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Friday - December 06, 2013

Dark - Cult of the Dead DLC Released

by Couchpotato, 04:02

Kalypso Media announces the release of the Cult of the Dead DLC for Dark, and includes a new trailer to go along with the news.

DARK DLC Now Available to Download for PC and Xbox 360®

Bracknell, UK, 5th December 2013 – Kalypso Media invite you to once again step into the world of Eric Bane in ‘Cult of the Dead’, the new DLC for the stealth action game DARK. ‘Cult of the Dead is now available to purchase for Windows PC via digital download and on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for £3.99/€4.99/$5.99. 

Kalypso has released a launch trailer with gameplay of Eric’s latest adventure and showcases some of the new environments and the deadly new enemies he will encounter.

After escaping the M17 vampire hunters, Eric Bane’s life is not getting any easier. He learns of the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’ which grants its owner the power to control death and its creatures. This not only presents an immediate threat to all things living and dead, but also the chance for Eric to learn much about his kind.

In his quest for the book, Eric must face off against a new enemy, the Necromancers, as well as a regrouped M17 who want their revenge!

Features of the ‘Cult of the Dead’

  • Includes a brand new mission which challenges you to find the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’
  • Test your stealth and vampiric skills with five new maps in challenge mode
  • New opponent: the deadly sniper
  • New Boss: the Cultist

About DARK

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time.  As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

For all the latest information on DARK go to www.getintothedark.com or 'Like' the game on Facebook.

Tuesday - November 12, 2013

Dark - Kalypso Announces New DLC

by Couchpotato, 00:33

Kalypso Media announces new DLC for DARK in this new press release.

Eric Bane Returns as Kalypso Media Announce New DARK DLC

‘Cult of the Dead’ out this December for PC

Bracknell, UK – 11th November 2013 – Eric Bane is back and this time he is taking no prisoners as he embarks on a deadly new mission in ‘Cult of the Dead’:  the first DARK DLC for Windows PC. ‘The Cult of the Dead’ will be available to download via digital distribution on 5th December for £3.99/€4.99/$4.99. ‘Cult of the Dead’ will also be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft shortly after.

After escaping the M17 vampire hunters, Eric Bane’s life is not getting any easier. He learns of the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’ which grants its owner the power to control death and its creatures. This not only presents an immediate threat to all things living and dead, but also the chance for Eric to learn much about his kind.

In his quest for the book, Eric must face off against a new enemy, the Necromancers, as well as a regrouped M17 who want their revenge!

Features of the ‘Cult of the Dead’

  • Includes a brand new mission which challenges you to find the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’
  • Test your stealth and vampiric skills with five new maps in challenge mode
  • New opponent: the deadly sniper
  • New Boss: the Cultist

About DARK

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time.  As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

For all the latest information on DARK go to  www.getintothedark.com

Thursday - September 19, 2013

Dark - Review @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 00:11

PC Gamer has posted a late review for Dark and gave the game a 43/100.

A work of sulky blandness that does itself no favours by latching onto better games and cooler vampires.

Part of the problem is that the levels are designed more like mazes than actual locations, with some individually interesting areas trapped in a sea of endless boxes and locked off paths. On Easy mode, unlimited saves make navigating around them easy, if cheesy – especially when enemies are hilariously susceptible to one-hit kill punches from around a conveniently boxy corner. On harder difficulties, you’re reliant on abusing AI glitches to save time and avoid repetition, as checkpoints are spaced too far apart.

Even when things go as they should, the clunky controls and thoroughly uninteresting story linking each glorified box factory together make being a terror of the night about as tempting as being a night watchman. Eric Bane – snigger – needs blood to avoid a literal fate worse than death. No amount of it can stop his game being anaemic.

Tuesday - July 16, 2013

Dark - Review Roundup #3

by Couchpotato, 01:01

I managed to round up another round of reviews for Dark. Nothing new really seems reviewers don't like the game, but at least it's not as bad as Ride To Hell Retribution.

PCGMedia - Video Review

Justis takes a look at Realmforge Studio’s own DARK. This vampire-themed action-stealth-RPG is in a genre of its own and it sucks. That wasn’t a pun, it literally sucks.

