütersloh zu einem würdigen Freelancer-Erben!
84
WindowsPC Action
Wer mit Weltraum-Shootern nichts anfangen kann, braucht Darkstar One nicht. Punkt! Ich brauche es aber ganz dringend. So oft und lange wie möglich. Obwohl man im Endeffekt nichts anderes tut, als durchs All zu fliegen, gegnerische Schiffe zu zerlegen und sich in Raumstationen durch Menüs zu klicken. Vor allem die Suche nach Artefakten, um das Raumschiff zu pimpen, entwickelte sich zur Sucht. Richtig feist kommt das Spiel übrigens mit einer Surround-Anlage. So fett klangen bisher nur wenige Raumschlachten.
84
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Knallig sind nicht nur die Explosionen, knallig ist auch die komplette Spielwelt von Ascarons Weltraum-Shooter, der sich mal eben so den Genre-Thron holt. Kaum zu glauben, aber wahr - endlich dürfen Sie mal wieder Ihren wahrscheinlich inzwischen angestaubten Joystick aus dem Schrank holen, um sich in den Weiten eines riesigen Spieluniversums zu tummeln - Darkstar One sei Dank.
81
Windows4Players.de
Die ersten Stunden in Darkstar One haben mich wirklich überrascht. Aufgrund der Bandbreite an Missionen, zig Nebenquests, einfachem Handel sowie dem stetigen Drang zur Schiffsaufrüstung schrie das Spiel zunächst nach einem Gold-Award. Aber nach und nach stellte sich Ernüchterung im Weltraum ein. Trotz der mit einem kleinen Schuss Taktik garnierten Kämpfe und unzähligen Feinden fehlt es überall an Abwechslung. Jedes Sonnensystem ist identisch aufgebaut, die Aufträge wiederholen sich und selbst die Artefakte sind immer in den gleichen Asteroiden versteckt. Nur ein leises Verlangen nach der Storyauflösung und die Gier nach weiteren Raumschiffupgrades haben mich bei der Stange gehalten. Auf lange Sicht vermisst man einfach mehr Variation, Überraschungen und ein etwas komplexeres Handels- und Rufsystem. Unterm Strich ein gutes Spiel und ein unterhaltsamer Actionausflug, der das Potenzial nach oben nicht vollends ausschöpft.
81
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Een twijflachtige muis-toetsenbordaansturing en de mogelijkheid om onhaalbare missies aan te nemen worden ruimschoots goedgemaakt door de snelle, vervelingsloze gameplay die de fun terug naar dit in complexiteit verzande genre brengt.
81
WindowsGameSpot
"Keep it simple, stupid" isn't a credo that space-sim developers have subscribed to over the years. While other games have practically beaten players senseless with the complicated economics of buying and selling futuristic space-goods, the developers of DarkStar One apparently realized that some of us just want to be Han Solo. This game "gets" the template of 1985's Commodore 64 classic Elite in a way that many other space-trading games released over the past decade or so didn't, thanks to its emphasis on the mid-'80s classic's simple principles of buying low, selling high, and blasting pirates for fun and profit. It comes with a few minor problems in the fit-and-finish department, but the game is still an outstanding return to the frontier spirit that made Elite so memorable.
80
WindowsIGN
DarkStar One faithfully takes us back to those glory days of yesteryear, but with all the advantages of current technology and far more depth. It's a bit mundane in spots, it really doesn't deliver anything new, and it likely isn't authentic or complex enough for serious sim-heads. But for sheer shoot 'em up fun in outer space, enhanced with enough peripheral activities to make things interesting, there isn't much out there today like it.
80
WindowsGamingExcellence
As I stated before, some games don't need to be different to stand out. DarkStar One is the game you might have played before, but everything that you've seen before is done just as well here, if not better and still makes for an enjoyable experience.
80
WindowsGame Freaks 365
The final word on this one is to go out and buy it if you are up for an old-school space themed piloting game. Especially since all you Trekies don’t know what the next enterprise is going to be like, and this gives a fun experience behind the pilot’s seat. On top of blowing away enemy ships you can watch your ship morph into something really awesome. For a game that took somewhere around 20 hours to beat, it is worth the price. If you are looking for a game that allows you to fly your own ship give it a shot, especially all you wanna-be Han Solos.
