Dark Sector

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dark Sector
Darksector.jpg
Developer(s) Digital Extremes
Publisher(s) D3 Publisher
Aspyr (PC)[1]
Engine Evolution Engine
Platform(s) Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Windows
Release date(s) Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3
NA 20080325March 25, 2008

JP March 27, 2008 (X360)
EU 20080404April 4, 2008
JP July 10, 2008 (PS3)
AU October 9, 2008 (PS3 only)
Microsoft Windows
NA March 23, 2009 (Steam)[1]
NA 20090324March 24, 2009
EU 20090326March 26, 2009
JP 20090529May 29, 2009

Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Optical disc, download

Dark Sector (stylized as darkSectOr) is a third-person shooter video game developed by Digital Extremes for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.

The game is set in the fictional Eastern Bloc country of Lasria, and centers on protagonist Hayden Tenno (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum), a morally ambivalent CIA "clean-up man".[2] While trying to intercept rogue agent named Robert Mezner, Hayden's right arm is infected with the fictional Technocyte virus, which gives him the ability to grow a three-pronged "Glaive" at will.

Dark Sector received mixed to positive reviews for its visual design, originality of action and weapon-based gameplay. Many critics have compared the game to Resident Evil 4 and Gears of War, for their similar style of play and story.

Gameplay[edit]

Hayden using his Glaive to fight Lasrian soldiers

In Dark Sector, gameplay revolves around the use of the Glaive, a tri-blade throwing weapon similar to a boomerang which returns to Hayden after each throw. The Glaive can be used for long-distance combat, solving environmental puzzles, and picking up in-game items. When in close proximity to an enemy, context-sensitive actions may appear, allowing the player to execute enemies with "finishers". Enemies also hold onto Hayden while attacking, and the player must rapidly press a randomly prompted button to break free.

Environmental puzzles in the game usually focus upon capturing various elements (fire, electricity, or ice) with the Glaive. For example, a web blocking Hayden's path can be bypassed by capturing fire with the Glaive, and then launching it at the web to burn it down. The Glaive can also be dual-wielded with a gun, which allows the player to perform weapon combos which are more effective against shielded enemies. As the game progresses, Hayden and the Glaive are given several new abilities; it can be guided through the air, being able to kill multiple enemies (called the afterTouch); a charged-up throw for deadlier attacks (powerThrow); and the ability to make Hayden invisible for a short time (shift) and also provide a temporary shield (shieldPower).[3]

The camera is positioned over the shoulder for third-person shooting, and the player can also take cover by standing next to an object such as a pillar or wall. While in cover, Hayden can move temporarily out of cover to fire and throw the Glaive; however there is no blind firing from behind cover. There is a sprint function, which works similar to Gears of War's Roadie Run,[4] and simple melee attacks that allow Hayden to punch or slice nearby enemies. The game has no HUD (except for the ammo counter); Hayden's health is shown by the screen flashing red when he takes damage, as well as an indicator showing the attacker's position. If Hayden takes too much damage, the flash speed will increase, and a heartbeat will be heard, indicating Hayden is "bleeding out".

Money (rubles), ammo, weapon upgrades, and grenades can only be found in set locations, so they are impossible to "farm". Downed enemies drop their guns, though after his infection, Hayden can only carry these weapons for a few seconds before they self-destruct. Permanent weapons can be purchased and upgraded in black markets, one small weapon for his off-hand use with the Glaive (replacing the pistol) and one large weapon such as a shotgun or rifle.

Multiplayer[edit]

Dark Sector has an online multiplayer mode, where there are only two modes of gameplay:

  • Infection: one player is randomly selected to be Hayden in a deathmatch against many soldier characters.
  • Epidemic: two Haydens on separate teams, the objective being to kill the opposing team's Hayden first.

