- Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 58 (43, 12, 2, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 12-15hrs
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1, See Grease Monkey
- Number of missable trophies: 0 - Chapter Select is available.
- Glitched trophies?: See Grease Monkey and the Glitched Trophies section below.
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes.
- Do trophies stack?: Yes
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No (This includes the Gold Jet Pack)
It has come to my attention that a number of people have experienced glitched trophies with this game. I myself had no problem with any trophy unlocking, however this board is in no short supply of others who were not so lucky. As far as anyone can tell there are really no easy fixes to most of these glitches without starting a new game. Nearly every trophy in Dark Void has been reported to be glitched so be careful.
Dark Void is a third-person action adventure game. The gameplay primarily focuses on two parts: third-person cover-based shooting and the flying segments.
The third-person cover-based shooting sections are all about being patient. Like many games these days, Dark Void features a "recovery" system where you regain your ability to take damage as time passes. As you take damge, the perimeter of the screen will blur and become red, signaling you are about to die. After several seconds, the blur and red will fade and the view will turn to normal. However, the effect is very faint so you may not realize you are as close to death as you really are due to the subtleness of the effect.
A unique aspect that Dark Void brings to the cover-based shooting formula is the idea of "vertical cover." Vertical cover is the concept that shooting sequences in the game often take place in vertically inclined environments, as opposed to traditional horizontal environments. In theory, this makes the combat more chaotic, as enemies can come from above, below, or either side of you. In practice, the enemies in this game rarely take advantage of the system, so basically you are just fighting "upwards" and "downward" instead of "forward" and "back."
The main idea in these sequences is to take cover, fire accurately, and if you do get hurt, wait for your health to recover fully before poking your head out again. If you have played the Uncharted games, you know what I'm talking about; the formula is nearly identical.
The flying sequences, primarily based around the jet pack, offer a slew of different challenges and difficulties. During these sections of the game, you will often be exposed to enemies from all sides. Quite often you will go from having full "health" to dead in just a few seconds if you get an enemy ship on your tail (especially on the Hardcore difficulty). However, most of these sequences can be easily conquered through trial and error, a few level specific strategies, and taking advantage of the upgrade system (more on that later).
As far as the trophies go, the list is pretty standard for an action adventure/shooting game. You have to upgrade weapons, kill enemies a certain way a certain number of times, do some miscellaneous things like hijack enemy ships, and of course, complete the story chapters. There is also a set of collectibles that you must find, but it's not that bad. You'll find locations for all those in a link in the appropriate section.
Dark Void is a fun little Capcom game that has a lot of heart, even if all the aspects don't come together completely. It lacks a lot of the polish of recent titles, but the game is by no means terrible or unplayable. Game of the year? Hardly, but if you take it for what it is, Dark Void is an enjoyable way to earn your next platinum trophy. The game is not too time consuming, not too difficult, and you get to enjoy some Nolan North voiceover action. You could do worse.
Let's get started.
Step 1: Complete the story on Hardcore difficulty.
The game is not very difficult, even on Hardcore. There are a few trouble spots, but overall the difficulty is manageable. I suggest you use the tech points you earn to upgrade your jet pack guns and your Liberator machine gun, as these are the weapons you will use most. See Grease Monkey for more info on tech points and upgrades. You may choose to pick up as many collectibles (journals) as possible in your initial playthrough, or you can go back and collect them later. See Bookworm for a link to a list of all the journals and their locations so you can check them off as you go. Also, if you follow the trophy guide, you will be able to acquire most, if not all, of the kill trophies and miscellaneous trophies.
Step 2: Collect all journals and more tech points.
After you have completed the story on Hardcore, you may change the difficulty to Casual, and then use Chapter Select to go back to any level you choose. Collectibles, upgrades, and tech points are tracked across all difficulties. You may change the difficulty, and any progress you have made in these areas will remain. You also receive the same amount of tech points regardless of the difficulty you are playing on. Upgrades also cost the same, regardless of difficulty. Again, see Bookworm for a link to a list of all the journals and their locations. If you are still missing any kill or miscellaneous trophies, you may work towards them now.
Step 3: Collect any tech points still needed for upgrades.
The only thing left to do is collect any tech points you still need to fully upgrade your equipment. See Grease Monkey for more info.
The DLC for Dark Void consists of Survival Missions that pit you against ten waves of enemies while defending an objective (either control points or ships). As the mission (divided into rounds) goes on, you gain points for each kill you make. There are two different levels: one focused primarily on ground combat and the other on flight combat. Some of these trophies are significantly more difficult to obtain than any of the disc-based trophies. The DLC is NOT needed for the .