Neo-Noir Shooter The Dark Phantom Has Shades Of Watchmen

By Chris Priestman . September 2, 2014 . 4:30pm


The Dark Phantom is a comic-book influenced, neo-noir third-person shooter about a man calling himself the Dark Phantom as he hunts down criminals across a dark city. Developer Pardis Game Studio is currently seeking $50,000 in funding for it on Kickstarter.


With his long trenchcoat, bandaged face and body topped with a fedora, the Dark Phantom looks a little like Rorshach from The Watchmen comics, and that seems to be no accident. His views on the universe, morality, and his mission between all of that seems to be in alignment with Rorshach, too.


Pardis reckons that the world of The Dark Phantom is taken from other dark and gloomy comic books (or graphic novels) like The Boys and Sin City, though. You’ll be running across its rooftops and down its back alleys clearing it of criminals and villains in high-intensity shootouts that plays like Gears of War with a cover-based system and destructible terrain.


Variety comes with boss fights and quick-time events (not tedious ones, apparently), as well as close-quarters combat. The game also features the Bullet Tag system used in Hitman: Absolution and Red Dead Redemption, allowing you to tag enemies and then blast off rounds into them in slow motion.


The Dark Phantom is near to release, with a November 2014 date set for its arrival on Windows. The funding is required for the team to make the finishing touches on the game. Any additional funding will be put towards improvements to environmental destruction, more guns and enemies, better voiceovers, and ports to Mac and Linux as well as consoles.


You can grab a copy of the game for $15 through the Kickstarter, with $10 getting you a digital art book, and $180 bagging you a Dark Phantom action figure providing the crowdfunding campaign is successful. There’s more information on the game over on its website.

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  • Silver Citizen

    Looks like Darkman to me.

    • lol. Awesome. I wanted to comment something along that line myself, but I see you did it for me.



      Eh, I’m gonna do it anyway ;)

      “With his long trenchcoat, bandaged face and body topped with a fedora, “

      Looks more like this guy to me, Siliconera.

    • cklambo

      Liam Neeson isnt doing the voice = FAIL

  • Learii

    the music sound like batman movies well knda

  • It looks like an interesting take on 3rd person shooters – a good universe to build a game in. And as far as KS pitches go, it’s a lot further along than most. Looks good.

  • These people afraid of me… I have seen their comments.

    The replies are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and
    when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.

    accumulated filth of all their “This looks stupid” and “This is ripping off so and so” will foam up about their waists

    and all the whores and non backers will look up and shout

    “This game is rad and I know the KS campaign is over, but can I still order a art book!”

    … and I’ll look down and whisper “No.”

  • Impressionnant

    Looks too cinematic.

  • Göran Isacson

    So a Max Payne game featuring Darkman. There are worse things out there to back, I guess. Not really feeling it atm though, already backed a lot of other projects and I need to cut back. As atmospheric as this looks, I’m not sure if it has anything gameplaywise that rocks my boat to the point where I need it.

  • ArminJrpg

    well pretty Good for Iran. its not technically Good but I love the Art and Music. at least I know Japanese feel when they get some games Sooner than the rest of the World ( the game is already out in Iran btw )

  • cklambo

    So its max payne if he became Darkkman?

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