In both modes, Hayden will have superior powers compared to the soldiers. Hayden will be able to become invisible, use the Glaive, etc., whereas the soldiers cannot.[citation needed]

Story[edit]

Setting and characters[edit]

Dark Sector is set in Lasria, a fictional satellite country connected to Russia. In the prologue, set near the end of the Cold War, the Lasrians discover a submarine off the coast. After opening it, a mysterious infection called "the Technocyte" breaks loose.[citation needed] In the game's present, the Lasrian armed forces are fighting against the Technocyte victims, who have largely undergone extreme mutations and have gained frightening abilities.[citation needed]

Dark Sector permanently casts the player as Hayden Tenno (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum). An ambivalent CIA agent, he has congenital analgesia, which renders him unable to feel pain.[5] He is supported by Yargo Mensik (voiced by Jürgen Prochnow), a scientist and sleeper agent who knows the origin of the Technocyte virus. The main antagonist, Robert Mezner (voiced by Dwight Schultz), is an ex-CIA agent who seeks to build a utopia by spreading the Technocyte virus across the planet. Supporting Mezner is Nadia (voiced by Julianne Buescher), a mysterious woman whom Hayden knows; and "Nemesis", a metallic, humanoid figure who fights with a long Technocyte blade.[citation needed] Other characters include "the A.D.", Hayden's superior in the CIA; and the Blackmarket Dealer, an arms dealer who supplies Hayden with weapons and equipment for his missions.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Dark Sector begins with Hayden Tenno infiltrating a gulag compound in Lasria. Hayden makes short work of enemy resistance to find Robert Mezner, the man responsible for ravaging Lasria with the Technocyte virus.[2][6] Hayden proceeds with planting C4 charges throughout the building, before encountering a humanoid metal figure called Nemesis. Hayden is knocked unconscious after firing a rocket at Nemesis. Waking up hours later, Hayden finds himself face-to-face with Mezner. As Hayden attempts to reach for his gun, Nemesis appears and stabs his right shoulder, transferring the Technocyte virus into Hayden. Hayden detonates the C4 charges set earlier and manages to escape.[7][8]

His right arm now mutated by Technocyte, Hayden arrives at a radio station to contact the A.D., his superior, for further instructions.[8] The A.D. tells Hayden to meet up with their sleeper agent, Yargo Mensik, to obtain boosters for the infection.[8] Shortly after, Hayden is ambushed by soldiers, just as his infected arm produces the Glaive, which he uses to eliminate the hostiles. Hayden moves along the coast, slowly gaining new abilities with the Glaive as the infection progresses; while encountering both haz-mat soldiers and infected civilians. He also hears Mezner taunting him telepathically, saying that "this change is inevitable."[9]

Eventually, Hayden finds Yargo, who gives Hayden his updated orders and a booster for the infection.[10] Hayden refuses the medicine, and learns that Mezner wants to recapture the infected with an old transmitter, which emits a signal that attracts Technocyte-infected creatures to its location,[11] located within an old church.[10] Hayden also learns that Nadia, a woman Hayden is acquainted with, is also working for Mezner. Hayden moves on towards the church to destroy the transmitter, eliminating both Lasrian soldiers and infected along the way. Eventually, he makes it into the church catacombs and finds the transmitter. Nadia, who has a deep-rooted hatred for Hayden after his last meeting with her, confronts him. She leaves him to fight his way through a swarm of infected and escape before the C4 he set goes off.[12]

After making contact with the A.D. again, Hayden learns that Mezner is using a freighter to export the Technocyte virus from Lasria.[13] After getting on the boat and fighting through the crew, he makes it to the cargo hold, accidentally releasing a highly evolved Technocyte monster, which sinks the ship. After Hayden escapes, he learns that Mezner's men have found and captured Yargo.[14] Hayden rushes back to Yargo's post, where he finds a security feed of Nadia torturing Yargo, demanding that he let her into "the Vault", saying that whatever is in there can control the Technocyte virus. Disobeying the A.D.'s orders to stand down and await his arrival, Hayden sets out to rescue Yargo.[15][16]

Fighting through a train station, Hayden finds Yargo, who has lost an eye during interrogation.[17] After a brief moment of Technocyte-induced pain, Hayden attempts to use the booster, but Yargo starts to warn him about it, just before Nemesis appears.[17] While Yargo escapes, Hayden attempts to take Nemesis head-on, but Mezner arrives and offers Hayden a chance to kill him;[17] however, Mezner has grown powerful enough to mentally control Technocyte creatures, and begins to overpower Hayden. With no other choice, Hayden injects himself with the booster, breaking Mezner's control over him while simultaneously preventing further mutations. Before Hayden passes out, Mezner tells him that he had the same "booster", which was really meant to prepare the two for the Technocyte virus.[17]

Hayden wakes up later in the Vozro Research Facility, where the Technocyte virus was researched during the Cold War. Yargo, who brought him there, tells him that he laced Hayden's booster with "enferon", a chemical lethal to Technocyte creatures.[18] He claims that he was worried that Hayden would "turn out like Mezner", as they both had the same strain of the virus;[18] however, Hayden has retained his humanity, while Mezner did not.

