Asteroids with a New Coat of Paint
I should bring up the fact that there are 2 games called Dark Matter on Steam, but at the time of posting this is the only Dark Matter on WinGameStore, so call this future-proofing the review. The other Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling sci-fi horror game while this is a top-down shooter set in space.
If you're unfamiliar with Asteroids, you control a lone spaceship fighting off waves of asteroids that break into smaller pieces before finally being destroyed. You can move around the screen by pointing the ship in a given direction and moving forward. The original Asteroids was one of the first games to demonstrate physics like momentum in a game. Dark Matter updates the core gameplay with new enemy types, power-ups, and a generic story with minimal impact on the game.
In terms of presentation: the game is functional, but far from the best update of Asteroids available on the market. The game has both mouse and gamepad support though navigating the menus with the controller is unnecessarily difficult. The in-game graphics are somewhat pixelated but stand out from the background, so they don't impede play.
The game itself hung on my several times during gameplay but did not crash, so it seems like it's not optimized very well. The controls are pretty solid, no visible lag, so at least it doesn't mess up the core gameplay.
That said, the campaign and survival mode don't really add much to the game; if you've played Asteroids you've basically played this game. If you haven't played an Asteroids game, this might be a good jumping in point.