Darkspore

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Darkspore
Darkspore.jpg
Darkspore cover art
Developer(s) Maxis Software
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Producer(s) Thomas Vu[1]
Designer(s) Will Wright[2]
Composer(s) Junkie XL
Series Spore
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows[3]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sci-fi Action-RPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer, Cooperative, and Single-player
Distribution DVD-ROM, Digital download

Darkspore is an American video game that borrows creature editing technology from Spore. It is described as "a fast-paced, science fiction action-role-playing game in which the player battles across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore".[5] In addition to the creature editor, the game features a unique squad-based mechanic, various multiplayer options, and a player versus player arena. The game was released in North America on April 26, 2011 for Microsoft Windows, and in Europe on April 28, 2011.

EA seemingly has removed the store page of Darkspore from Steam, meaning any attempt to purchase it through Steam cannot be made. Those who have purchased it prior to the page's removal still have the game and can play it.[6]

Plot[edit]

The Crogenitors were a race of scientists that established a massive empire encompassing an entire galaxy. Many of them performed secret experiments on the populations they oversaw. Being masters of genetic manipulation, they used their knowledge to create a personal army of genetic heroes, called Living Weapons. However, the discovery of an experimental amino acid that bonds to DNA changes everything. Capable of achieving a millennium in terms of evolution in a matter of hours, it has an immense potential to manipulate life to levels never achieved before.

Unfortunately, E-DNA proves to be unstable. All of the test subjects who came in contact with it were transformed into uncontrollable genetic mutants soon named The Darkspore. Fearing these new creatures, the Crogenitors throw hero Xylan into exile for his behavior and negligence, outlawing the use of E-DNA. Xylan fakes his death. Believing himself able to control the power of E-DNA, he injects it himself. This act transforms him into the Corruptor — a mentally unstable, extraordinarily powerful mutant who can master all Darkspores. Determined to get revenge on the other Crogenitors and conquer everything, he gathers allies and strengthens the E-DNA mutagenic power. Afterwards, the Corruptor begins conquering planets of the Crogenitor empire, infecting them through the use of E-DNA bombs, and destroying Crogenitor fortresses with his mutants and war machines.

As the game begins, the player takes on the role of one of the last Crogenitors. Starting with only a few heroes, the player's goal is to purge the Darkspore from the galaxy, planet by planet, moving ever closer to the ultimate goal of destroying the Corruptor forces.

Hero Editor[edit]

The Hero editor in Darkspore has been described as an enhanced version of the one found in Spore. There are thousands of parts to collect which enhance the overall gaming experience.The different types of parts include enabling the customization of several character aspects, including body parts, armor, weapons, facial features and coloration. The hero remains recognizable but customisable. To buy and equip the loot or buy upgrades, DNA is necessary, used as a currency. DNA helixes can be collected during gameplay, dropped sometimes by slayed Darkspores or destructible objects, or obtained by selling pieces of loot.

Alternate reality game[edit]

HelpEDNA was a Darkspore alternate reality game that went online in mid-2010. It plays out as a puzzle text adventure which gives clues about the Darkspore game, and is set before the events of the game.

HelpEDNA is a puzzle text adventure, in which you play as a contact that has begun receiving messages from an unknown character. After the game is completed, it contains an epilogue page containing a message from Maxis, with links to all the pictures and videos from the website.

Online[edit]

In addition to a product key registration, Darkspore requires a persistent, broadband internet connection and an EA account in order to play the game after installation.[7]

In June 2013 many users had problems logging in to play. This combined with Darkspore being removed from Steam led to concerns that EA had abandoned the title and it would no longer be playable. However, shortly after, the errors were fixed and Darkspore returned to Steam.[8]
However, the game has since been removed from all stores, making storehouse sales such as eBay and Amazon the only options for people looking to buy the game. The game's online features will continue to be supported for some time for people who already own it.[9]

Reception[edit]

Darkspore has received mixed reviews, with an average of 65% on Metacritic.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Developer Introductions: Meet the Makers". Forum.ea.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  2. ^ Unknown. "Game Design" (Screenshot). Imgur. Imgur LLC. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Darkspore FAQ". Forum.ea.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  4. ^ a b Reilly, Jim (2011-03-18). "Darkspore Delayed". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  5. ^ Electronic Arts Inc (2011). "A NEW BREED OF ACTION RPG". Darkspore. Electronic Arts Inc. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Gera, Emily (07/01/2013). "Darkspore removed from Steam after months of game breaking issues (update)". Polygon. Polygon. Retrieved 4 October 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Darkspore requires constant Internet connection (Update)". Destructoid. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  8. ^ Purchese, Robert. "Has EA abandoned Darkspore?". Eurogamer. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Forum announcement". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Darkspore on Metacritic". Metacritic. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-11-24. 

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