Yargo also tells Hayden that he can get a suit similar to Nemesis' in the facility's subbasement, which can give him a fighting chance against Nemesis.[18] Hayden sends Yargo through the ventilation system, then makes his way down towards the labs where the suit is kept.[18] After killing hordes of Technocyte creatures and bypassing automated security systems, Hayden discovers the suit; but before he puts it on, Nadia arrives outside the door. Hayden pleads with her to leave before things get worse than they already are. She says she's already in too deep, and that she will take Yargo to open the Vault, before leaving.[19]

Hayden dons the suit and slaughters his way through infected and non-infected alike, finally finding and killing Nemesis, learning that it was actually Nadia all along. She apologizes for infecting Hayden and tells him Mezner is planning to transmit the Technocyte virus across Earth. Nadia then tells him that she knows he'll "do the right thing this time", gives him the key to the Vault, then dies.[20]

Hayden works his way to the entrance of the Vault to rendezvous with the A.D., who says he has made a deal with Mezner and gives Hayden a booster "for the road". Outraged from being used and betrayed, Hayden stabs him in the neck with the booster, telling him that he now feels "better than ever", and kills all of the A.D.'s men before heading for the Vault.[21] Finding Yargo, Hayden gives him the key, telling him to seal the Vault and dispose of the key.[22] Inside the Vault, a stunned Hayden discovers the first known source of the Technocyte virus: an American submarine that surfaced off the coast of Lasria (seen in the prologue of the game).[23] Hayden discovers Mezner with the Technocyte transmitter, a Hydra-like monstrosity.[23] After fighting and defeating Mezner, the monster and several infected, Yargo arrives to tell Hayden that the transmission is still going out.[24] Hayden tries to fry the circuitry with his Glaive; but Mezner, not yet dead, stuns his right arm, telling him: "You are one of us now." With his right hand imobilized, Hayden catches the now-electrified Glaive with his left hand, and impales Mezner's skull with it.[24] With the transmission finally halted, the game ends with Hayden leaving the Vault, catching the Glaive as he steps outside. Yargo, who apparently survives, narrates: "That was how it started, the irony of this disease. That in all the others, it made evil; but for him [Hayden], it had saved his soul."[24]

Development[edit]

The development of Dark Sector was announced on February 11, 2000, on Digital Extremes' website.[25] The game was originally proposed as a follow up to Digital Extremes and Epic Games' critically acclaimed multiplayer first-person shooter, Unreal Tournament.[26] However, the original plan was scrapped and the game was not spoken of for another four years, during which the game underwent a massive change in focus. The original design had the game keeping in line with its predecessor as a multiplayer arena-style first-person shooter. An in-game cinematic unveiled years later in 2004, gave viewers a brief look at potential storylines and environments, as well as the graphics of the game.[27] Digital Extremes specifically stated that the clips were not pre-rendered and were actual in-game footage. The game was shown as the first example of what a seventh-generation game would look like.

Promotion at the Tokyo Game Show 2007

The game was originally intended to take place in a science-fiction environment, in outer space, with players taking the role of a character that inhabits a sleek mechanical suit with incredible powers. The game was officially revealed by Digital Extremes' in late 2005, around the time of the original release of the Xbox 360.[28] In 2006, major overhauls to the game were revealed, showing the main character, and a noticeably less sci-fi setting, although Hayden starts to resemble the originally planned main character as the infection takes over his body. The developers cited a shift in focus by other gaming companies and publishers as the reason for the change to a more modern setting and reducing its sci-fi elements; adding they wanted to achieve the realism that fans would enjoy.[29] Another reason was that the tech demo was originally built before the team knew the maximum specifications of the Xbox 360.[30] An interview with GameSpot revealed that the change in setting was intended to make the main character stand out more, as well as making the story more relatable, which they say has been written as a superhero origin story. He added: "At the beginning of the game when we do the prologue he's just kind of this anti-hero kind of guy. And very simply, concretely in the game, there are certain types of barriers that he has to open with contextual stuff. And then when he changes, then he begins tearing those things off and becomes much more brutal. So what we're trying to do is convey that evolution on the inside, but also convey it on the outside so that those game elements that are around him are evolving as he does."[30]