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Les amateurs de space opera dans le genre Freelancer peuvent aisément se laisser tenter par Darkstar One. Bénéficiant d'une réalisation correcte et d'un gameplay efficace, ce titre plaira certainement aux amateurs de science-fiction. Reste qu'il connaît quelques problèmes au niveau des missions proposées qui s'avèrent être un peu répétitives à la longue. Rien de grave cependant, rien en tout cas qui puisse justifier de ne pas acheter le jeu, d'autant qu'il est proposé à un tarif très intéressant.
80
WindowsBoomtown
The search for the new Elite has been a 20 year trek that has yet to find a true successor to that original inspired game. Many have tried, often adding needless complexity to try and capture the original game's atmosphere. All of this is in vain. Why? Because all that atmosphere in Elite was in our heads, our imaginations, not on the screen.
80
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
After about four hours with Darkstar One an idea struck me. What's different about Elite Clones? They're too different. They're trying too hard. The point being: Elite, for all its scale, action and variety, was a simple game. And Darkstar One is likewise.
77
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ondanks het matige verhaal en het inspiratieloze sectordesign, valt er best veel knalplezier te beleven in Darkstar One.
76
Xbox 3604Players.de
Der erste Eindruck ist wichtig, und glaubt man diesem, ist DSO ein hässliches und zumindest in der englischen Fassung scheußlich klingendes Spiel. Übersteht man diesen Eröffnungsschock und gewährt dem Spiel einen zweiten oder dritten Blick, offenbart sich ein solider und erstaunlich fesselnder Laser-Shootout bester Wing Commander- und Privateer-Schule: An die Steuerung hat man sich schnell gewöhnt, danach herrschen wunderbar spaßige und unkomplizierte Weltraum-Ballereien vor. Wer unbedingt möchte, kann auch den Taschenrechner zücken und den All-Buchhalter mimen, auch wenn mir der übersimple Handelspart gar nichts sagte. Allerdings mangelt es auf Dauer an Abwechslung: Es gibt nur eine Hand voll unterschiedlicher Missionsarten und die Beschränkung auf ein Schiff ergibt zwar durch das Upgrade-System durchaus Sinn, wirkt aber trotzdem fad.
76
WindowsGamernode
It is DarkStar One's repetitiveness that decimates its chances with anyone other than space-sim buffs. While the game excellently provides a sense of depth and vastness to space, and both looks and sounds wonderful, you'll have experienced every bit of innovation available halfway through the game. While it's addicting, the gameplay just isn't varied enough to fulfill the game's potential greatness, nor keep you engaged for the game's lengthy storyline.
75
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance is a bit repetitive, but it has enough variety and the gameplay is easy enough to get into that the experience is very addictive. More than the sum of its parts, DarkStar One is a successful translation of the complicated space sim genre onto a console, a real rarity on the Xbox 360. Definitely worth a look for seasoned space jockeys and newcomers alike.
75
WindowsGameslave UK
When I last encountered Darkstar One I was impressed with what appeared to be a hugely entertaining game that promised to be the first really fulfilling action-orientated space game since Freelancer. Now, with the game finished, has the Darkstar One lived up to expectations? In many ways, yes it has, though it falls just short of the high standards it sets itself early on.
74
Xbox 360GamingTrend
When you look at the list I mentioned at the top of this review you’ll note that all of those titles are a few years old, and all of them are PC titles. The fact is simple – consoles have gotten the short end of the stick, producing poorly done ports or being skipped entirely. DarkStar One is a fairly big (and dangerous) world; while it isn’t always the prettiest game nor does it host a wide variety of missions like other contemporary sandbox titles, the important thing to know is this: for a 4 year old port it still manages to bring something new to the table that is fun and the combat works, and in the end isn’t that exactly what we want out of our games? Now we just need to get other companies to bring, or develop, more space sims to the console market – remember that DarkStar One helped pave the way.
73
WindowsFragland.net
Allow me to summarise the game as follows: Darkstar One manages to differ from the competition by a few features, but quickly falls under the term "more of that". You can get across large distances quicker, have a wide variety of missions, it's aimed at quick action, but really comes short in the economy. Fun for a while, but not really for the die-hards.
71
Xbox 360GamingXP
“DarkStar One: Broken Alliance“ ist ein solides Abenteuer, das durch die zahlreichen Nebenmissionen eine Menge Spielzeit und spaßiges Weltraumgeballer bietet. Die schlechte Präsentation der Story drücken aber auf die Stimmung und können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass der Titel eigentlich bereits vier Jahre auf den Buckel hat. Aufgrund mangelnder Alternativen auf der X360 bleibt es in seinem Genre aber der Spitzenreiter.
