This weekend I had the chance to play Darkspore in Beta. For anyone who is a fan of action RPGs Darkspore has a number of core factors that you will love. It also offers PvP and insane levels of customization on your squads. It also has a great story and game play similar to Diablo and Torchlight.
In a nutshell the game has many elements that MMOs should heavily factor in before they launch.
For me, Darkspore is a game that spans playerbases. Now, hear me out on this. I played the game with my son who is just about old enough to get into video games. He plays Torchlight and some of the Ipad games, but nothing too indepth yet. Darkspore was a great game for him to try because it dealt with monsters, DNA, mutations, and space. What kid now-a-days doesn’t like those topics. The game play was managable for him and he mastered moving and fighting very quickly.
That is not to say the game is easy by any means. It is one of those, easy to play difficult to master titles. In playing through the campaign mode the environments are awesome ranging from destroyed planets held together by shield style technology to amazing colorful worlds full of life. Either way there was a lot to see on the environments created.
The story line is interesting and covered a unique look at the future with genetic enhancements. One thing about the game that I really like is no humans. Every monster created by players has great abilities and lots of customization. Sure the classes and styles of play exist in the squads you choose, but overall there is a lot of room to be creative.
Choosing three heroes for each mission is great too. It allows you to pick and choose from your stable of heroes and bring the skills you might need for certain worlds. In many ways this was great for kids who like the variety in what they play and are able to switch between heroes with no penalty. If one of your hero’s starts to lose health you can swtich to another and continue the fight, a great option for getting out of tough spots, or to just have fun with.
I am a big fan of Wizard 101, a game that on the surface looks like it is for kids. Once I played the game there was a lot of elements that appealed to hardcore players. I know many older players who join Wizard 101 with their kids and get sucked into the game play and world, as if it was a normal grown up MMO.
Darkspore is much darker than Wizard 101 in terms of story and graphics. Yet it is a great game for kids who want to learn about genetics, science, and maintain an action genre feel. It also appeals to hardcore players who love to explore new worlds and create new characters. I think Darkspore is a great game that will span both the casual and hardcore gamer audience. If you are a gamer dad or mom, this is a perfect game to play with your children.
Unfortunately we did not enter the PvP area of the game, this is I think were you will get much more competative play. When it becomes available in beta we will definitely check it out. For now, definitely look for Darkspore when it comes out as a game for both hadrcore and casual players. If you are a parent looking for a game this will definitely appeal to both you and your children.