Dark Sector was based on the Sector Engine, later changed to the Evolution Engine, both Digital Extremes' proprietary next-gen game engines. Official statements about this being just a name change or a major shift in their technology were not released to the public yet. Dark Sector's project lead, Steve Sinclair, stated that the engine was written from scratch.[31] The producer of Dark Sector, Dave Kudirka said when they first built the engine, they did not want it to look like the Unreal Engine 3, and they wanted their own perspective engine. When asked about the games' engine being made on the Wii or PC, he replied "plausible".[32] The game went gold on March 7, 2008.[33]

The Windows version of Dark Sector was initially planned to be released on the same date as on consoles, but later it was dropped and there was no news on its release.[34] On January 19, 2009, some sites reported that a YouTube video showed Dark Sector running on a PC.[35] Later it was confirmed that the game was indeed ported to Windows[36] and was on sale, though only in Russia and the language was Russian by default.[37] Hackers found ways to run the game in English.[38] An English/French version was added to Steam on March 24, 2009. The PC version's multiplayer mode is only available via Local Area Network play, as the game is a straight port of the console version with no extra code for internet connectivity.

Comic[edit]

A comic titled Dark Sector Zero was released with Dark Sector. Set before the game's main events, it delves into the events that led to Lasria's demise.[39]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 73.24%[40]
(PS3) 73.14%[41]
(PC) 65.22%[42]
Metacritic (X360) 72/100[43]
(PS3) 72/100[44]
(PC) 66/100[45]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 7.5/10[46]

Dark Sector received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 73.24% and 72/100,[40][43] the PlayStation 3 version 73.14% and 72/100[41][44] and the PC version 65.22% and 66/100.[42][45] Hyper's Dirk Watch commended the game for "the Glaive and its aftertouch," but he criticised it for its "patchy AI and steep difficulty curve."[47]

Ban in Australia[edit]

In February, before the release in March 2008, the game was banned by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) for sale in Australia.[48] Adam Zweck, the sales and product manager for AFA Interactive, the local distributors of Dark Sector, told GameSpot AU that the game was banned due to its violence, in particular the finishing moves. "Obviously we're disappointed in it [the decision]. We feel there is justification for an appeal. However, we're exploring several avenues at the moment to see what we can do to get the game on Australian shelves." It was later re-released in Australia for the PlayStation 3 on October 9, 2008, but the violence was censored. On July 22, 2009, Dark Sector was released on the cover disc of PC Powerplay, an Australian PC gaming magazine, although this was the heavily censored version of the game.[49] GamesRadar included it in their list of the 100 most overlooked games of its generation. Editor Jason Fanelli felt that it sold less than it deserved.[50]

Legacy[edit]

