GAME NAME: Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
DEVELOPER(S): Vigil Games/Gunfire Games
PUBLISHER(S): Nordic Games Publishing
PLATFORM(S): PlayStation 4
RELEASE DATE(S): October 27, 2015
This year has been huge for gaming on many platforms. By hearing that first sentence you would think there were so many AAA titles that could make your mind blow, but I’m actually pointing towards the huge flooding of remasters. Even though there have been some stellar AAA titles that released this year, there was a main influx of “HD” remasters that released. Darksiders 2 is among that list and honestly if you’ve never experienced the second installment of the Darksiders series then here is your “Deathinitive” chance.
Darksiders 2 starts off with one of the four horsemen named Death riding to meet the Crow Father in means to find an innocence to his brother “War” from the first Darksiders game. If you haven’t played the first game then that part might be a bit confusing, although it isn’t necessary to enjoy this entry in the series. After a heated situation with the Crow Father you then begin your journey and a big journey it is. This game has a pretty decent sized world to explore that is almost seamless when traversing to each area while undertaking quests. Darksiders 2 has a great adventure system in a somewhat similar fashion to Zelda games, which is a huge compliment from me. Being that the world is so vast, it is a nice refresher to have a ghostly horse to trot away on to reach far away areas with quickness.
The combat is smooth and enjoyable when engaging in huge fights, with bosses, or even just the lowly enemies thrown across the world. Death gets some awesome new move sets as you level him up and using different weapons creates a different experience as well. There are a plethora of weapons and armor to collect that will even change the appearance and stats of Death when equipped. The inventory system is very streamlined and easily navigated, whether you need to equip items or apply points to your skill trees. When it comes to the quest system it is very typical as adventure games go, but don’t let that sway your decision from getting this game. I mean if it isn’t broke don’t fix it, right?
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition does look great visually when compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, but it looks near identical to the Wii U version that was released in 2012. It even holds the same 30fps that it’s original versions have, which a bump up to 60fps would’ve made this a true definitive version. Aside from the smoother edges on characters and a refresh in some colors, it contains all the DLC ever released for Darksiders 2 and once again the Wii U version had the same content included as well.
The sound is just as clear as it was in the original versions and honestly no adjustment was needed. Voice acting is superb and creates the fictional atmosphere with the characters you’d expect to have. Music is faint in the background, but is there to create a atmospheric style soundtrack that fits well with each area you explore.
If you have never had a chance to play Darksiders 2 on any previous console release then purchasing this “Deathinitive” edition is the way to go! I thoroughly enjoyed this entry in the series, due to the vast exploration and adventure style that I tend to prefer over most games. If this release was created to prepare for a third Darksiders, then I’m more stoked than I could ever be in hopes they create a memorable experience once again.