Release Date: Nov 18, 2002
System: Playstation 2 and Xbox
Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
James Cameron's Dark Angel takes place during the second season of Dark Angel, immediately after the fall of Manticore. Players take control of Max Guevara,
a genetically-enhanced super soldier. The fall of Manticore has placed
Max at an emotional crossroads and she determines that she must find and
help all of her fellow X5 soldiers who were also on the run from
Manticore. On the side, she also helps her friend and ally Logan Cale (alias "Eyes Only") root out and stop corruption in the local government.
"Dark Angel" is a fairly basic, straight-forward fighting game, with
an emphasis on stealth. Because production was rushed, the levels are
usually straightforward point-A-to-point-B missions. As the levels, the
enemies and the bosses get harder, a greater emphasis is placed on
stealth and it can get particularly tricky to finish a level because if
you are caught even once by security, you have to replay the entire
Also due to rushed production, the graphics can be fairly murky, the
camera angles can sometimes distract, and there are only about four
combos to master while playing as Max.
The "Dark Angel" video game was geared as a sort of gift to fans as
it was released shortly before the show's cancellation. Players can
unlock extras and interviews, photo galleries from the show (mostly of Jessica Alba,
the actress who portrays Max). Also, the entire original cast agreed to
come back and lend their vocal talents to the game, grounding the game
somewhat within the realms of the television show. Costumes and outfits
are also taken mostly from the show.
"Eyes Only" segments use the same graphics and voice-overs that were
used during the show, as well, and the game for the most part doesn't
depart from what is considered canon from the original show.
Many fans criticized the game for having an unrealistic timing; if
the game were actually set immediately after the end of Manticore, the
game would have had to take place during the end of one episode and
immediately during the break between the next episode, causing some fans
to disregard it from "Dark Angel" canon entirely.
Most of the complaints, however, were from the somewhat formulaic
aspects of the game as well as the lackluster graphics and bosses due to
the studio's rushed release in order to release the game before the
official cancellation of the series. Despite all of this, many fans
bought the game as a way to continue the show after its ending.