When asked about a sequel in 2008, Steven Sinclair of Digital Extremes stated that there was "nothing definitive" planned, but commented that he would "love to do one", and that Dark Sector only scratched the surface of the character and weapon's potential.[51] Digital Extremes eventually developed a free-to-play game, titled Warframe, which borrows heavily from the original Dark Sector concept video and game, and even involves the original game as part of its lore.[52][53]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aspyr to Publish Dark Sector". IGN. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterOne: The Prologue. "Hayden: [contacting the A.D.] I can't do this again. / A.D.: Just stay focused. Use your training. / Hayden: I thought I could, but— / A.D.: But you've passes the point of no return, Hayden. You're already inside the compound. Decision's made. / Hayden: [sighs] Are you sure this thing [the Technocyte virus] isn't airborne? / A.D.: It's not; but even if it is, your booster's good for another six hours. Now, get with it. Plant your charges, then infiltrate the building." 
  3. ^ Games Radar (25 April 2008). "Dark Sector - Walkthrough". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Epic Games (6~23 November 2006). Gears of War (in English). Xbox 360, PC (Microsoft Windows) (v1.0.3340.131~1.5). Microsoft Game Studios. 
  5. ^ "Dark Sector (video game)". Giant Bomb. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterOne: The Prologue. "Hayden: I just wanna get this over with. / A.D.: Then find Mezner. He's the lynchpin. Put a bullet through his head." 
  7. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterOne: The Prologue. 
  8. ^ a b c Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTwo: Exposure. "Hayden: [coughing] I've been infected. The shot you gave me - it's not working! / A.D.: Calm down. Is Mezner dead? / Hayden: Uh...maybe. I detonated the charges - are you listening to me?! The booster didn't work! I need evac! / A.D.: I'm putting the Hazmat team together right now. I want you to carry on. Rendezvous with our sleeper agent, Yargo Mensik. He's got an observation post on top of the Lasrian Port Authority. He'll have more boosters for the infection - use them. It'll hold it off until we can get you out of there. Just follow the coastline north." 
  9. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTwo: Exposure. "Mezner: You don't understand. This change is inevitable." 
  10. ^ a b Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterThree: Baggage Claim. "Hayden: Yargo. You got something for me? / Yargo: I do. I have your updated orders from the A.D. [tossing Hayden a booster] I have also arranged for you to acquire weapons and explosives. / Hayden: [looking at the booster] No thanks. / Yargo: You don't want to take it, but you don't have a choice. [coughs a little] This will slow your infection - it will buy you time. / Hayden: [putting the booster away] Show me what you've got. / Yargo: [opening a file] Your harbor explosion has released the infected Mezner had captured. We believe Mezner is planning to collect them, bring them into the open, so his Lasrian thungs can capture them. He had Viktor Sudek repair [an] old Soviet ULF transmitter. These transmitters were used in the '80s to draw in the infected. Like moths to a flame. [...] This transmitter is hidden in an old bunker inside the Lasrian catacombs. You will enter via [the] church. You are to disrupt Mezner's operation by destroying [the] transmitter." 
  11. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterFour: Moths to the Flame. "Yargo: That's the transmitter you're after. Mezner's activated it. It's sending out an ultra-low frequency pulse. We used these to communicate with submerged vessels in the Cold War. / Hayden: The transmitter wasn't built to call the infected? / Yargo: No, but somehow, the infected can hear the pulses. I guess that means you, too. These transmissions are stronger than we used in '87 - Mezner will draw in the old ones. / Hayden: Well, he's blocked off the roads, set up bottlenecks... / Yargo: His troops are waiting for you, sunshine. They've set up ambushes to kill the infected." 
  12. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterFour: Moths to the Flame. "Hayden: So you're helping Mezner smuggle bio-weapons...for justice? / Nadia: You catch on quick. Say hello to your friends for me. [walks off as the C4 beeps and Technocyte creatures start pounding on the door]" 
  13. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterFive: The Shipment. "Hayden: [on the sat-phone with the A.D.] The transmitter's down, but Mezner's still out there. He's got military cooperation in a big way, prototype hardware. [...] I think I heard Kamovs overhead. / A.D.: He's still hell-bent on exporting the infection. If he hopes to make profit, he'll likely have sample antibodies. / Hayden: Okay. Where are the choppers heading? / A.D.: An unregistered "Handysize" freighter, docked nearby. Should be five miles southeast of your position. Secure a sample of the shipment, and destroy the rest." 
  14. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterSix: The Bait. "Hayden: [on the sat-phone with Yargo] Yargo? What's going on? / Yargo: They are breaking in - they've found me! / Hayden: Just hang on! I'm on my way! / Yargo: Don't be stupid. It was only a matter of time. / Hayden: [cutting the call] Shit..." 
