Video Game / Dark Earth
The apocalypse may have happened but I still have a funky bandana and cool claws

Will you bring light back to Dark Earth ?

Dark Earth is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game for the PC, released in 1997 by MicroProse. It was developed by the French video game company Kalisto Entertainment, which went out of business in 2002. The game spawned its own RPG circa 2003.

The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Said apocalypse caused by a bunch of meteorites hiting the earth, conveniently hitting major cities first (sounds familiar?) and causing a huge cloud of dust and ashes to clog the sky, preventing the sunlight from ever reaching the ground, save for a couple of sacred spots, called stalites, where the last survivors of the human race, the walkers, built huge cities in the glory of the Sun God.

The player takes the role of Arkhan, a guardian of fire, who gets infected with a dark disease after preventing the assassination of the great priestess Lori. The disease's most obvious effect is to turn Arkhan into an ugly as sin monster. It's then up to him to uncover to truth behind the priestess's assassination, despite having a face that now looks like it fell from the ugly tree and hit every branches on the way down.

This video game provides examples of:

  • After the End: Did I mentioned it was a post-apocalyptic game?
  • Bittersweet Ending: Even though Arkhan saves the day, his father, his girlfriend and pretty much all his significant others are dead. However, it's up to interpretation whether the Runkas, the friendly aliens who cure Arkhan at the end, resurrect the other characters.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Even thought the dark disease disfigured Arkham, it still made him stronger and definitely more intimidating as the disease progresses.
  • The Dark Side: If Arkhan lets the dark disease progress too much, he will become even more monster-like and gain one or two feet in height and a decent share of muscle mass.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The player can shift the hero from light to dark behavior by pressing Tab. This makes Arkhan go from nice guy mode to absolute ax crazy.
  • Jerkass: When in dark behavior mode, Arkham can be quite a jerkass when he speaks to other characters ("Hi wheely" when talking to a guy in a wheel chair or "You look pretty stupid in that cage" when speaking to a prisonner).
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Guns still exist in this world, but they are rare and so are the ammo. If the player is in a pinch, or just for the heck of it, he can shoot the enemies who almost always have melee weapons.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Arkhan's girlfriend is kinda hot.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: If the player wants to, he can kill pretty much all his friends.