Dark Sector Multiplayer Hands-On

We went a few rounds with the online action in Digital Extremes' third-person action game.

D3 and developer Digital Extremes have been showing off more and more of the single-player campaign in Dark Sector--their upcoming horror-tinged third-person action game--as the release date draws near for this long-in-development title. Until recently, though, we didn't know if the game would offer up any sort of online multiplayer to complement the main story-driven mode. Luckily, the game will have two multiplayer modes to keep you busy, and considering Dark Sector's mechanical similarities to Gears of War, it was a wise decision for Digital Extremes to include some online action here.

The first mode is called infection, in which one player is randomly selected at the beginning of a match to play as Hayden Tenno, the mutant, superpowered secret agent you'll control in the main game. All of the other players will control regular human soldiers armed with assault rifles or shotguns, and the objective (and the way to score points) is to kill the guy who's playing Hayden. As soon as you kill him, you become him. Hayden in the multiplayer is armed with all of the powers you'll gain in the campaign, such as a reflective bullet shield, limited invisibility, and some brutal instant-kill melee attacks. However, the soldiers do have one new trick: a proximity mine they can drop that will blow up in Hayden's face if he gets too close. These matches last until time runs out, and the player with the most points wins at the end.

Epidemic is the other mode, and it plays on a rounds-per-match basis sort of like Counter-Strike. Here, there are two teams, each with one Hayden (though one of them looks like a generic mutant with a covered face), and each of the two Haydens is supported by a team of regular soldiers. The whole objective here is to kill the other team's Hayden, after which the round ends and your team scores a point. The team with the most points at the end of the entire match wins. Again, both Haydens will be able to go invisible for a few seconds, reflect enemies' shots back at them, and other devilish tricks. We found during our demo that a skilled Hayden player could handily hold his or her own against multiple soldiers at a time.

When will the Hayden-on-Hayden violence end?

Dark Sector will ship with five maps in the box, and while they're specially designed for multiplayer rather than coming from the campaign, naturally they're thematically similar to what you'll see as you play through the storyline. There's a map set in a gothic nighttime setting, another in an old run-down industrial warehouse, and so on. From what we saw, they all offer ways for Hayden to imbue his bladed glaive weapon with elemental powers such as ice or fire, the same way you can in the single-player game.

Dark Sector's release date is now just about a month away, so we'll soon be able to deliver a final verdict on Digital Extremes' first release on modern consoles. Check back then.

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100 comments
homie13_9
homie13_9

havent played it but looks good..thinking of renting

hdmi1080
hdmi1080

great game one of the best for ps3 hdmi1080 thanxs

daxacid
daxacid

Today is the DAY! Must get this game!

Geist_one
Geist_one

I love the change that has been made with this game. The new game mechanics as well as the new environments make it so much better. I hope it's a great game.

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

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rayray345
rayray345

This game looks sick, just wish you could do more with the blade

ResEvilFreak
ResEvilFreak

okassar:What is up with fanboys like you these days? Get your record straight. It is NOT Sony who develope third part games for PlayStation 3. That would be the developers and yes I know PlayStation 3's hardware is a **** to code for by some developers[EA!]but in time developers will get more used to PlayStation 3's hardware. Sony have released that new engine for multi games to developers to use free of charge on the PlayStation 3 console. As well as this Sony have lowered the developement kits so that develope's don't have to spend more money on the PlayStation 3's version. Just like that other user had said. You take a look at certain third party games or second party such as Burnout, Unreal Tournament, Call Of Duty 4 etc etc. Now they ARE proven to be great ports on the PlayStation 3 console. As well as if you take a look at PlayStation 3's exclusive games they won't have a problem un like some multi games. So stop the fanboy rant huh? Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are powerful gaming machines which both have great games out and up coming. :] Now on to Dark Sector. I've been quite hyped for this game ever since I first heard info about it as well as seeing some screenshots of the game. Now the first thing that came to my mind about it is simply, Gears Of War meets Resident Evil 4 which in my view is NOT a bad thing. Its not a bad thing simply because Resident Evil 4 is my favourite PlayStation 2 game and in my opinion the best PlayStation 2 game ever to be developed! Now Gears Of War comes in with great graphics, gore and violence, cool storyline and great and fun multiplayer. Now all in all. This of course means win win for me and I'm pretty sure others would agree.

tyg_skye
tyg_skye

Once again, another game without splitscreen horaahh(sorcasticly)....

Kain57
Kain57

Is the main storyline of this game in 3rd person???? or just the multiplayer

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Im really glad about the MP component, as it will add longevity to the game. So when ive completed the single player ill go on XBL and rip heads off lol

Bulldog-mT
Bulldog-mT

wos the idiot that said sony sucks........go look at every electronic thing u own....made by sony.........i think this game is going to be very good, all u need is two game mode free for all and Team Death match what more do u want....its like gears with a bioshock twist....going to be the best game out this year besides GOW 2

X360-Games-Wiz
X360-Games-Wiz

Yeah same here Gaticus I wasnt expecting multiplayer cause I just wanter it for the single player but a extra thing isnt bad either

KandyKornMan
KandyKornMan

this reminds me of the darkness since it is dark and violent.but just like the darkness the multiplayer might be ok but not great.im getting this for the single player anyways so it wont matter.