71
Xbox 360GameTrailers
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance is big, complex, and just messy enough to make it hard to recommend without some reservation. If you've been hard up for a space combat sim, this is a lot of game for $50. If you're short on patience, though, you may want to sit this trip out.
70
Xbox 360Joystiq
In truth, the very best thing about Dark Star One is just how little competition it has in the space combat sim genre. The closest you'll get on the 360 is Project Sylpheed, and that's far more arcadey and fantastical than this. In an alternate reality where top-tier studios were cranking out four or five of these sort of games a year, DSO's dated graphics and abysmal presentation would likely relegate it to an afterthought. But here on Earth Prime, where competent space shooters, especially on consoles, are bafflingly rare? I'm happy for whatever I can get.
70
Xbox 360Cynamite
Das Universum und die Möglichkeiten sind bei Darkstar One riesig. So könnt ihr euch nur mit den Kampfaufträgen begnügen, Pirat oder Weltraumpolizist sein oder stattdessen einfach Darkstar One: Der Test des Weltraum-Shooters als Händler große Gewinne erzielen. Wenn ihr euch lediglich auf die Story konzentriert, seid ihr in gut 20 Stunden beim Schluss angelangt. Dagegen wirkt die Präsentation veraltet. Die Grafik ist detailarm und insgesamt mäßig, das Spiel ist textlastig und die Zwischensequenzen sehen für heutige Verhältnisse billig aus. Zwar hat Darkstar One ein Tutorial und auch die Speicherpunkte sind fair gesetzt, aber eure Missionsziele müsst ihr umständlich über ein Logbuch abrufen. Ebenso archaisch wirkt die Landung auf einer Raumstation: Wie beim 20 Jahre alten Wing Commander fragt ihr per Funk um Landeerlaubnis und bewegt die Darkstar One anschließend auf die Station. Wenn ihr dabei zu langsam seid, müsst ihr das Ganze wiederholen. Spaß macht das nicht.
70
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Darkstar One Broken Alliance is an interesting title. It is definitely showing its age in some respects as the developers didn’t do a whole lot of improvements when they were porting it to the Xbox360. With that said though there aren’t a whole lot of games like this on the Xbox360. Keeping that in mind it will definitely have its fan base as it will be serving a group of people that has been largely ignored. There are definitely some fun moments to be had and once you adjust to the control scheme and the way things work it could also become a fairly deep game. It’s also not a short game so if you are someone who likes titles that you can sink your teeth into then you will definitely want to give this game a try. Your enjoyment of this title will be based on whether you can look past some of the flaws. If you are able to do so then you should find your time in outer space enjoyable.
70
Xbox 360Console Monster
Despite this, DarkStar One still manages to feel fresh, open and free of frustration - it's easy to lose yourself in the adventure. If you’re prepared to put up with a little bit of grinding and can deal with some of the more repetitive missions outside of the main quest, there’s a lot here to enjoy. For those hankering for an Elite style fix, there’s definitely an amount of homage and given that there’s a distinct gap in this genre, DarkStar One is ahead of its competition. If you fancy yourself as the next Han Solo, it’s one to consider.
70
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
DarkStar One is undoubtedly a bit of a throwback. It's not the all-singing, all-dancing AAA space combat title which could still make a lot of console owners' days, but it does go an awfully long way to proving that a game of that calibre is eminently possible on consoles, as well as providing an entertaining diversion. Perhaps as a cut-price download title, Kalypso could have scraped an 8 with this, but age has weathered the full-price score by one since its debut.
70
Xbox 360GameSpot
You could add a few other nitpicks to the list of DarkStar One: Broken Alliance's minor problems. The inability to drop a side mission in progress can be a real pain if you select one that takes you to a location you haven't yet unlocked, for example. Sometimes, selecting a neutral object on your target list will not select it on your screen, while another bug may keep you from collecting all 100 available artifacts. Yet with all its foibles, this space combat sim is a lighthearted and enjoyable adventure that could last you upward of 30 hours, depending on how quickly you decide to blow through the story. If you've been looking to light up the heavens with lasers and missiles, there's no reason you shouldn't forgive DarkStar One's flaws and take to the intergalactic trade lanes.
