I was invited to a dank, musty hotel for my first look at the upcoming Vampire game…DARK! DARK is a single player 3rd person stealth vampire game…and..yes, IT BITES!! (I couldn’t resist) You play as Eric Bane, freshly turned into a vampire, and as the game starts, you’re in a bar with other vampires. This bar acts as your base-camp. Rose is a chick vampire at the base-camp, who also acts as your guide in your audio head-set. She’s a sort of Vampire version of Cortana.
In the storyline, your first objective is to suck the blood of an elder vampire, so that you won’t turn into some hideous, grotesque, nasty zombie-vampire nightmare. Right now, you’re a cool hip vampire. Off you go in search of the elder vampire who is a curator at a museum. You arrive at the museum only to find the elder vampire’s office ransacked. Hmmm… you wonder…who could have done this? That’s when the conspiracy theory begins. There is a secret bio-lab that is working on creating a new kind of Vampire…with abilities and vampire-magic powers that can take over the mortal and ever-dead worlds forever.
Somewhere along the story, Rose, and some of your other “friend” vampires are kidnapped by the bio-lab and taken to the lab for some creepy experiments. Now you have to try to sneak in and rescue them with-out the help of Rose on your headset. By this time in the game, you should be well skilled and have your vampire powers leveled up. I didn’t see beyond the courtyard stage of this level, but it looked like a combination of stealth, skill, and puzzle solving. From what I could see from this short 1st look, finding out what the bio-lab is doing will reveal what is going on with the vampires and bio-lab, giving a point to the story in DARK. I enjoyed my 1st look, and with some visual polish, this will be a blood-sucking adventure that hopefully won’t suck!
Some other things you should know:
- Cell shaded, animated look. Cut scenes are comic book, graphic novel type.
- Inspired by the movie “Blade”.
- Accessory wheel with your abilities reminds me of Assassins Creed, Skyrim, etc.
- Stealth similar to Splinter Cell Conviction, Hitman, and Psy-Ops..remember that one?
- Main character has no weapons, only vampire special skills: Melee, Shadow Leap, Blood Drinking, and others.
- Rated M for Mature due to: body-dragging, the F word and blood.
- Xbox 360 and PC only.
- Release date: June 4, 2013.