Gaticus
Gaticus

I wasn't expecting any multiplayer on this game, so as far as I'm concerned this is great, not just good, great...:)

TIMEOTHEPIA
TIMEOTHEPIA

Although the story is important to the success of a game, the multi player is what creates lasting appeal for said game. Without either, the games feels somewhat hollow. That is why so many game developers spend so much time working on new and different kinds of multi player, it is the difference between a rent and a purchase.

xPork--Chopx
xPork--Chopx

i agree with ebookerd1 my parents bought me a game for b day n its revolved around online and the campaign story was poor

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well im gonna be greedy and say that i EXPECT good Multiplayer & Single player, its been in development for long enough! Am i being greedy??

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I don't care about the online so much as I just want the single player to be good. most single player games lately have been lacking becaue they spend too much time and effort on multiplayer.

JBro_Hymn
JBro_Hymn

This game look really impressive, I hope when it comes out will be better than Halo 3 and those games...I hope!!

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

I think that this game looks really promising and a possible purchase. Is it exclusive to PS3?

tipipipity
tipipipity

looks good but i dont think alot of people will play this online.

the_greenzero
the_greenzero

It looks good but the characters move funny in multiplayer.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

ShadowZraiN, I absoloutely agree with you, i am a 360 owner and love it as im sure you love your PS3, Both are fantastic 'Cutting Edge' public domain technology, unfortunately that power counts for nothing in many cases as Some developers simply try feeding us game loving public sub parr cr@p... look at Turning Point Fall of Liberty to see what i mean.

ShadowZraiN
ShadowZraiN

"It's always harder to develop for the PS3 because Sony sucks" Its such a shame how fanboys are today.. The ps3 is good, if you never used it then dont talk 5hit about it. The games suck because the developers suck. If you look at every game that was developed first for the ps3 its always good. Look at call of duty 4, they had two seperate teams making the game for opposite systems, and it came out perfect. Now look at all the first party games for sony, their all perfect compared to these multiplatformer developers who dont know how to make games properly. Anyways this game looks pretty good.

dutch777
dutch777

another good games looks like it is ready to pop into play land.

done_with_it
done_with_it

I think it will be a great single player game not multiplayer.

okassar
okassar

This game looks sweet.But I say this for both Too Human and this,they both had development issues in their making and their is a big chance that both do worse than they were hyped for,i hope not...How much you wanna bet it turns out more glitchy on the PS3? :P It's always harder to develop for the PS3 because Sony sucks.A lot of unmatched potential,so far...

mattllv
mattllv

This is the closest thing to GOW the PS3 will have thus far. I think it looks ill. I can't wait to chop people in half with the glaive.

FinalChosen
FinalChosen

Although they liken one of the game modes to infection, it seems to follow closer the rules of Juggernaut. Maybe I should just step away from Halo for a while...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

it would be a real shame if this fails, as it looks quite different in terms of premise (yes i know you may compare it to GOW), if it does fail then ill be gutted as ive waited for such a long time for this.

surppo
surppo

i like the concept of having one superpowered character verses a bunch of regular soldiers kinda like king of the hill in a way.

kalipekona
kalipekona

Wow, sure are a lot of haters. Yeah, the video wasn't that good but the multiplayer mode sounds really fresh and interesting. Dark Sector as a whole looks really promising. I personally can't wait.

Lord_Tik
Lord_Tik

I don't mind that there's a multiplayer element to it.. as long as they don't slight the singleplayer gameplay. If this game is less than 10 hours of singleplayer gameplay, then it's not worth buying.

Alex_09
Alex_09

This game looks pretty repetitive... nice graphics though. I think this definitely wont make my list of games to own for 2008. For horror games Im already gonna have left 4 dead and dead island(if they are out by then.) And I just bought dead rising online yesterday so I think Im set.

MuffinPunk
MuffinPunk

Why even bother showing that video? Nothing happened. You have to remember to show some actual gameplay when you put up videos like this, otherwise it's just pointless.

GSU28
GSU28

Shouldn't the people who get killed BY Hayden become infected, not the people who kill him?

iamtheleg
iamtheleg

Haha, he didn't do anything in that video.

DarkBlademaster
DarkBlademaster

I only really care about the single player, which is looking awesome! BTW, that video was completely pointless...

Dudeman480
Dudeman480

has anyone noticed that pretty much all the next gen horror games have over the shoulder perspectives? Dark Sector, Dead Space, RE: 5, Alone in the Dark 5. Hell i wouldn't be surprised if Silent Hill 5 was over the shoulder