DefaultPrime -  1.5/5

The Good- Skill point progression system helps move the game forward | Generally bug-free

The Bad- Frustrating level design often makes stealth impossible | Combat is laughably shallow | Saving the game is limited on all but the easiest skill level | Groan-worthy story and dialogue

ArcadeWednesday -  5/10

DARK has plenty of neat ideas, but never quite succeeds with them. It's easy to appreciate what Kalypso was trying to achieve. With that said, it's hard to recommend DARK to stealth and RPG fans, despite it's cool ideas. With poor combat, stealth mechanics, and weak story, it's best to avoid DARK as much as a vampire would to garlic.

DigitalChumps - 3.8/10

What little DARK gets right is far outweighed by what it doesn't. For those that simply must play everything in the genre or have an unusually high interest in vampires, DARK may offer some moments of satisfaction, but for everyone else it's safe to skip.

CramGaming - 7/10

Dark offers a different take on stealth gaming but is simply marred by poor game design and a real lack of purpose, bar moving through one area to the next. There’s some good ideas in this enjoyable game, but it’s perhaps not enough to make it recommendation for everyone. If you like stealth, then there’s certainly some fun to be gleaned here if one can overlook the faults, but anyone else is simply not going to enjoy the restrictive nature of the game.

Sunday - July 14, 2013

Dark - Review Roundup #2

by Couchpotato, 05:13

It's time for round two of reviews for Dark. I never seen a game get so many low scores, and I have seen worse games get better scores.

GamingCapacity - 1/10

This game is abysmal at best. If you want a good comparison, I would rather be stuck playing only Aliens: CM for the next 10 years than to finish playing this game.

Pixelrelated - 7.5/10

If you’ve hated every stealth action game you’ve ever played, not because you hate being stealthy and want to run and gun, but because simple mistakes make you start all over (and ain’t nobody got time for that) then Dark is your savior. It gives you the perfect venue for trial and error tactics where using vampiric powers to snap someone’s spine from across the room and obliterate their corpse may or may not be the right move at a specific point. Your vampire vision may slow down time and allow you to see through walls like Batman so you can meticulously plan every action, but there’s just no substitute for being able to instantly hit the reset button in a game until you see things play out exactly how you wanted. And that ability, in any stealth action game, just makes things awesome

Original Gamer -  3/10

DARK is bad for multiple reasons. It’s bad because it tries to be a story driven title with no likable characters.  On top of that, it also tries to be an action game with no semblance of any real combat to back up its claims. Even then, it’s bad at the core. At some points you can see where it could have been a really good stealth game if the developers weren’t trying too hard to fit as many genres into it as possible. Unfortunately, what gamers are left with is a lukewarm stealth title that just isn’t fun.

TheGameScouts - 4/10

Dark will surprise you with how mediocre it is. At first glance, you may want to think to yourself, "This is the game that will change my mind about vampires." Don't act so eager. While it may look like Borderlands (the first one), its muddy controls, underwhelming presentation, and harmful RPG elements make this one suck. I would rather [insert cliché about how to kill a vampire here] than play this game.

GamesRadar -  2/5

You've danced to Dark’s particular stealth action rhythm before. You've memorized guard movement patterns, you've hidden bodies, and you've avoided stepping on broken glass and broadcasting your location. This is rudimentary stuff, so throwing supernatural abilities into the mix and distributing them via RPG-like progression is about as fresh as something this formulaic is going to get. It almost works for Dark. Developed by a team relatively inexperienced with this genre, Dark is tiresome trial-and-error stealth action that offers occasional glimpses of what could've been an interesting game, had a more seasoned studio been behind it.

 

You've danced to Dark’s particular stealth action rhythm before. You've memorized guard movement patterns, you've hidden bodies, and you've avoided stepping on broken glass and broadcasting your location. This is rudimentary stuff, so throwing supernatural abilities into the mix and distributing them via RPG-like progression is about as fresh as something this formulaic is going to get. It almost works for Dark. Developed by a team relatively inexperienced with this genre, Dark is tiresome trial-and-error stealth action that offers occasional glimpses of what could've been an interesting game, had a more seasoned studio been behind it. - See more at: http://www.gamesradar.com/dark-review/#sthash.qCnhK4rR.dpuf
You've danced to Dark’s particular stealth action rhythm before. You've memorized guard movement patterns, you've hidden bodies, and you've avoided stepping on broken glass and broadcasting your location. This is rudimentary stuff, so throwing supernatural abilities into the mix and distributing them via RPG-like progression is about as fresh as something this formulaic is going to get. It almost works for Dark. Developed by a team relatively inexperienced with this genre, Dark is tiresome trial-and-error stealth action that offers occasional glimpses of what could've been an interesting game, had a more seasoned studio been behind it. - See more at: http://www.gamesradar.com/dark-review/#sthash.qCnhK4rR.dpuf

Wednesday - July 10, 2013

Dark - Review Roundup

by Myrthos, 12:52

Here are some more reviews of Dark. None of them look too good.

