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Platform Win, 360 Publisher Kalypso Media Developer Realmforge Studios Release Date 2013-07-04

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Dark review: thin blood

This introduction might otherwise be serviceable, but Dark's amateurish voice acting makes it unbearable. The few characters free of thick, out-of-place accents are still stuck reading awkward, stilted lines. Cutscenes jump between camera angles at a frantic pace, and any remaining potential for drama disappears in a flurry of exaggerated animations that endlessly repeat while characters talk. Dark takes itself so seriously that it can't even ironically get away with dialogue and presentation as laughable as this. The sole defense of Dark's story is that it doesn't matter much. The meager plot serves as only the tiniest motivation to move Eric from location to location. These spaces act as hunting grounds for various crazed denizens of the night — and it's within these...

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Dark to receive first DLC, Cult of the Dead, Dec. 5

Realmforge Studios' vampire-filled stealth action game, Dark, will receive its first downloadable content for Windows PC on Dec. 5, publisher Kalypso Media announced today. In Cult of the Dead, protagonist Eric Bane hunts for the Book of the Dead — an item rumored to grant the owner the power to control death and its minions. Along the way, Eric must battle Necromancers and the M17 vampire hunters that made their appearance in the game's original content. The DLC will add a new sniper opponent, as well as a new boss: the Cultist. Cult of the Dead will be available to download for $4.99, while the Xbox 360 version launches "shortly after." Dark was released for Xbox 360 and Windows PC in July. For more on the game, check out our review.


Tomb Raider now 50 percent off on Steam until May 6

Tomb Raider is available at half-price from now until May 6 on Steam, as part of the platform's weekend deal. The sale applies to the standard PC edition of Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider: Survival Edition and the digital book Tomb Raider: The Final Hours, which are now available for $28.99, $34.99 and $1.49, respectively. Also included in the sale is the enormous Tomb Raider Collection, which features 10 items: Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider 4: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider 5: Chronicles, Tomb Raider 6: The Angel of Darkness, Tomb Raider 2 and Tomb Raider 3. This has dropped in price from $69.99 to $34.99. Tomb Raider received a 9 out of 10 from Polygon, in a review that states: "It's easy to point out the...

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Xbox Video Awards winners announced, winning titles on sale until May 6

Microsoft announced the winners of its debut Xbox Video Awards, where Xbox Live users were given the chance to vote for their favorite movies and television shows in a number of candid categories. Winners of the 13 lighthearted categories include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for "Best Use of Facial Hair," The Walking Dead for "Favorite Use of Zombies" and The Expendables 2 for "Most Egregious use of Testosterone." Winning titles will be on sale until May 6. Users were also invited to submit questions to Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about the upcoming movie, which hits theaters May 17. Watch his response to a user submitted question in the above video. The full list of categories and respective winners are as follows: Favorite Comic Book Movie The Amazing S...


Dark pre-orders come with digital strategy guide, music, more (update)

Pre-orders of Realmforge Studios' Dark will come with digital bonus content including a strategy guide and music, publisher Kalypso Media announced today. The bundle, pictured below, consists of an "extensive" digital strategy guide, digital versions of the game's theme song and a remix of it, digital wallpapers and a digital poster. Customers must pre-order the title from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games or GameStop in order to receive the content. The Xbox 360 version of Dark will sell for $49.99; the stealth action title will also be available on Windows PC. Both versions will be released this summer. Check out the most recent Dark trailer, which features vampire stealth action, here. Update: A Kalypso representative told Polygon that the digital bonuses will also be available to those...


New trailer for Dark shows vampire stealth skills

Kalypso has released a new trailer for its upcoming vampire stealth action title Dark showing off players' abilities. Whereas other vampire lore imbues vampires with the power to turn into a bat, hypnotize prey, or perhaps sparkle in the sunlight, Dark vampires seem to have some control over shadows. This trailer shows off the vampires' ability to sense the location of enemies, teleport short distances, distract foes with sound, and instantly kill enemies with a leaping attack. Dark is scheduled to hit Windows PC and Xbox 360 later this year.


Dark introduces the stealthy world of futuristic techno vampires in new trailer

A new trailer for vampiric stealth game Dark offers a look at the shadowy, stealth-heavy world of an anti-corporate vampire. Taking on the role of a vamp out to unravel the mysteries of an insidious corporation, the player will make use of the shadows to take down enemies while exploring what developer RealmForge describes as a futuristic "techno universe." The upcoming stealth-action title is due out on PC and Xbox 360 in early 2013.


Steam Indie Spring Sale features 1,000 indie titles discounted up to 80 percent off

The Steam Indie Spring Sale, which features a thousand indie titles discounted up to 80 percent off, is now live and will run until March 29. Featured games on sale include Super Meat Boy for $5.09, FTL: Faster Than Light for $4.99, Hotline Miami for $4.99, Deadlight for $3.74, Garry's Mod for $2.49, Legend of Grimrock for $7.49, The Binding of Isaac for $1.24, Trine 2 for $3.74 and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $4.99. There are also PAX East and Independent Games Festival categories within the Spring Sale. Each day, the IGF category will feature different finalists and winners from past IGF Awards.


Microsoft discounting over 60 Xbox 360 games in the Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale

Microsoft will kick off its Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale next Tuesday, Feb. 26, offering discounts of up to 80 percent on over 60 Xbox 360 Games on Demand, according to a post on Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's blog. The sale will last through Monday, March 4. Major Nelson will reveal each day's deals, which are available to both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members, through his Twitter account. Games set to be discounted include: Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed 2 Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman: Arkham City BioShock Borderlands Borderlands 2 Call of Juarez Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 C...


Dark trailer shows off stealth mechanics and vampiric powers

The latest trailer for Dark, the upcoming stealth-action title from Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media, shows off protagonist Eric Bane's set of clandestine skills and vampiric combat prowess. Showcased are a set of enemy encounters which Bane is free to work through using whatever method the player sees fit. Stealth is a viable option, as the world is full of fittingly dark corners for Bane to hole up in. There's also some blood-powered abilities for the player to exercise as well, if they're hoping to exercise a more direct route. Dark launches on Xbox 360 and Windows PCs sometime during Q2 2013 — a period assumedly running from April 1 through June 30, according to the trailer.


Batman gets the LEGO treatment in this fan-made The Dark Knight Rises trailer

Paranick Filmz — home to LEGO-based stop-motion spoof videos — has recreated the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises completely out of LEGO. The trailer is in a similar vein to Brotherhood Workshop's LEGO re-imagining of The Battle of Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings, which was also created using LEGO blocks and stop-motion animation techniques.

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 07/04/2013
    • Publisher Kalypso Media
    • Developer Realmforge Studios
    • Score 3.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 07/04/2013
    • Publisher Kalypso Media
    • Developer Realmforge Studios
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