Darkspore (2011)

by Ji-yeong
4 minutes read


Darkspore: A Unique Sci-Fi Action-RPG with Customizable Creatures

Released in 2011, Darkspore was a sci-fi action-RPG that set itself apart with its innovative creature editor and squad-based gameplay. Borrowing creature editing technology from the popular Spore, Darkspore allowed players to create and customize their own alien creatures, each with unique abilities and appearances.

Gameplay: Squad-Based Action and Creature Customization

Darkspore’s gameplay revolved around assembling a squad of three customizable creatures and battling across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore. Players could choose from a variety of creature types, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The game featured a fast-paced, action-oriented combat system, with players controlling their squad in real-time and unleashing powerful abilities.

The creature editor was one of Darkspore’s standout features. Players could choose from a wide range of body parts, weapons, and abilities to create their own unique creatures. The editor allowed for a vast array of customization options, enabling players to create creatures that matched their playstyle and preferences.

Multiplayer and PvP Arena

In addition to the single-player campaign, Darkspore featured a variety of multiplayer options. Players could team up with friends to take on co-op missions or compete against each other in the PvP arena. The arena mode offered a competitive environment where players could test their skills against other players’ squads.

Reception and Legacy

Upon its release, Darkspore received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the game’s innovative creature editor and squad-based gameplay, while others criticized its repetitive missions and lack of depth. Despite the mixed reviews, Darkspore garnered a loyal fanbase who appreciated its unique gameplay and customization options.

After its initial release, Darkspore’s online multiplayer servers were shut down in 2016, effectively ending support for the game. However, players who had purchased the game prior to the server shutdown can still play the single-player campaign and local co-op modes.

EA’s Removal and Relisting of Darkspore

Shortly after its release, EA seemingly removed Darkspore’s store page from Steam, making it unavailable for purchase. This move was met with disappointment from fans who were unable to obtain the game. However, EA later relisted Darkspore with a statement that they would continue to support the game.

DRM and Unplayability

Unfortunately, Darkspore’s DRM scheme requires a connection to the game’s servers in order to play. With the servers now shut down, the game is currently unplayable for most users. This has been a major source of frustration for fans who are unable to access the game they had previously purchased.


Darkspore remains a unique and innovative sci-fi action-RPG that offered players the opportunity to create and customize their own alien creatures. While the game’s repetitive missions and lack of depth may have prevented it from reaching its full potential, its squad-based gameplay and creature editor continue to be praised by fans. Despite the game’s current unplayability due to DRM issues, Darkspore’s legacy as a creative and customizable RPG experience endures.

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