  15. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterSix: The Bait. "Hayden: [arriving at Yargo's security post, calling the A.D.] They took Yargo. / A.D.: Stand down! Your part in this is over! I'm on my way to Lasria now! I'll be running the operation from there! / Hayden: I can't just leave him there. I know where he is! / A.D.: Out of the question! He's probably infected already! Look, we're only a few hours out! You're orders are to stand down until I arrive! / Hayden: Shit! [cuts the call]" 
  16. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterSix: The Bait. "Yargo: Your Mezner's a fool. Anyone who thinks they can control this nightmare... / Nadia: See? That's what it's about. That's why he needs you to open the Vault: to control this." 
  17. ^ a b c d Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterSeven: Industrial Revolution. "Hayden: [suffering another headache] Ugh - agh! / Yargo: What's wrong? [Hayden recovers, then brings out the booster] Wait! This injection...I need to tell you - [Hayden holds up his hand. A moment later, Nemesis appears.] / Hayden: [to Yargo] Go! Run! [brings out his Glaive] I've been waiting for this. [After a moment of fighting...] / Mezner: That's enough. [steps out of the shadows] / Hayden: [as Mezner approaches] If it's the last thing I do... / Mezner: Are you so sure? I think now is the time to show you. I think you've changed enough to understand. [leans forward] Here is my throat - begging to be cut. [stops Nemesis from interfering. Hayden swings his Glaive at Mezner's neck, but is stopped short.] / Hayden: [falling backward, clutching his head] Ah! / Mezner: Yes! Now you'll open your mind! [Hayden uses his left hand to inject himself with the booster, stopping the mental assault.] Ah, this is why we're here, isn't it? [pulls out booster] You and I are brothers in a sense. Birthed for the same purpose, dangled by the same strings. You should know: I had the same injections, the same psychosis. They primed us, waiting for the day this would happen!" 
  18. ^ a b c d Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterEight: Unnatural History. "Yargo: [as Hayden regains consciousness] Hayden! Hayden! / Hayden: [getting up] What happened? / Yargo: They left you for dead. I laced your booster with enferon, but I think I've flushed it out. / Hayden: You poisoned me? / Yargo: I tried to warn you! No one has [a] cure for this, and this state you're in...well, I think it's exactly what the A.D. wanted. I spiked the booster shot because I figured you'd turn out like Mezner. He had same shots, the same infection. / Hayden: [getting off the bed] Yeah, we're two peas in a pod. / Yargo: No, it's different for you. You've changed, you're - [The building shakes.] - it's out there. / Hayden: What? What is? Mezner's armored thing? [Yargo says nothing.] Let it come. I can't stop it. / Yargo: But you can! I've been monitoring this place. Remember [Nemesis'] suit? I think this is where he got his. [We] are in Vozro. [Another shake.] He is opening the cages. [Hayden grabs his gear as roars and thuds are heard down the corridor. He leads Yargo to an air vent tunnel nearby and pulls the grating off.] / Hayden: I'll take care of them. Where's the suit? / Yargo: [entering the gap] Ah, the subbasement. But it's well-guarded, automatic defences. I will have to open the airlocks from the security station. / Hayden: Okay. Don't head there until I've drawn them off. [replaces the grating for Yargo to escape]" 
  19. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterEight: Unnatural History. "Hayden: Get outta here! [tries to open the door, even though he shot the lock out] / Nadia: You should've just cut and run when you had the chance. You think they'll just let you walk after this? That you'll just go free? / Hayden: No. But I thought maybe I could give you that chance. / Nadia: You don't understand how deep I'm into this. There's no going back. / Hayden: You don't wanna do this. Mezner isn't in this for money. A lot of people are gonna die. / Nadia: Since when did you care about anyone but yourself? / Hayden: I don't know. I just know, my whole life, I never seem to do the right thing. / Nadia: [sighing] You can't stop this, even if you think it's the right thing to do. I'm gonna take Yargo now, and when that Vault opens, none of this—none of this—will matter." 
  20. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterNine: Threshold Guardian. "[After a long battle, Hayden discovers the identity of "Mezner's armored thing": Nadia.] Hayden: [holding her] Nadia... This wasn't supposed to happen. / Nadia: I'm sorry. I did this to you. / Hayden: No... Mezner was right. I desrve this. / Nadia: This thing...it's different for you. You were lost before. / Hayden: [sighs] I know. / Nadia: Mezner's down there, in the Vault. He's going to call out to them [the infected]. [takes out the key to the Vault] The Vault...it'll broadcast across the world. You have to stop it. / Hayden: The Agency is here. I can't get in the way. / Nadia: Shhhh... I know... You'll do the right thing this time. [dies]" 
