Darkspore (inaccessible action role-playing PC game; 2011-2016)
Darkspore was a PC game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. Darkspore is an Action RPG similar in vein to Blizzard's Diablo. It is an indirect sequel to 2008's Spore, a creature creation game also developed by Maxis. Unlike Spore, where it is charming and cute-looking, Darkspore takes a more darker and edgier approach, hence the name. Darkspore was most infamous for the game's always-online DRM. This so-called controversial DRM method was also criticized in the 2013 reboot of SimCity, another game Maxis is most famous for. On March 1, 2016, the servers for Darkspore were shut down. Even if you have a physical copy of Darkspore, it still has always-online DRM. The game requires an Origin account (Origin is Electronic Arts' digital distribution platform), and an obvious internet connection.
The gameplay of Darkspore is mostly single-player. Aside from that, there is also online co-op, and PvP (player vs. player). Following from Spore, Darkspore also has the "Hero Editor", similar to Spore's "Creature Creator". Darkspore's Hero Editor is somewhat different to Spore's Creature Creator. Clint Basinger, host of Lazy Game Reviews criticizes the gameplay for purposely having no replay value, unless you make another Origin account.
The music was composed by Dutch DJ Junkie XL (real name Tom Holkenborg). The music in this game is futuristic ambience with a dark vibe to it, which pretty much fits the dark atmosphere of the game.
On March 1, 2016, Electronic Arts announced the shutdown of servers for Darkspore. Mark Richard of TechRaptor states that the shutdown of Darkspore was "banishing the title from gaming history". Clint made a Lazy Game Reviews video on Darkspore and expressed his concern on always-online DRM games. Clint describes the shutdown as "an assault on history", and as "a reminder of how short-sided and apathetic towards the history of gaming can be." Clint wasn't the only one concerned with the situation, but Ross Scott of Ross's Game Dungeon as well.
- TechRaptor article on Darkspore shutdown. Last retrieved 02 Jan 2017.