Darkest Of Days
|a game by||8monkey Labs, Inc.|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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How Do You fancy playing an FPS spanning over 2,000 years of history with authentic weaponry and unique level design for each period? What's that? You'd kill your own grandmother for such a game? Well put that knife away - Darkest of Days isn't worth it. Although the game has levels set during the destruction of Pompeii to the late 22nd Century, the majority takes place during a very brown American Civil War and an even more brown World War One.
This is a real shame as the premise is fantastic and the gameplay, while very basic, is enjoyable in patches. The bolt-action rifles you spend most of your time with feel satisfying and, although the level design is amateurish, there are some glimmers of potential, such as fighting in a cornfield near a dilapidated mansion and sprinting through the battle of Tannenberg's artillery barrages. Also, while the game's engine looks ropey, it simulates trench warfare and large-scale charges relatively well.
The problem is Darkest of Days simply doesn't deliver on its promises. The timeline spanning story is throwaway nonsense, with no apparent explanation for why your character is plucked from the battle of Little Big Horn and given the task of finding the scientist responsible for making time travel possible. The AI soldiers run around like Sarah Jessica Parker when you throw a crap film script at her, and at almost $30 it's twice the price it should be. Darkest of Days has some bright ideas and can be enjoyable, but it's got too many issues to recommend it.