GameInformer, 2/10:

I’ve played a lot of bad Xbox 360 games for achievements, but hardly any are as unpolished and poorly executed as Dark. It’s easily one of this generation’s worst titles. Even when the stealth is working moderately well, the slow pacing is a killer, and no amount of blood sucking brings satisfaction. Most levels were completed through trial and error, failure after failure, and then success coming from exploiting an AI bug or an odd design decision.

X3 news, 5/10

DARK is not a good game. It is in all respects a bad game. The whole game is epitomized at the end by a severely lacklustre boss battle, which is the worst ending to any game that I have played. With that being said DARK does have a few, just a minute few, redeemable features but they are far and few between. With an injection of just a few more mechanics and non-clichéd writing DARK may have even been a good game. This is one summer title you will want to avoid unless you are set on playing every single stealth game you can get your hands on.

Rock Paper Shotgun

Overall, Dark leaves me with the same sinking feeling that always settles in the pit of my mind when I arrive at the unnecessary stealth level in an otherwise entertaining game. Usually they’re of the sort that actively crumple and contort the game’s game’s central mechanics, eventually abandoning them, bending an engine unsuited to the task to the will of shadows and sounds.

Sadly, Dark is that level and it is also an entire game.


DARK is not a good game. It is in all respects a bad game. The whole game is epitomized at the end by a severely lacklustre boss battle, which is the worst ending to any game that I have played. With that being said DARK does have a few, just a minute few, redeemable features but they are far and few between. With an injection of just a few more mechanics and non-clichéd writing DARK may have even been a good game. This is one summer title you will want to avoid unless you are set on playing every single stealth game you can get your hands on. - See more at: http://www.x3news.co.uk/Reviews/Xbox%20360%20Game%20Reviews/DARK%20Review.html#sthash.0wSoIaYj.5514XfpS.dpuf

Monday - July 08, 2013

Dark - Review @ Eurogamer

by Myrthos, 12:15

How bad does a game have to be in order to score a 3 out of 10? As bad as Dark is according to Eurogamer.

Yep, stealth is hard. Dark, meanwhile, is cheap, and one does not complement the other. Dark flounders on all fronts when it comes to stealth, and there's literally nothing else to the game besides that. Even with gameplay that is pared back to the absolute minimum, quality stealth remains out of developer Realmforge's reach.

Dark - Review and Gameplay Videos

by Couchpotato, 00:04

Alright lets start the news for today. Up first I have one review, and a few gameplay videos for the recently released Dark.

First we have the review from Hardcoregamer and they give it a 2.5/5.

If you’re in need of a good traditional stealth game that happens to include vampires and supernatural abilities, then you’ll be in a conflicted reality. There is some good here, but thanks to the lackluster presentation values, questionable voice acting and brainless artificial intelligence, Dark turns into an experience you may want to quietly sneak past. The RPG elements and distinct visual style do present some life, but don’t go in expecting this to be a mechanically sound game.

Next we have four videos from Cramgaming. I picked the opening part of the game to show you the game in action. So consider it a spoiler.

 

Friday - July 05, 2013

Dark - Review @ TheControllerOnline

by Couchpotato, 02:46

All I could find was one review from TheControllerOnline for recently released Dark. The review is not positive or negative it basically calls the game average.

A departure from what we’re used to from Realmforge Studios, Dark is a stylized action game that is trying to make vampires cool again. A noble cause, if you ask me, but you can’t just get by on style alone, can you? The vampires of Dark are promising stealth action with RPG elements but, while you get these things in principle, the rest of what is hiding behind the striking visual style isn’t quite as deep as we were hoping.

Closing Comments

Dark’s striking and interesting visual style is quickly dulled by its under-designed and basic gameplay. When you start the first level, you may find yourself thinking that Dark could be a fun stealth-action game but as the complexity of the levels ramp up, the combat and character abilities fall behind. If Realmforge Studios had spent as much time designing the other elements, as they did designing the visual style, Dark could have been a good game. Instead it will end up in more bargain bins than game collections.

Score: 6/10

Thursday - July 04, 2013

Dark - Now Available on Steam

by Couchpotato, 06:36

Well it seems Dark the Stealth ARPG has released a few days early. You can buy the game on Steam for $39.99.

