Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Deep Black: Reloaded

Review: Deep Black: Reloaded

5:00 PM on 05.02.2012 // Joshua Derocher

Deep Black is a third-person shooter that feels like Dead Space, Halo, Gears of War, and Call of Duty all got together and produced a mutant offspring. Frankenstein's monster comes closer to being a part of humanity than this game comes to being playable, or fun.

It attempts to be a half-on-land, half-underwater shooter that offers unique gameplay, but in the end, Deep Black is just half-baked. 

Deep Black: Reloaded (PC)
Developer: Biart
Publisher: Strategy First
Release: April 18, 2012
MSRP: $29.99

Deep Black's major selling point is its underwater levels. While it's true that there really aren't any other games that use a lot of underwater play, they really aren't used that well here. It always feels like the same thing over and over again. Swim underwater towards a goal, shoot some robot mines that want to kill you, flip a switch to open a gate, run up on land, hit another switch, go back underwater, and repeat until you're bored silly.

Navigating underwater can be a major pain as well. Mines float towards you and explode, and destroying them before they kill you is almost impossible on the first try. Only after they have surprise-murdered you at least once can you attempt to learn where they are and shoot them before they do it again.

The levels above ground aren't any better. Getting past any mission is a matter of dying and repeating the level until you have learned where every enemy is and how to defeat them, and since the checkpoints are really spread out, this can take a long time. It's often necessary to replay the same sections upwards of a dozen times to successfully get to the next checkpoint.

The checkpoints are spaced out way too far, and even worse, they are often placed before cut scenes. As a result, there is nothing gratifying about getting past a combat encounter, since it feels more like beating the game's bad mechanics instead of fighting the enemies within the game.

There are over forty missions in Deep Black, and every level feels almost exactly the same. Every crate looks the same, every hallway has the same enemies that run at you, and every encounter is a repetitious chore. New enemies are introduced too slowly and they are too similar to existing ones. There are only a handful of guns available to the player, and they don't really respond differently.

Even when simply using up all the ammo in gun type 1 and switching to gun type 2, it doesn't affect the feel of combat at all. There is a "super weapon" that you find, and it's supposed to freeze guys and kill them. However, while they do freeze for just a second, they don't die unless you hit them multiple times. It's just as easy to kill them with a machine gun or the wimpy pistol that has endless ammo.

Moreover, the guns lack weight and believability. Shooting someone in the face doesn't always mean that they'll die, and enemies soak up bullets like sponges soak up water. They simply don't die. Shooting someone in the head with a shotgun less than ten feet away should kill them, but sometimes these morons don't even flinch. And it's not like the shot is missing them since the impact is visible; they just don't seem to mind being shot.

Boss battles are trials of patience and screwing around with mechanics that don't make any sense. One boss sits in a pit in the middle of the room, and in order to hit the switches required to lower its shields and damage it, you have to roll around the room. I don't mean rolling from cover to cover, or rolling to avoid certain attacks, I mean constantly rolling around the room like a ball. I'm sure that's how a real marine would do it.

The idiot robot that can't crawl up from this six-inch deep pit apparently can't hit anything if it's rolling around like a Katamari. That is, until its health is about halfway down, when it can start to hit everything it fires at. This often leads to player death about five minutes into the encounter, and because there are no checkpoints at different stages of the boss fight, you'll have to start all over again. After doing this for about an hour, blind luck will eventually win and the boss will die.

As bad as the combat is, the joke of a "story" is somehow worse. It's hard to tell what's really happening or why. The setting is bland and it doesn't help that the level environments all look the same. There isn't a solid antagonist at any point, and it's unclear what the goal is. The hero is a generic lieutenant that wants to be like Master Chief, but he has no personality, so he can't.

There's also a talking Cortana-like person who tells you where to go and says "affirmative" any time that Lt. Whats-his-face say something, or she talks about how nice her ass is. Some of the dialog is so bad it's laughable. There's an AI that talks like GlaDOS or the computer voice on the Enterprise, and it accuses you of violating her. Top that all off with voice acting that makes most commercials sound exciting, and you have a giant turd that makes Plan 9 From Outer Space seem Oscar worthy.

