STAFF REVIEW of Dark Angel (Xbox)

Thursday, July 31, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Dark Angel Box art Dark Angel is not a quality game, but it was oddly addictive. I've never watched the show a day in my life, and only got the game because it was under $5. It has some serious flaws like the camera and that the stealth mode is very crap-tacular. But, the hand to hand fighting was good enough to hold my interest, and kept me playing it for longer than I should have.

Basically you play as Max (Jessica Alba's character) and run around the streets and kick the oppressive police force's rear end. It is very heavily hand to hand, and felt similar to the fighting style in Spiderman's Xbox game. There is the occassional stealth mission, but I found it easier to not be stealthy and just beat everybody up. When you are caught in stealth mode it gives you a certain amount of time to beat up whoever spotted you, or the mission is over. It's not hard to beat them up, so why worry about the stealth? But, there's not much variety in the gameplay. It could have used more weapons or variety. They do give you a stun gun, but I found I rarely needed to use it, and it wasn't very easy to use anyways. Also you can pick up a "tonga" which makes your punches have more power for a bit, but other than that there is little variety to the weapons. Also, the levels varied widely. Some took 10 seconds to complete, and others would go on for ever. It needed more consistancy.

This is where the game really falls apart. The visuals are down right boring. The camera is officially the worst camera every in a 3rd person game, and that is saying something. You can change it yourself, but it never moves or feels right. When you are fighting, it will switch to places that you can't see your enemy. Words can not do it justice on how bad the camera is. Jessica Alba's likeness is used, and does look enough like her, but most of the time she looks so small that you can hardly tell. Everything needed to be bigger.

The voice talent from the show provides the voices of the characters on the game. I thought the guy was a little annoying. He would try to brief you in the middle of a fight, and nearly every message started out with "Max..." after about the 1,000th time it got really old hearing him say "Max...". The punches and sound effects also were nothing special. But, I do give it points for having proffessional voice talent.

Overall: 6.0 / 10
Gameplay: 5.0 / 10
Visuals: 4.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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