70
Windows1UP
DarkStar One proves that the term "tried-and-true" doesn't just mean "been done." While it does nothing innovative, DarkStar One does a lot of things expertly within a genre that's, sadly, fallen by the wayside in recent years. If you've been craving the flavor of hot ion bolts and heat seekers, but can't bear to reinstall Freelancer yet again, DarkStar One should hit the proverbial spot.
70
WindowsWorth Playing
Overall, Darkstar One is a pretty good game. While it does have some minor deficiencies that affect its replay value, it should satisfy any cravings you have for blowing away intergalactic pirate scum. The story is engaging, and despite the bad voice-acting, the game kept me coming back to see what happens next. Sadly, the lack of equipment, multiplayer support, and quality cut scene graphics is to blame for this release not receiving a higher overall score. That said, Darkstar One is the best we've seen from this genre in quite some time. That statement loses some steam when you consider the string of exceptionally bad space-shooter/RPGs we've seen since Freelancer, but at least this title offers enough polish and style to make it worth playing even past its flaws.
70
WindowsStrategy Informer
Seen by some as the “successor” to Microsoft’s Freelancer space action adventure, Darkstar One delivers more depth in some areas but sorely lacks in other perhaps more crucial parts.
70
WindowsPro-G
For a while Darkstar One is a lot of fun; that much is clear. It's visually appealing, easy to pick up, and the combat has a nice competitive edge to it. But this feeling doesn't last as long as perhaps it ought to. Once you've plundered your way through all the game has to offer, the lack of variety is clear to see and the story isn't good enough to hold things together. So, enjoy it while it lasts, but expect a game that puts a smile on your face for a few weeks rather than a few months.
70
WindowsGames Radar
The developers wanted desperately to evoke a sense of place in the game, and included lots of incidental radio chatter and other color that gives the game some character. Unfortunately, you tend to hear the same comments over the radio over and over again. Fortunately, it's easy to detach yourself from DarkStar One's story and immerse yourself in the moment-by-moment excitement of traversing a sometimes-hostile galaxy in a hot-rod of a ship.
70
WindowsYahoo! Games
They might have been paying too much attention there, however. As good as the combat is, Darkstar One is too simplistic to evolve into a real classic. It's a great look back at a fading genre, but lacking a stronger story and economic system, it's not likely to foster a major revival.
69
Xbox 360XboxAddict
Darkstar One: Broken Alliance is a good game. It will find a dedicated following in the RPG/Space Sim/Combat gamers and most will enjoy the 20 or so hours of gameplay provided. However, this is due in part, to the lack of good genre games being created instead of being because of the outstanding playability. If the developers had focused more on the combat and less on the RPG and if they had not touted the HD aspect I believe there would have been a wider appeal.
67
Xbox 360Game Shark
And now here is that same basic gameplay, working just fine on a console system. It can be tough getting used to the short throw of the analog stick if you're a joystick guy. There's a fair bit of futzing around with the d-pad and radial menus, which are a minor hassle in the heat of battle. And good lord, it's a pain in the afterburner managing the map, whether it's comparing supplies to demands, finding the nearest pirate gang, or just figuring out the goofy name of whatever system where you're parked. Otherwise, this adaptation to the gamepad works about as well as can be expected, considering there's nothing to sap the feeling of being in a spaceship cockpit quite so thoroughly as clutching a gamepad. But Darkstar One on the Xbox 360 isn't the way to relive the golden era of joysticks and keyboards. Those days are gone and you're on the couch now, taking what you can get. Be glad it's as good a game as Darkstar One.
65
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Darkstar One : Broken Alliance n'est pas sans défauts, et pas que des petits, il est assez répétitif, très inégal dans le rythme de sa progression et surtout, il a pris un vilain coup de vieux. Mais si on fait abstraction de ces quelques lourdeurs, il offre malgré tout un gameplay et une aventure assez riche. Par ailleurs, il n'a guère de concurrence sur Xbox 360 et ceux qui sont intrigués par ce genre de titres peu accessibles et réservés au PC peuvent en profiter pour tenter une première approche.
