Sporn Again: Darkspore Combat Trailer

By Kieron Gillen on September 29th, 2010 at 11:00 am.

I wouldn't want to be something that's just off-panel.

People were generally down on Darkspore’s non-gameplay teaser-trailer for the perhaps understandable reason that it’s a franchise-expansion with a silly name to a poorly received game and all we really saw was a big old goopy-dude. I suspect the following combat trailer will give people a much better handle on Darkspore. At the least it says the magic phrase “4-player Co-op” which is hard to argue against. GO TRAILER!

Stuff like the morphing from one attack form to the other reminds me both of Evolva and the plans for Irrational’s The Lost, where you were meant to skip between different sorts of avatar depending on what you were up to (basically creating the “multiple routes” approach).

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22 Comments »

  1. BooleanBob says:

    Anyone playing buzzword bingo just got themselves a full house.

  2. K says:

    It is very IMPORTANT to randomly FLASH THE SCREEN because else how would you GET THE ADD people to pay attention! I really hate that fad.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      I have ADHD and I never really needed flashing screens. But I didn’t really notice anything irksome about the trailer, either. Either it’s not that big a deal or it does play to my ADHD. In either case, it’s a bit silly to hate on it, isn’t it?

    • Ezhar says:

      It doesn’t even work. Could be the dull content though.

  3. Carra says:

    With a title like that I expected to see penis like creatures.

    Meh.

  4. CMaster says:

    Looks like a cheapo Diablo. Only hope for it can be that the Spore customisation really does let you do a lot and create all manner of creatures. I was actually more optimistic from the teaser.

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      Lars Westergren says:

      I think it mixes in a lot of Pokemon style light RPG, which should add a layer of strategy to the hack and slash. Sounds good to me, but it is probably best in multiplayer co-op or versus mode.

  5. Ernheim says:

    Yeah… this is launching, in theory, next Feb. Torchlight 2 is planned for next spring. Something tells me that Darkspore isn’t going to do very well out of that arrangement.

  6. Tei says:

    Great video. The makers of this video can eat alive the makers of the old video. This is 100% superior to the old one, and make the game looks cool and intense. Theres no traces of “lame dark walt disney” in this one. Actually looks like a “Aliens fighting Bugs” game, so Is ok on my book.

  7. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    Evolva.

    No game is too obscure for RPS.

    • GHudston says:

      I vaguely remember really enjoying evolva. No RPS post is too obscure for me either!

    • Tei says:

      Evolva was great. Big openmap, multiple character, sort of … singleplayer-coop feelings (?)

  8. mwoody says:

    “Collection strategy” – that’s a new one. Is that a genre, like Pokemon or Persona?

  9. pupsikaso says:

    But is it ONLINE 4-player Co-op?

  10. ExplosiveCoot says:

    Was anyone else struck by the lack of detail in these environments? I can understand wanting to keep the focus on the characters, but this looked absurdly barren.

  11. WindowsGamer says:

    I wouldn’t mind the buzzword bingo if the subsequent footage actually depicted said features. Rather than “SQUAD COMBINATIONS” — *squadless fighty bits* — “RISK/REWARD CAMPAIGN” — *mildly risky, rewardless fighty bits* — “4 PLAYER CO-OP, PVP” — *single-player fighty bits*

  12. The Dark One says:

    On the plus side, the music had a neat Blade Runner feel to it.

  13. jeremypeel says:

    It seems worth noting that this is utterly different to anything else Maxis have done in their long history. Although I do wonder how many of the original Maxis team are left there rather than in The EA Sims studio.

    It seems to me that they could be doing far more exciting things with their talents, but the relative cock-up of Spore has killed their ambition.

    I’ve just never really been infatuated with any action-RPGs to be honest, but as has been mentioned, adding co-op is like sprinkling fairy dust on a certain kind of game.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Lots of seeming in that post! It’s like I’m studying Measure for Measure all over again. Must apologise for that.

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