DARK is a unique stealth-action game with RPG elements in which you take on the role of the ultimate hunter: a vampire. Ambush your enemies from the shadows, roam the darkness and use powerful vampire skills to dispatch your opponents.

The intricate story of DARK will take you into the midst of a world of blood and darkness, where the hunter can easily become prey. Strike down other vampires, improve your character and develop formidable skills such as instantly disappearing from view to take your enemies by surprise.

Key Features:

  • Stealth and action meet role-playing: earn experience, pick your dialogue choices and develop your skills to become the ultimate hunter
  • Use impressive vampire skills and powerful melee attacks to eliminate your foes from the cover of darkness – go invisible, stalk your prey unnoticed and devastate them with up-close attacks
  • A variety of enemies await your fangs – from mortal human police and security guards to fellow creatures of the night
  • Make your way through lavishly appointed environments, from the city museum to the hidden fortress of a vampire lord hidden within a towering skyscraper
  • Impressive 3D cel-shaded graphics

Sunday - June 09, 2013

Dark - New E3 2013 Trailer

by Couchpotato, 00:09

German publisher Kalypso Media has unveiled a brand new trailer for E3 of the upcoming vampire game Dark. It also confrims that July 9th is now the new release date.

Step into the DARK with this exciting new trailer for DARK, our upcoming stealth-action game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Saturday - May 25, 2013

Dark - Interview @ Realmforge

by Couchpotato, 00:02

Realmforge a German game site has an interview with Dennis Blumenthal the Associate Producer of DARK. The interview is also in German but can be translated easily.

Could you first tell us how you came up with the idea to DARK?

"We are all big fans of classic stealth games such as Dark Project and the early Splinter Cell parts. In addition, many of us are fans of vampires and find it terribly, as the former terrors of the night shirtless run today as a teen sex symbols with Gelfrisur on the big screen. So we thought we'd kill two birds with one stone. We make a classic stealth game and vampires cool again "

Why did you choose just for a vampire as a hero and the
so very dark setting?

"Vampires are mysterious, all-powerful beings, but which nevertheless have clear weaknesses - in our view, perfect for a good stealth game. The player should have the feeling to be a powerful, incredibly strong predator that stalks in the shadow of his prey and is able to kill almost any enemy in seconds. At the same time he is not invincible, despite its strength itself and must be careful not to become a target itself. This game with the opponent and the risk that hunters and the hunted at any moment can change roles, DARK makes a special gaming experience - and we owe the vampires. "

DARK will be primarily a stealth title - which inspired originals (movies, games, etc.) did you have?

"Nosferatu, Blade, 30 Days of Night, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dark Project 1 +2, Splinter Cell, and of course DuckTales. ;-) "

What makes DARK in your / your eyes and especially which feature do you like / your favorite?

 "What makes DARK is the strong focus on original, unadulterated stealth gameplay in combination with the vampire myth. It never existed in this form. My personal favorite features are the vampire vision with which one the warm blood of living opponent can see through walls and other obstacles through and the shadows jump, a kind of vampiric form of teleportation, in which one dissolves into smoke and reappears in a different place, which is extremely cool. "

Thursday - May 16, 2013

Dark - New Gameplay Trailer Released

by Couchpotato, 00:03

Kalypso just released a new trailer for DARK. In the new trailer you get a close-up look at several of the vampire powers available to you.

Watch as Eric hypnotises unsuspecting guards to slip past them or deliver a deadly strike. Or, use Regeneration to convert the blood of your enemies to health points! Watch the new video to learn more about these and other stealth-focused powers featured in DARK, which Kalypso Media will release this summer on Xbox 360 and PC

Friday - May 03, 2013

Dark - Preview @ GamingCapacity

by Couchpotato, 00:42

GamingCapacity is the next site to preview Dark.

Are you familiar with the word “Vampire”? If not, then you will be more than familiar with it by the time this preview is over. The word has become something to bring a bitter taste to ones mouth because of certain interpretations (not naming names, but hazard a guess). There are still some gamers recovering from the shocking title Vampire Rain, which are two words that bring a bitter taste to players’ mouths. Never the less, the genre has lost some of its former respect as a medium. Realmforge Studios hopes to change this with their spin on Vampires, the action and stealth RPG, Dark.