  21. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTen: The Dark Sector. "A.D.: [yelling over the chopper] You were ordered to stand down, soldier! / Hayden: It's about time you got here! [hands him the key] Mezner's inside; he's powering up the Vault for something big! / A.D.: It's all right! Mezner's made a deal! / Hayden: A deal? / A.D.: I know it's hard for you to accept, but these situations...things change! We always play the odds! This is over for you! Don't worry, I'm keeping my end of the bargain! I'm sending you home! You're done! Take the chopper back to medical for decontamination! / Hayden: Wait! You're just gonna let me go?! / A.D.: Listen, you're running out of time! [tosses Hayden a booster shot] Here. One for the road. / Hayden: [picking it up] Right. The same ones you gave Mezner. / A.D.: Yes, the same ones. Don't give me that look! You of all people...you think you can judge me? This thing, this weapon...it changes everything, and it's my duty to make sure we control it, at any cost! So, we play our parts, we make our sacrifices! In this business, we're all one nudge away from being another acceptable loss! [Hayden suddenly stabs the A.D. in the neck with the booster.] / Hayden: [enraged] I trusted you! I really thought you were givin' me a second chance! But I think it was you... I killed those people because you pumped me full of this shIt! I think you screwed up my head when you set me up for this disease! [pauses, then chuckles] Funny thing is: I feel better than ever. [Hayden drops the A.D's body, and turns to face the soldiers.]" 
  22. ^ Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTen: The Dark Sector. "Yargo: [after Hayden helps him to his feet] [Mezner]'s charging it...the antenna... [coughs] [Hayden gives Yargo the Vault key and walks off to find Mezner.] / Hayden: [turning back to Yargo] Get outta here. Seal the door behind you. Make sure you throw away the key this time. [walks off] / Yargo: Thank you." 
  23. ^ a b Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTen: The Dark Sector. "Hayden: [finding the submarine; discovers the American flag painted on it] It's one of ours. / Mezner: Of course it is. [...] When this transmission goes out, it will cross the entire Earth. It will open those eyes that have been closed for so long, bring an end to this suffering. / Hayden: [bringing out the Glaive] Wait, wait! The A.D. is dead! I killed him myself! He's paid for what he did to you, Mezner—to us! There's no reason for this to go on! / Mezner: There's a chorus of drowning voices in my head! Calling out! Calling out for a savior! / Hayden: Well, I think they're gonna have a long wait. [prepares to throw the Glaive]" 
  24. ^ a b c Digital Extremes. Dark Sector. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. D3 Publisher, Aspyr Media. Level/area: chapterTen: The Dark Sector. "Yargo: The transmission! It's still going [out]! / Hayden: But he's dead! / Yargo: You can feel it building! Do something! [...] / Mezner: You are...one of us, now. [...] / Yargo: That was how it started, the irony of this disease. That in all others, it had made evil; but for him, it had saved his soul." 
  25. ^ "Welcome to Digital Extremes". Web.archive.org. 2000-02-11. Archived from the original on 2000-08-15. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  26. ^ The Darker Sector: Digital Extremes Announces Dark Sector
  27. ^ "BLAST FROM THE PAST". Digitalextremes.com. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  28. ^ Xbox 360 QJ - Dark Sector announced for next-gen consoles[dead link]
  29. ^ Xbox 360 QJ - New Dark Sector Images, less sci-fi, more realistic[dead link]
  30. ^ a b Xbox 360 QJ - Steve Sinclair on Dark Sector[dead link]
  31. ^ "Into The Sector: Digital Extremes' Steve Sinclair". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  32. ^ Xbox 360 QJ - Dark Sector Developer Talk[dead link]
  33. ^ Magrino, T. (2008-03-25). "Dark Sector given green light". Gamespot. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  34. ^ Bramwell, T. (2007-01-02). "Dark Sector PC dropped". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  35. ^ Howarth, R. (2009-01-19). "Voodoo extreme - Dark Sector PC port?". VE3D IGN. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  36. ^ Burnes, A. (2009-01-23). "Voodoo extreme - Dark Sector PC on sale in Russia". VE3D IGN. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  37. ^ "Dark Sector" (in Russian). Nd.ru. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  38. ^ "Pirates crack Dark Sector (PC)". Filenetworks.blogspot.com. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  39. ^ David Wohl (w), Bill Sienkiewicz (a). Dark Sector zero (2008)
  40. ^ a b "Dark Sector for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  41. ^ a b "Dark Sector for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  42. ^ a b "Dark Sector for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  43. ^ a b "Dark Sector for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  44. ^ a b "Dark Sector for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  45. ^ a b "Dark Sector for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  46. ^ Reiner, A. "A one-trick pony". Game Informer Online. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  47. ^ Watch, Dirk (March 2008). "Dark Sector". Hyper (Next Media) (173): 70, 71. ISSN 1320-7458. 
  48. ^ Ramsay, R. (2008-02-13). "Dark Sector banned in Australia". Gamespot. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  49. ^ [1][dead link]
  50. ^ Fanelli, Jason (2013-12-20). "The 100 most overlooked games of the generation". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  51. ^ Sinclair, B. (2008-05-01). "Q&A Dissecting Dark Sector". Gamespot. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  52. ^ "Warframe official website". Warframe.com. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  53. ^ "Dark Sector original concept video". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 

External links[edit]