When it comes down to it, there really isn't anything here to enjoy. It's a collection of repetitive gameplay, bland levels, a horrible story with forgettable characters, and a poor system of checkpoints that forces you to keep replaying sections of the already tedious levels. The overall experience is mind-numbing and frustrating, making it hard to play it for more than 30 minutes at a time without wanting to throw something or burn things.

Just do yourself a favor and steer clear of this one. Even if you see it on sale for a dollar, just skip over it and play anything else instead.



Deep Black: Reloaded - Reviewed by Joshua Derocher
Broken - One of my least favorite games ever. Just thinking about it is upsetting. I am upset.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Joshua Derocher, PC Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Josh_Derocher Tips
Josh is a PC gamer. He can usually be found flying around in EVE Online. He's been known to enjoy playing role-playing games like Dragon Age: Origins, Skyrim, and Planescape Torment. He starte... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Deep Black: Reloaded

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

Thankful it's Over: Bioshock Infinite

Is Toei using Kamen Rider Ghost to address suicide in Japan?

Let's talk about Xenoblade Chronicles

Cblogs of 11/27/15 - Life is Strange, and Sad

Top 5 Reasons Star Wars Battlefront KICKS ASS!

Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Little Slice of Childhood

Top 5 Reasons Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 IS AWESOME!

Cblogs of 11/26/15 + Combat Heropon-isms

Video games go mainstream

I’m Not a SJW, I’m an Anthropologist: Making the Case for Diversity in Games

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
I don't think it will happen, but if the NX is turns out to be a VR device, I will be the saddest boy in the milky way.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
There's something so fucking delicious about a toasted Hawaiian roll, smoked ham, Swiss, some spinach and a dollop of mustard. #FatKidPosts
Still in work clothes.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Welp, wrote up a blog for that there bloggers wanted. Its me bitching about Bioshock Infinite! Again! Yay!!!!!!
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
Just finished watching The Phantom Menace. Yeah, Jar Jar is as bad as people say. Baby Vader is so cute and also kicks some serious ass. One of the best lightsaber battles of the series, if not the best one. It was pretty neat!
Roxas1359 avatarRoxas1359
Can't decide where I should upload my latest project. Either on my YouTube Channel or on Game Anyone. On the one hand YouTube gets more exposure, but Game Anyone is where some of my more popular walkthroughs are. The game is 3D Land if anyone is wondering
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Thanksgiving dinner for days!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Anyone know if the Bethesda games on sale on Amazon for a certain amount of time, or through Monday?
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
In light of the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles X is fast approaching, I suggest we start planning out a Destructoid Squad! NNID is TysonOfTime. From what I've heard, it doesn't appear Squads are region locked (except for Japan), so everyone's welcome!
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Typing of the Dead > all other typing games.
Lawman avatarLawman
Listening to this on a Tall Oaks level of RE: Revelations 2's Raid Mode is entrancing, for some reason.
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Need a reason to support Indivisible? Shantae is in it!. Back it or spread the word, every bit of help counts.
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Sometimes I miss how hilariously janky Brawl was, and I still have a lot of fun playing it. Not sure if I could ever take it seriously as a competitive game, but I want to enter at least one Brawl tournament in the future. You know, if I can find one.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I love how on a slow news day I can always turn to Qposts for something else to read and think about. Keep up the mojo fellas!
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I finally caved in to those sweet deals, got Shantae and The Pirate's Curse, Downwell and Super House of Dead Ninjas :)
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I hope that Prototype runs better on my dad's old laptop than it does on my AMD gaming rig. Some badly coded games run like ass on AMD cards.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Please spare me from issues in the process of publishing my blog! Especially since I modified CSS to unnecessarily pseudo-crop an image, and make it so some images float next to text, and make it look decent on mobile. I'm a frickin' nerd, love it.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
The night brims with defiled scum, and is permeated by their rotten stench. Just think, now you're all set to hunt and kill to your heart's content! #FashionBorne [img][/img]
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
Two more days to get in on the unofficial Christmas Card! [Url][/URL]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django has got a mystery sale on T Shirts and Tank Tops atm, $5 for each. Only catch is they're random. But I've had some good luck, got a Captain Falcon one before, Zombies ate my Neighbors and a Persona 4 X Earthbound crossover.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -