Starts off good but for some reason I can't explain (its a spoiler) you end up on the ground. Worth a rental if you like to get an easy 800 added to your gamerscore. beat it and send it back! (thats what I am doing.)
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As a big fan of "The Rocketeer" in particular and Jetpacks in general, I expected to love this game, And while it was fun, it suffered from a short campaign (with no multiplayer at all!), a pretty generic "alien invasion" plot, and a general lack of polish (It's a pretty-looking game that could have been gorgeous).
Using the jetpack is by far the most fun the game offers (although hijacking different planes or switching between fixed turrets can also be occasionally fun). unfortunately, less than half of the missions are aerial-based, and in an already short campaign (easily beatable in under 10 hours) that's just not enough quality jetpack time. The rest is just your usual Gears of War style pop and shoot ground combat - fun, but far from unique.
Likewise, the story and characters are pretty flat and uninspired. Honestly, this game would have been a lot more fun if it revolved around fighting plain old Nazis or some other fictional tyrants and zooming around more familiar Earthbound locations, like a 1940's New York or Paris skyline. Instead, you get to zoom around the same-looking alien canyons taking on the same handful of enemies over and over again.
This is not to say that the game sucked. Like I said - fun while it lasted. But if they happen to parley this into an actual franchise, there will be much room for improvement in story, graphics, level design, etc. However, as long as they bring back the jetpack, and introduce new aerial moves and weapons for it, I'll be back for another round.
That's one of the things you'll think a lot about this game. Broken. Shatterd. Buggy. Infested. Synonyms for the same symptom.
The game tries to be a few things at once, and manages somewhat. Many have compared it to Uncharted; Dark Void has an interesting, if linear, path of adventure for you to advance through the storyline. There's a good bit of gunning, with the use of cover mechanics to help guard against damage while trying to take out the enemies. Later, you get to the 'Jet Pack' content, which transforms levels into full 3-D free-roaming stages. You may have to get a little used to the controls for flying, but at least they did okay for this part.
However, there are several glitches that appear here and there, ranging the gamut from a bit annoying to fully game-breaking. My experiences have involved getting stuck without being able to move (melee on an enemy upon a stairway), the ship you're defending being stuck on 'Is Being Damaged' (causing its health to constantly drain to 0 despite not being attacked), and then finally the "Grease Monkey" achievement where you must upgrade all of your equipment.
The developers, for unknown reasons, store your bought upgrades in your profile. This is problematic for two reasons. One, sometimes it doesn't realize you've gotten all the upgrades to go and unlock the achievement. Two, because it's in your profile, YOU CAN'T DELETE THAT BIT OF DATA. Restarting the game doesn't help. If you play offline, you can delete and recover your profile. If you're online at the time..., well, that's one 100% completion that is blocked to you.
Capcom needs to patch this game, and soon. It's short enough as it is (you can beat it in 5-10 hours), so all the glitches and bugs that have made it into this game take away its value. Either avoid this entirely, or wait until Capcom finally fixes the issues.