Darkest of Days: Time Travel Video Game for the PC and Xbox

I was at the Penny Arcade Expo 2009, and I discovered a game that I hadn’t heard of before, but hope I will be hearing more about in the future. 

The game, Darkest of Days, is developed by Phantom EFX, and the booth had some interesting figures from all sorts of time periods around it.  Of course, it is common to see people in costumes hanging around booths, but this one had something odd.  I saw soldiers from the Civil War holding a World War I era machine gun. 

Yes, the company was showing off, and it was for a good reason.  Darkest of Days uses time travel, which is something that isn’t really seen much in video games, save for The Journeyman Project series.  This is understandable, since the problem with time travel in video games is the same problem authors run into when dealing with time travel in speculative fiction.  You know, that idea that if you go back in the past, and change something, then you change the future, or our present. 

Most video game companies probably avoid this subject because it would be a very complicated story engine.  It is the same reason why characters in video games are very limited as to what they can and cannot do.  After all, video games can only be so large, and you really don’t want to complicate them more than they already are. 

Darkest of Days is essentially a First Person Shooter (FPS), but with a difference.  The main character is a time traveler who has to go to many eras of battles including Pompeii, Antietam, World War I, World War II, and Little Big Horn. 

At some point of time in the game, you use a weapon that is not from that time period.  For example, in a World War I era, I found that I could use this weapon with a laser sight that can fire exploding rounds.  Of course, there is a major “don’t mess with history” going on with that, but hopefully the Germans will assume that they are being attacked from above by air. 

Part of the challenge of the game is not tampering with history.  For example, there are some foes in the game that you cannot shoot because it will screw up the timestream as we know it, resulting in a catastrophe that would make Doc Brown’s head spin. 

I had a fun time playing the game, and found that the time travel conceit gave the game more meaning than your regular First Person Shooter (FPS) game.  Darkest of Days is available now for the PC for $39.99 and $49.99. 

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homeexchange 7 years ago

I really enjoyed playing this travel game.

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