It’s easy to see why Darkout got its name. From the very first moment you step out into Darkout’s randomly generated world, you are engulfed by an unrelenting blackness that is only broken by the various strange and luminescent plant life that manages to punch its way through the gloom. It’s a terrifying world; filled with various dangers that are often concealed by the darkness, and you need to survive in it.
If you have ever played Terraria then Darkout will feel familiar. You must scavenge any resources you can pluck out of the ground and use them to craft all manner of things to aid you in your constant battle for survival in the unforgiving landscape. What sets Darkout apart from titles such as Terraria is its brutal difficulty from the get-go. You really must sink a fair few hours into the collecting and crafting mechanics to start seeing all Darkout has to offer – and it offers a lot.
The number of things you can craft in Darkout is staggering, ranging from the humble torch, to fluorescent lights and even a jetpack. It’s great fun nurturing your character though the different crafting tiers and watching the base you create evolve from a barely lit wooden shack into a full on scientific laboratory complex complete with perimeter floodlights.
The landscape of Darkout is beautiful, plant life will spring up and emit some much needed light and some of the biomes are visually stunning. The contrast between the bright, colorful vegetation and the bleakness of the rest of the world makes it all the more appealing especially as much of your time will be spent gathering ore in the depths of dangerous caverns and mine shafts.
Darkout is currently in open beta and while there were a few bugs present, I’m sure they will be ironed out before release. Hopefully developers Allgraf will also tweak the difficulty. Darkout is punishing in the early stages when you are trying to get a firm footing in the world, which might frustrate players before they really start to see the game open up. If you like to be terrified all the time and love a challenge then Darkout is definitely worth having a look at; it offers an incredible amount of depth if you can survive long enough and plays like a mixture of Terraria, Minecraft and Dark Souls.
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