65
Xbox 360Spazio Games
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance è l’adattamento di un gioco che quattro anni fa riuscì a farsi apprezzare sul mercato PC grazie all’immediatezza, alla vastità ed al fascino dell’ambientazione, elementi rimasti invariati in questa riedizione per Xbox 360. Purtroppo il titolo non è uscito indenne dalla prova del tempo, col risultato che il comparto tecnico e l’offerta ludica generale, fin troppo ripetitiva, ne abbassano irrimediabilmente la valutazione globale. A nostro parere una distribuzione digitale ed un prezzo più allineato al mercato del Live Arcade avrebbe giovato molto al gioco che, nonostante la cronica mancanza di concorrenza, si ritrova comunque affiancato sugli scaffali a titoli di ben altro spessore, sia tecnico che contenutistico. Un vero peccato, in quanto DarkStar One: Broken Alliance è comunque in grado di intrattenere gli appassionati del genere, ai quali consigliamo di dargli un’occhiata: potrebbero regalarsi numerose ore di divertimento.
65
Xbox 360Vandal Online
Si os gustan los simuladores espaciales con toques de rol, muchas horas por delante y un vasto universo por explorar deberíais prestarle atención a este juego ya que no hay otro igual en X360. Muchas misiones, una historia larga, cientos de galaxias con distintas razas, sistemas políticos y económicos, configuración y mejoras de la nave constantes, un juego bastante completo que no puede ocultar en ningún momento su carácter humilde en sus apartados técnicos pero que contentará a un público muy específico, y encima sale a un precio reducido por lo que si alguien llevaba tiempo esperando un juego de similares características en X360 debería probarlo, aunque teniendo muy en cuenta que se encuentra completamente en inglés y se necesita un nivel medio para poder disfrutarlo ya que su elaborar historia es uno de sus puntos fuerte.
65
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 65%. When you stop thinking about how much better this game could be and accept it for what it is, you realize it's an enjoyable, story-driven, partial sandbox, space-flight sim that doesn't hold your hand like most current games. But even a space geek may not be able to overlook all of its out-dated and ill-conceived elements.
65
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Darkstar One: Broken Alliance is not a terrible game, but it will very likely only appeal to a small amount of gamers. The presentation might put some people off, but the depth of the gameplay and the customisation options mean there is a lot to discover. Although sometimes the missions can get repetitive, the story does move at a suitable pace so any boring spells are minimised. The game incorporates a nice mix of exploration, customisation and combat but perhaps the danger is there is no stand out niche, so for those say looking for a solid space flight combat sim, perhaps might feel the game has missed the mark. Some polishing would perhaps make the experience a little smoother, such as sorting the awkward controls and other various options such as not being able to quit missions outright.
65
Xbox 360GameZone
It’s hard to recommend a four-year old game whose main selling point for the AAA price-tag is upgraded graphics, but leaves the core gameplay unchanged. The game has a lot of substance that unfortunately becomes repetitive quite early on. For those who missed the opportunity to play DarkStar One on the PC, I recommend giving that a shot first.
60
Xbox 360GamingLives
Despite the flaws, and the fact that this has been better before, Darkstar One has kept me interested. Maybe it’s because you get that lonely man in space feeling – I have just watched Moon after all – or maybe it’s because I’m in the mood for a open-world (universe, whatever) game that doesn’t involve running around America shooting pricks, but either way I like it. You might like it too, or more likely, you’ll hate it. But with the price dropping to less than half-price within two weeks of release (thanks to the ‘couldn’t deliver a game in a reasonable length of time if the customer was in their building and everyone they loved would be executed if they failed’ retail fuck-ups Zavvi) you can’t go too far wrong. Unless you literally hate space’s guts, that is.
60
Xbox 360Strategy Informer
So it's easy to end up yearning for more. None of the single pieces of Darkstar are particularly shoddy (voicework aside), but mixed together they form an experience that's largely devoid of anything memorable, but also one that remains hypnotically sedate until eventual boredom sets in. There is a subset of people reading this that will absolutely fall in love with the low-budget production and simplistic exploration here, but for everybody else, it will likely remain a curiosity rather than a necessity, even after extended play. Regardless however, it sits alone as king of the console space exploration genre for now.
60
Xbox 360Game Critics
Although I certainly admire the attempt and have no damning complaints against DarkStar One, the combination of sameness during play and lack of transparency in the game's systems caused the experience to cool off for me before credits rolled. I certainly understand that it's unrealistic to expect a developer to fill an entire "universe" with stunningly unique content, but while DarkStar One's heart might be in the right place, it needs a top-down overhaul before I can recommend that anyone climb aboard for the journey.
