For a browser MMO that’s running on Flash, I must say that Dark Orbit has its core gameplay pegged. The controls are not that complicated that anyone can immediately pick it up, plus everything is self explanatory and that if you still find yourself trying to figure things out the FAQ and the help guide are stocked with the things you need to know.
Dark Orbit is a good example of an MMO that maximizes the potential it has as MMO space shooter with the limited technology it uses. However, this is already a common case with most browser based MMOs these days so it may be that you have stumbled into a game that’s like this one.
The game is fast paced for a browser game. This is fitting for a MMO space shooter. The game’s got the core gameplay down unlike other browser space shooter games where it has other elements that are not even part of the game concept.
Quests in Dark Orbit also help out as another reason for playing the game. If you get tired of harvesting resources and eliminating NPC monsters for level and experience the quests or jobs from your company is the one for you. Of course as your level increases in the game the difficulty the quests increase as well.
Of course it must be expected that there are aspects of the game that doesn’t go quite well with Dark Orbit. For example, the BGM of the game, for the first few hours of game time the BGM can be quite exciting. However there is a lack of variation on the music that is why it’s highly possible that you would eventually just turn down the music.
Another problem I see in Dark Orbit is the abuse of the high level players. You would often see bigger ships being bullies as you travel the different maps in the game. This doesn’t fare well for the whole community especially to those who have just begun playing, though of course this should be expected as the game does center on being the best.
The game’s other problem is the lack of loot protection. Everything that is dropped in Dark Orbit is free for all even if the kill we yours, this is very irritating especially for those who are not used to this kind of gameplay.
Overall, Dark Orbit is one of those browser games that is fun to play for the first few times but eventually gets boring as you progress. The game itself doesn’t give you much of anything besides blasting ships to smithereens or collecting resources for your company, that gets tiring fast especially if you’d want a richer gaming atmosphere to play on.
If you are after a MMO space shooter that is fast-paced with no downloads require, you should try Dark Orbit, the game does deliver what I promises, however, if you’d like your space shooter to have more substance then I might suggest you try other games out there.