Cassidy Sharp


by Wencke Schuncken

Darkwatch is a cinematic 1st person shooter blending the Vampire-Horror and Western genres. It features a deep, single player story-driven adventure along with adrenalin-fuelled multiplayer combat: two player split screen versus and co-op mode on PlayStation 2, and up to 16 players online via Xbox Live. It has been released in the beginning of October 2005 but how is it possible that it didn’t got any attention? Or draw my attention at that time? Because more exciting titles needed to be promoted? Because too many good games became available on the market at that point? Who knows, but as it has quite a cool role included for Cassidy Sharp, and therefore a little tribute to her!

They grind their enemies for fuel, fashion their skin into protective cloaks and create weapons designed to exterminate en masse, and they're the good guys! They are the Darkwatch, a mysterious secret society that has protected humanity from evil since the dawn of civilization. Their newest and most deadly agent is Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger and Cassidy Sharp is one of his allies!

Orphaned as a little girl when vampires slaughtered her parents, and raised as a ward of the Darkwatch, beautiful Cassidy Sharp has spent her entire life training to be a Darkwatch agent. A headstrong woman in a man's world, Cassidy has to ride, shoot, and fight as well as any man, and think faster than all of them, just to maintain the respect she deserves. Haunted by visions of her family's massacre at the claws of vampires that would not condescend to kill her, Cassidy harbors deep doubts about her abilities and her courage in the face of the supernatural - doubts for which she compensates by being the most career-driven agent in the Darkwatch.

Athletic and attractively proportioned, there is seriousness about Cassidy that lends an aura of maturity beyond her tender years. A fine agent by any standard, Cassidy is limited by her blind conviction that the Darkwatch and the work she does for it are beyond reproach. She is a good shot and keeps her cool in deadly situations, but her slight physique means she needs to depend on brains rather than brawn when the chips are down.

As the soul survivor of Jericho's raid on the Darkwatch train, Cassidy reacts in typical fashion, resourcefully deputizing Jericho Cross into the Darkwatch and leading a desperate bid to warn her superiors. As Jericho's partner, she acts as that tortured hero's conscience, simultaneously guiding him toward redemption and using him as a weapon in her personal war against darkness. Be aware!