Darksiders II plays it safe. It borrows from the best franchises and throws its own twists and turns with gameplay. The story is quite simple and it is not the selling point of the game. But you won’t let your controller down because of the puzzles and battles. If you are looking for an action adventure game thrown in a mix of clever puzzle elements then this game is definitely for you.
DarkSiders II (PS3) detailed review
The original DarkSiders was launched in 2010 and it was a new IP from THQ. The game had some great things like a refreshing story, puzzles and a dungeon mixed with some great action. On the downside, the game has been criticized for its complex and somewhat frustrating controls.
Two years later, today we have a sequel to the conveniently titled, Darksiders II game. Is the game really worth the journey?
You play as Death, an Apocalypse rider (there are four riders in total – war, death, famine and victory). Death is his brother, the innocence of war, the protagonist of the first game, and in the process a journey to restore humanity.
You don’t have to play the first game to know what’s going on at the moment, but if you do, you’ll see some familiar faces, and you’ll feel at home seeing the look and feel of the game and how the story unfolds. .
After playing the first game, you have a moment of wonder when some character comes on the screen but you will still enjoy the ride if you don’t. There is not much twist and turn in the plot and you will face a lot of characters. It is a give and take relationship with these characters. You complete the mission they give you and they help you in your quest. The number of side missions and quests at your disposal in DarkSiders II is quite a handful.
One downside of the game is that the story is easy to forget or ignore because it will slowly move forward if you are someone who is easily immersed in the game’s side quests and missions.
If you are an experienced gamer, you will see how the developer Vigil Games borrowed gaming names from the biggest names in gaming such as Prince of Persia, Devil May Cry, Zelda and many more to bring together a game where dungeons and some kick-action action. There are. .
DarkSiders II’s gameplay can be divided into three parts – Action and Killing, Puzzle Solving and RPG style level up.
The action of the game is quite good and we are happy to say that the controls are not as complicated as in the first game. The primary weapon of death is two forks, which he can use to take down enemies, and you will gain access to other secondary weapons such as hammers, axes and more that help you to combo combos. Some secondary “heavy” weapons are slow and can do a lot of damage. Death also has access to a gun, which adds to the game’s combat, which we like in Devil May Cry games.
The second element of the gameplay is solving puzzles and completing side searches. You can spend many sleepless nights on it and borrow a lot from the Zelda franchise. There is a puzzle in every corner and it can be something as simple as finding a key to open a locked door or something more complicated like recovering lava and water supply in a net. Either way, the puzzles aren’t so hard that they won’t keep you from scratching your head for long. The difficulty is moderate for the average gamer.
Another element where the puzzle is introduced is in the case of boss fights. Not all bosses can be hacked and hacked. Something requires strategic thinking and it adds variety to the gameplay – keeping it fresh.
The level-up system has been redesigned in DarkSiders II compared to the first game. When you start as death, you are naked and have limited powers. Within a few hours, we’ve almost completely upgraded the thorns, unlocked some nice special abilities, and made Death look like a villain – a very satisfying experience.
To level the game, you need gold. And gold can be obtained from either a dead enemy or an abundance of chests scattered throughout the game. It’s the only part of the game that gets boring after a while.
Overall, the mix of three-gameplay elements is excellent. For experienced gamers there may be little to challenge here but newcomers and average gamers will have a fun time. Victory in battle can be achieved by mashing any one button to test your skills – your choice.
Darksiders II’s graphics are good if not the best in the business (we tested it on PS3). You will encounter different locations from the dark and sharp dungeon to the outer door. All positions look beautiful and have a distinctive feeling. The textures look sharp for the most part and the overall environment of the game levels is very good.
Enemy animations are also nice because they circle death and hack and slash it.
Speaking of death, the character is well modeled and its traversing and battle animations are very smooth. You will probably unlock some rice and use them in battle and say, “Cool !!” As you subdue enemies with intelligence. It’s all satisfying and well animated.
Although the cut scenes sometimes seem harsh and difficult to relate to the characters at certain points.
Darksiders II’s voice acting has been satisfactory and well done but it is difficult to feel connected to any character. There are funny jokes here and there are sarcastic comments, but overall there is nothing to keep you full.
Background scores vary very well with adrenaline pumping tunes during battle and soft orchestral scores while navigating the environment.
Some reports on the Internet suggest audio and other errors that can be corrected by restarting the game. But we were lucky not to face them.
The last row
If you are a perfectionist, you can easily get 20 hours from the game, it creates a push for your money. Other than that, DarkSiders II plays it safely. It borrows from the best franchises and throws its own twists and turns with gameplay. The story is quite simple and it is not the selling point of the game. But don’t put your controller down because of the puzzles and battles.
If you are looking for an action adventure game thrown in a mix of clever puzzle elements then this game is definitely for you.
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC
Price: PC – 999, Xbox 360 and PS3 – 2,799