60
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
It's a game that's worth experiencing, if only to try out a wholly different genre from anything else available on the major systems. However, the niche it will appeal to is so small that 99% of gamers will be better off renting this one rather than plopping down the full $50 for a risk like this. It's far from being a bad game, but it's equally far from being a good game. If you love exploring space or didn't feel like Mass Effect 2 gave enough of that swashbuckling space explorer feeling, then this is a worthy rental.
60
Xbox 360Teletext
It might not be the Elite sequel of your dreams but this space trader is in a field of its own on 360.
60
Xbox 360Gamekult
Ce n'est certes pas le représentant rêvé d'un genre quasi abandonné sur console, mais il a de sérieux arguments à faire valoir tout de même. Suffisamment pour nous donner envie de filer vers l'infini et au-delà en sa compagnie.
60
Xbox 360guardian.co.uk
Despite this, DarkStar One is recommended to patient Xbox 360 owners who fancy a game that involves something different to sniping or scoring.
60
Xbox 360IGN
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance has a lot to offer people who are easily entertained by doing the same things over and over, but for the rest of us what's offered here is a far too expensive version of a dated PC title. The game's combat and ship customization are fun, and were great at the time they were originally released, but now simply aren't enough to keep the many hours of random quests and predictable story from losing their luster.
60
WindowsDeaf Gamers
DarkStar One is mildly disappointing. There are too many repetitive design issues and when you combine this with a generally uninteresting main plot it's difficult to get excited about the game. That said though, the combat is enjoyable and the way you can develop the DarkStar One spacecraft is impressive and unique.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Amateurs de X-Wing, Wing Commander, Freelancer et autres, un nouveau venu dans votre famille va vous être présenté : Darkstar One. Mais sans le savoir, vous le connaissez déjà. Il n'est pas très original...
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WindowsActionTrip
The biggest problem that Darkstar has by far is the fact that it simply feels like a pale copy of other, far more successful games in the genre. There is nothing in it to grab you while playing. The combat is overly simplistic after you master the controls and the story is about as engaging as the evening news. You almost get the feeling that DO was put together by people who either didn't know how to make an interesting game, or simply lacked the will to do it. Darkstar One is in need of fire and passion; it lacks the imagination and creativity needed to captivate the player. The gameplay feels flat and it becomes very tedious after a while. Even though the initial impressions may suggest differently, DO doesn't deliver the type of experience that space sim fans are looking for.
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Xbox 360GameFocus
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance has solid combat and a promising RPG-type leveling system. It is unfortunate that everything else seems to have been sucked into a black hole. The campaign is repetitive, and the lack of explanations and direction makes this game a confusing play and provides an overall thin experience.
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WindowsGameSpy
In the end, DarkStar One is just another poorly realized attempt to recapture the magic of the space-trading sim. It's enjoyable for a few brief moments to blow away vessels in a manner that harkens back to the classic Wing Commander. The thing is, without a robust economic engine, an interesting and dynamic universe to explore, or even a decent storyline to follow, DarkStar One is destined to sink into the black hole of gaming obscurity.
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Xbox 360MondoXbox
Nulla da fare quindi per chi sperava di potersi divertire nelle immense distese siderali: Darkstar One: Broken Alliance è da bocciare praticamente sotto ogni aspetto, anche se gli va riconosciuto il merito di aver tentato di introdurre delle componenti potenzialmente molto interessanti. Se lo sviluppo fosse stato più curato e i vari aspetti del gioco fossero stati approfonditi con maggior attenzione ci troveremmo sicuramente di fronte ad un titolo diverso e più gratificante. Un gioco arrivato senza clamori, destinato a scomparire in maniera altrettanto silenziosa.
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Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Problemet med Darkstar One: Broken Alliance är att det känns utgånget. Gammalt. Mossigt. Spelet är helt enkelt inte med och leker med de coola kidsen. Visst görs försök till att skapa en spännande upplevelse eftersom de val av uppdrag man gör leder till att man kan nischa sig mot olika fraktioner, men det ger inte så mycket effekt i spelet som man kunnat hoppas på. Det går ju bevisligen att göra en bra återutgivning, och tillika uppiffning, av ett äldre spel. Men då kanske råmaterialet ska ha vissa kvalitéer till att börja med.
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Xbox 360NowGamer
At full price, Broken Alliance is heresy: it has a place on the 360, but repackaged as tribute to Elite and launched as an XBLA download at half the price.