Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks upon a quest to restore mankind, and redeem his brother’s name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that there are far worse things than an earthly Apocalypse, and that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation. Can Death really become mankind’s savior?
Darksiders II is a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels gamers through various light and dark realms as they try to redeem their brother War, the horseman who was blamed for starting the madness seen in the original Darksiders. The game features a map twice the size of the original and a campaign that is three times larger in length. Darksiders II has full weapon and armour upgrade systems as well as bigger and more challenging dungeons and vast array of new enemies and bosses. The Devs have certainly aimed to improve on every aspect possible of the original.
You’ll notice borrowed elements from many fan favorite franchises as you did from the first game. You’ll especially see an influence from Zelda and God of War throughout the campaign. The one thing gamers will notice though is that these gameplay experiences, while familiar, are not quite as polished and solid as the games from which these elements are borrowed from. No worries though, gamers are still treated to a thrilling story that will take them through Heaven and Hell in their quest for redemption. This provides a backdrop for relentless mayhem and an exciting adventure for all action enthusiasts.
Death doses out pain primarily in the form of two ways. Your primary weapon is fast and responsive while the secondary weapon is sluggish but powerful. To be effective you’ll want to use combinations of each to deal out the heaviest destruction possible. When overwhelmed, Death can also summon a Demon Lord to his aid. Gamers can also split Death’s soul in two in order to solve certain puzzles in the game.
Darksiders II offers an impressive set of features and improvements but there are issues. One problem is the combat and action sequences can be a bit repetitive at times. I feel they could have added in more diversity, surprise twists and greater challenges to keep the game feeling fresh throughout the campaign. The vastly larger map is also a double edged sword. It offers freedom and exploration for gamers but lacks focus at times which hinders the experience.
Darksiders II offers a fantastic quest for action-adventure fans. Numerous improvements make this sequel superior in just about every way. The double sized map and considerably larger campaign offers tons of exploration. There is a nice balance of RPG and action elements to make this game appealing to a diverse audience. Simply put, THQ has created an entertaining sequel that is sure to please fans and newcomers alike to the franchise.
Review Rating: 8/10