Game Guys review: - Darksiders 2

4:37 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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  • 'Darksiders II' from THQ for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
  • 'Darksiders II' from THQ for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Back with another serving, Darksiders 2 engages fans once again with most of the same action brought by Vigil Games predecessor. 

The plot of Darksiders 2 takes a parallel path to the original game. In this installment, players control Death, the brother of the War who are both members of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. In this game, Death sets on a quest to prove War's innocence for an act he believes his brother didn't commit. Alongside of this, Death must use his immortal powers to fight off those who get in his way. 

Darksiders 2 utilizes many of the same gameplay as the original. In it's core, the game is a hack-and-slash action adventure with elements of puzzle and role-playing. 

Throughout the game, the player uses Death's array of weapons, including a scythe, hammer and many others. Likewise, Death wields a grappling hook which is needed to latch onto tall platforms, which becomes very handy throughout the game. And of course, the player gets to ride horseback on one sinister horse from hell for those land winded traveling points in the game. Additionally, Death can summon a raven, which becomes handy during some puzzle sequences. 

For the most part, the fighting mechanics are very straightforward and almost too simple, as hack-and-slash games usually are. Essentially, the player just chops through enemies one-by-one until it's time to move forward in the level. While this gameplay aspect takes up most of the gameplay time, there are, however some refreshing breaks in action. 

Among these breaks are the puzzle and role-playing points. Death must travel through the large-scale land and attempt to solve puzzles in order to move forward. Also, the player will find themselves swimming, jumping and running along walls to get through certain points of the game. However, this time around, the maps in Darksiders 2 are almost twice as big as the original. This means the gameplay has increased with of course some intense boss battles along the way. 

As far as art direction and voice-overs go, Darksiders 2 knocks 'em dead. For the most part, playing through this game is a visual and audio treat. The world looks very vibrant and detailed, and the sound design as a whole is excellent. 

However, graphically, Darksiders 2 does come at a cost. There are several glitches throughout the game, as well as some oddly pixelated characters and environments. 

Ease of difficulty and glitches aside, Darksiders 2 is a sound game as a whole. Players will find themselves engulfed in action for the long stretch of the game and as a sequel, that's a good thing. While Darksiders 2 doesn't knock down any game boundaries, fans of the original as well as the genre will be enjoying this title until the very end. 

Darksiders 2 is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. 

Final Game Guys Score: B

(THQ provided a copy of this game for review.)


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