Dark centres around a man who wakes up with only one thought in his head, that his name is Eric Bane. Eric was part of a group of M17 agents that were killed during a mission where certain things hit a proverbial fan. Eric awakens to realise he has become a creature of the undead (Vampire), and must drink the blood of an elder vampire in order to stop himself from turning into a blood sucking nosferatu. This isn’t your only primary goal as Eric is tasked with discovering the dark secrets that lie behind the GeoForge Corporation. As if both of these things weren’t enough, during the course of the game Eric will encounter his former employers who are bent on finding the elder vampire for their own reasons and seek to kill Eric. These guys aren’t your only problem since searching for the elder vampire Eric will encounter vampires who wish to protect their elder. The guy REALLY can’t catch a break.

Though the game encourages stealth, it will reward you for whatever play style you tend to favour. With this, your skill tree will advance while it adapts to the way you play. For example, you could favour going in and flailing your fists wildly and the game will say “Yeah, that’s cool, have some more physical skills to play with”, whereas with stealth the game would say “Ooh, stealthy guy, enjoy this stealthy trait”, you get the idea. The game will also incorporate what Realmforge have dubbed as “Blood Vision”, which looks to be a combination of Batman’s Detective Vision, Lara’s Survival Instinct and Assassin’s Creed’s Eagle Vision. This amalgamation of visions will help you track enemies, see important visual cues to progress and just look damn pretty.
 


Tuesday - April 30, 2013

Dark - Preview @ TheGameEffect

by Couchpotato, 07:05

TheGameEffect has a short preview of the vampire stealth ARPG Dark. I will post only a snippet as most of the preview will spoil the game from playing the demo.

DARK is the upcoming stealth action RPG centered around Eric Bane, a newly-turned vampire and former member of M-17, an elite special forces team. Eric does not know why he was turned into a vampire, or why his former agency has suddenly begun hunting and capturing vampires. Eric is given a slew of new powers that enable him to move through the shadows and prowl the night, looking for answers. I previewed a 20-minute demo of  DARK, and it left me wanting to see more

Each level can take about an hour or more, depending on your play style. The whole game will be about 8-10 hours, and is single-player only. Considering the various different scenarios that can play out, it is obvious that multiple playthroughs are encouraged. If you enjoy stealth action games like the  Assassin's Creed and  Batman: Arkham series, so  DARK may be right up your alley

Tuesday - April 23, 2013

Dark - Interview with Dennis Blumenthal

by Couchpotato, 04:39

Gaming Nexus chats with the producer of DARK, Dennis Blumenthal, about what it takes to break the tradition of bad vampire games.

Could you describe the universe that DARK is set in? How long did it take you to flesh out the world?

DARK is set in what can best be described as a near future. Everything is very modern and high tech. It's a world, of course, populated by vampires, who control many large corporations and entities, but do so in secret.

Please introduce us to Eric Bane. What is his backstory and how did he become a vampire? Was this a willing transition?

Eric wakes up in a night club called the Sanctuary. He has no memory of what has happened or how he got into the Sanctuary, but he soon discovers that he somehow has become a vampire and that all the other visitors of the club are vampires, too. While trying to find out who made him a vampire he meets several other vampires who help him, like Rose (she owns the Sanctuary) or Tom (who’s responsible for the security in the Sanctuary).

Was there ever any thought of making this a first-person game or was it going to be a third-person game the entire time?

It was always intended as a third-person game. True story.

Will DARK be a single-player experience only or are you considering multiplayer?  

We're focusing all our efforts on a single-player game.

Are you planning on releasing a demo of the game before launch?  

We’ve discussed this a lot, but unfortunately the effort would be much to high to create a demo.

Friday - April 19, 2013

Dark - Special Attacks And Powers Video

by Couchpotato, 02:16

Kalypso Media has released a new trailer for DARK, the action-vampire game from Realmforge Studios. The video shows some of Eric Bane’s special attacks and powers he will use to investigate Geoforge, an omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate which rules a near-future urban landscape.

Tuesday - April 16, 2013

Dark - Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 01:26

IGN released a trailer of the upcoming Action/RPG Dark.

Stealth, vampires, special powers, and cel-shading. What more could you want?

Source: IGN

Thursday - March 28, 2013

Dark - GDC Trailer

by Myrthos, 12:50

Here is the GDC trailer for Dark. the action-staelth game with RPG elements and some vampires thrown in.

Information about

Dark

Developer: Realmforge

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Action-RPG
Combat: Real-time
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
World
· Platform: PC
· Released at 2013-07-03
· Publisher: Kalypso Media